Current Projects

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 clearing house of additional outside resources.

Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program

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).

Small Public Water Systems

The Environmental Finance Center Network is working together on this project to build managerial and financial capacity of small public drinking water systems.

Green and Healthy Schools

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 Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program

The Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program provides grant funds to replace older vehicles with more emission-efficient engines and recognizes program partners for achieving goals that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods.

Bay WIP Financing Workshops

EFC is working with the Chesapeake Bay Program Office to expand the capacity communities to advance their Watershed Implementation Plans.

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

Community Stormwater Projects

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland is working with several communities in the region to revitalize their stormwater management and financing programs.  Below is a list of EFC stormwater projects by state.




Anne Arundel County



Calvert County

Ocean City

Shenandoah Valley




Take a look at the EFC's new Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual, which was inspired by and written for local government leaders.

NFWF Capacity Building

EFC has taken on a key role in providing technical support and direct assistance to NFWF’s new Local Government Capacity Building Initiative.  Current local government project partners include Hampton, VA; Scranton, PA; Laurel and Bethel, DE; and Lancaster, PA.

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual

EFC’s new Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual was inspired by and written for local government leaders.  Public sector financing in general, and stormwater financing specifically often appear to be inaccessibly complicated and technical to even experienced public officials.  Therefore, rather than try to address the myriad of issues associated with stormwater financing, our strategy was to provide a foundation for local officials to move forward by focusing on perhaps the most important financing attribute: leadership and the ability to move communities towards effective action. LGSFM