Environmental Justice

Boston Harbor 2.0

Boston Harbor Threatened Once Again Boston Harbor is a vital resource that must be protected from greedy developers and a changing climate. The City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must ensure that new development protects the public trust, safeguards against climate change, and enhances the community. CLF in Action Boston Harbor is the…

Press Releases
CLF and Cronin Group Reach Settlement on Public Benefits for 150 Seaport Project

“A project that had been a battleground will now create common ground,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell, “and Jon Cronin deserves credit for resolving differences with CLF in favor of expanded public access to the waterfront.  CLF spent decades and taxpayers have spent billions of dollars transforming Boston Harbor from an open sewer to a natural treasure and an engine of new growth.  This settlement honors those public investments and makes clear that greater public access can go hand-in-hand with new development.”

News Clips
Devens hit with lawsuit over Clean Water Act violation

… A Tuesday letter from the Conservation Law Foundation notifying the commission and MassDevelopment of its intent to sue alleges that both violated the federal Clean Water Act by failing to apply for and obtain a permit to legally discharge the water. Stormwater is runoff from rain or snow melt that picks up chemicals, toxins,…

Press Releases
Advocates Applaud NH Senate for Passage of Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill

“For too long, we’ve put New Hampshire kids on the front lines of this serious public health problem – risking their health and their futures with the permanent effects of lead poisoning,” said Tom Irwin, Director of the New Hampshire office of Conservation Law Foundation. “Today’s vote is a victory for kids across the state. And because childhood lead poisoning often has a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and people of color, creating yet another barrier to breaking the cycle of poverty, today’s vote is a victory for some of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable children and families. We look forward to seeing the Governor sign this important bill into law.”

Let’s Learn from the Seaport’s Mistakes, Not Repeat Them
by Deanna Moran

Boston’s newest neighborhood, the Seaport District, has drawn recent criticism for its high-priced housing and amenities, exclusivity, and lack of diversity. What started out as an incredibly rare chance for Boston to redevelop nearly 1,000 acres of city land is now largely considered a major missed opportunity. Given the billions of dollars of public investment…