On May 5, the UNC Environmental Finance Center hosted "The Future of Environmental Finance," a public forum to share promising strategies for financing current and future environmental challenges.
Who Pays? With What Money?
The costs of environmental services, programs, and infrastructure continue to rise. At the same time, the individuals, communities, and governments tasked with paying for environmental protection are experiencing significant financial challenges. Whether a billion dollar effort to restore a region's polluted water supply, a $4,000 project to weatherize a financially disadvantaged family's home, or a program to replace a small town's 50-year-old water treatment plant, all environmental initiatives share a common challenge: who will pay and with what money? Without implementing fair and sustainable solutions to these environmental finance questions, the most brilliantly conceived environmental technology or program will likely fall short of achieving its goals.
This public forum featured engaging presentations from prominent environmental finance experts and innovators from a variety of perspectives that cut across sectors and issues. This event fostered discussion and identified emerging trends, strategies, and ideas that help answer the basic "how will we pay" questions at the heart of successful environmental protection.
- Lynn Broaddus, Director, Environment Program, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
- Mitch Gillespie, Assistant Secretary for the Environment, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Alfred Griffin, President, New York Green Bank
- Karen Massey, Director, Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority
- Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh, NC
- Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4
- Andrew Sawyers, Director, EPA Office of Wastewater Management
- Valerie Smith, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Citi
- Rich Thorsten, Director of International Programs, Water.org
- Hawley Truax, Program Officer for Environment, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Watch in video player below or as a series on Youtube.