EFC to create region's First Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center

The MOST Center is expected to become the most wide-reaching and comprehensive stormwater initiative to date.

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Introducing EFC’s Interactive Green Infrastructure Map

Learn about the innovative financing behind 20 communities’ green infrastructure program.

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EFC’s Green Futures Newsletter

Keep up with EFC’s latest projects and iniatives by subscribing to our newsletter. 

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Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual

This new manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders. Our goal is to encourage and empower your leadership efforts.

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Environmental Financing Boot Camp

EFC now offering Environmental Financing Boot Camps. Our one- and two-day intensive Boot Camps are designed with your organization in mind. 

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Agriculture Finance

The Agriculture Finance Unit of the Environmental Finance Center provides innovative and effective finance expertise to rural communities and farm operations to improve their understanding, development and implementation of strategies to resolve problems and issues of environmental protection and restoration.  Special areas of focus includes nutrient and sediment management, water quality, sustainability, and renewable energy demonstration projects.

 

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Stormwater Financing and Outreach

Like all infrastructure, stormwater management systems require long-term care and maintenance. The Stormwater Financing and Outreach Unit was created to address communities` stormwater financing questions and help craft a strategy that best meets local needs.

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EFC Releases Maryland Working Waterfronts Report

Managed and directed by the Environmental Finance Center (EFC), this report provides the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS) with a strategy for incentivizing local efforts to revitalize working waterfront communities and economies throughout the state.  The objective with this project was two-fold: 1) identify opportunities for state leaders to employ innovative financing policies and tools in support of local working waterfront initiatives; and, 2) provide the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Services Program with a recommended structure for establishing a working waterfronts program within the agency. 

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EFC Partners with City of Annapolis and Newport

Read two Capital Gazette articles featuring EFC's partnership with the City of Annapolis, Maryland and Newport, Rhode Island to address water infrastructure financing challenges in coastal communities. 

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EFC Hosts Successful Agricultural Financing Forum in Bradford County, Pennsylvania

Our agricultural financing workshop in Bradford County, PA was a great success! The event had a significant turnout of farmers as well as local, state, and private agricultural funders and lenders. All those who came out enjoyed an evening of great food from the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company and great dialogue around the various agricultural funding opportunities available to farmers in the region!

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EFC Hosts Successful Agricultural Financing Workshop in DE

Our agricultural financing workshop in Harrington, Delaware, was a great success! The event had a significant turnout of farmers, private and public agricultural funders, state and local agencies, and other agricultural representatives. More agricultural financing workshops in Pennsylvania are upcoming later in 2014.

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Manure-to-Energy Initiative

The goal of the Manure to Energy Initiative (M2E) is to develop and vet options for poultry farmers which increase their net revenue and reduce sediment and nutrient movement to local waters and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  M2E is leading 5 demonstration projects which employ different hybrid gasification technologies at farm-scale to convert poultry litter to heat and/or electrical energy.  The co-product is ash which is rich in P and K, and being examined in fertilizer compositions.  Three demonstration projects are identified in the Delmarva Peninsula, one each in DE, MD and VA. There is a project in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and one Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Three projects will produce heat: two projects will produce heat and electricity.

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Supporting HUD Communities

The University of Maryland EFC is working with several other centers in the EFC Network to deliver capacity building technical assistance to recipients of HUD-EPA-DOT Sustainable Community Partnership Grants.  The assistance focuses on water and green infrastructure needs and has taken the form of large-scale workshops, community-specific “office hours” sessions, and development of a clearinghouse of additional outside resources.

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Did You Know?

The EFC is partnering with the LID Center to launch a new municipal stormwater management and resource training center.

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