New England Environmental Finance Center

The New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC) furthers the joint goals of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Muskie School of Public Service, of researching, publishing, and extending creative approaches to environmental protection and management. In particular, the Center works to advance the understanding and practice of smart growth throughout New England; in building local capacity to deal with related issues; and in developing and applying techniques that go beyond compliance with government regulations.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.