The Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC) is a partnership between the U.S. EPA and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Our mission is to help communities and the states of U.S. EPA Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) build innovative, cost-effective, and high-quality strategies for environmental improvement and sustainable economic development.
The GLEFC offers technical assistance, training, and research resources to state and local governments, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations. The center helps solve financial problems related to environmental facilities and resources. General areas of work include:
The Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC) is a technical assistance, training, and research resource for state and local government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. GLEFC helps solve financial problems related to environmental facilities and resources.
Financial and Economic Analysis and Strategies: Conducts financial and economic analyses and market studies to support environmental project planning, development, and implementation.
Policy Analysis and Planning: Assists state and local governments to evaluate public policy alternatives related to environmental finance, and helps these groups plan new financial programs to meet environmental needs.
Community Redevelopment Site Visit Advisory Services: Provides professional training to state and local government officials, business executives, and others on environmental finance issues, strategies, and resources, helping clients make more effective use of existing public and private sector financial resources.
Research and Information Services: The GLEFC has published numerous papers and research documents on topics covering brownfields redevelopment, local government finance, and local planning in the Great Lakes states and beyond.