Sacramento State gets new finance center

Sacramento State will be the home of a new environmental finance center.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency selected the university to house the center, which will provide financial expertise to disadvantaged and tribal communities that struggle with how to pay the costs of protecting public health and the environment.

A six-year grant worth up to $6 million from the EPA will fund the university’s work.

The center will serve territory that includes, California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. It will be headquartered in the Office of Water Programs, which is part of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The finance center will offer training and technical assistance for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, groundwater and solid waste programs. Much of the training and technical help will be provided in the communities served.

“Public health and environmental issues are very challenging for disadvantaged communities,” said OWP’s Director Ramzi Mahmood in a university news release. “We will be a resource to help them solve local problems.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews