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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

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

NEW BROWNFIELDS LEGISLATION FOR 2013

THG'S UPCOMING APRIL 5 WEBINAR

PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP: DAVID LLOYD

Melvin Price Locks and Dam


LATEST HEADLINES

BUILD ACT COULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR BROWNFIELDS SITES
Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013

There are more than 450,000 Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID) and Udall (D-NM) have introduced new legislation that will help towns and cities across the country create vibrant, thriving places on land that today is contaminated and empty.

Yards Park in Washington DC, built on a former Brownfields Site 
Source: Smart Growth America

Yards Park in Washington, D.C.
Built on a former Brownfields site.
(Source: Smart Growth America)

Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013 will help towns and cities clean up brownfield sites and put them back into productive use. This smart growth strategy can revitalize not just a single property but whole communities, something members of Congress on both sides of the aisle should support. brownfield sites in the United States today, and at an average of 6.5 acres per site, that is nearly 4,570 square miles of land in the United States that could be helped by the BUILD Act.

For additional information on the BUILD Act of 2013, visit http://bit.ly/BUILD2013.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOCKS AND DAMS IN DIRE NEED OF MAINTENENCE
USDA Conference Calls for Infrastructure Investment Along River

(Star Tribune) At a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture conference in Washington, DC, an executive from the agribusiness giant Cargill called for new investment by the federal government in the Mississippi River’s lock and dam system. The existing infrastructure, located in the Upper Mississippi Basin from St. Louis, Missouri north, was mostly built in the 1930s and has outlived its life expectancy by more than 20 years.

Cargill shipping barge; Source: Star Tribune

A Cargill Shipping Barge
(Source: Minnesota Star Tribune)

According to industry representatives, the economic impacts associated with lock or dam failures are too costly to brush aside until such a crisis occurs. Many are calling for a serious commitment and long-term investment in infrastructure redevelopment of the entire system.

The full article is available on the Minnesota Star Tribune's website at http://www.startribune.com/business/193446011.html.

GAO'S LATEST TESTIMONY ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
"Water Infrastructure: Approaches and Issues for Financing Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure"

GAO Report on Water InfrastructureOn March 13, the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) J. Alfredo Gomez, Director of Natural Resources and Environment, issued testimony before the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies entitled, Water Infrastructure: Approaches and Issues for Financing Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure.

In the statement, GAO reviews three approaches to bridging the gap between projected drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs and their current funding. The approaches reviewed include a clean water trust fund, national infrastructure bank, and public-private partnerships.

To read the full testimony, visit http://1.usa.gov/WItDVN.

BILL INTRODUCED SUPPORTING PUBLIC- PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Senators from Illinois Introduce "Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act"

An image of a hardrock mine site

(Dec 17, 2012) Leadership Forum at National Great Rivers Research and Education Center where Sen. Durbin convened stakeholders and policy makers on Army Corps’ emergency response to Mississippi River low water levels.
(Source: US Amry Corps of Engineers)

Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Kirk, (R-IL) recently introduced the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act (WIN P3 Act).

The bill would create a pilot program to explore public-private partnerships as alternatives to traditional models for water infrastructure projects. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be authorized to accept up to 15 navigation, flood damage reduction, and hurricane and storm damage reduction projects into the pilot program. For each project, the Corps and non-federal sponsors could enter into new agreements to decentralize planning, design, and construction to speed up project delivery.

To download the bill in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/WINP3Act.

2013 WATER MARKET REVIEW NOW AVAILABLE
TechKNOWLEDGEy's 2013 Review "Growing Awareness, Growing Risks"

GAO Report on Water Infrastructure

TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group has released its 2013 Water Market Review entitled, Growing Awareness, Growing Risks. The review covers current challenges and opportunities in the global water market, highlighting key trends and developments related to regulation, infrastructure, technology, conservation, reuse, and privatization. It explores the under-valuation of water, financial and investment perspective, and water’s critical connections to food and energy.

To download the full report, visit their website at http://www.tech-strategy.com.

CHEMICAL AND GAS SUPPLIERS BATTLE OVER NATURAL GAS EXPORTS
Boom in Liquified Natural Gas Production Feeds Ongoing Debate

RFF Pathways to Dialogue: What the Experts Say about the Environmental Risks of Shale Gas DevelopmentThe U.S. is experiencing declining natural gas imports and growing domestic supplies due to sophisticated and widespread gas extraction technology. In the wake of this gas boom, the debate between domestic industrial consumers of natural gas and oil and gas companies concerning the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is growing.

The U.S. is expected to produce more gas than it needs by 2020. Chemical and other industrial gas consumers worry that exporting the excess supplies will raise domestic prices and undercut international competitiveness. Meanwhile, oil and gas companies are pushing for the development of LNG shipping terminals, arguing that LNG trade will benefit the U.S. economy and foster job creation.

To read the full article, visit http://bit.ly/CENLNG31113.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay Tuned: THG to Release Latest Webinar Next Week
Release Date: April 5, 2013 | Free Recording | More Information

Richard Muncrief

Richard Muncrief

Mr. Richard Muncrief, Senior Vice President of Operations and Resource Development for Continental Resources, Inc. is the featured presenter of the fourth installment in the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together free webinar series. Mr. Muncrief will discuss Continental’s forward-looking strategy, anticipated future operations, drilling plans, estimated reserves, future production, estimated capital expenditures, projected costs, and the potential of drilling prospects.

