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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

Second Quarter 2015 — In this quarter's bulletin...

leafEvent Recap: AWMA/EPA Colloquium

leafNGRREC Advances Water Quality Monitoring

Brown Bag Mentoring Luncheon: June 10

Featured Column: Bringing the ‘Community’ Into P3s Just Makes Sense for Green Infrastructure


spacerEvent Recap: AWMA/EPA Colloquium — Waste Information Exchange

On May 14, 2015, the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) and U.S. EPA in partnership with The Horinko Group and Crowell & Moring hosted the inaugural Waste Information Exchange, a daylong event gathering 75 attendees in Washington, DC that facilitated robust dialogue around current trends and pressing topics on site cleanup, sustainable materials management, and emergency response.

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spacerNGRREC Announces Water Quality Monitoring & Research Opportunities

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The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) recently announced a number of developments to their water quality research programs.  NGRREC is now accepting proposals for research projects, which can utilize mesocosms at the Confluence Field Station in East Alton, Illinois, a LEED gold field station situated on the banks of the Mississippi River between the confluences of the Missouri and Illinois Rivers.

To read the full April 6, 2015 press releases, visit: NGRREC Mesocosms Available for Research Projects

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In addition, as part of their Great Rivers Ecological Observatory Network (GREON) project, NGRREC has partnered with USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center to establish a network of water quality monitoring buoys in part of the Upper Mississippi River in Wisconsin.  The GREON project aims to establish similar water quality monitoring networks in great rivers around the world.

To read the full May 14, 2015 press release, visit: New Buoy Coming to Stoddard Island Complex in Wisconsin

spacerPolitico Survey of Energy Experts

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POLITICO’s recent story “ The power crisis we’re ignoring,” surveyed 47 top energy experts from various sectors and organizations.  Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group was among the survey respondents who weighed in on the future of EPA regulations, Keystone, nuclear energy, the UN climate talks, and more.  The piece was featured as part of POLITICO’s launch of The Agenda, a project described as, “POLITICO’s new home for the daily conversation around the ideas reshaping the country.”

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spacerBrown Bag Mentoring Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals
June 10, 2015 | Washington, DC | 12:00-1:30 pm

Tom Murray Charlie Bartsch

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The Horinko Group, in partnership with Crowell & Moring and EPA, will hold its next Brown Bag Mentoring Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals on Wednesday June 10, 2015.  The luncheon will feature brief talks by Tom Murray, Biologist and Senior Science Advisor, EPA, and Charlie Bartsch, Senior Advisor for Economic Development, EPA, focusing on their careers and insights on current and future trends in the field, followed by questions and discussion.  To reserve your spot, please RSVP to:

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Networking Happy Hour
June 19, 2015 | Washington, DC | 4:30-7:30 pm


Join the volunteers and supporters of the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) for a networking happy hour on June 19, 2015 at Nicola's in Washington, DC.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards WRAP's rainwater harvesting and environmental education projects for school children in the Middle East.  Please join us in support of a worthy cause.

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WRAP Completes Second West Bank Project
Village of Husan, West Bank | April 23, 2015


The Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) recently completed construction of its second project in the West Bank.  WRAP, in partnership with EcoPeace Middle East’s Bethlehem Office, constructed a cistern system at the Al–Sedeeq Primary School located in the Village of Husan in the West Bank, an area with an average annual rainfall of only 500 mL.  Al–Sedeeq is a public school serving 389 Arab boys in 13 grades.  The school’s primary source of water is an unreliable municipal water source, and because of this, the school experienced over 30 days of restroom closures due to water shortages last year.

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Bringing the ‘Community’ Into P3s Just Makes Sense for Green Infrastructure (EXCERPT)

By: Seth Brown, Principal, Storm & Stream Solutions, LLC

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Seth Brown

Over 100 million acres of developed land exists in the U.S., which has generated 25 million acres of impervious area.  While the area of impervious cover only represents about 2% of the land area, the impacts to the nation’s waters, especially in urban areas (where most of us live) go far beyond this proportion.  These impacts will continue to happen, as will impacts from continued development, until we find new ways to make stormwater infrastructure investments cheaper, faster, and more effective.

A new approach has been developed to meet this challenge.  This new approach to implementing green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) at a large scale referred to as “community based public–private partnerships” or CBP3s places community benefits as the highest priority.