Environmental Finance Center Network | Privacy Policy

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 use cookies for the limited purposes of enhancing Your visit to our Site and to enable us to track  and target the interests of our users. A cookie cannot be read by a website other than the one that set  the cookie. No other company will have access to our cookies. A cookie cannot retrieve any other  data from Your hard drive, pass on a computer virus, or capture Your email address. Our cookies are  not tied to Personally Identifiable Information. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If  You prefer, You can reset Your browser to notify You when You have received a cookie, or  alternatively, to refuse to accept cookies. It is important to note that You may not be able to use  certain features on our Site if You choose not to accept cookies. 


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 info@efcnetwork.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:

Other sites accessible through our Site have their own privacy policies and data collection, use and  disclosure practices. Please consult each site’s privacy policy. We are not responsible for the policies  or practices of third parties. Please be aware that our Site may contain links to other sites on the  Internet that are owned and operated by third parties. The information practices of those websites  linked to our Site are not covered by this Privacy Policy. These other sites may send their own  cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. We cannot control this collection of  information. You should contact these sites directly if You have any questions about their use of the  information that they collect. 

Contacting us about privacy questions or concerns:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of our Site, or Your dealings with  our Site, please contact us by sending an email at info@efcnetwork.org

Privacy Policy Changes:

If we make changes to any terms or conditions of the Privacy Policy, the changes will be posted on this page so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and to whom we will disclose it. Please be sure to check this page before proceeding to use our site.