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Across the nation, local governments are challenged with promoting economic growth, protecting public health and complying with state and federal regulations. To help with these challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a grant to Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs to establish the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to promote the development of financially and environmentally sustainable communities. The EFC at Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs provides services to state, local and tribal governments in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. 

The Environmental Finance Center provides professional training, technical assistance and applied research through a collaborative approach with partner organizations. The EFC facilitates the sharing of tools, technology and resources offered by this network of collaborators. We work to better equip officials and the public with training and outreach needs that arise from environmental and financial issues including water resources and infrastructure, solid waste management, air quality, renewable energy, green building and land conservation.


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  • Professional training and technical assistance
         Utility asset management
         Utility rate setting and financial planning     
         Drought and emergency planning
         Utility energy efficiency     
         Board/council training
  • Water and wastewater energy efficiency assessments
  • Utility financial analysis
  • Facilitation of board retreats and community meetings
  • Strategic planning
  • Community and organizational surveys
  • Education through conferences, workshops and community-based seminars
  • Applied research on issues identified by government officials

Angela Buzard, Director, Environmental Finance Center
Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs
(316) 978-3401

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