Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure: Waves in Water Funding

Tuesday, 08/20/2019
1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST

Event Info

Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure: Waves in Water Funding

Tuesday, August 20th 1:00-2:30 PM EST

Presenter: Stacey Isaac Berahzer, CEO of IB Environmental and Amanda Hallauer, Environmental Planner, City of Atlanta Watershed Management

Summary of Webinar: In the fourth of a 4-part webinar series, Stacey Isaac Berahzer will provide an overview of the evolving use of green infrastructure for water quality management nationally. We will share examples of how some traditional financing sources, such as the State Revolving Funds and local utility capital improvement plans, are now used to fund green infrastructure (GI) projects. The presenter will outline the key role that stormwater utilities with robust incentive programs play in providing a dedicated source of financing for GI projects. We will focus on case studies of innovative financing models including trading and public-private partnerships. Amanda Hallauer with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management will discuss the nation’s first environmental impact municipal bond.

Series Description: Investment in water infrastructure including drinking water, wastewater and stormwater lags well behind what is needed to ensure safe, clean and affordable water, and water systems are struggling to maintain and rehabilitate the nation’s aging infrastructure. This four-part webinar series will look at how communities generate the money for water projects (both traditional pipes and treatment as well as green infrastructure), how investment decisions are made and how local organizations can play a role.

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River Network recently released a Drinking Water Guide that includes a section on What Does Drinking Water Cost and What is My Water Bill Paying For? This four-part webinar series provides the chance to dig deeper into these issues and understand better how water infrastructure is currently paid for including issues of sustainability, affordability and equity. Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to follow up with the speakers on specific issues in online “office hours.”