The EFC provides the following integrated environmental finance services to communities across the Southeast:
Environmental outcomes typically depend on sustainable environmental finance systems that generate revenue in an equitable, accountable, transparent and sustainable manner. The EFC helps all levels of government develop these systems.
Recent Examples: Paying for Improved Water Quality in the Florida Keys; Sustainable Finance for State and Tribal Wetland Programs
The EFC is one of the Southeast’s largest providers of environmental finance education services. While our programs address many aspects of environmental management and attract participants from around the country, we focus our efforts on programs that link together energy, air, water and land for the Southeast.
Recent Examples: Training and Education Page
Finance and Governance Tools (including computer-based tools)
We produce practical tools, reference documents, practice-based guides and model implementation documents (ordinances, contracts, etc.) designed to help communities analyze options and implement environmental finance and policies. These tools cover many subjects, from energy finance to land conservation.
Every day, our North Carolina and Georgia EFC offices receive dozens of calls, e-mails, and meeting requests from local governments and state agencies seeking help with some type of environmental finance issue.
Contact us with your environmental finance question
Local Environmental Management and Capacity Building
Over the years, we have provided a great deal of direct assistance to local communities in order to increase their capacity to address diverse environmental issues.
Recent Examples: Camden County (NC)Green Industrial Park Feasibility Study (pdf) , Southeastern Regional Water Quality Assistance Network
Publications and Resources
Our outreach strategy has changed substantially since we first began disseminating best practices over ten years ago. We still believe there is a role for static reference documents that relate finance and environmental protection (see examples), but we see a need to develop and disseminate dynamic resources, as well.
Dynamic Example: Mills River Watershed Informational Infography
Collaborative Planning and Problem Solving
The efficiency of environmental management depends on how different organizations share information and collaborate with one another. We provide structured opportunities for individuals and organizations involved in planning and financing environmental programs to work collaboratively.
Recent Examples: NC Water Infrastructure Funders Forum and Funding Coordination
For more information, including our Mission, where we work, and our partners, click on About EFC.