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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 10, October 2011
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The Horinko Group's October 2011 Water SummitOct 25 Water Resources Summit Approaching
Join the Dialogue Now!

This is your last chance to register for The Horinko Group’s October 25, 2011 Water Resources Summit, Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Resources – Answering the Call for Stewardship, taking place at the University of Maryland in College Park.

2011 Water Resources SummitWe are honored to have this year’s Summit selected as a featured program of the United Nations Association Water Week. The gathering will feature three panel discussions, each delving deeper into our nation's most pressing water sustainability topics: Water Governance, Water Advocacy, and the Business of Water, with a keynote address by Steve Hoffmann, author of Planet Water: Investing in the World's Most Valuable Resource.

Registration for the summit ends this Friday, October 21. Sign up now by visiting the website at http://2011summit.thehorinkogroup.org.

University of Maryland Team Wins DOE’s 2011 Solar Decathlon
The University of Maryland's winning Watershed projectCongratulations to University of Maryland’s Team WaterShed for winning this year’s Solar Decathlon, which took place from September 23 - October 2 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Team WaterShed’s design took a water-focused approach modeled after the path of a water drop in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Solar Decathlon is a competition hosted every two years by the US Department of Energy, in which collegiate teams design, build, and operate solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Teams are scored in 10 equally weighted categories for a maximum score of 1000 points. Team WaterShed finished on an impressive score of 951, followed closely Purdue University’s INhome with a score of 931. Third place went to First Light, built by students from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Audubon Center at Riverlands Celebrates its Grand OpeningThe Audubon Center at Riverlands
The grand opening of the Audubon Center at Riverlands took place on October 15 in West Alton, MO. The Audubon Center is a state-of-the-art birding and educational facility created through a partnership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St Louis District and the National Audubon Society. Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the 3,700-acre sanctuary will be home to more than 325 migratory bird species throughout the year and is designed to reshape the area as a prime destination for nature tourism and bird watching.

To learn more about the Center, visit the website at http://www.riverlands.audubon.org.

CWAA Publication: Barriers and Gateways to Green InfrastructureCWAA Report: Barriers and Gateways to Green Infrastructure
The Clean Water America Alliance recently released its latest report, Barriers and Gateways to Green Infrastructure. The report provides recommendations developed and refined through conversations with partner organizations including American Rivers, The Conservation Fund, Low Impact Development Center, Smart Growth America, and the Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Council. The research survey was funded by the Turner Foundation to help inform EPA’s upcoming Stormwater regulations due to be released December 2, 2011.

The report can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/gireport.

Upcoming Events

World's Water Volume 7Release of The World’s Water, Volume 7: The Biennial Report of Freshwater Resources
October 18, 2011 | 10:00am – Noon EDT | Washington, DC
In The World’s Water, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Peter Gleick and his colleagues find that more and more regions of the world, including the United States, may be reaching the point of “peak water.” To conserve this critical resource without harming the economy or public health, businesses, communities, governments, and individuals are looking for new techniques to move to sustainable water management.

The seventh edition of this biennial report tackles a diverse set of cutting edge issues. Gleick will address several key topics including reform of US water policy, impacts of climate change, the effects of fossil fuels, impacts of China’s dam building policy, and the lessons of Australia’s prolonged and severe drought.

For additional information, visit the event's website at http://bit.ly/wwv7.

The Security and Sustainability Forum’s Adaptation Webinar Series
Session Four | December 15, 2011 | 2:00 3:30pm EDT – Register Now
Security and Sustainability ForumRegistration is now open for Session 4 of the Security and Sustainability Forum’s free Adaptation Webinar Series: Public Health Adaptations. Learn from moderator, Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the International Association for Ecology and Health, and a panel of international experts on how climate impacts public health planning and administration on a global scale.

For additional information, visit the SSF website at www.securityandsustainabilityforum.org.

Spotlight On...

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Launches New Website to Protect Wetlands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the launch of a new website designed to improve wetlands protection. The new site enables the general public to report any violations of laws protecting wetlands using a simple electronic form. Once these initial reports are submitted, scientists from EPA will conduct further investigation to see if regulatory action is required.

To learn more about this new program, read the full press release at http://1.usa.gov/epar2wet.

Visit the new EPA wetlands site at http://www.epa.gov/region02/water/wetlands/violations.html.

Featured Column

Excerpt From: "Defense Department LEED Funding to Be Eliminated?"
Chris CheathamBy: Chris Cheatham, Managing Partner, Cheatham Consulting, LLC
It is not looking pretty for federal green building policy.

Earlier in the year, I speculated that Congress might target green building certification as an unnecessary cost. Well, it happened. From the ASHRAE Government Affairs Update:

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012 – Would Require Cost-Benefit Analysis & Long-Term Payback for DoD Adopting ASHRAE Standard 189.1

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) by a vote of 322-96. . . .

The bill would also require a cost-benefit analysis and return on investment for energy efficiency attributes and sustainable design achieved through DoD funds used to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or Platinum certification.

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