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Environmental Finance Center

In a competitive application process RCAC was selected as the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10—Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. RCAC is the only non-university to be selected as an EFC.

There are many challenges in infrastructure maintenance and development. During the next 20 years $600 billion in infrastructure projects will need to be completed to protect public health yet budget constraints are an increasing reality. To help address the challenge of infrastructure affordability, the EFC – EPA Region 10 and our partner, Eastern Washington University, are developing financial models and tools and collecting and sharing resources so small rural communities and Tribes can move forward with innovative solutions.

Through the EFC – EPA Region 10, Tribes and local communities will have practical, real-world training, technical assistance, and information to increase the sustainability of their financing systems, the systems that support all of their environmental and public health utilities and facilities – water, wastewater, solid waste and other disciplines.

In addition, the EFC – EPA Region 10 is active and proactive in policy, science and research on climate adaptation and resiliency and we bring funding into the climate discussion.

EFC – EPA Region 10 is a collaborative, responsive and innovative EFC – a think tank with implementation. Communities that have and plan for the financial resources needed to address their technical, environmental and institutional challenges strengthen their financing systems, increase or improve their ability to remain in long-term compliance, and achieve sustainability.

For more information, contact Heather Cannon, Environmental Finance Center Coordinator, at (509) 844-1980 or hcannon@rcac.org.