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 clearinghouse of additional outside resources.

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 fianancing programs.  Below is a list of EFC stormwater projects by state.

 Maryland

 Virginia

 Pennsylvania

 

 Anne Arundel County
 
Baltimore

Berlin
 
 Bowie
 
Calvert County
 
Federalsburg
 
Ocean City
 
Oxford
 
Salisbury
 

 

  Lynchburg
 
Shenandoah Valley

 

 

 

 

  Blair County
 
Lancaster County
 
Scranton
 
Warrington Township
 

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.

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.

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.

Applying Asset Management to Stormwater: A Case Study in the City of Scranton

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. 

Chesapeake Bay WIP Financing Workshops

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.

NFWF Capacity Building

The Environmental Finance Center provided technical support and direct assistance to NFWF’s new Local Government Capacity Building Initiative. Local government project partners included 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.  The manual provides background information about a paradigm shift underway in stormwater management and a process model for being effective leaders in creating policies and programs to finance that shift.