The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is committed to protecting the privacy needs of users of efcnetwork.org (the “Site”), subscribers to our mailing lists, and participants in our surveys, webinars and trainings (collectively, “Users”). The following Privacy Statement is based on our respect for our Users’ privacy and describes the Personal Information (e.g. name, address, email address, phone number, etc.) we gather about you, what we do with it, the safeguards we have in place to protect it, and how you can control our use of such Personal Information. When you provide Personal Information, you are consenting to the manner in which we will collect, use, disclose and otherwise manage your Personal Information, as set out below.
Who May Use the Site:
Our Site is not intended or designed to attract users under the age of 13. Although the EFCN and our Site do not specifically seek to obtain any information from children under the age of 13, there are certain areas of our Site that children may visit. The EFCN does not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under 13. If you are under 13, we ask that you not send us any Personal Information unless you have parent or guardian permission. In the event that we learn that such information has been sent to our Site, we will not retain the child’s information.
Our Site is intended for users from the United States and those not governed by privacy policies of other countries. Users from the other countries are advised not to disclose Personal Information to our Site. Information sent to us will be housed on servers located in the United States. Do not send us information unless you consent to the application of U.S. law and to the use and disclosure of your information consistent with this Privacy Statement.
Information Collected and Used by our Site:
We will only collect Personal Information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide. We may collect Personal Information that you provide us when you:
- Register on the Site. Registration is an optional service provided by our Site. You do not have to register to browse on our Site, but you may have to register to (a) subscribe to a subscription list or newsletter, (b) participate in a survey, or (c) register for an event or training. When you register, you are asked for certain Personal Information, such as your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, job organization, position title, and information about the utility you may represent. When you register, you will have the opportunity to sign up for future marketing mailings from the EFCN.
Other Ways We Collect and Use Your Personal Information:
Promotional Information and Marketing Materials. We would like to inform you of events and trainings that might benefit you. When you register online, request a newsletter or mailing list or participate in an event or training, you will have the opportunity to sign up for e-mails for national webinars, state trainings, or news notifications. If you would like to stop receiving such promotional information from us, please see the “Opt-out” section of this Privacy Statement.
Other Uses of Personal Information:
We may also use the Personal Information you voluntarily provide to continually assess and improve the events and services we offer. We may use that information to enhance your experience with our Site, to communicate with you about our services and events that may be of interest to you, and for other promotional purposes. Our Web server automatically logs non-specific information about users including IP address, aggregate user data (which will not contain any Personal Information related to a single visitor), and browser type. This data is used to manage our Site, track usage and improve the Site’s functionality.
Communications from the Site:
Event and Training Notifications – We will occasionally send You information on trainings and events. Out of respect for Your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communications. Please see the “Opt-out” section below.
Newsletters – If You wish to receive our newsletter(s), we will use Your name and email address to send the Newsletter to You. Out of respect for Your privacy, You need to register and then opt in and request to receive the Newsletter.
Customer Service – Based upon the Personally Identifiable Information You provide us, we will send You a welcoming email to verify Your registration. We will also communicate with You in response to Your inquiries, to provide the services You request, and to manage Your event registration. We will communicate with You by email or telephone, in accordance with Your wishes.
Disclosures of Personal Information in Legal Proceedings:
If EFCN the Site or any of our service providers is requested by law enforcement officials or judicial authorities to provide Personal Information on individual users, we or the applicable service provider may, without your consent or any notice to you, provide such information.
In matters involving claims of personal or public safety, we or the applicable service provider may provide your Personal Information to appropriate authorities without your consent or court process or any notice to you. We or our service providers also may provide your Personal Information in response to a search warrant or other legally valid inquiry or order, or to an investigative body in the case of a breach of an agreement or contravention of law, or in litigation involving the EFCN.
“Cookies” and other Tracking Technologies:
Like many other sites, our Site utilizes a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how our Site is used. A cookie is a small data text file, which a website stores on Your computer’s hard drive (if Your web browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify You to us. Cookies were designed to help a website recognize a user’s browser as a previous visitor and thus save and remember any preferences that may have been set while the user was browsing the site. For example, cookies can securely store a user’s password, personalize home pages, identify which parts of a site have been visited, or keep track of past selections.
We provide You the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having Your Personally Identifiable Information used for certain purposes, e.g., receiving our Newsletter, event communications, or other information or services we offer to persons who have registered on our Site. If You no longer wish to receive such communications, You may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each email communication or by contacting us by email at Info@efcnetwork.org.
How may you update, correct, or delete Your Personally Identifiable Information? You may send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your information changed or deleted. Note that we may retain changed or deleted information for archival purposes. We will respond to Your request within 10 business days.
We employ industry-recognized information technology to protect the security of the Personally Identifiable Information You submit to us. The importance of security for all Personally Identifiable Information associated with our users is of utmost concern to us. Our secure servers protect this information using password protection and all of the user data we collect is protected against unauthorized access.
Carefully review privacy policies of any third-party sites accessible from our Site:
Contacting us about privacy questions or concerns: