Senior Manager, Insurance and Water Programs
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Sharlene works with insurers and water service providers to build business models that are resilient to weather extremes, climate change and resource depletion.
Her focus includes the role insurers and risk modelers play in driving climate adaptation and climate investment risks and opportunities with a particular focus on municipal bonds. She also works with drinking water, stormwater and wastewater service providers to develop physical infrastructure and rate structures that enable development of sustainable water systems.
Before coming to Ceres, she was a fellow in the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on the role of science in multi-stakeholder resource planning and dispute resolution. Her professional experience also includes intellectual property prosecution at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she specialized in semiconductors and nanotechnology.
She holds a BA in Physics and English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Recent Blog Posts
Water utilities across the United States are planning major infrastructure investments in the coming decades. How much? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates about $300 billion will need to be spent by 2030 to keep our drinking water systems safe.
The costs of rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure are jaw dropping: estimates range from $300 billion to $1 trillion needed over the next 30 years.
Across maps of the arid West, expensive water pipelines are being plotted to meet the region's profound need for water. But what if there's not enough demand for water to pay for these projects?
Across the West, proposed high-stakes projects to capture water resources are generating well-deserved controversy because every one of them ignores cheaper, more sensible alternatives that are more sustainable in the long term.
Much of Nevada’s livelihood comes from gambling, but some things are too precious and too costly to gamble on. Unfortunately, gambling is exactly what the state’s largest provider of that most precious desert resource – water – is doing. The stakes are high for residents and businesses.