The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. The EFCN works with the public and private sectors to promote sustainable environmental solutions while bolstering efforts to manage costs.
The Environmental Finance Centers are located throughout the United States. Below is a list of all eleven centers and their focuses:
at the University of Southern Maine
Focus: The New England EFC strives to build capacity of public and private clients throughout New England to pay for the growing costs of protecting the environment and to be better prepared to manage both chronic acute problems of environmental protection and finance.
at Syracuse University
Focus: Advance efficient and effective governance and problem-solving through leadership development and community participation in decision-making processes, focusing on public infrastructure education and training, financing, and regulatory tools, in areas such as sustainable materials management, green infrastructure for stormwater management, smart growth, and comprehensive planning.
at the University of Maryland
Focus: Protecting natural resources and watersheds by strengthening the capacity of local decision-makers to analyze environmental problems, develop innovative and effective methods of financing environmental efforts and educate communities about the role of finance and economic development in the protection of the environment.
at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Focus: The EFC at UNC is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways.
at The Michigan Institute of Technology
Focus: Providing training, technical assistance, guidance publications and applied research related to environmental infrastructure (water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems, landfills, recycling programs, etc.) and its efficient management. The center focuses on implementing asset management as a business practice for infrastructure owners.
Focus: Assist state, local, and tribal governments in water system capacity development, source water protection, tribal water system compliance, tribal operator certification, water regionalization, drought preparedness planning, arsenic rule compliance, leak detection, and asset management.
at Earth Island Institute
Focus: Through research, training and capacity building, EFCWest integrates economy, environment, community and culture to: 1) Advance balanced business and financial practices, 2) Enable climate change mitigation and adaptation, 3) Promote water and waste best management practices, and 4) Empower disadvantaged peoples, throughout the United States and internationally.
at California State University, Sacramento
Focus: Supporting and improving the capabilities of Region 9 by providing resource tools and on-site training and technical assistance related to financing and planning of environmental and public health programs in areas such as drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, groundwater, and solid waste management.
at Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Focus: Providing infrastructure technical assistance, training, research and financial tools to support increased capacity and leadership development and enhancing the ability of communities, tribes and governments to effectively manage, problem solve, and envision financially sustainable infrastructure solutions and evaluate the financial and cultural impacts of adaptation and relocation.
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