ELM's Response to House Budget Gets Press

"Erica Mattison, legislative director for the Environmental League of Massachusetts, said the budget comes up short when it comes to funding environmental initiatives & represents a step backward in that regard."

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ELM 2013-2014 Legislative Priorities


ELM is targetting 11 priority bills - plus the budget - for passage in the 2013-2014 legislative session.

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ELM's Efforts to Restore Environmental Budget to 1% Get Press Coverage

ELM's efforts to restore funding to Massachusetts environmental agencies to pre-recession levels with an eye toward a greener future for the state get press coverage.

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Amendments to Make Natural Gas Leaks Bill Stronger Get Senate Review

A senate vote on S.2073, An act relative to natural gas leaks, originally scheduled for this week, was postponed yesterday. Senate leaders want more time to review the 23 amendments filed. ELM is one of more than 30 organizations pushing the legislature to make the bill stronger and more comprehensive.

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Your Turn to Take Action on Zoning Reform

Please take action on Zoning Reform! Current zoning laws are outdated and promote sprawling development which contributes to water quality degradation, increased greenhouse gas emissions and loss of wildlife habitat.

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State House Briefing Centers on DCR Parks Funding Need

Advocates and legislators gathered at the State House for a Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Parks Briefing April 2nd, one week before the release of the house budget. Participants discussed the need for increased funding for the agency, which is down 21% from its Fiscal Year 2008 level.

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ELM To Serve on GreenDOT Advisory Group

ELM has been invited to participate in the MassDOT's newly formed GreenDOT Advisory Group. VP for Policy Nancy Goodman will represent ELM. GreenDOT is an environmental initiative with goals to reduce GHG emissions, promote healthy transportation options, and support smart growth development

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Members of ELM Corporate and Labor Councils Weigh In on "Night Owl" T Service

The Boston Globe op-ed on the MBTA's "Night Owl" service was written by Jimmy O'Brien of the Boston Carmen's Union and a member of the ELM Labor Council, and Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods and a member of the ELM Corporate Council.

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ELM Campaign Boot Camp

Help Elect Environmental Champions!

Join us for ELM Campaign Boot Camp. Build the skills you need to get involved in political campaigns. Have an impact!

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Boston Globe Opinion: Night Owl Gets Boston on Track

Two ELM Labor and Corporate Council members write in the Globe in support of the MBTA's new extended hours, calling it a step toward a 21st century transit system.

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Charlie Baker Commits to 1% for the Environment


Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has committed to raising state spending on environmental agencies to 1% of the state budget within the first 3 budgets he files, if elected.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Responses to ELM Action Fund Questionnaire Get Press


Masslive
& The Springfield Republican use gubernatorial candidates responses to ELM Action Fund questionnaire in a series of upcoming articles.

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Gubernatorial Forum on Environment Makes Headlines


Masslive
and The Springfield Republican report on gubernatorial candidate responses at the March 21st forum on Energy, the Environment, and the Innovation Economy held at Faneuil Hall.

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Watch the Video: 3/21 Gubernatorial Forum on Environment


On Friday, a Faneuil Hall audience of 500+ heard gubernatorial candidates discuss their positions on energy, the environment, and the innovation economy.

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ELM Legislative Priorities Move Forward


This past week on Beacon Hill saw positive progress on the Environmental Bond Bill and the Zoning/Land Use Reform Bill.

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Natural Gas Leaks Bill Gains Ground

An ELM priority bill on Natural Gas Leaks moves in the legislature but has room for improvement.

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Mayor Walsh Meets with ELM Corporate Council

Mayor Walsh and the ELM Corporate Council discussed transportation funding, energy efficiency, and storm preparedness, among other topics, at a breakfast event last week.

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Conservation Grants for Communities and Nonprofits


The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Division of Conservation Services announces grant rounds for FY2015.

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ELM Featured on Emerson College Radio


Listen to Legislative Director Erica Mattison's piece on DCR funding on Emerson College's WERS 88.9FM.

