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.
Introducing the Small Systems Blog!
We invite you to explore our Small Systems Blog where you will find a wealth of information on a variety of topics related to water finance and management. Blog posts feature lessons learned from our training and technical assistance, descriptions of available tools, and small systems success stories.
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.