Environmental Finance Centers
Find the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) serving your area.
The Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) consist of nine university-based locations that provide innovative solutions to communities to help manage the cost of environmental protection. The EFCs provides state and local officials and small businesses with advisory services, education, publications, training, technical assistance, and analyses on financing alternatives.
EPA Region 1 (serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
University of Southern Maine Exit
Focus: Advance the understanding and practice of smart growth, the prevention of and adaptation to climate change, and the development of alternative energy resources.
EPA Region 2 (serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
EPA Region 3 (serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia)
University of Maryland Exit
Focus: Assist local governments, communities, and watershed organizations in fulfilling their role(s) in effectively and responsibly managing natural resources at a watershed scale.
Focus: The environmental financing needs of underserved populations in small to medium sized communities, particularly those that are considering local or regional arrangements for environmental infrastructure.
EPA Region 5 (serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
Cleveland State University Exit
Focus: Explore emerging issues in innovative environmental finance, reduction in transportation-related carbon emissions, land-banking strategy development, urban revitalization, lead abatement, and drinking water and wastewater infrastructure asset management and financial health.
EPA Region 7 (serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska)
Wichita State University Exit
Focus: Promote financial capacity on environmental issues including water resources and infrastructure, solid waste management, air quality, renewable energy, green building and land conservation.
EPA Region 9 (serving Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau)
Focus: Encourage industry to implement sustainable business practices, educate and encourage consumers to choose green business products and services, and help communities, tribes and governments promote sustainable, self-supporting business.
EPA Region 10 (serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)
Boise State University Exit
Focus: Help local communities determine how to pay for protecting the public’s drinking water, create financial capacity for sustainable drinking water and waste water systems, and managing watersheds for functional long-term ecosystem sustainability.