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Our Parks Can't Speak Up But You Can! And With Your Help, Our Voice Will Be Heard

This year we are calling attention to the needs of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Please call your elected officials this week and ask them to support increased funding for DCR parks.

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ELM Advocates for Green Budget

Last week, ELM Legislative Director Erica Mattison met with Ways & Means Committee member Senator Jim Timilty (D-Walpole) regarding the FY2015 Green Budget

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ELM Testifies at Ways & Means Budget Hearing

ELM Legislative Director Erica Mattison testified before a packed Ways & Means budget hearing at the State House. Her remarks focused on the need to increase the percentage of the state budget that goes toward environmental programs.

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Support the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Critical funding for Massachusetts's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program comes from your contribution on Line 32a of your Massachusetts income tax form - for Endangered Wildlife Conservation. Please contribute this year.

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State May Not Meet 2020 Climate Mandate

The Global Warming Solutions Project's scorecard, released this week, predicts the state will achieve just a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, falling 5% short of the Global Warming Solutions Act mandate.

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Advocates Meet with Legislators on Green Budget

Following the release of the FY2015 Green Budget reports, advocates from ELM and our partner organizations have been meeting with legislators to emphasize funding for environmental agencies, particularly DCR.

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MassDEP Commissioner Kimmell Moving to UCS

After more than three years at the helm of MassDEP, Commissioner Ken Kimmell is headed across the river to head the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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ELM's FY2015 Green Budget Gets Boston Globe Coverage


ELM's recent FY2015 Green Budget release was covered in the press. Read The Boston Globe coverage.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Water Infrastructure Bill


Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed its final version of the Water Infrastructure bill ELM advocated for. The bill will now move to the House for consideration.

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Salem Power Plant Agreement - A Win for Greenhouse Gas Reductions


A precedent-setting agreement was reached this week on the proposed Salem natural gas power plant.

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Big Win as Mass Endangered Species Act Upheld


The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the Dept. of Fish and Game's authority to implement and enforce the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) through its Priority Habitat permitting program.

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Candidates for Governor Comment on ELM's FY2015 Green Budget


Read what the candidates for governor have to say about ELM's FY2015 Green Budget, funding for the environment, and climate change.

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ELM Releases FY2015 Green Budget


ELM released its FY2015 Green Budget report at a state house event Thursday. The report calls on legislators to restore funding for environmental programs to 1% of the overall state budget - a level not reached since Fiscal Year 2001.

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Your Story Can Make a Difference


Your DCR story can help us illustrate the impact of budget cuts on state parks, forests, and beaches AND the people who benefit from them.

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Gas Pipe Leaks Bill Passes House, Brownfields Redevelopment Receives $15 Million

The House unanimously passed legislation to address the more than 20,000 natural gas leaks throughout the state. The House and Senate also passed a supplemental budget that includes $15 million for the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund.

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Advocates Present Evidence: Bottle Bill More Effective Than Other Measures

Advocates for updating the Bottle Bill held a public presentation at the State House in an effort to energize passage of the bill this session. Numerous legislative staffers attended to learn more on successful laws in other states.

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Congratulations Senator Markey on Climate Appointment

ELM congratulates US Senator Ed Markey on his appointment to the senate committee overseeing climate issues.

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Suffolk University puts Legislative Director Erica Mattison in the Spotlight

Suffolk University's Alumni website recently spotlighted Legislative Director and Suffolk Alumna Erica Mattison for her hard work and initiative in turning her ideas about sustainability into a career.

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Grossman Takes Lead on Endorsing ELM's 1% for the Environment Campaign Steve Grossman

State Treasurer Steve Grossman became the first candidate for governor to support ELM's Green Budget proposal of 1% for environmental protection. ELM commends Treasurer Grossman for his leadership on the Green Budget.

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New Bedford Standard Times: No Debate on Climate Change

In an editorial Wednesday, The New Bedford Standard Times stated:

"The 'debate' over the reality and cause of climate change stopped being scientific long ago."

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Joint Ways & Means Committee Enviro Budget Hearing

Come out and support ELM as we call for increased funding for the Exec. Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs at this hearing on the FY 2015 environmental budget.

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ELM Pushed for Water Infrastructure at Senate Hearing

Yesterday, ELM President George Bachrach testified in support of water infrastructure bill S.1947 along with Rick Mattila, chair of the ELM Corporate Council and formerly of Genzyme, and Hugh Kelleher of the ELM Labor Council

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Pacheco Files Climate Change Adaptation Legislation

The newly formed Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Coalition, which includes ELM, helped create legislation filed this week by Sen. Marc Pacheco of Taunton. The legislation equips the state to better withstand impacts of climate change.

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ELM Comments on Progress of GWSA Implementation

ELM was invited to testify this week at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change on progress in implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).

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"Active Streets" to Encourage Healthier Lifestyles With $50 Million From House

We recently reported the approval of $50 million for 5 years for a new Active Streets program encouraging more healthy lifestyles -more good news! The measure has passed in the House as part of the Transportation Bond Bill, which was approved 151-0 Wednesday.

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Stop & Shop Wins Approval for Food Waste to Energy Project

On January 23rd, ELM Corporate Council Member Stop & Shop won approval from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs for an innovative project to recover energy from unwanted food products - the second largest anaerobic digester in the nation and the largest on the east coast.

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Environmental Funding in Governor's Budget


This week, Governor Patrick released his budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Overall, the budget would fund environmental programs at a level 3% higher than last year's final budget.

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Governor Announces $52 Million for Climate Change Prep

ELM applauds Governor Patrick's announcement this week that Massachusetts will be directing funds to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The $52 million dollar investment will address vulnerabilities in public health, transportation, and energy.

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Increasing Climate Preparedness

ELM Legislative Director Erica Mattison's 2013 research on climate adaptation has been published in the Florida A&M University Law Review. "Underwater: The Need for Massachusetts to Become Climate Ready" is a timely piece that highlights flood risks Massachusetts faces, and makes recommendations for the state.

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Walsh Enviro Transition Team

ELM President George Bachrach attended the public meeting held by Boston Mayor Walsh's transition team on energy and the environment on Tuesday at English High School in Jamaica Plain.

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GWSA 5-Year Progress Report Released

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) recently released the GWSA 5-Year Progress Report - a requirement of the Global Warming Solutions Act.

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Join us for Giving Tuesday!

Tired of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Would you rather put your money towards your favorite causes? In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation!

 

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Vallely-Bartlett & Eldridge Speak at Collaborative Meeting

The Collaborative held its fall meeting with Maeve Vallely-Bartlett, Mass. Energy and Environment Affairs Undersecretary for the Environment and Senator Jamie Eldridge who spoke on top environmental and energy priorities and water infrastructure legislation.

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Video Available: 10/22 Mayoral Forum

The Boston Globe's Derrick Jackson and former Secretary for Commonwealth Development Doug Foy interviewed Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly about energy, the environment, and the innovation economy.

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ELM Action Fund Asks Mayoral Candidates for Climate Plan

The ELM Action Fund has released a provocative new video showing possible effects of a superstorm in Boston, and asking residents to sign a petition demanding a plan from Boston's mayoral candidates.

Click below to see the video.

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EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants


The EPA today proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution to combat climate change and improve public health

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ELM Members Save on AMC Lodging


ELM members - Save up to 15% at AMC huts and lodges with a group of 10+

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Eastern Bank Provides Over $40 Million for Solar Farms


Corporate Council member Eastern Bank has provided $42 million in financing for 5 solar farms with a combined capacity of 17 megawatts - enough to generate renewable energy sufficient to provide electricity to 2,500 homes annually.

