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About New England EFC

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.

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.




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food wasteZero Food Waste in the Trash: Workshop on Reducing/Recovering Food Waste

Sponsored by the Muskie School of Public Service, June 29, 2017


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A new paper by EFC Senior Advisor Dr. Jack Kartez and former EFC Director Dr. Sam Merrill outlines the choices available and likely to develop to pay for climate adaptation actions at the local and state levels. The paper appears in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics special issue on climate adaptation economics and is entitled "Creating Adaptation Finance Mechanisms: New Frontiers for Familiar Tools".


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November 15-16, 2016

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Want to learn more about setting up a Share Table and Sorting Stations in your school cafeteria? Click HERE to access our latest webinars, “Share It – Don’t Trash It!” and “Compost It – Don’t Trash It!, along with training Prezis, PowerPoints and School Resource Directory.


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Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps (2016) presents an overview of that task, with links to the reapidly expanding guidelines and tools available to local governments and a suggested way of thinking about this responsibility as an extension of what local governments are already doing. Read the Full Report here or Executive Summary here.


NEEFC recently published An Assessment of the Economics of Natural and Built Infrastructure for Water Resources in Maine, a report on managing Maine's water resources in light of sea level rise through the combined use of natural and built infrastructure. See the Executive Summary here and read the Full Report here.