Hunt Valley, MD
443-691-1874 mc@envfin.com

Publications

On this page, you’ll find articles I have published over the years sorted by category. Please contact me if you would like more information about any of these publications.

Air Quality

“Public Private Partnerships: No Silver Bullets,” the Huffington Post, May 21, 2015.

“The Z Tranche” (with Lindsay Haislip), The Environmental Forum of the Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., May, 2015

“Optimizing Financial Strategies for Environmental Pollution and Remediation Initiatives”, proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 15-17, 2013.

“’Voluntary Environmental Improvement Bonds’”: An Innovative Local Environmental Finance Concept for Mitigation of Climate Change Risk; Air Pollution Reduction; and the Reduction of Non-Point Source Water Pollution”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., June, 2009.

“Innovative Finance Programs for Air Pollution Reduction”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. October, 2007.

"Financing Urban Water Quality in the 21st Century: An Holistic Approach", (Abstract), Proceedings of the 1992 Stockholm Water Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, 1992.

Chesapeake Bay

“Proposals for the Maryland General Assembly to Finance Chesapeake Bay Restoration in 2012”, Report to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 5 February 2012.

“Make the ‘flush tax’ go further”, (Op-Ed), The Baltimore Sun, 11 November 2011.

“Paying $5.3 Billion for Stormwater Management: Finance Options for Maryland”, A Report to the Maryland Department of the Environment, (with Kai Yun Kao, graduate student, Johns Hopkins University) 31 August 2011.

“Diversifying Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Trust – A White Paper Report”, coauthored with Dan Nees and Bill Matuszeski, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland, November, 2006.

“The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. August, 2005.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

“Financing Watershed Protection under the Clean Water Act,” Water Environment & Technology, January 2015

“A Tragedy to Avert,” the Huffington Post, December 4, 2014.

“Another Wave of Plague,” the Huffington Post, June 13, 2014.

“The Newest Player in the Climate Change/Renewable Energy Game: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $100+ Billion Clean Water State Revolving Fund,” (with Lindsay Haislip) Environmental Law Reporter, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., April 2014.

“The Open Secret: Financing Industrial Pollution Control Under the Clean Water Act,” the Environmental Forum, Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C., March/April 2014.

“A Trillion Dollars for Infrastructure Left on the Table,” the Huffington Post, November 26, 2013.

“The Goldmine,” the Environmental Forum, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March, 2012.

Climate Change

“Public Private Partnerships: No Silver Bullets,” the Huffington Post, May 21, 2015.

“The Z Tranche” (with Lindsay Haislip), the Environmental Forum of The Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

“A Role for Interstate Compacts in Coastal Resilience & Climate Change Mitigation,” the Environmental Law Reporter, September 2015.

“Climate Change: What if We Can’t Get There from Here?” ConserveFewell (blog), August 11, 2014.

“The Newest Player in the Climate Change/Renewable Energy Game: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $100+ Billion Clean Water State Revolving Fund,” (with Lindsay Haislip) Environmental Law Reporter, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., April 2014.

“Making the $100 Billion Climate Change Project Real”, Environmental Finance, October, 2010.

“’Voluntary Environmental Improvement Bonds’”: An Innovative Local Environmental Finance Concept for Mitigation of Climate Change Risk; Air Pollution Reduction; and the Reduction of Non-Point Source Water Pollution”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., June, 2009.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

“Sound Finance Policies for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,” Section of Chapter 2 of the 2nd Edition of the CRC Handbook of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, CRC Press, scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2015.

“Report on Innovative Financial Programs for the Installation of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Improvement Devices at Public and Not-for-profit Facilities.” Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., March, 2010.

Estuaries

“A Tragedy to Avert,” the Huffington Post, December 4, 2014.

Hazardous Waste

"Financing the Remediation of Hazardous Waste Sites Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)", Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., April 1993.

Multi Media

“Report on the Financial, Underwriting, Risk Mitigation and Consumer Protection Considerations for the Adoption of Voluntary Environmental Improvement Bond (VEIB) Programs”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., June, 2009. (Co-edited with Lindene S. Patton)

“’Voluntary Environmental Improvement Bonds’”: An Innovative Local Environmental Finance Concept for Mitigation of Climate Change Risk; Air Pollution Reduction; and the Reduction of Non-Point Source Water Pollution”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., June, 2009.

