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Welcome to the latest edition of the EFC eNews! Inside, you'll find recent news from EPA and other partners and organizations on environmental policy and issues, new publications, funding opportunities, and upcoming events.
Complimentary Posters Available Through EFC's Students Vs. Trash Program
You know good design when you see it. Isn't it better when good designs get out the word for causes we care about? Students Vs. Trash was created to use design to defeat trash and get people excited to reuse, recycle, and stop littering!

We held a poster contest for college students in EPA Region 2, and almost 100 entries were collected from 19 different colleges and universities. Fourteen judges participated in choosing the final designs, and winners were selected based on online voting through social media. Overall, the posters received 2,253 "likes," 1,207 "shares", and 1,035 "pledges" to recycle and reduce waste.

If you are interested in receiving a variety pack of FREE posters from the Students Vs. Trash campaign, for use on your campus, in your school, or at your office, please contact Tara at

Contest brought to you by the Environmental Finance Center with financial support from the EPA under a cooperative agreement. 

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New York Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Manufacturers to Collect Mercury-Containing Thermostats
New York State lawmakers passed a bill early Saturday morning that, once signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and implemented, will ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible collection of mercury thermostats.

The bill, known as the Mercury Thermostat Collection Actrequires that manufacturers develop and implement a thermostat collection program that meets a pre-established goal of collecting 15,500 thermostats by 2015. The bill also calls for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) to establish annual collection goals thereafter, and to make changes to the program if manufacturers fail to meet these goals. This could include requiring manufacturers to pay financial incentives to recyclers to encourage greater participation.

Read the Full Press Release Here 
Workshops, Trainings & Webinars
October 21st-22th, 2013 
Oncenter Complex, Syracuse, NY

Call for abstracts closes, and registration opens on July 15th!  
The 13th annual SyracuseCoE Symposium, Urban Reinvention and Resilience, will feature the latest results from collaborators from across the nation and beyond that are developing innovations in areas in environmental and energy systems. This year's Symposium will feature sessions and workshops designed to engage a wide audience, including industry practitioners, state and local officials, and university faculty and students.

Stay tuned as we reveal new and unique features of this year's program!  


For additional program information, contact Aimee Clinkhammer at


Sponsorship Information

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Tammy Rosanio at    
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Green Bag Lunch on Waste Material Management
July 12, 2013 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Syracuse Center of Excellence
727 E. Washington Street, Rm 203

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence Center for Sustainable Community Solutions are inviting community members and experts in each of the 12 Traitsİ to participate and be recognized for their contributions!


You will not only be helping our community move toward sustainability, but you will be helping to create a model for communities across the country to use!


This event is free! Bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided.  


Contact: Peter Arsenault,    


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New York State Green Building Conference
March 27-28, 2014  
OnCenter Complex, Syracuse, NY 
The next New York State Green Building Conference is now scheduled for March 27-28, 2014 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse.
SUNY ESF Outreach and the NY Upstate Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council request your input!

- Why have you attended this conference or similar conferences in the past? 

- What would you like to learn at next year's conference?

- What speakers do you want to see?

- What keynote speaker would you most like to see?

- Other suggestions?

Thank you for helping us to make this "your" conference!
Please send your responses to 
Upcoming Smart Management for Small Water Systems Workshops
Click here to register online.

Energy Management Workshop, July 9
Financing Workshop, July 10
St. Thomas, USVI | 9:00-4:30pm

Financing Workshop, July 9
Energy Management Workshop, July 10 
St. Croix, USVI | 9:00-4:30pm
Asset Management and Finance Workshop for Small Water Systems    
San Juan, PR | July 10 & 11, 2013 | 9:30-5pm

Audience: Trainings are for drinking water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, water system managers, municipal decision makers, elected officials, town managers, and mayors.

