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The Future of Environmental Finance: Strategies for Financing Current and Future Environmental Challenges

May 5th, 1:30-4:30pm in Chapel Hill, NC

Free and Open to the Public. Live Web Streaming Available.

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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 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.

Promising Strategies  

This public forum will feature engaging presentations from prominent environmental finance experts and innovators from a variety of perspectives that cut across sectors and issues. This event will foster discussion and identify emerging trends, strategies, and ideas that will help answer the basic “how will we pay” questions at the heart of successful environmental protection.

Featured Speakers:

    • Lynn Broaddus, Director, Environment Program, The Johnson Foundation Learn More
    • Mitch Gillespie, Assistant Secretary for the Environment, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Learn More
    • Alfred Griffin, President, New York Green Bank Learn More
    • Karen Massey, Director, Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority Learn More
    • Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh, NC Learn More
    • Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Learn More
    • Paul Meyer, Executive Director, NC League of Municipalities Learn More
    • Andrew Sawyers, Director, EPA Office of Wastewater Management Learn More
    • Valerie Smith, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Citi Learn More
    • Rich Thorsten, Director of International Programs, Learn More
    • Hawley Truax, Program Officer for Environment, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Learn More


The event will begin at 1:30pm and will consist of short talks by each of the speakers, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the speakers in a panel discussion.

A reception and light refreshments will be offered immediately following the event in the School of Government Atrium.

How to Attend:

The forum is free and open to the public. You are invited to attend the forum at the School of Government in Chapel Hill, NC, or through free live streaming on your computer.


Space is limited. Reserve your seat now by registering through Eventbrite.



2 Responses to “You’re Invited: The Future of Environmental Finance Public Forum”

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  2. Vanessa Bowie

    I will attend through live streaming on my computer

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