Mr. Muncrief joined the company in June 2009 and has over 30 years of upstream and midstream energy experience. In his current role, he is responsible for all engineering and operational aspects of the company. Prior to joining Continental he served as President/COO with Quest Midstream Partners, LP in Oklahoma City and was a member of the Board of Directors.

The webinar recording will made available on THG’s website on April 5. To hear previous presentations in the MEET series, visit http://www.thgadvisors.org/our-resources/webinars/.


WRAP: Make a Difference — One Drop at a Time
April 9, 2013 | Global Understanding Convention | Monmouth University

Water Resources Action Project, Inc.THG’s Brendan McGinnis, in his role as President of the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP), will be presenting on the challenges that securing reliable and accessible water pose to the quality of life in the Middle East and WRAP’s efforts to mitigate these challenges.

WRAP funds and constructs rainwater harvesting systems at schools throughout the region, accompanied by a strong educational program and monitoring procedures. To date, WRAP has installed two such systems in East Jerusalem. WRAP’s next project, a cistern system, will be located at the Battir Girls High School, near Bethlehem in the West Bank. Mr. McGinnis will provide his first-hand account of the Middle Eastern water conflict, resulting impact on human health and the environment, the opportunity to make an immediate difference, WRAP’s role, and lessons learned along the way.

To learn about the Battir School project and contribute to this worthwhile effort that will greatly improve the education and water security of these underprivileged children, visit http://bit.ly/WRAPBattir.


AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference
April 7 - 10, 2013 | Nashville, TN | Registration

AWWA Sustainable Management ConferenceThe American Water Works Association (AWWA) will be hosting the Sustainable Water Management Conference in early April. The conference is set to focus on solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing infrastructure, developing robust supply models and watershed management plans, water reuse, resource management, and green infrastructure.

For additional information on the conference, visit http://bit.ly/AWWASWMC2013.

To view the conference agenda, visit http://bit.ly/SWMCAgenda2013.


Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference
April 16 - 18, 2013 | Washington, DC | Registration

Good Jobs, Green Jobs National ConferenceThe theme of this year's Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, Let’s Get to Work: Climate Change, Infrastructure and Innovation, explores the realities of climate change following Hurricane Sandy, the drought of 2012, and the impacts on our communities, economy and environment. Speakers and workshops will also focus on growing the clean economy to scale; role of strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors in solving the country’s pressing economic and environmental challenges; and efforts across the U.S. for social, economic and environmental justice, and building an economy with good jobs.

To learn more and register, visit http://www.greenjobsconference.org/.

2013 National Brownfields Conference
May 15 - 17, 2013 | Atlanta, GA | Registration

2013 Brownfields ConferenceOn May 17, THG President Marianne Horinko will be speaking at the 2013 National Brownfields Conference as a representative of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), serving on a panel focused on the ASTM Greener Cleanup Standard Guide and other tools to assist organizations with implementing greener cleanups.

The National Brownfields Conference, cosponsored by U.S. EPA, is the largest and most comprehensive event in the nation that focuses on issues important to community revitalization and the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

For additional information on the conference, visit http://bit.ly/Brownfields2013.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

THG EXTENDED TEAM WATERSIDE PROJECT RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
Lighthouse Architects and SWT Design Recently Completed Table Rock Lake Dam Visitor's Center for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Table Rock Lake Dam facility designed by Lighthouse Architects and SWT Design's Lighthouse Architects and SWT Design, members of The Horinko Group’s Extended Team, recently received notice from the governing body of the Green Building Certification Institute, that a recently completed waterside project designed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received a coveted LEED Gold certification. This project is a water resource themed Class A visitor’s center for the Corps that specifically celebrates the 50th anniversary of the construction of Table Rock Lake Dam, situated near the town of Branson, Missouri.

THG Extended Team members delivered a sustainable site and building design that enabled this project to achieve this lofty status. The site design delivers an entry procession through regional Ozark habitats, while providing water quality bio-swales, all demonstrating the high level of stewardship desired by the Corps. The building utilizes local products, recycled material, natural daylight, and highly efficient building systems. The unique design and timeless curb appeal of this building invites the 8 million tourists who frequent the area to visit this facility and learn about the regional history and story of the Corps.

For more information, visit the Table Rock Lake Dam Visitor's Center website at http://www.tablerockdamtours.com/visitor-center.


FEATURED COLUMN

2013 Profiles in Leadership Series: Part III (EXCERPT)David Lloyd

Excerpt from: Profiles in Leadership Series featuring
David Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Interviewed by: Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group

THG’s 2013 Profiles in Leadership Series outlines the experience, ideas, and advice learned over considerable time devoted to environmental progress in our nation.  The third installment features David Lloyd, Director of EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. 

The Road to EPA

David Lloyd began his career in private law practice in Nevada, where he grew up.  He decided that he would return to Washington, DC where he attended law school and was able to obtain a position in EPA's Office of General Counsel.  Formerly a real estate attorney in private practice, he knew he would need grounding in environmental issues and was open-minded towards a public-sector practice of law. 

TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE FEATURED COLUMN, VISIT http://bit.ly/THGMarch2013FC.