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Syzergy Advisor, Frances Spivy-Weber

Interviews Glenda Humiston

On Innovative Financing Strategies


Glenda Humiston, Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Sacramento, CA – Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., has four key recommendations for improving California investments. Humiston, Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California, discussed these financing strategies in an interview conducted for Water Energy Innovations by Frances Spivy-Weber, former Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

“We need to recognize that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges facing our State’s water issues,” says Humiston. The future vision consists of: building regional urban-rural collaborations; engaging the general public and policy leaders; increasing food and agricultural research; and encouraging STEM subjects in schools and universities.

Additionally, Humiston outlines strategies for innovative financing to help get projects funded.  These strategies include encouraging regional investing and use of the Access to Capital Guidebook developed by eighty leaders from finance, economic development, small business, corporations and government sectors.

“Regional investing is literally the holy grail.  How do we bring some of our own money back home to invest in California?” asks Humiston. If only 5% of retirement account funds from California residents in 2011 had been invested locally, $43 billion would have been available to support in-State projects.

Spivy-Weber interviewed Humiston as part of the Water Energy Innovations project, “Accelerating Drought Resilience Through Innovative Technologies.”

The interview can be viewed here.

The project website can be viewed here.