NESCAUM serves as the Northeast's center for policy-relevant air quality and climate research. Formed in 1967, NESCAUM provides a wide spectrum of technical assistance and policy guidance to its eight members states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT). NESCAUM also engages in work outside its regional boundaries. An example of this is NESCAUM's seminal study which help to set California lowered vehicle emission standards.
NESCAUM is known for its reputation for reporting based on science as opposed to agenda, its fair treatment of the policy perspectives ofindustry, advocacy groups and the government, and its practical experiences in the environmental and transportation fields.