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.