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Mayoral Candidate Forum in the Media


Yesterday's Mayoral Candidate Forum: Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy was well covered by the media - see some coverage here by WBUR and the Boston Globe. Watch the video of the forum too.

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YEP Boston Academy Green Team


Last Thursday, Boston Green Academy (BGA) high school students had a great time touring the Artists for Humanity (AfH) platinum LEED certified building in South Boston as part of ELM's Young Environmentalist Program. One of the best session of the year!

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Senate Ways & Means Releases FY 2014 Budget

ELM and other environmental colleagues analyze the Senate's FY2014 Budget, in hopes of seeking amendments to restore additional funding for a number of programs.

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ELM testifies at Zoning Reform Hearing

ELM testifies for H.1859, "An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities Bill."

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ELM Urges Legislature to Protect Public Lands

The ELM, along with several other conservation organizations submitted a joint testimony for the S.361, "An Act to Protect Natural Resources of the Commonwealth."

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Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture Public Hearing

The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture will be holding a Public Hearing on matters relative to Agriculture, Dairy, Forests, Pets, and Snowmobiles.

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Brayton Point is (Still) Burning Dirty: A Snapshot of Toxic Power

Clean Water Action and the Coal Free Massachusetts Coaltion released a report on the Brayton Point Power Station's 2012 emissions, which is still deemed as dirty and deadly.

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Boston Building Energy Ratings Ordinance Passes

Boston City Council passes BERDO, an energy rating ordinance that will help communities become more energy efficient.

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Senate Ways & Means to Release Budget Wednesday

The Senate will release its budget on Wednesday, May 15th.

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Dam and Seawall Repair Hearings

Public hearings are being held throughout the state on regulations for the Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund.

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Senate to Release Budget Soon


The Senate on Thursday adopted an order calling for amendments to the fiscal 2014 Senate budget to be filed by 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, with the bill scheduled for floor debate beginning on Wednesday, May 22.

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Corporate Council Member Eastern Bank Signs Climate Declaration


Eastern Bank, along with more than 40 major U.S. companies, is a signatory to the Climate Declaration issued by BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy).

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MassDEP Seeks Comment on Proposed Wetland, Waterways & Wastewater Regulatory Reform


The Dept. of Environmental Protection has extended the deadline for comments on revised regulations on wetlands, waterways and wastewater.

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Patrick Administration Launches GWSA Dashboard


The Patrick Administration launches the GWSA Dashboard, a tool designed with ELM's leadership for the public to track the state's progress toward GHG reduction targets.

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Global Warming Solutions Act Oversight Hearing

Administration officials from Energy and Environmental Affairs, Transportation, and Housing & Economic Development provided updates about progress made to date for the Global Warming Solutions Act.

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House Completes Budget

The House of Representatives finished taking up amendments and passed its FY 2014 budget.

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Senate Passes Transportation Funding Bill

The Senate passes their version of a transportation funding bill, which we believe to be coming up short in order to tackle the huge backlog of maintenance and repairs needed to reform the transportation system.

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Home Stretch for Transportation Funding

This week the Senate put forward its transportation proposal and will be debating and voting on it tomorrow.

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House Ways and Means Committee Releases FY 2014 Budget

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee released its budget and we saw a number of increases over last year's budget and some cuts as well.

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Regulatory Reform Information Sessions Announced

The Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection has agreed to hold two public information sessions on proposed regulatory reforms.

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Stop & Shop Announces Green Advancements

Stop & Shop, member of the ELM Corporate Council, continues to strive for better environmental stewardship, as they unveil their new LEED-certified Wayland store.

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Boston Building Energy Rating Ordinance

ELM President George Bachrach testified in favor of Mayor Menino's proposed new ordinance requiring large property owners to disclose their energy usage.

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Legislators Must Support Required Transportation Funding

Legislators are trying to compromise with the Governor's request of $1 billion to support the Commonwealth's transportation infrastructure but is their compromise sufficient to mend this broken system?

