Capacity Building

EFCWest works with communities, states, Tribes and organizations to help them build their capacity to increase funding, pursue new opportunities, manage their resources and plan for a successful future. We provide a unique set of capacity building services that emphasize our Green MBA background, including systems thinking and sustainable entrepreneurship.


EFCWest offers numerous trainings in the United States and abroad.  Our trainings reflect our unique world-view, and are infused with green business principles and systemic approaches to opportunities and barriers.

Research and Reports

EFCWest specializes in neutral, collaborative and innovative research and reports. Because we can draw upon staff from other Environmental Finance Centers across the US we maintain a unique ability to address a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues.


Sarah Diefendorf, Director

Lauralee Barbaria, Associate Director

Elaine McCarty, Senior Associate

Annie Power, Senior Associate

Julianne Maurseth, PhD, Senior Advisor