Michael Curley, executive director and founder of the International Center for Environmental Finance, Ltd., and assistant teaching professor of strategic management and public policy, made a presentation to the Conservation Leadership Partnership (CLP) at an event that convened experts to discuss local and market-based solutions to help cities and states fix crumbling water infrastructure for consumers and agriculture across the country – a challenge that could cost $1 trillion for drinking water alone.
Curley focused on ways to leverage the current federal investment in infrastructure in the private sector in his presentation, “Counterproductive Environmental Subsidies,” in Augusta, Ga.
The round table included a discussion about experiences with water policy with participants from municipal, state and federal government; agricultural interests; private companies in the water sector; conservation organizations and academia.
The event was the third in a series of regional round table discussions sponsored by the CLP to engage local leaders and draw upon their efforts to explore and identify innovative conservation initiatives. The first, in Denver, Colo., in July 2012, focused on private stewardship and landowner engagement in conservation. The second, in Hilton Head, S.C., in September 2012, concentrated on habitat trading credits as a conservation tool.
The CLP is a new initiative designed to address conservation challenges. It is guided by the Conservation Leadership Council, which is composed of former government officials, public policy experts, leaders in the agricultural community and the private sector.