Senior Manager, Water Program
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Monika researches corporate and investor exposure to risks related to growing water scarcity and water quality issues. She explores capital markets solutions to these challenges and ways that businesses and investors can more proactively manage water risks and limit impacts to water resources. Her work looks to reshape how economic actors value water and drive better water management, recognizing that healthy water resources are an economic imperative. In addition to her current focus on water use trends in shale energy development Monika supports the Water Program's research on water issues in agriculture and municipal systems.
Prior to Ceres Monika worked as a research consultant for the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard, exploring the roots of the concept of sustainability to inform the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) in their efforts to evolve corporate reporting standards and investor integration of environmental and social factors. As a Chartered Financial Analyst with a Masters in Freshwater Ecology, Monika is particularly interested in driving greater integration of water risks and opportunities into investment decision-making.
Recent Blog Posts
Water is a critical but contentious resource for the fracking industry, which is booming in the US and poised to take off globally.
Controversy concerning the practice of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas development is about more than just breaking up underground rock deposits to release gas and oil.
Proposed standards that the U.S. Department of Interior announced for fracking on federal and Indian lands are important, especially in the arid West where water is gold. Unfortunately, water protection gets short shrift in the rules that, once finalized, will apply to 750 million acres of public lands.
Part two of Monika Freyman's blog series on how hydraulic fracturing is changing the American landscape. In this installment Monika examines regional water issues associated with hydraulic fracturing.
Advances in drilling technologies, most prominently hydraulic fracturing, have unlocked shale oil and gas resources previously thought unrecoverable and quite literally changed the American landscape.