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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.

In partnership with Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse Environmental Finance Center hosted the first-ever national Community Summit on Green Infrastructure in Syracuse in October at the SUNY-ESF Gateway Center. The Summit brought together delegates from EPA-identified Green Infrastructure Partner Communities and Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Communities, as well as other metropolitan areas making advancements in stormwater management across the country.


The goal for the Summit was to illustrate the role and value of green infrastructure (GI) in communities across the country, accelerating GI as a method of choice for stormwater management and taking the EPA-GI Community Partnership to the next level.   


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EFC is currently offering the following services to rural municipalities in NYS:

- Assisting communities with aligning community needs, priorities and comprehensive plans with Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) strategic plans

- Developing financial strategies for communities currently developing comprehensive or capital plans

- Community-specific trainings and information sessions on environmental challenges, regional, state, and federal environmental funding, policies and management tools, planning boards, site plan review, comprehensive planning, capital improvement planning, strategic finance plan development, and developing sustainable zoning and codes.

For more information, contact Khris Dodson at
Save the Date! EFC will be hosting it's annual Local Leadership Conference at the Minnowbrook Conference Center on April 22-24, 2014. Registration will open December 1, 2013. Program information will be available soon at
Funding Opportunities

With support from USDA Rural Development, the Environmental Finance Center will fund up to three proposals for as much as $5,000 each to provide NYS rural municipalities with the proper tools and resources to fully conduct an Asset Management inventory for their water or wastewater system. All submissions must be received by 5:00pm on January 3rd, 2014, to be considered.

For more information, contact Khris Dodson at

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) it is accepting Fiscal Year 2014 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources. 

The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.  Supported in part by President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year.

Deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 16, 2013 by 8:00PM EST.

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EPA is soliciting proposals pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving Nonpoint Source (NPS) impairments on a watershed-wide basis.

Eligible entities are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop and/or implement watershed-based plans designed to protect unimpaired waters and restore NPS-impaired waters. Eligible tribes and intertribal consortia may apply for competitive funding by submitting a proposal for up to a maximum budget of $100,000 of federal CWA section 319 funding (plus the additional required match of the total project cost). EPA anticipates awarding an estimated $2.5
million in federal funds.

Deadline for proposal submission is December 16, 2013.

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Workshops, Trainings & Webinars
Applications Now Being Accepted for Smart Growth America's 2014 Free Technical Assistance Workshops  

Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for its 2014 free technical assistance workshops. Communities interested in learning about smart growth strategies are welcome and encouraged to submit an application for one of 12 types of technical assistance workshops.

Smart Growth America's free technical assistance workshops program, now in its third year, helps city and regional leaders find solutions to local issues and concerns. These workshops help participating communities to grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.   


Any unit or subdivision of local government, Indian tribe or regional government is eligible to apply for these free workshops.  


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December 5, 2013 | 1pm-3:00pm 

This webinar will hopefully serve to energize students and faculty to take action to reduce or eliminate food waste on campuses throughout the United States. As part of the Food Recovery Challenge (FRC), EPA is working with schools everyday to secure the FRC commitment of reducing food waste. One great way to do this is to compost the food scraps generated on your campus. This webinar is designed to identify the factors you need to consider and to provide you with the technical information you'll need to start a campus composting program. There are currently over 100 colleges and universities participating in the Food Recovery Challenge. 
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In This Issue 

EFC Hosts National Community Summit on Green Infrastructure
EFC Offers Technical Assistance and Financial Strategies to Rural Municipalities
Syracuse EFC's Local Leadership Conference Set for April 2014 at Minnowbrook
EFC Announces Mini-Grants RFP for Asset Management.
Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grants
Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants
Applications Now Being Accepted for Smart Growth America's 2014 Free Technical Assistance Workshops
Composting Strategies for Colleges and Universities Webinar



Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grants | US Fish and Wildlife Service
Deadline: December 16, 2013

Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants | US EPA
Deadline: December 16, 2013

Mini Grants for Asset Management
Syracuse EFC
Deadline: January 3, 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

Ana V. Arache

Program Coordinator

Laura Cardoso

Program Manager

Aimee Clinkhammer  
Project Specialist

Khristopher Dodson
Associate Director

Kathy Forrest
Budget Administrator

Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director and
Principal Investigator

Mandy Westerdahl
Communications Manager

Melissa Young
Assistant Director
Tara Baron
Brad DeFrees 
Caitlin Eger  
Paul Esposito
Gabi Levinson 
Kate Palermo 
Lisa Ruggero   
Project Assistants

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