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The Geography of Stormwater Utilities

July 6, 2022

Post by Austin Thompson, PhD Research Assistant at the UNC EFC     Stormwater management is a growing concern for local governments across the United States. Indeed, as development footprints grow and the climate changes, water quality and quantity issues … Continued

The results are in: evaluating DC Water’s EIB

June 9, 2021

On May 27th, Quantified Ventures issued a press release regarding the evaluation of the first ever Environmental Impact Bond (EIB). EIBs are innovative pay-for-performance debt-financing mechanisms that have been used to finance green infrastructure projects in DC, Atlanta GA, and … Continued

Land-ing the Vote: Ballot Measures for Land Conservation

June 1, 2021

The current housing market boom leads to large tracts of available land being swept up into the hands of private developers. For many local governments, development is good. It provides access to new tax revenues and tends to perpetuate growth; … Continued

Environmental Impact Bonds: Where are they now?

July 2, 2020

In 2017, the EFC wrote about an exciting new financial instrument: the Environmental Impact Bond (EIB). At the time of the original blog post, EIBs were mostly theoretical, the only one in existence being issued by DC Water, but still … Continued

Visualizing the Value (of a State Revolving Fund Loan)

June 3, 2020

Imagine a town called “Smallville.” Smallville, as you might guess, is small. The town’s water utility needs a new water tank, and they need it now. Like most systems across the US, Smallville’s system is aging and has significant infrastructure … Continued