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.
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.
| Anne Arundel County Baltimore
Berlin Bowie College Park Calvert County Federalsburg Ocean City Oxford Salisbury
|Lynchburg Shenandoah Valley||Blair County Lancaster County Scranton Warrington Township||Berkeley County|
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.
Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) is a great opportunity for Maryland city, county, and local governments to take control of their energy future. By adopting a set of policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or transportation, a community will be designated a Smart Energy Community and receive grant funding for energy projects. The first round of funding saw 35 communities participate with grant awards ranging from $35,000 (for smaller towns) to $500,000 (for large counties).
The Environmental Finance Center Network is working together on this project to build managerial and financial capacity of small public drinking water systems.
In order to create a clearer picture of the environmental health related programs, tools, and resources available to Region 3 schools to assist them in becoming green and healthy, the EFC is compiling an inventory of existing K-12 green and healthy schools efforts in Region 3 states and the District of Columbia.
The Environmental Finance Center is working with the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office to expand the capacity of communities to advance their Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) through interactive workshops focused on stormwater or agricultural financing. The EFC is working with local and regional planning teams to develop and implement a series of “road shows” throughout the region with a mix of stormwater and agricultural nutrient management and finance content tailored to the needs of the communities involved.
The EFC is working with the City and the Scranton Sewer Authority to assess the City’s current asset management framework in addressing both its combined sewer system and municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The EFC will recommend ways to integrate and enhance water resource infrastructure investments for the City to adequately meet all stormwater regulations.