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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 1, Jamuary 2012

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Andrew Manar Joins The Horinko Group as Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships Andrew Manar
The Horinko Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Manar to the newly created position of Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships.

Today’s challenges in water and energy require collaboration and efficient resource leveraging involving all levels of government, key actors in the private sector, and the American people.  In his role as Senior Advisor, Mr. Manar will enhance The Horinko Group’s capacity to support water and energy sector clientele with a seasoned grasp of the day-to-day operations of local and state government, while identifying opportunities and navigating challenges in forging public-private partnerships involving state and local programs. 

Brendan McGinnis, founding Partner of The Horinko Group states, “We all have a role in the stewardship of our natural resources so that we can sustain healthy vibrant communities.  The Horinko Group is committed to supporting the business community and its commitment to act sustainably.  In most cases, this involves a better understanding of the opportunities for productive interface with local, state, and federal programs.  Andy brings us an uncommon pragmatic, tested knowledge of how local and state governments function and how they budget, giving us a great advantage in developing private-public partnerships that prescribe real solutions and achieve true results.”

To read the full press release, visit http://thgadvisors.org/?q=content/andrew-manar-named-senior-advisor-public-private-partnerships.

THG Hosting Welcoming Reception — Get to Know WRAP
March 22, 2012 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM EST | Washington, DCWater Resources Action Project
The Horinko Group is opening its doors for a welcoming reception on March 22 at its Washington, DC offices to raise awareness and build support for the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP). WRAP is a volunteer, non-profit organization that seeks to improve public health for underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship. WRAP sponsors, designs, and implements the installation of rainwater harvesting systems at schools throughout the region, complemented by a strong educational component. By easing the growing water conflict through increased awareness and collaboration amongst a broad range of political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, WRAP believes peace can be restored to this area.

Water Resources Action ProjectWRAP's members and leadership are comprised of concerned environmental and legal professionals that volunteer their time and resources toward putting real results on the ground that are replicable and scalable. Come join us for an informal gathering of friends and colleagues to find out more about our campaign to bring clean water to people routinely deprived of it.

Please RSVP via email to Isaac Chapman at ichapman@thehorinkogroup.org.

To learn more about WRAP, please visit their website at http://www.wrapdc.org.

Johnson Foundation Releases Report on Financing Water InfrastructureJohnson Foundation Report
A new report released by the Johnson Foundation entitled, Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure, is now available to download.  The report summarizes a series of web-facilitated and in-person meetings focused on how to finance our nation’s aging freshwater infrastructure, much of which was built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

The report centers around two questions what new financing techniques can communities use to pay for integrated and sustainable infrastructure approaches; and, how can we direct private capital toward more sustainable water management projects?

To download the report, visit http://www.johnsonfdn.org/aboutus/chartingnewwaters.

U.S. EIA Issues the Early Release of its 2012 Annual Energy Outlook Energy Information Administration 2012 Outlook
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued the early release of its 2012 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2012), providing updated projections for our nation’s energy markets through 2035.  The report addresses key findings and major changes in assumptions and results from the previous year's projection, serving as a starting point for future analysis of potential policy changes and technology breakthroughs. 

The complete AEO2012, to be released in the coming months, will include alternative assessments in recognition of the uncertainty inherent in making projections about energy markets, which in part arises from assumptions about policies and other market drivers such as trends in prices and economic growth.

Download the full report at http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/er/.

Upcoming Events

The Horinko Group Water DivisionTHG's Next Free Webinar: Agricultural Water Usage — Trends, Indicators, and What It All Means
February 16, 2012 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM EST | Free Registration
The second installment of The Horinko Group’s 2012 Webinar Series will take place on February 16 at 1:30pm Eastern featuring Dr. Noel Gollehon, Senior Economist with the Resource Economics, Analysis, and Policy Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  With over 20 years of federal experience examining water quantity-quality issues in relation to agriculture, Dr. Gollehon will provide a data-driven examination of one of our nation’s most water intensive practices — agricultural irrigation.  Irrigation of agricultural crops is a significant user of surface and groundwater, accounting for over 80% of consumptive water use in the United States.  

This webinar will present current facts and numbers tied to national agricultural water usage and application methods in a format that is concise and easy to follow.  Building on this foundation, the discussion will reveal innovations that are improving efficiency and supporting advancements of water stewardship on the farm.

For additional information and to register, visit http://www.thgadvisors.org/?q=content/agricultural-water-usage-trends-indicators-and-what-it-all-means.

