Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo
Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes

Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC)

University of North Carolina

Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of North Carolina, a research and outreach program housed within the UNC School of Government. The UNC EFC ( is one of ten EPA designated and supported university-based centers that provide applied research, educational programs and advising services to local governments, utilities, and state and federal agencies. Jeff has twenty years of environmental infrastructure experience as a researcher, policy analyst, consultant, and practitioner. Jeff is currently the technical director for a national consultant team tasked with advising state and local governments on financing mechanisms involving ARRA funds including the State of Hawaii. Jeff is a faculty member with the School of Government where he teaches courses on environmental finance and policy for university students and practitioners. He received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University.

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