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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

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

leafWe’ve Moved!

leafTHG Welcomes Gordon Davidson to Extended Team

Green & Sustainable Remediation Roundtable—Proceedings Now Available

Featured Column: Whither Water


spacerWe’ve Moved!

Description: 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue

After six years at our original office space, The Horinko Group has relocated to:

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 7105
Washington, DC 20004

We hope to see you at our new space soon! You can also reach us by email at or by phone at 202-955-6202.

spacerTHG Welcomes Gordon Davidson to Extended Team

Description: Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson

The Horinko Group is pleased to welcome Gordon M. Davidson to its extended team as Senior Advisor for Technology, Partnerships & Redevelopment. Gordon is an internationally recognized innovator and entrepreneur in the environmental, water, and energy arenas.

Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group, notes, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gordon from the days when he ran EPA’s Federal Facilities Enforcement Office.  Gordon broke through bureaucratic and legal barriers to forge strong commitments from the Departments of Defense and Energy to environmental protection.  We look forward to having the benefits of his expertise in private sector finance and technology development.”

To read the full announcement, visit

spacerGreen & Sustainable Remediation Roundtable — Proceedings Now Available

Description: Sustainable Remediation Roundtable

June 3, 2014 GSR Roundtable

Convened by the Sustainable Remediation Initiative and hosted and moderated by The Horinko Group, the Green & Sustainable Remediation Roundtable comprised a dynamic and experienced group of public and private sector leaders in environmental remediation, convening an informed discussion on the current process for implementing Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) across the federal and state cleanup programs, and how to begin improving the opportunities for the advancement of GSR concepts.

To view the proceedings, visit

spacerUMRBA Navigation Summit

Description: UMRBA Navigation Summit

In July 2014, the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) held a two-day summit on commercial navigation on the Upper Mississippi.  The Summit focused on four themes: infrastructure investment needs and opportunities, creating an intermodal transportation network, the potential for public–private partnerships (P3s), and strengthening the influence of ports and terminals.  Patrick McGinnis, Senior Advisor to The Horinko Group, presented on the panel covering the potential for public-private partnerships.  Mr. McGinnis shared with the audience the conclusions of the Horinko Group’s 2013 report on P3 financing, operations, and governance and participated in the discussion with the four other P3 experts on the panel.

To read the summit proceedings, visit

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Description: Environmental Law Institute

Beth Termini, Senior Advisor with The Horinko Group, and George Wyeth, attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, co–authored an article titled Regulating for Sustainability, published in the September/October 2014 issue of the Environmental Law Institute's (ELI) Environmental Forum Journal.  The article analyzes EPA's efforts and future ability to incorporate the principles of sustainability into its rules, guidance, permitting, and enforcement programs.  The authors set out to clarify what incorporating sustainability into regulatory programs truly means and set aside common misconceptions.  They then lay out EPA's history in this area and suggest some first steps for the agency to fully embrace sustainability.

To read the full article, visit

spacerLewis & Clark Community College Water Festival

Description: Water Festival

L&C's 12th Annual Water Festival. Photo by S. Paige Allen, L&C photographer.

Lewis & Clark Community College (L&C) hosted their 12th annual Water Festival on September 19th, 2014 in Godfrey, Illinois.  The Horinko Group was a proud sponsor of this effort, which aims to engage fifth grade students around a variety of environmental concepts.  The interactive festival offered students hands–on learning activities, including lessons in water quality, canoeing, and fishing. Over 350 students benefitted from the festival’s outdoor programming and environmental lessons.

To read L&C's summary of the event, visit


spacerABA–SEER 22nd Fall Conference

Description: American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Conference
   October 8–11, 2014 | Miami, FL | Register

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) will hold its 22nd Fall Conference from October 8–11, 2014. Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, will be moderating the October 9 panel discussion, Environmental Accidents: Nuts and Bolts for Counsel in Times of Crisis.  The panel, bringing together experienced in-house counsel, external environmental counsel, and regulators, will focus on incident preparedness and response as well as enforcement.

For more information, visit

spacerAWRA Webinar: Flood Risk and Aging Inland Waterway Infrastructure

Description: AWRA
   October 9, 2014 | 1:00 PM (ET) | Register

Water resources management experts Patrick McGinnis, Senior Advisor, The Horinko Group and Don Riley, SVP, Dawson & Associates will discuss flood risk and the aging infrastructure of inland waterways during the American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) October 9 webinar.  The webinar will be based on articles from the January 2014 "Future of Water Resources in the United States" issue of Water Resources IMPACT.  Specifically, Mr. McGinnis will cover the issues and conclusions of the article titled, The Long Slog: What Lies Ahead for the Financing of Our Nation’s Inland Waterways Infrastructure.  AWRA will also hold three panels during AWRA's 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, November 3-6 in Tyson's Corner, VA based on these issues.

For more information, visit

spacerOklahoma Brownfields Conference

Description: THG Partners with BNA on Green and Sustainable Remediation Webinar
   November 5-6, 2014 | Tulsa, OK | Register

The Oklahoma Brownfields Conference will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma from November 5-6, 2014.   This year, the conference will feature a keynote speech by Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group, drawing from her experience as Former Acting Administrator, EPA, and Assistant Administrator, OSWER, EPA and her leadership in the Brownfields program during and following her time at the Agency.  The conference will foster an exchange of information on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Brownfields redevelopment.

For more information, visit



Whither Water (EXCERPT)

Description: Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson

By: Gordon Davidson, Senior Advisor, Technology, Partnerships & Redevelopment, The Horinko Group

In 1973 the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stopped selling oil to the United States. This energy embargo led to the common sight of gas station signs indicating that there was no gas to be sold today. Americans, and western powers generally, had to develop new strategies regarding energy to ensure that a global geo-political crisis of this kind did not occur again.  Thus was ushered in the era of energy efficiency and a broadening of the societal mind-set of sustainability.

Although the parallels are not perfect, this energy crisis and the subsequent transformation of the way in which energy was produced, transmitted, measured, and consumed could be used as a foreshadowing of how we view water both globally and locally. The great line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “What is past is prologue,” may have some applicability here.