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The Directory is an on-line, searchable database of financial resources for environmental projects.  It includes federal agency, state and private foundation resources that can be discovered using multiple search methodologies.  Used with Plan2Fund and Plan2Fund OPT, the Directory helps save you time in finding potential funding.
The Guidebook provides an overview of ways to pay for sustainable environmental systems. It presents information on about 340 financial tools. It is the product of a collaborative effort among members of the EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board, the Directors and staff of nine university-based Environmental Finance Centers, the staff of EPA’s Environmental Finance Program, and numerous other contributors.
Financing Program Decision Tool
This EPA tool helps state and local government staff identify clean energy financing programs suited to their target market and available resources. It is an ideal place to start designing or revising a clean energy financing program.
Low Impact Development (LID) Resources. The Center’s Water Program has pursued several LID-related activities, with a focus on overcoming financial and other barriers to widespread use of the approach. An LID Fact Sheet is now available, aimed at promoting basic understanding of the approach and overcoming local barriers to implementation. It includes a short introduction to the approach, and two “Top 5” lists for promoting LID in your community: one focused on general efforts, and one on revising local land use regulations. A compendium of Selected LID Projects in New England is also available. These products are all tailored to New England. For more general treatments of the topic, a good set of tools is available through EPA (

Urban Agriculture & Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems, a website from the U.S. EPA that provides information for people pursuing agriculture projects as part of brownfield redevelopment and reuse.

usepa Water-related grants Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection, part of the Watershed Academy


Practice Guides from the EFC at University of Louisville, Kentucky
These practice guides are intended to provide urban and regional planners and policy makers with practical, useful tools. We aim to make them straightforward, easy to apply in the real world, and understandable without any special training or education. Resources suggested within them can be pursued to get more information in depth. Following is a listing of these guides, arranged by category of interest.
PG13 Developing New Uses for Low-to-No-Market Brownfields: The Affordable Housing Solution
PG11 Brownfields Program Placement in Local Governments
PG10 Brownfield Redevelopment: Make it Possible!
PG 9 Contaminated Properties: History, Regulations, and Resources for Community Members
PG 8 Brownfields: Historic Preservation as a Redevelopment Option
PG 4 Utilizing Environmental Insurance for Brownfield Redevelopment
PG 3 Closing the Brownfield Information Gap: Some Practical Methods for Identifying Brownfields
PG 1 Public Strategies for Cost-Effective Community Brownfield Redevelopment
  Environmental Justice
PG26 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: What Are the Potential Community Costs?
PG12 Public Involvement: How Active Participation in Environmental Issues and Decisions Makes Economic Sense and Broadens the Knowledge Base
  Green Practices
PG24 Sustainable Construction Policies in EPA Region IV
PG22 Integrating Green Practice into Your Building Management Strategy
PG21 Financing Energy Efficiency Improvements
PG20 Energy Efficiency as a Public Priority
PG19 Green Conferences
PG 7 Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling for Environmental Protection and Economic Development
  Sustainable Development/ Smart Growth
PG18 Sustainable Hazards Mitigation
PG17 Development Impact Fees as Planning Tools and Revenue Generators
PG16 Farmland Preservation: The Benefits of Saving Our Agricultural Land and Resources
PG15 Military Base Sustainable Best Practices: Energy Conservation Systems That Save Municipalities Money
PG14 Do You Want Utilities With That? Avoiding the Unintended Economic Consequences of Poorly Planned Growth on the Provision of Water and Sewer Service
PG 6 Greyfields:  The New Horizon for Infill and Higher Density Regeneration
PG 5 Dealing with Growth:  Alternatives to Large Lot Zoning on the Urban Fringe
PG 2 Managing Growth with Fairness:  The Regulatory Takings Test of Smart Growth Policies
  Urban Agriculture
PG27 Establishing Urban Agriculture in Your Community: What You Need to Know Before You Get Your Hands Dirty
PG25 Urban Agriculture and Soil Contamination: An Introduction to Urban Gardening
PG23 Water Pricing and Rates Dashboards

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