Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center

About GLEFC
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The Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center is a partnership between the U.S. EPA and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Our mission is to help in the financing of investments to improve environmental quality and assure a sustainable future for regulated communities in Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

The Great Lakes EFC is a technical assistance, training, and research resource for state and local government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Great Lakes EFC helps solve financial problems related to environmental facilities and resources.

Our mission is to help in the financing of investments to improve environmental quality and assure a sustainable future for regulated communities in Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

We will achieve the Great Lakes EFC mission by providing technical assistance to regulated communities and analysis that helps to propel the centerís mission.

Featured Projects:

Small Water Systems Project

The Great Lakes EFC is working with the other EFCs nationwide in partnership to build small water systems managerial and financial capacity through a range of technical assistance, workshops, and trainings. The efforts of the Small Water System Project work to improve system management through: a bettering understanding of system assets, assistance in finding opportunities for cost savings and possible sources of funding, looking for collaborative opportunities with other systems, increasing energy and water efficiency, and developing sound fiscal policies and practices.

The Small Water System Project’s areas of assistance include:

  • Asset management and capital improvement planning
  • Fiscal planning and rate setting
  • Water loss reduction
  • Energy management
  • Water system collaboration and partnerships
  • Managerial and financial leadership
  • Funding coordination
Recent Events:

The Great Lakes EFC hosted the Second Community Summit on Green Infrastructure which took place in October 2014 to bring together communities to advance green infrastructure programs and engage in dialogue surrounding implementation approaches, opportunities, and obstacles. Learn more about this event. »

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    Mailing Address
    Cleveland State University
    2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 312
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
    Campus Location
    Urban Building, Room 312
    1717 Euclid Avenue
    Phone: 216.687.2497
    b.y.clark@csuohio.edu




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