About Us

Welcome to New England Environmental Finance Center

Introduction

Founded in 2001, New England Environmental Finance Center (NEEFC) seeks to advance the shared goal of US EPA and the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine to research, publish, and extend creative approaches to environmental policy, protection and management, especially the associated questions of how to pay for needed environmental improvements.
NE/EFC strives to build capacity of public and private clients throughout New England to pay for the growing costs of protecting the environment and to be better prepared to manage both chronic acute problems of environmental protection and finance.
 
 

Our Mission

The New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC) was established in 2001 to advance the shared goal of the US EPA and the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at University of Southern Maine to research, publish, and extend creative approaches to environmental policy, protection, and management, especially the associated questions of how-to-pay for needed environmental improvements.

The Center works throughout New England and the country to help constituencies in the public and private sectors advance the understanding and practice of smart growth, confront questions of climate risk and adaptation, develop strategies for coastal wetlands conservation strategies in light of sea level rise, integrate water infrastructure planning and investments into local and regional sustainability initiatives, develop water system managerial and financial capacity, achieve cost savings through food waste reduction, analyze the fiscal impacts of alternate land use scenarios, and pursue related initiatives.

In all these efforts, NE/EFC strives to build local capacity to pay for the growing costs of protecting the environment and to help a range of constituencies throughout New England be better prepared to manage both chronic and acute problems of environmental protection and finance.

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Partners

NE/EFC is a founding member of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a national partnership of public universities creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. EFCN works with public and private sectors to promote sustainable environmental solutions while bolstering efforts to manage costs.

Visit the EFCN website to learn about our shared programs.


Membership

We are a founding member of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a national partnership of universities chosen by their EPA Regional Administrator to host a Center dedicated to creating innovative solutions to the difficult how to pay issues of environmental protection and improvement. EFCN works with public and private sectors to promote sustainable environmental solutions while bolstering efforts to manage costs.
NEEFC works in close collaboration with the EFCN on the Smart Management for Small Water Systems Program, through which we are helping boost the financial and managerial capacity of water system managers, so they can better meet the public's need for clean, safe, affordable drinking water. To access resources and training events offered through this program, please visit the Smart Management for Small Water Systems website.