“A Bond Boost for Green Tech Markets?” Environmental Finance, April, 2009.

“Application of Innovative Finance Techniques in the Transportation Infrastructure & Financial Innovation Act of 1998 (TIFIA) to Environmental Finance Issues”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. March, 2004.

"Proposal for the Creation of a Cooperative International Bond Guaranty Fund", Report of the  Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. March, 1999.

"Feasibility Study for the Creation of a Partnership Fund to Enhance the Credit of Municipal Bonds Issued for Environmental Infrastructure Projects in the New Independent States", United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., December 1997.

"Creating a New Financial Regime for Environmental Projects in Ukraine and the Other Newly Independent States", Environmental Infrastructure Management, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1997.

"Healing NAFTA's Achilles Heel", (Op-Ed) The Journal of Commerce, Vol. 395, No. 27,935, Tuesday, March 16, 1993, reprinted in full in the Congressional Record, Vol. 139, No. 47, at E 908, April 5, 1993.

"Creating a Viable Financial Program for the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)", Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., April 1994.

"Implementing the Financial Aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)", Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., April 1993.

"Financing Environmental Infrastructure Along the United States - Mexican Border and in Eastern Europe and the Republics of the Former Soviet Union", Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., April, 1992.

"Factors Affecting the Financing of Environmental Infrastructure", The Privatization Review, Vol. 5, No.4, Fall, 1990.

Pesticide/Biocontrol

“Financing the Reestablishment of the Biocontrol Industry in Central Asia”, The Asian Development Bank, Manila, The Philippines, January, 2008.

Resilience

“A Role for Interstate Compacts in Coastal Resilience & Climate Change Mitigation,” scheduled to be published in the Environmental Law Reporter in 2015.

Subsidies

“Another Wave of Plague,” the Huffington Post, June 13, 2014.

Urban Mass Transport

“The Z Tranche” (with Lindsay Haislip) scheduled for publication in May 2015 in the Environmental Forum of the Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

Water Quality

“Financing Watershed Protection under the Clean Water Act,” Water Environment & Technology, January 2015

“A Tragedy to Avert,” the Huffington Post, December 4, 2014.

“The Open Secret: Financing Industrial Pollution Control Under the Clean Water Act,” the  Environmental Forum, Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C., March/April 2014.

“Optimizing Financial Strategies for Environmental Pollution and Remediation Initiatives”, proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 15-17, 2013.

“Proposals for the Maryland General Assembly to Finance Chesapeake Bay Restoration in 2012”, Report to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 5 February 2012.

“Make the ‘flush tax’ go further”, (Op-Ed), The Baltimore Sun, 11 November 2011.

“Paying $5.3 Billion for Stormwater Management: Finance Options for Maryland”, A Report to the Maryland Department of the Environment, (with Kai Yun Kao, graduate student, Johns Hopkins University) 31 August 2011.

“’Voluntary Environmental Improvement Bonds’”: An Innovative Local Environmental Finance Concept for Mitigation of Climate Change Risk; Air Pollution Reduction; and the Reduction of Non-Point Source Water Pollution”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., June, 2009.

“Diversifying Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Trust – A White Paper Report”, co authored with Dan Nees and Bill Matuszeski, Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland, November, 2006.

“The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund”, Report of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. August, 2005.

"The Rural Water Partnership Program", Rural Water, Vol. 12, No. 3, Fall, 1991.

"A World Water Resources Bank: A Private Financial Structure for Worldwide Water Projects", presented at the VIIth World Congress on Water Resources in Rabat, Morocco, May 16, 1991. One of 27 papers selected out of over 200 presented for publication in the official proceedings of the Congress. Reprinted in full in The Bond Buyer, Vol. 296, No. 28656, May 18, 1991. Extended abstract reprinted in the Congressional Record, Vol. 137, No. 89, June 11, 1991, at pp. E 2151-2.

"Evaluating Financial Alternatives for Private Water Companies", Water, Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer, 1990.

Financial Alternatives for Water and Wastewater Utility Systems, (Monograph) Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities, Washington, D.C., 1990. Excerpted under same title in MIS REPORT, Vol. XXII, No. 9, September 1990, by the International City Management Association (ICMA), Washington, D.C.

Watershed Protection

“Financing Watershed Protection under the Clean Water Act,” Water Environment & Technology, January 2015