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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

February 2013 — In this month's bulletin...

2/20 WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE

RFF RELEASES SHALE GAS REPORT

2/10: INTERVIEW W/ MARIANNE HORINKO

A scene from April 2010's Water Summit.


LATEST HEADLINES

NOW AVAILABLE: FREE THG WEBINAR
"Hydraulic Fracturing 102: Addressing Public Concerns" (February 20, 2013)

Darren Smith, Environmental Manager with Devon Energy Corporation is the featured presenter of the third installment in the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together webinar series entitled, Hydraulic Fracturing 102: Addressing Public Concerns Over Hydraulic Fracturing.  In this webinar, Mr. Smith provides industry insight on the challenges and opportunities presented by natural gas extraction. 

MEET Webinar Series

To listen to the webinar recording and view the accompanying presentation, visit bit.ly/THGFeb20MEETWeb.

2/10: RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNE HORINKO
The Weekly Roundtable with Mark Stansberry Radio Show (1170 AM KFAQ)

Mark Stansberry, energy leader and author of America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, interviewed The Horinko Group's President Marianne Horinko on his Weekly Roundtable Talk Radio Show on 1170 AM KFAQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mentoring Environment & Energy Together Webinar

On the February 10 broadcast, Ms. Horinko described her background, including her time at the EPA, and discussed matters related to hydraulic fracturing and the future of environmental protection.

To listen to the full recording of the broadcast, visit the KFAQ website at http://bit.ly/KFAQWR21013.

RESOURCES FOR THE FUTURE SURVEYS SHALE GAS EXPERTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS
"Pathways to Dialogue: What the Experts Say about the Environmental Risks of Shale Gas Development"

RFF Pathways to Dialogue: What the Experts Say about the Environmental Risks of Shale Gas DevelopmentThis month, Resources for the Future (RFF) released a new report entitled Pathways to Dialogue: What the Experts Say about the Environmental Risks of Shale Gas Development.  The report surveys experts from government agencies, industry, academia, and NGOs to identify the priority environmental risks related to shale gas development. 

The research indicates a high degree of consensus among experts about which risks need to be most promptly addressed.  These “consensus risks” include venting of methane, freshwater withdrawals, and storage and disposal of flowback and produced water.

For RFF’s overview of the key findings, visit their website at bit.ly/RFFptdsg.  To view the full report, visit bit.ly/RFFptdsgr.

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE PLEDGES GRANTS FOR CONSERVATION RESEARCH
SFI Has Issued RFP and is Currently Accepting Research Proposals for Grant Program

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announced earlier this month that it will pledge $400,000 in 2013 to support research on responsible forestry practices.  This pledge was part of the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.  Since 2010, SFI has awarded more than $1.32 million in grants to promote sustainable forestry practices.  SFI is currently accepting research proposals, and the deadline for this year’s grant applications is Monday, March 18, 2013.

The SFI Grant Program Request for Proposals can be found at bit.ly/SFI2013RFP.

To read the full text of the press release, visit bit.ly/SFIpledge.

UPDATES ON CLEAN UPS AT ABANDONED HARDROCK MINE SITES IN COLORADO
Clean Water Network Posts Updates on Clean Up Efforts and Policies

An image of a hardrock mine site

The abandoned Big 5 Tunnel hardrock mine
(Image: Coyote Gulch Archives)

There have been multiple recent developments in legislation regarding abandoned hardrock mine sites.  Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) joined with colleagues to introduce legislation that would free up funds for clean ups of abandoned coal or non-coal mines previously designated for coal mines only, allowing Colorado to allocate funds to the highest priority clean ups. 

Furthermore, EPA released a Good Samaritan policy in December to accelerate clean up efforts by allowing non-liable community organizations to carry out abandoned site clean ups without permits under the Clean Water Act.

To read the Clean Water Network’s report on both updates, visit bit.ly/CWNahmfeb2013.


UPCOMING EVENTS

ABA/EPA Region 4 Key Environmental Issues ConferenceKey Environmental Issues in EPA Region 4
February 26, 2013 | Atlanta, GA

The Key Environmental Issues conference takes place on February 26 in Atlanta, GA, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.  The gathering offers an opportunity to engage in dialogue with policy-makers and legal professionals involved in environmental issues throug hout the Southeast, while providing timely updates on key state and regional developments in environmental law in EPA Region 4.

For additional information, visit the website at bit.ly/EPAr4feb2613.


Free DOE Webinar: Renewable Energy Potential on Tribal LandsDepartment of Energy (DOE)
February 27, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern | Online Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration will sponsor a webinar focused on the development of renewable energy resources on tribal lands.  The webinar will highlight ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands using renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

To register and for additional information, visit bit.ly/DOE22713


EPA Region 7 Integrated Planning WorkshopEnvironmental Protection Agency
March 12, 2013 | Olathe, KS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Environment Federation, Association of Clean Water Administrators, and National Association of Clean Water Agencies are collaborating to offer a series of workshops on implementation of EPA's Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework. 

The first workshop will be held in EPA Region 7 on March 12 in Olathe, KS.  The second workshop will be held in EPA Region 10 on April 3 in Portland, Oregon.

For additional information, visit the website at bit.ly/NACWAEPAR7.


2013 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
March 12 - 24, 2013 | Washington, DC | Film Schedule

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's CapitalThe Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital returns to Washington, DC this March. The complete schedule can be found on the festival's website at dcenvironmentalfimlfest.org. The 21st annual Festival kicks off on March 12 and spans 12 days. The festival's 190 film presentationss include 110 Washington, D.C., U.S. and world premieres, located at 75 partnering venues across our nation's capital.

For the full film schedule and to learn more about the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, visit the website at bit.ly/2013DCEFF.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

THE WATER RESOURCES UTILITY OF THE FUTURE:
A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION

NACWA, WERF, and WEF Team To Produce New Water Utility Framework

Water Resources Utility of the Future Blueprint for ActionThe National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Research Foundation, and Water Environment Federation recently released the Water Resources Utility of the Future Blueprint for Action. 

The aim of the new Utility of the Future (UOTF) framework is to transform the way traditional wastewater utilities view and manage their operations.  The Blueprint opens the door for re-imagining the Clean Water Act to help ensure that important issues falling in the UOTF scope are emphasized as Congress and the incoming Administration develop their environmental priorities.

To view the full Blueprint, visit bit.ly/THGFeb2013Spotlight.


FEATURED COLUMN

2013 Profiles in Leadership Series: Part II (EXCERPT)

Featuring: Mark Giesfeldt, Bureau Director, Remediation and Redevelopment, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Interviewed by: Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group


The second installment in THG’s 2013 Profiles in Leadership Series features Mark Giesfeldt, Director of the Bureau for Remediation and Redevelopment at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  After three decades in state government, Mark was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Medal by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials in 2008.

Mark began his career with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1978.  A college professor recommended that he try state government, and Mark started out working on remediation of former Uniroyal clean up sites in 1982.  In 1984, Wisconsin founded its first official cleanup program, and Mark’s career trajectory has paralleled the growth of that program ever since.

TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE FEATURED COLUMN, VISIT http://bit.ly/THGFeb2013FC.