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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

First Quarter 2014 — In this quarter's bulletin...

leafSustainable Chemicals & Materials Roundtable Proceedings

leafThe Rise and Future of Green and Sustainable Remediation

leafUpcoming Webinar: TCE – Rising Risks and Business Challenges

U.S. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

WRAP Needs Your Help to Build a Safe Learning Garden for Girls in West Bank


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spacerSustainable Chemicals & Materials Roundtable Proceedings

Description: Sustainable Chemicals & Materials Roundtable

Sustainable Chemicals & Materials Roundtable

In December 2013, The Horinko Group held the Sustainable Chemicals & Materials Roundtable, convening government, private industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other interested parties to exchange information and discuss the current state of laws, policies, and procedures to integrate sustainable chemicals and materials into systems and products.  Highlights from the discussion and key takeaways are detailed in the roundtable proceedings.

The productive roundtable covered central topics including discussions on processes for developing, testing, and implementing sustainable chemical alternatives.  Participants shared perspectives about chemical risk assessments, the use of scientific data in policy decisions, identifying priority chemicals for action, understanding the chemical and material content of products with complex supply chains, and cooperative solutions for joint testing and data sharing, among many others.

To read the Proceedings, visit http://bit.ly/SCMRproceedings.

spacerThe Rise and Future of Green and Sustainable Remediation

Description: THG Report

The Horinko Group’s latest white paper focuses on green and sustainable remediation, an effort underway within the remediation industry to make contaminated site cleanups more environmentally, economically, and socially beneficial. The report details the development of this concept as well as the many ongoing efforts, successes, and challenges to advance remediation practices in the United States and internationally.

The white paper is intended to serve as a tool and resource guide to stakeholders involved in all facets of site remediation from engineers to consultants to policy makers.  It also aims to consolidate and summarize the many simultaneous efforts to improve the sustainability of site cleanups and complement these efforts to create a greater and more widespread understanding of green and sustainable remediation.

To read the full report, visit http://bit.ly/1nncwEs.

spacerUpcoming Webinar: TCE – Rising Risks and Business Challenges

Description: THG Report

Travis Kline
Senior Toxicologist
AlterEcho

   April 30, 2014 | 1:30 – 3:00pm Eastern | Registration

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a dual threat chemical as it is still used in varied manufacturing, degreasing and cleaning operations and may be the most pervasive and challenging contaminant associated with soil and groundwater pollution at remediation sites across the country.  In late 2011, EPA issued its Final Assessment for TCE in its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database, setting a strict inhalation Reference Concentration for Chronic Inhalation Exposure (RfC) of 2 micrograms per cubic meter.  Due to the health effect cited, fetal cardiac malformations, and the implications for short-term exposures, the stakes for TCE have been raised.  Industry experts maintain that the decision to base the RfC on less than chronic exposures has the potential to trigger expanded TCE concerns in both the workplace and for previously closed remediation projects (from indoor air exposures due to the vapor intrusion (VI) pathway).

This webinar will provide an analysis of the issues and science related to the TCE RfC, along with an update on its current regulatory status.  Interim approaches to addressing potential TCE risks in the absence of updated regulations and guidance will also be discussed.  Given the large population of workers who could be impacted (with a focus on women of child-bearing ages) and the number of TCE contaminated remediation sites across the country, decisions concerning updated regulations and guidance on this issue are of critical importance to industry from cost, operations, and health and safety standpoints.  The webinar will be hosted and moderated by Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, and will feature a presentation by and discussion with Travis Kline, Senior Toxicologist, AlterEcho.

To see more details visit, http://www.thgadvisors.org/webinars/2014-043014.html.

spacerU.S. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Life Cycle Examination from a Local Community Perspective

Description: Mentoring Environment & Energy Together (MEET)

Participants from piloted mentoring program serve on panel at completion ceremony in Oklahoma City

The Horinko Group established a mentor-protégé program, Mentoring Environment & Energy Together (MEET), in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to provide personal and professional growth opportunities as well as environmental-energy education.  MEET’s pilot project consisted of a diverse group of young professionals in the greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area.  A key aspect of the program was for the group to work collaboratively on an environmental-energy project.  The group identified the project topic of interest as a life cycle examination of unconventional oil and gas development as it relates to the surrounding community.

This report captures the groups’ findings, focusing on the potential community-level economic, environmental, health, and social impacts associated with unconventional oil and gas development.  A comprehensive look at the oil and gas life cycle, the local community framework, socioeconomic impacts, public perception, and environmental and health impacts inform the report’s recommended key considerations for communities near oil and gas development.

To read the full report, visit http://bit.ly/1oRNFug.


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WRAP Needs Your Help to Build a Safe Learning Garden for Girls School in West Bank

The Water Resources Action Project has launched a new campaign that aims to raise funds for the greening and securing of the outdoor courtyard at the Battir Girls School in the West Bank.  The courtyard houses the cistern rainwater harvesting system installed by WRAP in July 2013.  Surrounded by a degraded concrete wall, the courtyard is simply rock and dirt, and is littered with nails, broken glass, and other debris.

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The rainwater harvesting cistern and surrounding courtyard area at the Battir Girls School

WRAP would use the funds raised from this campaign to excavate the area and construct a secure fence.  WRAP would landscape the courtyard with drought-tolerant plants, install benches, and construct a communal garden.  This project would give students a safe and inviting space for outdoor classes and learning after school hours, and it would ensure their continued and reliable access to water.

WRAP has completed three rain harvesting installations and parallel education projects, impacting hundreds of school children in the Middle East, helping them to conserve water, improve sanitation, and educate students and communities on water conservation and environmental stewardship.  As always, every penny of every dollar WRAP receives goes directly to its projects.

This sixty-day fundraising campaign concludes on March 25, 2014.  To learn more or to contribute, please visit http://bit.ly/THGSpot2014Q1.