Introducing EFCís Interactive Green Infrastructure Map

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

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2014 MD Smart Energy Communities

The Environmental Finance Center and the Maryland Energy Administration would like to congratulate 35 Maryland communities for achieving Smart Energy Community designation.

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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!

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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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Green Infrastructure

EFC releases report on Efficient Green Infrastructure Investment.

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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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Salisbury City Council Approves Stormwater Utility

Click HERE to view a DelmarvaNow article citing the EFC’s stormwater financing feasibility project in Salisbury, Maryland. 

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EFC Launches Interactive Green Infrastructure Map

EFC is thrilled to launch our interactive green infrastructure map! We’ve showcased 20 communities from across the country, with a special emphasis on the innovative financing tools they’ve used to build green 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?

Ten new municipalities achieved Sustainable Maryland status in September `14 bringing the total number of certified communities to 22!

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