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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

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

leafWRAP PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED

INTERVIEW WITH ELI PRESIDENT JOHN CRUDEN

WORLD ENVIRONMENT CENTER ROUNDTABLE

The Horinko Group's April 2012 Salon


LATEST HEADLINESleaf

spacerWRAP CONSTRUCTS INAUGURAL WEST BANK PROJECT

(WRAP) The Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) recently completed construction of its inaugural West Bank project.  WRAP, in partnership with Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), constructed a cistern system at the Battir Girls High School located near Bethlehem in the Village of Battir, Palestine.  The school has 120 female students in three grades.  This is WRAP’s third project, following successful rain harvesting installations at two schools in East Jerusalem, which have thus far collected and utilized over 180,000 liters of rainwater for toilet flushing and community gardening. 

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Cistern Rain Harvesting System, Battir, Palestine
(Source: WRAP)

“Establishing and successfully maintaining this initial project in the West Bank is essential to fulfilling WRAP’s commitment to addressing water security issues within this region in an informed manner,” stressed WRAP’s President, Brendan McGinnis.  “Our hope is that this effort will not only become a model that may be replicated in other areas of the West Bank, but also serve as an integral part of the network of schools with similar programs that WRAP is establishing throughout Israel, Palestine, and eventually, Jordan.”

To read this article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/BattirPressRelease.

To learn more about WRAP visit http://www.wrapdc.org.

spacerCUTTING CARBON CAN BE A COMPANY’S BEST INVESTMENT

(Bloomberg) Climate change activists and advocates for greener buildings and commerce haven’t had much luck pushing carbon-capping measures on Capitol Hill, so they are turning to the private sector.  And the script is no longer “save the world”; it’s “save your income statement.” 

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Source: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a report highlighting massive savings to be wrung out of carbon-reduction measures, from self-dimming lights to factories plastered with solar panels. In it, WWF President Carter Roberts said the target audience for the report is chief financial officers, “The profound frustration we feel is that government is not taking the kind of decisions necessary to address one of the greatest risks of our time, and so all eyes turn to the private sector.”  Corporate projects to reduce carbon provide a higher return on investment than total capital spending for roughly 80 percent of large U.S. companies, according to WWF and McKinsey, a co-author on the report.

To read this article in its entirety, visit http://buswk.co/15b9v0f.

To view the WWF report, visit http://bit.ly/WWF3PctSol.

spacerUSACE RELEASES VIDEO, “SECURING THE NATION’S FUTURE THROUGH WATER”

(USACE) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently announced the availability of a new video, "Securing the Nation's Future Through Water," that emphasizes the importance of the USACE Civil Works program to the Nation, both at home and in the global economy.  In the space of just a few minutes, it highlights many of the key missions that USACE performs on a daily basis that contribute to the Nation's economy, environment and quality of life through its water resources infrastructure.

“Securing the Nation's Future Through Water” can be viewed and shared at http://goo.gl/Z8wIc.  A link to download a copy of the product is also available at that location, within the video's description.

spacerUNEP REPORT RELEASED ON BUSINESS IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

UNEP Report

Source: UNEP News Centre

(UNEP News Centre) The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), SustainAbility and Green Light Group released a report on June 15 entitled, >GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.  The report is based on UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5), the UN’s assessment of the state of the global environment.  The report finds broadly that extreme weather events and pressure on natural resources will result in increasing challenges and risks for business, but the changing climate also represents major opportunities for those businesses that successfully manage risks and innovate to find solutions ahead of their competitors.  The research analyzes ten different industry sectors including construction, chemicals, mining, food, and others, reporting findings specific to each sector.

To read UNEP’s full press release, visit http://bit.ly/UNEPG5Rep.

To download the full report, visit http://www.unep.org/geo/pdfs/geo5/GEO5_for_Business.pdf.

spacerRFF UNVEILS NEW FINDINGS AND UPDATES ON A SUITE OF SHALE GAS RESEARCH

Cargill shipping barge; Source: Star Tribune

(Source: RFF, "The State of State Shale Gas Regulation" Executive Summary (May 2013))

(RFF) Resources for the Future (RFF) held a public seminar and webcast on June 27 to provide updates on their research initiative “Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development” and to facilitate a panel discussion on related questions.  The seminar featured brief presentations on each of the components of their research project and plans for the next phase of investigation, followed by a dynamic panel session with questions from the audience.

To view the webcast of the event, visit http://bit.ly/RFFPubWebcast.

To view RFF’s “Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development” reports, visit http://bit.ly/RFFManRisShaGasRpt.

