The following was a disclaimer in small print at the bottom of the home page for UNC at Chapel Hill’s, Environmental Finance Center:
“The Environmental Finance Center is a program within the UNC School of Government. EFC receives funding from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”
And you do not have to look far to find the S word either…”sustainable” they list the following as their mission:
“The UNC EFC is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways.
After years of tireless research they are finally prepared to float a new theory out there to local municipalities. Now bear in mind this is based on the latest research available and is arguably controversial. But the UNC Environmental Finance Center theorizes that: IF utilities charge higher prices for water, THEN their customers will use less. There i’ve said it. The cat is out of the bag, Pandora’s box has been opened, you can’t get the genie back in the bottle etc. etc. They call this theory: Conservation Oriented Rates. Gaspee Gazette will continue to read the The Environmental Finance Center’s 2009 report for all other groundbreaking, earth shattering theories about controlling… I mean managing, our water usage. Thanks to ICLEI’s southeast page for turning me on to this group. http://www.efc.unc.edu/publications/2009/2009_SWIC_FullReport.pdf