For a neighborhood to truly thrive, it needs healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy with opportunities for all. Improving neighborhood environments can boost health, but traditional financing sources simply aren’t capable of addressing those needs at a project level. Recognizing the complex challenges of building healthy and sustainable communities, three years ago,…
CLF president Bradley Campbell said, “Today, we saw the completion of a project three years in the making — a project that has transformed vacant property into a true center of housing and commerce. From good jobs, to new pedestrian walkways, to better access to public transit and more, this development will electrify the neighborhood and provide a perceptible spark to Braintree’s economy and community.”
We’re striving to reduce environmental hazards for all.
We’re working for smart, climate-friendly transportation.
Massachusetts is a state of extraordinary range – from our miles of coastline to the western mountains, our dense hardwood forests to our working farms, our thickly settled city neighborhoods to our rural village greens.
We partner with community organizations, public agencies, philanthropy, and private investors to better understand environmental challenges and create new solutions.
What does it take for a community to thrive? It starts with clean air and clean water and access to good jobs, education, and health care. It also takes safe and affordable transportation choices, local green spaces, and easy access to fresh, healthy food.
Today, record numbers of Americans suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma, which are strongly influenced by their neighborhood and environmental conditions. At the same time, traditional sources of public funding for development are drying up, making the vision of a healthy community harder to realize.
With healthcare costs and rates of obesity and other chronic disease soaring – especially among low-income populations – community groups and public health organizations are increasingly aware that improving neighborhood environments can boost health outcomes. But, traditional financing sources simply aren’t capable of addressing those needs at the project level.