A first of its kind Environmental Finance Symposium

The Symposium is designed to identify specific financing options, opportunities, and resources that can accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration by creating effective and scalable connections to the private sector and the marketplace.  

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EFC’s Green Futures Newsletter - March 2016 Edition

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

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EFC Launches the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center

The MOST Center is a platform designed to enhance the stormwater education and training experience by providing innovative, easily accessible, online training and resources.

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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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Connecting Communities to Energy and Carbon Management Resources

The EFC is always available to discuss your community’s energy and carbon goals. We will connect you to a network of peer communities, financial resources, partner organizations, and student capacity. 

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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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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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Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure (GI) is our Nation's natural life support system - a strategically planned and managed interconnected network of green spaces such as wetlands, forests, parks, and farms.  Green Infrastructure is "open space with a purpose" that, like other infrastructure, should be an integral part of government budgets and management programs. It supports native species, maintains natural ecological processes, sustains air and water resources and contributes to the health and quality of life for America’s communities and people.  

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EFC’s Green Futures Newsletter: March 2016 Edition

Click here to view EFC's Green Futures Newsletter: March 2016 edition where we announce the launch of the MOST Center, feature the upcoming Environmental Finance Symposium, provide project updates, and much more. To view an archive of our past newsletters, click here

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Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland Announces Launch of Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland, in partnership with the Low Impact Development Center, Inc., launches the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center, a platform designed to enhance the stormwater education and training experience by providing innovative, easily accessible, online training and resources that engage and empower a variety of stakeholders to develop effective and affordable stormwater management programs.

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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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Sustainable Maryland Certified

Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (EFC) designed to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. 

For additional information on the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program please view the website at www.sustainablemaryland.com.

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Did You Know?

Thirty municipalities have now achieved Sustainable Maryland status!

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