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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Explore 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 initiatives by subscribing to our newsletter. 

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Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual

This 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.


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.

EFC’s Green Futures Newsletter: December 2015 Edition

Click HERE to view EFC's Green Futures Newsletter: December 2015 edition where we announce a change in EFC leadership, feature resiliency and sustainability projects, and much more. To view an archive of our past newsletters, click here

Thurmont ramps up 'green' programs for residents

Click here to read an article by The Frederick News-Post highlighting Thurmont's Sustainable Maryland efforts. 

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!

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.

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.

Community Stormwater Projects

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) works each year with several communities in the region to revitalize their stormwater management and fianancing programs.  Below is a list of EFC stormwater projects by state. 


Virginia Pennsylvania West Virginia
 Anne Arundel County

College Park
Calvert County
Ocean City
Shenandoah Valley
  Blair County
Lancaster County
Warrington Township
      Berkeley County        


For more information on the EFC’s Community Stormwater projects, check out our FAQ or contact Joanne Throwe at jthrowe@umd.edu

Did You Know?

Thirty municipalities have now achieved Sustainable Maryland status!