To listen to the recording of the first webinar installment in this year’s series entitled, Family Farms, Rural Landscapes, and the Farm Bill, visit http://thgadvisors.org/?q=content/family-farms-rural-landscapes-and-farm-bill.

THG Partners with Vita Nuova for Webinar: Promoting Innovative Environmental Technologies — EPA’s New 'Path Forward' Strategy
March 30, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM EST | Free RegistrationVita Nuova's Sustanability Webinar Series
The Horinko Group is partnering with Vita Nuova to provide the next installment in its free Sustainability Webinar Series entitled, Promoting Innovative Environmental Technologies — EPA’s New ‘Path Forward’ Strategy. Learn more about this webinar on the Vita Nuova website by visiting http://www.vitanuova.net/journal/2012/02/promoting-innovative-environmental-technologies---epas-new-path-forward-strategy.html.

Here's a quick preview —

In October 2011, EPA adopted a “road map” to chart a path for the Agency to play more broadly in the technology marketplace — helping to define new needs, using its regulatory agenda to encourage new technology solutions, and partnering with all levels of government, the financial community, and technology developers to assist in technology commercialization, both domestically and internationally.

Join Walter Kovalick, former Director of EPA’s Technology Innovation Office, for a wide-ranging discussion of the strategy and its direction as the nation tackles the "clean technology" sector.  Newly emerging technologies will be discussed that hold the promise of addressing environmental problems more cost-effectively, while encouraging new companies and promoting economic development.  Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group and former EPA Acting Administrator, will moderate.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum
February 23 - 25, 2012 | Arlington, VA | Registration
USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum 2012The Horinko Group will be on hand at this year’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum taking place from February 23-24 in Arlington, VA.  USDA has hosted the Outlook Forum since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making.  This year’s forum features twenty-five breakout sessions with more than 80 speakers focusing on a broad range of topical issues.  Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate a plenary panel of former Secretaries of Agriculture invited to speak on “Agriculture: Visions of the Future.”

For additional information and to register, visit www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

Wildlife Habitat Council's Coastal Plain Leadership Summit Wildlife Habitat Council
March 27 - 28, 2012 | Wando, SC | Registration
Join members and partners of the Wildlife Habitat Council for a regional Partnership Summit at BP Cooper River, a certified Wildlife at Work program and a Corporate Lands for Learning program.  The summit will explore the issues and concerns surrounding the forest ecosystems of the region and efforts to protect and enhance these natural communities.

For additional information and to register, visit http://www.wildlifehc.org/whcevents/workshops/coastal-plain-leadership-summit/

River Network's River Rally 2012
May 4 - 7, 2012 | Portland, OR | Registration
River Network: Connecting People, Saving RiversJointly hosted in 2012 by River Network and Waterkeeper Alliance, River Rally is an annual international gathering of the watershed conservation community.  This year’s River Rally will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Clean Water Act, the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States.  The event will be held in Portland, OR, a city known for its innovative community engagement, leadership on sustainability issues, and appreciate of the economic importance of protecting local and regional natural capital. 

River Rally 2012 will feature over 95 educational workshops and intensive training sessions, with keynotes by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Alexandra Cousteau.

For additional information and to register, visit http://www.rivernetwork.org/programs/river-rally

Spotlight On...

CRS Report: The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy
Congressional Research Service: The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm PolicyA report by the Congressional Research Service

A report from the Congressional Research Service released on January 24, 2012 entitled, The Role of Local Foods in U.S. Farm Policy, provides an in-depth examination of the role of local food systems in U.S. agriculture, including definitions of what a local food is; types of businesses and operations that use or sell local food; federal programs and initiatives that address local food issues; relevant Congressional actions, including bills pending in the 112th Congress; and, future considerations for Congress. 

The report was prepared in large part due to the growing body of community and farm advocacy groups that believe local food systems should play a larger role in our nations next Farm Bill.

This is a must read — download the full report by visiting http://bit.ly/CRSLocalFarm.

Featured Column

Excerpt From:America's Brownfields Law — 10 Years Later
Marianne Horinko By: Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group
Ten years ago, Congress enacted the Small Business Liability Relief and Funding Act, commonly known as the "Brownfields" law. Widely regarded as the landmark environmental legislative accomplishment of the last decade, the Brownfields law has revolutionized the way in which cleanup and reuse of contaminated property is conducted.

The program has its roots in the historic riots of 1992 in South Central Los Angeles. Watching the wreckage and despair in that troubled area, EPA began exploring whether the Agency might launch a partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring hope and opportunity to the nation's urban core.

To read the remainder of the featured column, visit http://thgadvisors.org/?q=content/americas-brownfields-law-10-years-later.

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