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To order free hardcopies of Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center publications, contact Khris Dodson at kadodson@syr.edu.

 

Recent Publications

 

2014 New York State Succession Planning Guidebook for Local Officials

This guidebook is intended to aid local officals in understanding the benefits and

process of succession planning. Succession planning and its usefulness are 

expressed for small-scale municipalities, through a step-by-step process guide.

 

Download Guide here    

 

 

2014 New York State Comprehensive Plan Development Guidebook for Local Officals

This guidebook is intended to aid local officials in understanding the development

and implementation process of a comprehensive plan for their municipality.

 

Download Guide here.

 

 

2014 New York State Grant Writing Guidebook for Local Officials

This guidebook is intended to aid local officials in understanding the grant writing

process. Grant writing tips, logistics, and formatting are all presented in this guide,

as well as a section on how the grant writing process will help with the navigation

and application to the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

 

Download Guide here.

 

 

2014 New York State Capital Improvements Program Development for Local Officials

 

 

2014 New York State Zoning Board Appeals Guidebook for Local Officials                                        

 

 

 


 

Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Quick Guide

This guide provides a brief overview of the Consolidated Funding Application

(CFA). The CFA was developed by Governor Cuomo to improve New York State's

economic development model by streaming and expediting the grant application

proces for multiple state funding sources through one online application. The

CFA eliminates the need for applicants to navigate through multiple agencies

and fill out multiple applications.

 

Dowload Guide here     

 

 

2013 Funding Guide for Capital Projects in Sustainable Materials Management

With this reference tool, we hope to take some of the guesswork out of grant 

research for capital projects in sustainable materials management. This reference

tool was created to help guide local governments and non-profits in New York State

in search of federal, state, and third party financing for sustainable capital projects.

 

 Download Guide here

  

                                              

Report on New York State's 2010 SRF Sustainability Pilot Project

Beginning in 2010, EPA's Office of Water and Office of Sustainable Communities

jointly sponsored a pilot technical assistance program with three state CWSRF

programs to explore potential modifications that could encourage investments in

public infrastructure such as road; utilities; schools; and police, fire, and amublance

service. New Yourk State's program will be the focus of this report.

The goal of this report is to gather lessons learned and best practices in these pilot

states and other states undertaking similar initiatives so that all SRF programs can 

benefit from this information and thereby facilitate more widespread adoption of

practices that encourage states to focus resources in existing communities and 

infrastructure systems to leverage past investments.

 

 Download Guide here.

 

                                                                                          

January 2013 Wastewater Management Handbook for Local Representatives

NYWEA and the Environemtnal Finance Center collaborated with the help of many

partnersto produce the Second Edition of Wastewater Management Handbook for

Local Representatives. Download the entire handbook here, or download individual 

chapters by selecting the appropriate link below.

This handbook is designed to be a reference tool for local officials, public administrators,

and managers. In addition to the basic treatment operations, this handbook will discuss

the strategies to ensure compliance, funding, adequate training, and public education. 

This reference will also help public officials familiarize themselves with financial management

tools, loan and grant assistance, as well as learn about capital improvement planning to

enhance long term economic viability.

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Wastewater Management

Chapter 2: Asset Management and Sustainability
Chapter 3: Financial Management & Rate Structures
Chapter 4: Regulatory Overview and Legal Responsibilities
Chapter 5: Educating and Engaging the Public on Wastewater Treatment
Chapter 6: Stormwater Management and MS4s
Chapter 7: Collection Systems
Chapter 8: Staff Training Demands, Succession Planning and Certification
Chapter 9: NYWARN–Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network
Appendix 1: Glossary of Terms
Appendix 2: Financial Glossary

 

Download Guide here

 

Access the 2011 version here                                              Access the 2011 version here    |    Access the 2010 version here

 

Dowload Manual here                                                          Download Guide here

 

Past Publications

Handbook on Wastewater Management for Local Representatives
Developed by 
Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, NYSDEC, EPA Region 2, and NYWEA, this handbook is designed to be a reference tool for local officials, public administrators, and managers. In addition to the basic treatment operations, this handbook discusses the strategies to ensure compliance, funding, adequate training, and public education. This reference will also help public officials familiarize themselves with financial management tools, loan and grant assistance, as well as learn about capital improvement planning to enhance long term economic viability.To access a pdf version, please click here.

GreenPrint for Success: A How-to Guide for Building a Green Job Training Program
This “how-to” guide walks the reader through the nuts and bolts of creating, implementing, and evaluating a green jobs program. It is based on real world experience from more than 30 organizations involved in green jobs programs. To access a pdf version, please click here.

Green Jobs Grants and Grantmaking Foundations Catalog
This booklet offers examples of government-funded grant programs from state and federal agencies, as well as examples of private and nonprofit grantmaking foundations. A great starting point for those looking for money for their state and local green jobs projects. To access a pdf version, please click here.

An Empirical Study of the Green Innovation Grant Program
This in-depth report looks into the application and selection processes for the inaugural Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP),  a New York State initiative created to allocate Green Project Reserve dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In this EPA-funded project, 
Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center worked with GIGP applicants and state officials to create recommendations for future rounds of the program. To access a pdf version, please click here.

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September 2010: Green Infrastructure
June 2010: Beyond Waste
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December 2009: Agricultural Best Management Practices
October 2009: Local Food
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Maxwell Capstone Projects

Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center often partners with the Maxwell School at Syracuse University as a "client" for MPA students to develop reports that include extensive research on various topics of interest to our audiences. The work of these students over the years have proved to be valuable resources for SU-EFC audiences. Here is the library of past projects.

2011 - Trash to Treasure: Sustainable Financing Options for Integrated Material Management Programs
2010 - Making Syracuse Sustainable
2009 - The GreenPrint for Success: A "How-To" Guide for Building a Green Job Training Program

2008 - City of Oswego: Toward Municipal Sustainability

2008 - Wind Initiatives in U.S. Virgin Islands
2007 - Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Management
2007 - Emergency Preparedness in Rural Communities
2007 - LEED in Upstate New York: An Exploration of Barriers, Resources and Strategies
2007 - Field Guide of Financial Support for Sustainable Capital Projects
2005 - Affordability and Sustainability of Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation For Households in Rural New York
2005 - Alternative Financing of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Rural Communities
2004 - Intermunicipal Agreements in NYS
2003 - Impact of Public Participation on the Development of USDA Rural Utility Projects
2002 - Tapping Resources for Rural Communities
1999 - Analysis of Smart Growth Policies in New York State

 

 

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