Environmental Finance Center
The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) is housed at the Hugo Wall School within Wichita State University and complements the mission of School, as well as allows the school’s impact to reach a broader audience by providing training and technical assistance to EPA Region 7 (KS, MO, NE, and IA). The Center’s mission is to promote financially and environmentally sustainable communities with a concentration on assistance in the areas of water and wastewater system financial and managerial capacity development. The EFC joined the school in 2009 and provides training and technical assistance to communities of all sizes in the 4 state region.
The EFC not only has the resources of the school and University available, it is also part of a national network of centers; the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). The EFCN consists of ten Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) serving states and territories throughout the United States. By sharing and integrating information, tools and techniques, the EFCs work together and with the public and private sectors to promote a sustainable environment, bolstering efforts to address difficult how to-pay issues. In addition to Wichita State, the EFCN includes the following university based centers: University of Southern Maine; Syracuse University; University of Maryland; University of Louisville and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Cleveland State University; New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology; Dominican University of California; and Boise State University.
The EFCN as a whole has a wealth of expertise on the policy, managerial and financial aspects of drinking water systems. In addition, each EFC has experience with one-on-one assistance with communities in the regions they serve and strong relationships with local governments and agencies that have benefitted from its collective expertise. Working together as a team of professionals on many projects over the past decade, the EFCN has successfully provided a wide range of training and technical assistance with positive impacts on local governments across the country. In addition, the EFCN has long standing relationships with numerous federal government agencies including EPA, USDA, HUD and others, which are beneficial to be able to communicate regulatory changes, financing opportunities, and other agency updates with Kansas systems. Few organizations have the ability to tap resources from a national network
- Grant Assistance
- Facilitation Resources
The EFC offers a wide variety of training opportunities to municipalities, rural water districts, communities, and organizations focusing on:
– Asset Management
– Rate Settings and Financial Planning
– Drought Impacts: Water Loss and Financial Planning
– Utility Energy Efficiency
The EFC also offers facilitation services, grant assistance, and other managerial and financial capacity development opportunities.
- All – We serve the entire state