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More on Reserve Funds: How Much Is Too Much?

February 22, 2013

Sarah Royster is a graduate student with the UNC School of Public Health pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.  She works as a Research Assistant with the Environmental Finance Center. Restrictions on reserve funds vary greatly from utility to … Continued

Revolving Credit – All Grown Up

February 20, 2013

Jen Weiss is a Finance Analyst at the Environmental Finance Center.  Quick … what do you think of when you hear the word “revolving?”  A revolving door?  A revolving restaurant?  Perhaps a revolving credit card? In the environmental finance world, … Continued

Right-sizing Reserve Funds

February 12, 2013

Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center. “How much should our utility maintain in reserves?”  This is one of the most common questions I get from utility managers during my finance courses. It is also one of … Continued

EPA Managerial Capacity Guidebook: A Review

February 7, 2013

Caroline Simpson is a graduate student with the UNC School of Information and Library Science and works as a Research Assistant with the Environmental Finance Center. Utility managers may find new perspectives on water system managerial capacity in an unfamiliar … Continued

State Green Banks: Funding a Greener Tomorrow, Today

January 30, 2013

Chris Kenrick is a Research Assistant at the Environmental Finance Center and is pursuing dual master’s degrees in information science and public administration. If any of you are like me, then you probably spent a good portion of last Monday waiting … Continued

What a Difference a Rate Makes

December 20, 2012

Jen Weiss is a Finance Analyst and co-author Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center. At the time this blog post is being written, the holiday season is in full swing – cities have set up their … Continued

Driving Rates: Get a 2012 Georgia Rates Dashboard Tune-Up

December 18, 2012

Matt Harris is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Finance Center. The etymology of the word “dashboard” is an interesting story of technological change and innovation over time.  Originally the name given to the plank(s) of wood or … Continued

Engaging Local Governments in Wetland Programs

December 12, 2012

Glenn Barnes is a senior project director at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina.  Glenn is the project manager of the Sustainable Finance for Wetland Programs project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most government-operated … Continued

New Challenges Lead to New Stormwater Utility Models

November 29, 2012

Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center. Remember the good ‘ole days when a billion dollar price tag for addressing a local environmental problem was relatively rare?  Those days appear to be gone and much to the … Continued