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Great Lakes, Rivers, and Gulf CESU Inter-Unit Scoping Roundtable

Ask the Experts: RCRA 2040


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The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case

October 26, 2016 | 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | Save the date!

Description: Summit

The Horinko Group, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), will be convening our next Summit, The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case, on October 26, 2016.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) regulatory and enforcement programs have accomplished a great deal over the past forty years. At its 40th anniversary, the RCRA statute stands to achieve much more. Looking forward, real progress will be made through collaboration with states, local governments, industry, academia, and communities. How can we capture the accomplishments of the past and leverage these results into a new, innovative, and productive enterprise? As U.S. EPA fashions its approach to RCRA 2040, we gather a community of experienced practitioners to exchange ideas and shape the debate about the future of this important program.

Thanks in advance to our Summit partners, ASTSWMO and ITRC, and to our Summit sponsors, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sustainable Remediation Forum, HSW Engineering, and Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries. The Summit will also take place the day before ASTSWMO’s Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC from October 27-28, 2016.

To view the Summit agenda, visit

To see more information on the Summit, visit

Save the date and stay tuned for a registration announcement in the coming weeks!

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Description: CESU

On March 29-30, 2016, in cooperation with the Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU) Program, The Horinko Group helped to organize a scoping roundtable of CESU Directors and member institutions to discuss the potential for a Great Lakes, Rivers, and Gulf Inter-Unit (GLRG) Research Consortium. Hosted at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center near the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers in East Alton, IL, the purpose of the scoping effort was to identify pathways to optimize collaboration on complex system-scale challenges and reveal an institutional arrangement and integrative synergy in support of Federal Agencies whose missions and programs contribute to informed policy and management of our nation’s most critical and iconic large aquatic ecosystems.

In preparation for the scoping roundtable, a foundational document was developed to elaborate the Consortium concept, its focus, and mission. To download the foundational document, click here.

To download the proceedings from the scoping effort, click here.

To advance the Consortium scoping discussion, THG Senior Advisor Patrick McGinnis participated in a follow-up session focused on landscape-scale partnerships at the 2016 CESU Network Biennial National Meeting on June 16 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. “CESU is an under-optimized research tool that has proven itself over and over. Making more federal managers aware of its capacity and its ability to build eco-regional knowledge platforms that can drive efficiency and effectiveness in natural resource decision making is crucial,” says McGinnis. Representatives from different CESUs shared lessons from regional efforts and discussed potential next steps for positioning CESUs to add value to regional science, stewardship, governance, and policy activities.

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The Horinko Group is pleased to welcome three new senior advisors to our extended team, strengthening our firm’s cross-cutting capabilities in community development, climate finance and insurance, and hazardous and industrial waste risk management.

Description: Brummit

Greg Brumitt, Senior Advisor for Active and Livable Communities, has extensive experience in both private and public sector markets, developing successful strategic initiatives and the brands and organizations that support them. Founder and owner of Active Strategies, his practice focuses on a wide range of quality of life endeavors, including community livability and resiliency, branding and image development, and active community and park design. With more than 25 years experience in building active lifestyle cultures and organizations, Mr. Brumitt is making active lifestyle development a catalyst for community growth and quality of life improvements.

To read Mr. Brumitt’s full bio, visit

Description: Patton

Lindene Patton, Senior Advisor for FinTech, Insurance, and Climate Resilience, is a strategic leader with a broad range of experience in the financial services and data analytics industries. Her specialized expertise combining business, science, technology and the law is particularly well suited to assisting customers in highly regulated industries including but not limited to banking, insurance, waste treatment and management, mining, and oil and gas. Ms. Patton served as Group Head of Hazard Products for Corelogic; Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Insurance Group; SVP & Counsel for Zurich North America Specialties; VP & Counsel for Willis; and Associate General Counsel for Emcon.

To read Ms. Patton’s full bio, visit

Description: Schaffer

Amy Schaffer, Senior Advisor for Hazardous and Industrial Waste Risk Management is a consultant with in-depth experience developing and implementing federal environmental laws and regulations. She is a recognized leader in hazardous and industrial waste issues in the paper sector. She also has experience in addressing food-contact packaging issues, climate change, sustainability and “green” programs, and innovative approaches to resolving environmental concerns. Ms. Schaffer was most recently Executive Director of the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association and has an on-going relationship, since 1991, with the American Forest & Paper Association supporting them on their waste program issues as well as product stewardship efforts.

To read Ms. Schaffer’s full bio, visit


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June 30, 2016 | Washington, DC | More Information

Israel Water Summit

The Israel Water Summit, presented by the Jewish National Fund, took place in Washington, DC on June 30, 2016. The Summit focused on national and international water challenges and sharing Israel’s technological advancements and accomplishments including desalination, drip irrigation, water purification, and other techniques it has pioneered for decades. Brendan McGinnis, Managing Partner, The Horinko Group and Executive Director, Water Resources Action Project, moderated a panel on U.S. National and Local Water Challenges. The event gathered over 200 participants and featured Seth M. Siegel, New York Times bestselling author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, alongside a host of high-level water experts.

For more information on the event, visit

spacerUpcoming Brown Bag Luncheon for Early-Career Professionals
July 25, 2016 | Washington, DC | More Information

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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 Monday June 25, 2015. The luncheon will feature speaker Ramona Trovato, President, Blue Heron Consulting, LLC. Ms. Trovato spent the majority of her career at EPA where she served in various leadership positions across the agency's programs, including: children’s health, water, indoor air, radiation, information management & technology, land revitalization and reuse, and research and development. She will discuss her career and share insights on current and future trends in the field, followed by questions and discussion.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to:

To see more details about the event, visit


RCRA 2040

Ask The Experts is a new section of The Horinko Group’s quarterly newsletter, introduced in our March 2016 issue. In this section, we collect insights from subject matter experts on noteworthy developments and discussions in the environmental arena.

In advance of our upcoming Summit, The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case, The Horinko Group will release a read-ahead white paper. For this Ask the Experts installment, and as part of the white paper development, we interviewed long-time RCRA practitioners on the successes, existing challenges, and road ahead for RCRA.

Description: Foss

Darsi Foss, Director, Remediation and Redevelopment Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, discusses the relationship and balance of authority between states and regional EPA offices as an essential to RCRA’s success, the challenges of conducting cleanups while business operations are underway, and the need for clearer local government exemptions for RCRA hazardous waste and UST programs.

Description: Wright

Peter Wright, Managing Counsel, The Dow Chemical Company, notes RCRA’s broad success over its history in preventing the creation of future Superfund sites and discusses provisions of RCRA that are at times overly burdensome in a manner that is disproportionate to the actual risk, as well as challenges posed by applying a statute designed for a specific set of issues in the past to current and emerging issues that are much different in nature.