Promoting Innovative Environmental Technologies: EPA’s New ‘Path Forward’ Strategy

March 30, 2012
Noon – 1:15PM Eastern
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Newly emerging technologies hold the promise of addressing environmental problems more cost-effectively, while encouraging new companies and promoting economic development. In October, 2011, EPA adopted a “road map” to chart a path for the Agency to play more broadly in the technology marketplace–helping to define new needs, using its regulatory agenda to encourage new technology solutions, and partnering with all levels of government, the financial community, and technology developers to assist in technology commercialization, both domestically and internationally. Two activities already underway to carry out the strategy will also be discussed.


  • Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group (Moderator)
    Marianne Horinko is the President of The Horinko Group (THG). Ms. Horinko”s expertise is in watershed-based approaches to cleanup and revitalization, corporate sustainability, and collaborative solutions to environmental progress through unique public-private partnerships. Prior to founding THG, she served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2004, and Acting EPA Administrator in 2003. Following the events of September 11, Ms. Horinko served at EPA assisting in environmental cleanup activities at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol due to anthrax contamination. In 2003, she oversaw EPA’s response to the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster.Ms. Horinko is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park (B.S. in Analytical Chemistry) and Georgetown University Law School (J.D.).

  • Walter Kovalick, Former Director of EPA’s Technology Innovation Office
    Until his retirement in January 2012, Dr. Walter Kovalick served for five years as the senior official for management and administration for EPA’s Regional Office in Chicago, accountable for the region’s $700M budget, which included over $540M in contracts and grants. He also chaired the region’s Science and Technology Council and helped author the Agency’s environmental technology strategy–released in fall 2011. From 1990 to 2006, in Washington DC, Dr. Kovalick managed a technology innovation office that championed new remediation and monitoring technologies for both emergency and traditional hazardous waste site cleanups. His division provided policy leadership and technology information across EPA and enabled the broader use of such technologies by partnering with other Federal agencies, States, consulting engineers, technology vendors and other countries. In addition, the division provided high quality, cost effective environmental analyses for Superfund and other agency programs through a nationwide network of contract laboratories. He also managed a respected special field unit, the Environmental Response Team, which supported difficult and complex EPA emergency and traditional site responses nationwide, including the anthrax and ricin cleanups in the U.S. Senate and the Columbia Shuttle recovery.

    He served from January 1993 until June 1994 (during the Clinton Administration transition period) as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. For five years prior to January 1990, he was the Deputy Director of the Superfund program where he shared leadership responsibilities for a nation-wide program to respond to hazardous substance releases – both of an emergency nature as well as from abandoned waste disposal sites.

    Dr. Kovalick holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is twice a recipient of the President’s Meritorious Executive Award (most recently in 2001) as well as EPA Bronze and Silver Medals for Superior Service.

Join Us to Learn About

Join Walter Kovalick, former Director of Technology Innovation Office in EPA’s waste programs, for a wide ranging discussion of the strategy and its direction as the nation tackles the “clean technology” sector. Marianne L. Horinko, President of The Horinko Group and former EPA Acting Administrator, will moderate and provide opening remarks.