April 18, 2017

Paving Vermont Farmland: Stopped!

by Sandy Levine

Strong Advocacy Leads to Conservation Stopping sprawl in its tracks and keeping valuable farmland available for farmers to use has taken a huge leap forward. In 2016, following a year-long legal case led by CLF, a developer withdrew plans to build a massive, sprawling complex, including shopping, a hotel, a conference center, offices, and housing in… Continue reading Paving Vermont Farmland: Stopped!

April 13, 2017

The Great Neighborhoods Campaign Needs You

by Deanna Moran

For a neighborhood to truly thrive, it needs healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy with opportunities for all. That’s why CLF, along with our partners in the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, are working to strengthen local neighborhoods in ways that work better for everyone ­– especially seniors and young people. Together, we have… Continue reading The Great Neighborhoods Campaign Needs You

April 12, 2017

Climate-Damaging Emissions are Down in Massachusetts, but Getting to 2050 Will Take Much More

by David Ismay

Last week Massachusetts finalized and released the state’s latest inventory of its statewide emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs). The final numbers indicate that in 2014, the Commonwealth released the equivalent of 74.6 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is a slight improvement over 2013. That’s good news and is far better than the increase in climate-damaging emissions we saw the year before. But a single year of slightly lower emissions isn’t good enough.

April 12, 2017

CLF and New England Battle Back as President Trump Attacks U.S. Climate Progress

by Megan Herzog

On March 28th, President Trump signed an executive order that launched a full-scale attack on our national progress in protecting public health and the environment from dangerous climate change. The so-called Energy Independence Order asks EPA to reconsider the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal rule designed to reduce climate-warming emissions from power plants, as… Continue reading CLF and New England Battle Back as President Trump Attacks U.S. Climate Progress

Clean Power Plan Gets Its Day in Court
April 12, 2017

Helping Rhode Island’s Local Food Movement Grow

by Sumana Chintapalli

CLF works throughout New England to help local food entrepreneurs and farmers not just survive, but thrive. Here in Rhode Island, the local food movement is burgeoning – our rate of new farmers is growing faster than in other New England states. But even as the number of new farmers grows, many experienced farmers are looking… Continue reading Helping Rhode Island’s Local Food Movement Grow

April 11, 2017

CLF Brings Public Utilities Commission to Maine Supreme Court for Underfunding Energy Efficiency

by Emily Green

CLF took the Maine Public Utilities Commission to court today for underfunding the state’s three-year energy efficiency budget by $30 million – resulting in losses of $270 million dollars for Maine citizens and businesses. You read that right – shortchanging energy efficiency translates to lost benefits totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for hardworking Mainers.

Photo: LED light bulb
April 10, 2017

We Need to Fully Fund Clean Water in Vermont Now

by Rebekah Weber

Money has been a big part of the clean water conversation at the Vermont State House this year. In January, State Treasurer Beth Pearce put a price tag of $62 million per year for the next 20 years on the efforts needed to reach our clean water goals. A week later, Governor Phil Scott announced that… Continue reading We Need to Fully Fund Clean Water in Vermont Now

April 10, 2017

Join Us for Screening of Documentary Chronicling Struggling Cod Industry April 13

by Amanda Yanchury

On Thursday, April 13, Conservation Law Foundation will host a special screening of “Sacred Cod: The Fight for the Future of America’s Oldest Fishery” at Boston Public Library. The film, which debuts on Discovery the same night, captures the collapse of New England’s iconic cod population, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of… Continue reading Join Us for Screening of Documentary Chronicling Struggling Cod Industry April 13

April 8, 2017

Protecting New Hampshire Kids from Lead Poisoning: Progress (But We’re Not There Yet)

by Tom Irwin

Every year, several hundred New Hampshire children are found to be poisoned by lead. Even at low levels of exposure, lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that can result in permanent, irreversible harm, such as cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and delayed language skills. And, with so many New Hampshire homes and apartments built before… Continue reading Protecting New Hampshire Kids from Lead Poisoning: Progress (But We’re Not There Yet)

April 5, 2017

April 25 Earth Day Event at Rhode Island State House

by Jerry Elmer

ECRI Lobby Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday, April 25. Lobby Day is open to the public, and CLF members (and others) are warmly invited to attend.

ECRI Lobby Day