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Biden’s Federal Flood Protections Are Positive Step But Local Action Needed, Too
by Deanna Moran

Advocates cheered when President Biden reinstated the Obama-era flood protection standard among his first acts in office. The Biden administration is sending a clear signal that building according to climate patterns of the past is no longer acceptable – we must acknowledge and address increasingly frequent and extreme flooding caused by climate change. Reinstating the federal standard is a critical first step for increasing our national infrastructure’s climate resilience – one that signals the urgent need for action here at home.

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Guest Post: Will Developers Slow the Path to Net Zero?
by Joan Fitzgerald

Cities with aggressive climate standards are running into roadblocks. Achieving these goals will require strong building energy codes and ending the use of fossil fuels in buildings and homes. We’re starting to see that neither the natural gas utilities nor the real estate industry will sit by quietly as cities and states enforce stronger building codes and ban natural gas infrastructure in new construction.

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Gordon Hall
by Julie Gal-Or

In 2016, CLF launched the Senior Fellows program with support from two longtime and generous supporters, Gordon Hall and former Board of Trustees Chair Michael Moskow. The Senior Fellows program allows lawyers, paralegals, engineers, scientists, journalists, and other seasoned professionals who are transitioning into retirement or coming out of a career break to donate their…

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The Hildreth Family
by Julie Gal-Or

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Maine’s woods and sea, Alison Hildreth and her late husband Horace (“Hoddy”) worried that someday it could all disappear because of development and industrialization. It was this concern that first prompted them to support CLF in 1970. Together, they watched the organization grow from humble beginnings to a regionwide…

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Building Communities That Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. Thea James

It’s tempting to boil down good health solely to factors like medical care, healthy food, and exercise. However, many other dynamics, like historic redlining and racial segregation, along with substandard housing, air pollution, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of access to jobs, healthy food, and green space, all play a role. Perhaps no one understands the interplay of these factors better than those who work in healthcare, including Dr. Thea James, who serves as Boston Medical Center’s Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Mission, and Director of the Violence Prevention.

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Conservation Matters: Fall 2020

This past year was one of the most challenging our country has faced in many of our lifetimes. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the summer’s protests against police violence have forced deep, damaging inequities in our society out into the light of day. Now, as we start the new year, it’s up to all of us to ensure they not only stay there but that we actively work to redress them.

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Why We Should Modernize Our Electric Grid
by Bethany Kwoka

Our electricity grid was designed over 100 years ago. But times have changed. Today, we can harness clean, renewable energy right where we live. But we have to update our electric grid to take advantage of it.

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A Wave of Good News for the People of Great Bay
by Melissa Paly

From multimillion-dollar investments to win-win collaborations, good news from New Hampshire’s Great Bay give us reasons to celebrate in 2020. Taken together, these stories remind us that when communities act boldly, we can turn the tide on pollution and restore the health of the rivers, bays, and coast in the Seacoast region and beyond.