Amy Laura Cahn, Author at Conservation Law Foundation

Amy Laura Cahn

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UPDATE: What Are Environmental Justice Protections?
by Amy Laura Cahn

For decades, low income, immigrant, and communities of color across the Commonwealth have disproportionately born the burdens of air pollution from power plants, congested freeways, and industrial activity. After generations of disenfranchisement, what would having strong environmental justice protections mean for these communities?

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Latest Trump Administration Rollback Threatens Environmental Justice
by Amy Laura Cahn

The Trump administration government is rolling back a key way to prove discrimination in court, but a set of bills in Massachusetts would make sure those protections remain at the state level. The bills would provide legal safeguards for communities of color and refugee and immigrant communities to ensure that policies addressing the intense heat, dangerous flooding, and extreme weather events of climate change do not discriminate.

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New Home Energy Audit Bill Has Right Idea But Wrong Funding
by Amy Laura Cahn

This week, CLF joined with a host of partner organizations to lend support for Governor Charlie Baker’s home energy scorecard program.The program, outlined in H. 4371, An Act relative to consumer access to residential energy information, would require homeowners to undertake a home energy audit and include a home energy scorecard when they sell their…

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Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act Moves Forward
by Amy Laura Cahn

On a Thursday night in late November of last year, residents from Chelsea and East Boston came out in force for a meeting of Massachusetts’s Energy Facility Siting Board. At issue: a proposal by Eversource, the state’s largest utility company, to build and operate two new 115-kilovolt underground electric transmission lines and an above-ground substation…