A new series of educational videos produced by the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill, with support from the Water Research Foundation, offers an engaging, accessible, and easily shareable resource on financial management topics designed specifically for water utility governing boards. The Water₡lips Video Series describes challenges faced by water utilities across the country using eye catching visualizations and easy to understand explanations of concepts that can otherwise be daunting.
Join us on May 5, 2015 from 1:00-2:30PM EST for a FREE webinar that will help you establish a Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the components of a CIP. It will also highlight how a CIP, along with other best management practices such as asset management and benchmarking, can improve a utility’s access to financing from the multiple federal and state programs that exist.
This interactive Rates Dashboard is designed to assist utility managers, finance directors, Board members, state and local officials, reporters, and customers in comparing their residential water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system size, customer base demographics, and geography. Rates data for this dashboard are drawn from the 2013 water and wastewater rates survey IISG-15-007 conducted by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program for municipal utilities in the seven-county Chicago Metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will).
This interactive rates dashboard is designed to assist Ohio utility managers, finance directors, Board members, local officials, reporters, and customers in comparing their residential water and wastewater rates against multiple characteristics, including utility finances, system size, customer base demographics, and geography.
The Environmental Finance Center hosted a public forum featuring presentations by prominent environmental finance experts and innovators from a variety of perspectives that cut across geographic regions, sectors, and issues. This event fostered discussion and identified emerging trends, strategies, and ideas in answering the basic “how will we pay” questions at the heart of successful environmental protection. This report summarizes 10 themes that emerged from the forum.
EFC Director Jeff Hughes joins The Water Values Podcast for an in-depth discussion about environmental finance. In this podcast, Jeff guides listeners from traditional ratemaking to several more creative approaches to implementing water rates. Jeff helps to unravel all of the complicated questions being discussed among utilities and consumers as new rate designs are being explored and introduced.