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Critical Assets – What Are They and Where Are They?

Written by Michele Pugh Michele Pugh is the Director of the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but, did you know a picture could save you 1,000 hours, or even $1,000? Knowing what your critical assets are, and where they are ...
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Top Five Small Town Websites and Tips to Improve Your Own

Written by: Erin Danford Erin Danford is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill For many small towns, websites are the main avenue of communication with residents. At the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we use town websites ...
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Board Member Responsibilities for Managing a Water Utility

Written by: Leslie Kimble Leslie Kimble is a Program Coordinator at the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center Elected officials or board members may be members of a city council or county commission, or serve on the Rural Water District board. With a long list of to-dos and policy concerns, ...
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Safe & SuRe: Exploring a New Approach to Resilient Systems

Written by: Brandy Espinola Brandy Espinola is the Resilience and Sustainability Program Manager for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. From emergency services, to agriculture and food systems, to manufacturing industries, our critical infrastructure systems rely heavily on water. So much so that following a loss of ...
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It’s Not a Gap, It’s a Trade-off

Written by Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center I thoroughly enjoy having my conventional thinking turned on its head, which is even more fun when it affects conventional wisdom in general. So here goes… What gap are we talking about here? We often ...
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Podcast Round-Up: 12 Episodes on Drinking Water Finance and Management

Written by: Glenn Barnes Glenn Barnes is the Associate Director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill My colleague Stacey Isaac Berahzer, a senior project director here at the Environmental Finance Center, made her podcast debut this week on The Water Values Podcast, a series specifically focused ...
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Managing Assets or Asset Management?

 Written by: Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center When you think about your facility – be it water, wastewater, stormwater, or any other set of assets – are your assets managing you, are you managing your assets or are you practicing asset management? ...
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Four Ways Water Utilities Can Weather a Hurricane

Written by: Stacey Berahzer Stacey Berahzer is a Senior Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Millions of United States citizens continue to battle the effects of massive hurricanes this month. Many have lost electric and water service. As water and ...
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Workforce Planning: Recruiting and Retaining Employees for your Water System

Written by: Khris Dodson Khris Dodson is the Associate Director at the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center Your people are your #1 Asset. Well, maybe your #2 asset behind your actual facility. But, without good people, in time, you will likely not have a good facility either. So, how do ...
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The Gray Area in Funding Affordability Programs

Why Water or Wastewater Utilities in Many States May Be Apprehensive to Fund Affordability Programs with Rate Revenue Written by: Erin Riggs Erin Riggs is a Legal Advisor for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill One of the reports recently completed at the ...
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