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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

Fourth Quarter 2016 — In this quarter's bulletin...

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THG 2016 Year in Review

Featured Columns on Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Eco-economic Development


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Description: RCRA 2040

As the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) reaches the 40th anniversary of its enactment, The Horinko Group (THG) releases its newest white paper reflecting on the progress made, challenges overcome, and future priority areas of focus.

THG has worked to collect lessons from RCRA’s past and opportunities for its future by interviewing an array of experts who approach the topic with extensive experience from private sector and federal and state government perspectives. Also reflected in its white paper are insights shared on these topics at THG’s 2016 Summit, The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case held in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016. The Summit convened a community of experienced practitioners to exchange ideas and discuss priorities for RCRA’s future.

To read The Future of RCRA white paper, visit:

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The Horinko Group is seeking an environmental science/environmental policy undergraduate or recent graduate for a part- or full-time paid internship beginning February 1, 2017.

The Horinko Group is a student-friendly organization, providing the flexibility to accommodate a student’s schedule. Environmental science/environmental policy undergraduate preferred, but not required. However, an innate passion for environmental issues and strong research/writing and interpersonal skills are traits that will support success in this position.

Internship inquiries should be directed to Brendan McGinnis, Managing Partner of The Horinko Group at

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Description: WRAP

The Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) has concluded another successful year of environmental peacebuilding through water stewardship and education projects. WRAP’s 2016 Progress Report provides all the latest project updates, major milestones from this past year, and a look at what’s on the horizon for 2017.

WRAP and For My Earth announce the release of their e-book entitled, “One Raindrop at a Time: Environmental Peacebuilding and Education in Sur Baher, Jerusalem.” The book details the environmental projects that WRAP and its partner schools have undertaken in Sur Baher, Jerusalem. By purchasing this e-book for only $10, you contribute to the future of environmental education at WRAP’s schools!

To read the WRAP Progress Report, visit:

To purchase your copy of the e-book, visit:


Sensible Financing for Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Finding the Best Money for Communities (excerpt)

Description: Brown

By: Seth Brown, Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, and THG Senior Advisor for Stormwater/Green Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, & Economics

A common complaint heard from municipalities regarding needed wet weather investments is the regulations are requiring them to implement more stormwater infrastructure than they can afford. The premise of this complaint is that: a) stormwater runoff is a burden, and b) investments in stormwater infrastructure are only (or at least primarily) driven by regulations. These views reflect a mindset that is inherently self-limiting and non-aspirational. In other words, community leaders with this vision (or lack thereof) create a self-fulfilling prophecy that reinforces these negative views regarding funding and financing for stormwater infrastructure. But there is another way
to consider these investments.


Eco-Economic Development (excerpt)

Description: Brumitt

By: Greg Brumitt Founder of Active Strategies, and THG Senior Advisor for Active & Livable Communities

There is an economic development battle going on in the United States among regions that, on its surface, is about who can attract vital businesses and the educated workforce those businesses seek. But if you look deeper, this battle is really about which regions, and even smaller communities, can develop a rich set of quality of life amenities that today’s “mobile consumer” is seeking. In many cases, this economic challenge is existential for our nation’s smaller cities and towns.