The New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC) furthers the shared goal of the U.S. EPA and the Muskie School of Public Service 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. In collaboration with the U.S. EPA Region I, the Center works throughout New England to advance three objectives: (1) the understanding and practice of smart growth; (2) the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change; and (3) the development of a vibrant local food economy in the state and region. In each case, the NE/EFC strives to build local capacity to deal with these and related issues, and to develop and apply techniques that go beyond compliance with government regulation. The NE/EFC is a founding member of the Environmental Finance Network, a national partnership of nine public universities funded in part by the U.S. EPA to advance these and related goals.
Read the report to the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Commission on Land Conservation of the New England Governor's Conference, Inc. Published November, 2011. Read about the project's champion, Richard Barringer.