About

Advancing Finance Solutions | Building Local Capacity | Serving Communities

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland advances finance solutions to environmental challenges. With more than 25 years of experience, we work with communities to protect natural resources by strengthening the capacity of decision makers to assess needs, develop effective financing methods, and catalyze action.

Through direct technical assistance, policy analysis, and research, the EFC equips communities with the knowledge and tools they need to create more sustainable environments, more resilient societies, and more robust economies.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH | FACILITATION

The EFC works directly with local government staff to engage stakeholders, build consensus and identify shared priorities. Our services include designing comprehensive outreach campaigns, facilitating focus groups, conducting community surveys, and crafting strategies to finance project implementation.

EDUCATION | TRAINING | TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The EFC delivers customized assistance to local governments on topics such as green infrastructure, resilience, climate and energy, and stormwater finance.

Municipal staff can participate in our Sustainable Maryland leadership trainings and utilize the range of educational resources offered through our Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center.

RESEARCH | POLICY ANALYSIS | FINANCIAL ASSESSMENT

To foster data-driven decisions, the EFC works with communities to assess programs and policies, analyze budgets, develop financing strategies, conduct energy audits, and create decision-support tools.