These programs are being offered through Smart Management for Small Water Systems, a program of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), which consists of the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University and nine other EFC's nationwide. This program is made possible under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Tools and Publications

Do you know what percentage of the US population is served by community water systems that meet drinking water standards, or the number of previously impaired waterbodies that are now attaining water quality standards?  These answers and more are in EPA's Fiscal Year 2012 report on end of year results for over 130 measures of performance listed in EPA's 2011-2015 strategic plan and the FY 2012 National Water Program Guidance. 

The Green Infrastructure Center Inc. and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have released a New York edition of a green infrastructure planning guide that will help communities protect and restore vital green infrastructure that can help mitigate flooding, while at the same time performing critical life sustaining functions like cleaning the air and water.
Funding Opportunities
National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for a National Research Center. 

This "National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems" (Center) will: conduct research; develop and demonstrate innovative and sustainable technologies; advance the state-of-the-art nationally and internationally; leverage modern data and information systems; foster interaction among technology developers, end-users, and other stakeholders; provide education, training and technical assistance; and collaborate with local, regional (multi-state), and national water technology innovation efforts.

Under this solicitation, the successful applicant will lead the Center.

Funding Agency: US EPA  
One award of $4.1 million  
Deadline: August 21, 2013 
Eligible Applicants:
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.  

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Toward Zero-Net Energy Wastewater Treatment: PON 2722 
This PON invites proposals for Demonstration Projects associated with innovative technologies; and Feasibility Studies that: i) evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, ii) evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and iii) demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.
Funding Agency: NYSERDA
Amount: Demonstration Projects (Up to $250,000/project), Feasibility Studies (Up to $25,000/project)
Deadline: September 17, 2013

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Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities 
The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program (Program), through this NOFA, will identify consortia comprised of intermediary organizations that can provide capacity building support for communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate economic and workforce development, housing, land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, transportation, and infrastructure investments. The grantee(s) selected will be expected to deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States. To support these activities, HUD expects to make an award to one to two winning consortia.

Funding Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development  
Amount: $4,500,000 total  
Deadline: August 7, 2013
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations, a local or state public agency, for-profit organizations, nationally recognized and accredited University or College, or any combination of the aforementioned entities

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In This Issue 

Complimentary Posters Available Through EFC's Student's Vs. Trash Program
New York Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Manufacturers to Collect Mercury-Containing Thermostats
SyracuseCoE's 13th Annual Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems: Urban Reinvention and Resilience
Green Bag Lunch on Waste Material Management
Save the Date for the NYS Green Building Conference
Upcoming Smart Management for Small Water Systems Workshops
FY 2012 National Water Program's Best Practices and End of Year Performance Report
Evaluating and Conserving Green Infrastructure Across the Landscape: A Practitioner's Guide
National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
Toward Zero-Net Energy Wastewater Treatment: PON 2722
Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities


Energy Management Workshop / Financing Workshop 
St. Thomas, USVI | July 9-10 Environmental Finance Center Network 

Financing Workshop/ Energy Management Workshop
St. Croix, USVI | July 9-10 Environmental Finance Center Network 
San Juan, PR | July 10-11 Environmental Finance Center Network
Green Bag Lunch on Waste Material Management 
Syracuse, NY | July 12, 2013 | GreeningUSA & SyracuseCoE CSCS  

13th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems
Syracuse, NY | October 21 & 22, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: NYS Green Building Conference
Syracuse, NY | March 27-28, 2014 


Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance US Department of Energy - Deadline: June 20, 2013

National Urban and and Community Forestry Grant Program
US Department of Agriculture - Deadline: July 15, 2013

Capacity Building for Small Communities - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Deadline:  August 7, 2013

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

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Program Coordinator

Aimee Clinkhammer  
Project Scientist

Khristopher Dodson

Senior Program Manager

Kathy Forrest
Budget Administrator

Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director and
Principal Investigator

Mandy Westerdahl
Communications Manager

Melissa Young
Senior Program Manager
Tara Baron 
Laura Cardoso  
Paul Esposito
Gabi Levinson 
Kate Palermo
Danielle Preiss 
Lisa Ruggero   
Project Assistants

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