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Thank You To Our Partners

The EFC collaborates with organizations and experts on projects and services. These partnerships are key to our success and we are very grateful to all of our partners.

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Sample Partners

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • American Water Works Association
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
  • Conservation Trust for North Carolina
  • Consortium of University Public Service Organizations
  • Corona
  • Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Draper Aden Associates
  • The Environmental Finance Center Network
  • Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
  • Hawai’i Department of Health Safe Drinking Water Branch
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies

  • National Association of Water Companies
  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (and Division of Water Infrastructure)
  • National Association of Development Organizations (and local Area Development Districts throughout the country)
  • North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
  • North Carolina General Assembly
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities
  • The North Carolina Policy Collaboratory
  • Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Raftelis
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership
  • Rural Water Association
  • State of Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission

  • Tighe & Bond
  • U.S. Water Alliance
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • UNC Institute for the Environment
  • UNC School of Government
  • UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Virginia Tech
  • Water Environment & Reuse Foundation
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona
  • Water Research Foundation
  • Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


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Erin Riggs

Executive Director

Erin Riggs is the Executive Director of the EFC and conducts applied research surrounding legal, policy, and accounting framework that influences environmental finance issues around the country. She graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin … Continued

Email address for Erin Riggs
Phone number for Erin Riggs 919-966-3126

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Tom Roberts

Senior Business Analyst

Tom Roberts is the Senior Business Analyst for the EFC at UNC. Tom has an Associate in Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College and a Bachelor of Science in … Continued

Email address for Tom Roberts
Phone number for Tom Roberts 919-455-5647

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Shadi Eskaf

Research Director

Shadi Eskaf joined the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2004 and has worked on environmental finance projects in local, state, and national settings. Shadi leads teams conducting applied … Continued

Email address for Shadi Eskaf
Phone number for Shadi Eskaf 919-962-2785

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Elsemarie Mullins

Project Director

Elsemarie Mullins joined the EFC in the spring of 2020 as a Project Director. She provides trainings and technical assistance for water and wastewater providers, and works on a variety of EFC projects. Elsemarie completed … Continued

Email address for Elsemarie Mullins
Phone number for Elsemarie Mullins 919-843-8474

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Stephen Lapp

Acting Project Director

Stephen Lapp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2018. He majored in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. As an undergraduate, Stephen interned with UNC’s … Continued

Email address for Stephen Lapp
Phone number for Stephen Lapp 919-962-6203