The Horinko Group’s 2013 Summit: Transforming America’s Contaminated Lands – A Vision for Our Nation’s Waste Program

November 7, 2013 / Washington, DC

As our nation’s waste management and cleanup programs mature, we anticipate a transformation of the regulatory landscape.  The concurrent emergence of a new economy, available investor capital, and a resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. are creating a renewed interest in site cleanup and repurposing.  Rising property values and the public demand for more sustainable products and practices are driving innovative approaches to the management of wastes, materials, and land use.

This year’s Summit will convene thought leaders in the fields of environmental cleanup, land revitalization, and sustainable materials management.  Participants will examine how EPA and those interested in its policies can sharpen the focus on opportunities to “do more with less” through public-private collaboration to advance environmentally responsible stewardship.

For further information, please contact Sean McGinnis at

The Horinko Group is pleased to announce the next installment in its Environmental Speaker Series featuring U.S. EPA’s Tom Murray, Chief of the Prevention Analysis Branch in the Pollution Prevention Division of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

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Tom Murray

On September 20 at THG’s Offices in the West End, Mr. Murray will share insights over an impressive 40-year career at EPA and will discuss a growing success story known as E3 – Economy, Energy, and Environment.  E3 is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative helping communities, manufacturers, and manufacturing supply chains adapt and thrive in today’s green economy.  E3 and E3’s Green Suppliers Network are working together to strengthen manufacturing in the United States.  Joining forces with the local community, E3 provides manufacturers with customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation.

THG hosts periodic luncheon discussions on timely environmental issues by thought leaders on all sides of the political and policy debate.  The format will feature a brief period of networking, half an hour of informative remarks, and a lively question & answer session.

You can download the slides from this presentation at

For a list of past luncheon speakers, visit

John Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), is the featured presenter of the sixth installment in the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together free webinar series.  Mr. Cruden joins ELI from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division.  Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Cruden was the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Army, an appointment that followed numerous military assignments.  Mr. Cruden will discuss his career path, accomplishments, current efforts underway at ELI, and advice for early career professionals.

The webinar recording will made available on THG’s website on June 26. To hear previous presentations in the MEET series, visit our website at

On 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

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

The preliminary program for the March 25-27 American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty in St. Louis, is now available.

The Spring Conference is offering a field trip and special evening event, providing conference participants with two unique opportunities to experience the natural wonders and water resources attractions at the Mississippi-Missouri River Confluence, including an exclusive tour of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Confluence Field Station.

For additional information about the Confluence field trip and other events, visit the conference website.

Mark Stansberry, energy leader and author of America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, hosts the Weekly Roundtable that airs each Sunday on Tulsa’s Talk Radio Station. The show features an interview with a new guest each week.

The Horinko Group’s President Marianne Horinko will be this month’s guest.

To listen to the live feed on January 30 at 9:30am Eastern, visit A recorded podcast will be made available following the live session.