Climate change means heat waves are getting longer and more frequent. But cities can prepare by implementing three simple steps.
“Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis and its impacts in our communities,” said Caitlin Peale Sloan, Vice President of CLF Massachusetts. “Couple that with the dire shortage of affordable housing for those who need it most, and this green bank is filling a huge need here in Massachusetts. Polluting emissions from buildings are a scourge on our health and the planet, and this fund will go a long way towards ending our addiction to fossil fuels.”
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Since 2019, CLF has been fighting alongside Bethlehem residents to stop an unnecessary landfill expansion. Now, our fight against Casella heads to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
“A thriving New England needs a thriving local food system,” said Scott Sanderson, Manager of CLF’s Farm and Food Program. “But we can’t achieve that if our small farmers and food business are left legally vulnerable. We help food businesses move beyond costly legal fees so they can focus on growing, thriving, and providing for their communities.”
CLF’s Legal Food celebrates a milestone – its 1,000 case helping connect small farmers, food entrepreneurs, and nonprofits with free legal help.
Trees are vital to climate resiliency because they keep cities cooler. But many trees are dying because of methane gas leaks.
“For too long, certain communities have been excluded from critical investments in housing and business,” said Gina Foote, Director of Impact Investment at Conservation Law Foundation. “The Healthy Neighborhood Equity Fund will transform historically disinvested communities with healthy and sustainable housing and small business space. More vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods benefit everyone.”
“Goals and promises are meaningless without real action on the ground,” said Caitlin Peale Sloan, Vice President of CLF Massachusetts. “The previous administration took little actual action to meet the goals laid out in Massachusetts’ strong climate laws, we now have an opportunity to do better. If we want to leave a healthy future for the next generation, it’s time to ditch fossil fuels and electrify everything from transportation to home heating, and these petitions lay out steps Massachusetts must take to get us there.”
CLF’s Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund has helped finance affordable, walkable, energy-efficient developments that are key to a carbon-free future.