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 (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. 

Maryland 

Virginia Pennsylvania West Virginia
 
 
 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        

 

For more information on the EFC’s Community Stormwater projects, check out our FAQ or contact Joanne Throwe at jthrowe@umd.edu

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.