Apr 08, 2010

Grant to Establish Environmental Finance Center at Wichita State University

EPA awards $190,000 to Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $190,000 to the Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs to establish an Environmental Finance Center (EFC). The university is eligible to receive up to $2.4 million over the next six years. Wichita State University was one of 10 universities selected nationwide to be an EFC through a competitive process.

EFC’s central goal is to help create environmentally and financially sustainable communities. The center will help communities, tribes and private entities comply with environmental and public health protection requirements.

“I am very pleased EPA has recognized the creativity and initiative at work in the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University,” said Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator. “This new EFC will be a powerful resource to help the region’s local governments develop partnerships and provide training to help meet the financial requirements of environmental protection.”

The non-profit, university-based centers develop financing options for initiatives and projects such as source water protection, drinking water and wastewater treatment, green buildings, energy conservation and environmentally sustainable development.

EFCs also develop and provide financial training, education and other services to local governments in an effort to lower the costs of environmental protection, increase environmental investments and expand financing options.

The creation of an EFC expands the capacity of services available to communities in Region 7, which consists of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.