Conservation Law Foundation has a dedicated staff of professionals whose job is to protect New England’s environment. However, we know that we can’t do it all on our own. In addition to becoming a member of CLF by making a donation, we invite you to participate in one of our periodic initiatives; these range from volunteer opportunities to internships at our offices to filling out petitions or serving as an in-court witness.
This is our New England — we need to come together to protect it.
November 1, 2013
Do you love farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and fresh fruits and vegetables in schools? New regulations proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could seriously harm small New England farms that bring you this healthy, local food.
In its push to write new food safety rules based on the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA is threatening the vitality of organic agriculture, local food, and farm conservation efforts. The regulations will force thousands of small farms across the country to comply with expensive and environmentally damaging standards meant for industrial-scale operations. The rules could even harm burgeoning urban farms, critical to the health of New England’s urban communities.
As proposed, the rules will:
Small-scale farmers and food businesses feed our local communities and protect our land. Crushing them with industrial-scale regulation is not the path to greater food safety.
We have only until November 15 to ask FDA to redraft its rules and save local farms.
Please help us by taking action today.
March 22, 2013
The Renewable Energy Standards of the New England States (known in Connecticut as the Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS) have been the fundamental force driving the development of wind and solar power across the region.
Connecticut has been the second largest market for this clean energy and its RPS has been responsible for this positive development. This commitment by Connecticut and the other New England states stands in sharp contrast to the lack of action from Washington on clean energy. During the past decade the U.S. Congress has been flipping the policies and incentives for clean renewable energy on and off like a child at a light switch. Connecticut, meanwhile, has forged ahead with the RPS and its clean energy commitment.
Today, Connecticut and its sister states have a special obligation to be consistent in their support of these essential policies. But Connecticut needs your help.
A bill before the state legislature would undermine Connecticut’s commitment to wind and solar power by reducing the amount of clean power from those sources that the sellers of electricity working in the State would buy. In its place hydroelectric power from distant Canadian dams would be purchased a sweetheart deal for utility giant Northeastern Utilities, but a raw deal for renewable energy in CT and New England.