MORE MILITARY BASES ACCEPTING SOLAR POWER AS AN ENERGY ALTERNATIVE

AGree Paper; Source: foodandagpolicy.com

Source: Air Force Times

(Air Force Times) Airmen can expect to see more solar panels throughout their bases, in their neighborhoods and even on their rooftops.  Plans call for solar power to make up 58 percent of the military’s renewable energy capability by 2017, according to a report released in May by the Solar Energy Industries Association.  The Air Force expects to generate 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2016.  Its goal is to have enough renewable energy to supply 25 percent of all installation electricity use by 2025, Air Force officials announced last year.

To read the article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/AFtimBasAccSolar.


UPCOMING EVENTSleaf

MEET Webcast Interview with ELI President John Cruden
Recording Now Available | Learn More

John Cruden

John Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), was the featured presenter of the sixth installment in the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together free webinar series.  Mr. Cruden discussed his diverse career path, which began with many years of military assignments before he became Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. Cruden also shared insights about his current role heading up many exciting efforts at ELI.

To listen to the free webinar, visit http://bit.ly/MEET6Webinar.


American Energy Security Summit
August 5-7, 2013 | Washington, DC | Registration

American Energy Security Summit

The American Energy Security Summit this year will focus on federal energy priorities, funding, programs, and contracts featuring Department of Defense, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other agencies.  The conference and exhibition have been ongoing for over a decade, collectively hosting over 1,000 speakers and 45,000 leaders in American Energy.

For additional information, visit http://www.leadershipforum.us/energy-leadership/.


Sustainable Forestry Initiative Annual Conference
September 17-19, 2013 | San Antonio, TX | Registration

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Annual ConferenceThis year’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative Annual Conference will cover topics including product sustainability, corporate social responsibility, emerging forest issues in Europe, advancements in forestry research and more.  The conference includes an impressive lineup of speakers as well as special workshops, open discussion, and networking opportunities.

For additional information, visit http://www.sfiprogram.org/annual-conference/2013-annual-conference/.


Growing Sustainable Communities, 6th Annual Conference
September 24-25, 2013 | Dubuque, IA | Registration

Growing Sustainable Communities ConferenceThe 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held September 24-25 at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque.  The city's 11 sustainability principles provide a framework for its strategic planning process and serve as a programming guide for the annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference.

For additional information, visit the conference website, http://gscdubuque.com.


Water and Energy 2013: Looking Beyond the Shales
September 25-26, 2013 | Houston, TX | Registration

2013 AWRA Mid-Atlantic ConferenceThe 2013 Water and Energy Conference organized by Global Water Intelligence and WestWater Research will call on leaders from business, academia and government to look beyond the gas revolution in order to build a strategic future for water and energy.  Dialogue will consider sourcing, treatment, use and reuse of water in the context of downstream petrochemicals, thermo power generation, and heavy industry.

For additional information, visit http://www.waterenergystrategy.com/.


IN THE SPOTLIGHTleaf

The Quiet Revolution in Infrastructure Ownership

Infrastructure Journal Quiet Revolution

(Source: Infrastructure Journal)
By: David Haarmeyer | June 12, 2013
 
First published in Infrastructure Journal, David Haarmeyer discusses how the slow transformation of public infrastructure into productive assets with engaged private capital is speeding up.  The new owners not only come with a strong incentive in preserving, if not increasing, the value of these “assets,” but they are disciplined by a growing number of rivals ready to jump in if they don’t.  

The problem with public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports, water/wastewater plants, and ports has been the natural limitation of public or government stewardship.  Unlike the clearly defined ownership of private property, which assigns responsibility, provides an economic interest that encourages good stewardship, and enables transferability, ownership that is “public” is highly diffused (i.e. across millions of taxpayers), no economic interest is tied back to a specific owner, and ownership is nontransferable. Consequently, public infrastructure can find itself starved of investment and maintenance.  In the U.S., the bill to maintain and rebuild infrastructure is expected to reach US$2.75 trillion by 2020 with a funding gap of US$1.1. trillion, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

To download a PDF of the column, click here.


FEATURED COLUMN

World Environment Center Roundtable (EXCERPT)

WRAP Brendan McGinnis and Bob Cole

Marianne Horinko, President of The Horinko Group leads WEC Roundtable on Sustainable Engineering

Excerpt from: Fostering Dialogue at the WEC Roundtable on Sustainable Engineering

By: The Horinko Group

The World Environment Center held a roundtable event from June 10-11 in Washington, DC, entitled Preparing the Next Generation of Engineering Students to Implement Sustainable Development: A Dialogue with Engineering School Thought Leaders and Business Executives.  

THG’s President Marianne Horinko moderated a panel discussion during the event focused around the question: What skills do global companies want their new hires to possess?  The panel featured executives from The Dow Chemical Company, Royal Dutch Shell, and CH2M Hill sharing experiences on the qualities that their companies seek in new employees and the training they undergo as related to sustainability.

TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE FEATURED COLUMN, VISIT http://bit.ly/THGJul2013FC.