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EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater     

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater.

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EPA Releases Factsheets on Incorporating Green Infrastructure Measures into NPDES Wet Weather Programs 

The Green Infrastructure Permitting and Enforcement Series provides EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals with a guide to integrating green infrastructure approaches into NPDES wet weather programs. The series consists of six factsheets and four supplements addressing general accountability considerations; CSOs; SSOs; stormwater; TMDLs; and water quality standards.
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EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters  

On June 26th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans' health. Recipients will promote the restoration of urban waters through community engagement and outreach, water quality monitoring and studies, and environmental education and training.
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Tools and Publications

New US Brazil Joint Initiative Tool Informs Global Urban Infrastructure Investments  

On June 20th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira announced a new online tool that highlights key links between policies, funding and on-the-ground projects that can help drive urban sustainability investment around the world.
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Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
(June 2012) Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, Participant Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, US Environmental Protection Agency Healthy Watersheds Program

Funding Spotlight
Rural Business Opportunity Grant 
The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Grants are  

awarded on a competitive basis. Learn More  


Funding Agency: USDA

Deadline: August 6, 2012.

Estimated Program Funding: $2.37 million 
Maximum Grant Amount: $50,000  
Cost Sharing Requirement: None 
High Energy Cost Grants
Grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities in which the average residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average. Eligible applicants include persons, States, political subdivisions of States, and other entities organized under State law. Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal entities are eligible applicants.
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Funding Agency: Rural Utility Service (RUS)  

Deadline: July 30, 2012.

Estimated Program Funding: $7 million 
Award Amount: $20,000-$3,000,000   
Cost Sharing Requirement: None 

Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)

The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. Learn More   


Funding Agency: USDA
Deadline: August 6, 2012 

Estimated Program Funding: $5.8 million 

Maximum Grant Amount: $175,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: 25%   

In This Issue 

EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater
EPA Releases Factsheets on Incorporating Green Infratructure Measures Into NPDES Wet Weather Programs
EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitilize Urban Waters
American Rivers Releases Innovative Tool to Determine Green Roof Savings
Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
Rural Business Opportunity Grant
High Energy Cost Grants
Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)


July 19, 2012, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT: Webinar 
Green Purchasing, Tools for Federal, State, and Local Governments - EPA

July 31, 2012 - 2:30pm- 3:30pm EDT: Webinar

August 29, 2012, 8:30am-4:00pm: Training
Potsdam, NY

September 6, 2012: Save the Date! Technical Assistance Partnership Forum - EFC
Binghamton, NY

October 16-17, 2012: Save the Date! Local Leaders Conference - EFC - Ellicottville, NY

October 10-12, 2012 - 1:30am-2:45pm: Symposium
12th Annual Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems - Syracuse Center of Excellence


Green Innovation Grant Program - NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Deadline: July 16, 2012

2012 Hudson River Estuary & Mohawk River Basin Mini Grants- NYS DEC - Deadline: July 20, 2012

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Visioning Challenge - US Department of Commerce - Deadline: July 23, 2012

High Energy Cost Grants
Rural Utility Service
Deadline: (RUS) July 30, 2012

Rural Cooperative Development Grants  
USDA - Deadline: August 6, 2012

Rural Business
Opportunity Grant
- USDA Deadline: August 6, 2012

Watershed Restoration through Green Infrastructure
NEIWPCC, Hudson River Estuary Program
Deadline: August 3, 2012

Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA - Deadline: December 14, 2012

About EFC 

The  Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities across US EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations).   


Located at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, EFC enhances the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private sectors to make change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life.

EFC Staff

Aimee Clinkhammer  
Project Scientist

Khristopher Dodson

Communications and
Program Manager

Kathy Forrest
Administrative Assistant

Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director and
Principal Investigator

Carissa Matthews
Outreach Program Manager

Sara Pesek
Strategic Initiatives

Mandy Westerdahl
Education Program Manager

Melissa Young
Program Manager
Ana V. Arache
Tara Baron
Laura Cardoso
Brad DeFrees
Sam Lauritzen 
Lisa Ruggero
Project Assistants

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