On a small triangle of land between Bennington and Lawrence Streets stand picnic tables, corrugated metal beds bursting with flowers, and trees in planters of hot pink, lemon yellow, and royal blue. It’s an uplifting treat in this Lawrence, Massachusetts, neighborhood and a considerable contrast to what stood here before – a jumble of parked cars… Continue reading A Cool Place in the Neighborhood
As the conversation around our clean energy future progresses, new fuels have entered the field that are purportedly “renewable” and “clean.” These fuels are often called “bioenergy” because they are produced from natural resources and waste. Policymakers are contending with what role these new fuels play in slowing climate change. CLF answers this question in… Continue reading Limited and Careful Use: The Role of Bioenergy in New England’s Clean Energy Future
Urban forests have health and climate benefits. But many communities struggle with nurturing and maintaining them. We looked at solutions to help urban forests grow.
CLF identified common challenges and barriers, best practices, and gaps in research in order to develop a strategy for accelerating urban forestry efforts in New England.
A proposal to build an anaerobic digester on Vermont’s largest dairy farm is not the climate solution its proponents claim it to be.
In the world of investing, real-world outcomes are often neatly severed from investment strategy. Return on investment, rates, and yields are guiding principles that supersede seemingly idealistic notions of community-building and the environment. But a more thoughtful and creative investment approach has taken root over the past decade. That approach recognizes that the savviest long-term… Continue reading The Power of Social Investment
Enjoy recreational boating on Boston Harbor with our guide to 8 great places to float your boat along the waterfront.
The Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act guarantees public access to the land around Boston’s waterfront and other waterways across the state. One way it does this is by requiring anyone building along the waterfront to get a “Chapter 91” license, which includes any actions the developer must take to make the site more welcoming to the… Continue reading Recreational Boating on Boston Harbor: An Assessment of Chapter 91 Compliance
Two proposed projects in Massachusetts aim to transform what were once centers for dirty energy into starting blocks for our clean energy future. In the process, they could provide a blueprint for reimagining our working waterfronts. Massachusetts’ waterfronts have always played a critical role in the state’s economy, supporting our fishing, shipping, and energy industries,… Continue reading Setting the Stage for Our Clean Energy Future
Here are six ways that urban forestry can help our communities if we choose to invest in it.