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Transportation Day on the Hill


Tuesday, April 2, 10:00 to 1:00

If you walk, run, bike, drive or take public transportation to get around in Massachusetts, you want to be on the State House Steps for this event.

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Jimmy Tingle: The Battle for the Bottle Bill

Saturday, April 6, 7:00 pm

Join Jimmy Tingle for a night filled with comedy, music and conversation on updating the Bottle Bill.

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House Transportation Financing Package Likely Released Next Week

There is a high chance that the House will reveal a transportation revenue and reform package at the end of next week.

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Environmental Bond Bill Filed

On March 15th, the Patrick administration filed a $911 million environmental bond bill to support environmental capital spending needs through FY 2017.

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Sustainable Water Management Iniative Grants Announced

The Patrick administration has approved $929,000 in grant funding to maintain healthy rivers and streams through water conservation programs.

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2013 CPA Trust Fund Distribution

The Community Preservation Act was so successful that it has been reformed so that matching funds would continue to be available for communities who want to preserve their historic sites, open space or create affordable housing.

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Transportation Oversight Hearing

The Joint Committee on Transportation held an oversight hearing on tackling transportation financing this year.

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Transportation Bond Bill

Governor Patrick releases a ten-year transportation bond bill that includes all of the funding to carry out the state's transportation plans. Can you guess for how much?

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Transporation Poll and Report Released

MassINC's poll results on transportation finance displays voters' attitudes toward increasing transportation investment. MassINC also released a new report on regional tranporation authority investments.

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ELM in Boston Globe: How to Get the State Transportation System Back on Track

ELM President George Bachrach and A Better City President Rick Dimino comment on the need for substantial investment in our transportation system in a recent Boston Globe Podium piece.

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ELM Testifies at Budget Hearing

ELM President George Bachrach testified before a hearing of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees on the FY 2014 budget.

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Transportation Funding News

ELM Corporate Council Chairman Rick Mattila joined T4M staff & legislators at an event to promote investment in our transportation system. Speaker DeLeo addresses Greater Boston Chamber on the need for new revenues to support our transportation investments.

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Hearings on MassDEP Regulatory Changes

MassDEP will host a series of public hearings on proposed revisions to different environmental regulations to cope with MassDEP's various budget cuts.

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On the Lighthearted Side: Bachrach and Berkowitz Discuss Food

Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods CEO and ELM board member, hosts ELM President George Bachrach on his Boston Herald blog for a conversation about ELM and FOOD!

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ELM'S Green Budget in the Media


ELM VP for Policy Nancy Goodman and our FY 2014 Green Budget report is featured in an article on Wickedlocal.com on the importance of adequate environmental funding. The article was picked up elsewhere locally too.

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Obama set to Nominate Massachusett's McCarthy EPA Head


ELM is excited to learn that President Obama intends to nominate Massachusetts' own Gina McCarthy to become the next EPA Administrator. We wish her all of the best!

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ELM Releases FY2014 Green Budget

The FY2014 Green Budget details some of what has been achieved with increases in environmental funding and what we can expect if the our budget recommendations are adopted.

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Even Stronger


ELM applauds the successful efforts by Governor Patrick to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI),

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New Nation-Leading Energy Efficiency Plans

With the help of the DPU's approval of a set of 3-year energy efficiency plans, Mass continues to lead nation in cost-effective efficiency investments.

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Updated Bottle Bill: 2 Big Developments


The Updated Bottle Bill gains more support on Beacon Hill than ever before. Fueled by the Bottle Bill's increase support, EOEEA Secretary Rick Sullivan propose that bottle industries should pay higher handling fees.

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NWF's Wildlife in a Warming World


The NWF released a new report looking at the potential impacts of rising temperatures and changing weather patterns on wildlife and sea life in New England.

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Governor's FY '14 Budget Released

After annoucing his plan to support transportation and education, Governor Patrick's budget plan for FY '14 also shows more emphasis on the environment.

