E&W Blog

April 27, 2017

S&P Issues New Green Bonding Criteria

The Greening of Wall Street continues a positive trajectory as Standard & Poor’s issues its new Green Evaluation Analytical Approach, designed to credit rate Green Bonds used to finance projects with environmental benefits. This is a positive development for the environment and for socially conscious investors, as it creates clearer performance standards for infrastructure projects that claim […]
April 25, 2017

E&W's Spring '17 Compliance and Enforcement Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the attached Spring edition of the Earth & Water Group’s Compliance and Enforcement Newsletter.   As the Trump Administration continues to shake things up in Washington D.C., creating added uncertainty for EPA and other agencies, many of the underlying risks to corporate EHS programs remain intact and, in fact, […]
April 25, 2017

Sharing and Shaping the Future of EHS2 Compliance

“Sharing and Shaping the Future of Effective EHS2 Compliance” was the theme of Earth & Water Group’s EHS2 Spring Roundtable attended by EHS leaders from over 15 organizations on April 18 in Washington. E&W Spring Newsletter offers more details and insight into EHS2 compliance, regulatory trends, and enforcement risks. Recognizing that 2017 is shaping up […]
April 20, 2017

Water Desal Has a Major New Champion

Historically, one of the biggest obstacles to deploying desalination technologies has been opposition by environmental groups.   This is all about to change now that desal has a BIG and powerful new champion.  According to media reports, former Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the nation’s most ardent environmentalists,  has taken a position with Poseidon Water, […]
April 18, 2017

Regulatory Reform at U.S. EPA Under Way

EPA has made some moves on the Regulatory Reform Effort. On February 24th the President issued an Executive Order (EO 13777) requiring a report by mid-May from each Government department or agency proposing the roll back of unduly burdensome federal regulations. This EO operates in concert with EO 13771 (February 3, 2017) which directs all agencies […]
April 15, 2017

Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal Water Resources

Linking to a new report by Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School, and Jill Jamieson, Jones Lang LaSalle, titled Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources.  The report looks at a host of water infrastructure, including navigation, flood management, hydropower, irrigation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Decades of inadequate funding have resulted […]
April 10, 2017

Corporate EHS Programs Under Increased Scrutiny

Linking to a recent story in Bloomberg chronicling several recent tragic worker fatalities and injuries in the U.S. auto parts manufacturing sector, titled “Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs – The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price.  Reports like this reinforce that “government oversight” is not the only […]
April 10, 2017

OECD Touts Market-Based Solutions to Solving Complex Water Pollution

Linking to a new OECD report that touts water quality trading and other innovative and market-based approaches to solving water pollution from diffuse sources.  The report begins, Decades of regulation and large investments to reduce point source pollution have brought substantial gains for the economy, human health, environment and social values.  But water quality challenges […]
March 26, 2017

Top Areas of Environmental Reform in Trump Era

The Environmental Law Institute this week issued a new report identifying where the action is going to be in the Trump Administration with regard to environmental policy.  Here is ELI’s list of those areas – the report can be found in its entirety ELI Report – Reg Reform in Trump Era: FACT SHEET 1: Reversing […]
March 15, 2017

UNC Environmental Finance Center Issues Report on P3s – Evaluates 9 Case Studies

This week the UNC Environmental Finance Center, under the leadership of Jeff Hughes, released a report highlighting 9 different P3s within the water sector as an alternative delivery model to the traditional approach.   Jeff and his team are doing some really good work in this space.  Here is a summary and link to the […]