The partnership is part of a larger trend of the federal government's growing reliance on corporations, as well as non-profits, to help solve sustainability challenges. Whether it's helping with natural disaster recovery, tree planting or protecting other watersheds, public-private partnerships, it seems, are here to stay.
But are these types of partnerships an effective way to protect the environment, or do they amount to corporate greenwashing? Well, that's a complicated question, and the answer depends on whom you ask. Experts take extremely divided stances on both sides.