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Preserve the Trust

An easy way to protect what you care for is to change your license plate! By switching to "Preserve the Trust" license plates, you can help environmental protection and education projects.

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ELM President Bachrach on Governor's Proposals

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Big Transportation News

Patrick responds to MassDOT's new transportation plan that discusses the necessary funding needed to make our transportation system more efficient and cost-effective.

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Environmental Legislation Co-Sponsoring Success

ELM and fellow environmental advocates gathered at the State House to connect with freshmen and long-standing legislative allies on key ELM priorities.

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Patrick Signs Removal and Repair of Dams Bill

In a victory for environmentalists, Patrick signs legislation creating a loan and grant program to facilitate the repair or removal of unneeded dams.

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Corporate Council News

New Board Member Rick Mattila to chair ELM’s Corporate Council.

Two new members join the Council:

Jay Cashman leads Jay Cashman, Inc. and Matt Patsky is the CEO and managing partner at Trillium Asset Management, LLC

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Midyear Environmental Budget Cuts

Patrick administration announces environmental budgets cut - part of overall state budget reduction of 1%.

Lower figures are new starting point for ELM meetings with legislative leadership and Green Budget FY 2014 development.

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RGGI Emissions Cap Must be Lower for MA to Reach 2020 Target

RGGI must go beyond currently proposed plans to reduce emissions.

ELM is committed to seeing Massachusetts achieve its emissions reductions targets and calls for a lower RGGI cap.

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Corporate Council Focuses on Transportation, Energy Efficiency


The MBTA is on the verge of bankruptcy and the transportation system in Massachusetts is generally in disrepair. What further reforms are required and how will we fund them?

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Renew The Production Tax Credit Now to Benefit Wind Energy

ELM and its partners strongly support the renewal of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) by Congress before it expires at the end of the year. First passed in 1992, the PTC provides a tax credit of 2.2 cents for each kilowatt-hour of renewable power generated. The credit is designed to stimulate investment in renewable energy and has specifically helped the wind power industry to build a large domestic network of suppliers.

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ELM and UCS Climate Change Action Plan Rally a Success

ELM and UCS's emergency climate change action plan rally Sunday, Nov. 25th drew over 200 attendees to hear US Congressman Ed Markey speak. Economic impacts of climate change beyond clear environmental ones were the focus. An action plan to prevent the potential devastation of Boston was discussed.

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ELM Testifies at Off Shore Wind Hearing

On Tuesday, ELM Managing Director Ken Pruitt testified in favor of proposed leases for wind energy in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The area could produce 4 gigawatts of wind energy -  enough to power 1.7 million homes.

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State Council Approves Updated Energy Efficiency Plan

From State House News Service - A state council approved a plan to expand savings associated with natural gas and electricity energy efficiency efforts. The state's investor-owned utilities would be called upon to deliver $8.9 billion in benefits with a 3-year budget of $2 billion.

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Backlash Against Bill Koch

Outrage is arising over recent comments in the Cape Cod Times by Bill Koch, coal and oil magnate and major funder of the group opposing Cape Wind. Read ELM President George Bachrach's letter in response.

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Climate Change Media Coverage Critical

In a recent Boston Phoenix article, climate activist Wen Stephenson delivered a timely, compelling, and altogether much-need argument: that the mainstream media needs to start addressing the very real consequences of climate change head on.

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MassDOT Announces Ambitious Goal for Non-Car Transportation Options

Good news! MassDOT announces ambitious "mode shift" goal for Massachusetts - to triple the share of travel by residents using transit, biking and walking - key to the state reaching targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions mandated by 2008's Global Warming Solutions Act.

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Exposing the Dirty Money Behind Cape Wind's Opposition

Environmental groups including ELM, CLF, and NWF have formed Cape Wind Now to get to the truth about fossil fuel magnate Bill Koch's funding of Cape Wind opposition.

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