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Workshop: Paying for Tomorrow


November 15, 2018


Washington, DC (and webinar)

ELI Public Workshop

Our quality of life is heavily influenced by the quality of our environment. Whether we want to keep the beauty and quality that we have, or we want to change and clean up those areas of our environment that have been compromised, environmental quality is inextricably bound up with our sense of the quality of our lives. Yet, this comes with a cost. We were relatively successful at tackling many of the environmental problems of the past. But we now face a new set of environmental challenges, and we have neither the financial nor the operational structures to deal with these situations. And so it is imperative that we adopt the most cost-effective solutions to the problems we face now and in the future.

In Paying for Tomorrow: Maintaining Our Quality of Life author and leading expert Michael Curley explored what we are going to have to pay for in order to maintain our quality of life in the foreseeable future, including the strategies we must employ to make sure that we use the most cost-effective and least expensive strategies to pay for them.

Our workshop on “Paying for Tomorrow: Maintaining Our Quality of Life” explored and explained the various financial strategies that could be used to preserve the quality of our lives, and how to pay to reduce greenhouse gases; for climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation; for safe drinking water plants, wastewater treatment plants, and the power to run them; for increasing energy conservation and our use of renewables; how to protect jobs; and more.

Michael Curley, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute, President, Environmental Finance LLC, Senior Lecturer and Professional Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, and Author

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