CEMA partners with business, government and non-profit organizations to solve many of the environmental problems facing New Jersey, the region, and the global community. While drawing much of its staff from the university community, CEMA also partners with consultants and environmental professionals on research assignments and technical contracts from a wide variety of groups, locally, regionally, and globally.

Although a part of Montclair State University, CEMA receives its funding from technical assistance and project management contracts; through seminars and training programs that it provides to its clients; through publication of its research working papers; and through foundation grants.