ELM Presents "Green Star" Awards at Fall Reception: Thank You For Joining Us!

This year's Fall Reception was a great success. Hundreds of friends and supporters joined us at the offices of ELM Corporate Council member Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA.

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Gearing Up for 2017-18 Legislative Session

We at ELM are preparing for the next two-year legislative session, which will begin in January. What does this look like?

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Post Trump: Cities/States Must lead Nation City of Worcester Leads on Solar

The future of national environmental policy may be in question, but cities across our state are taking the lead and making dramatic new investments in energy conservation and renewable energy generation.

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ELM Corporate Council Members Urge President-elect Trump to Support Paris Accord

Blue Cross Blue Shield/MA, Trillium Asset Management and the Saunders Hotel Group, members of the ELM Corporate Council, joined companies across the United States in a letter to President-elect urging his support for the Paris accord on climate change.

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BIG VICTORY! CPA Adopted in 11 out of 16 Communities

Last Tuesday 11 out of 16 communities where the Community Preservation Act was on the ballot, voted to adopt it, including Boston, Springfield and Pittsfield.

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DEP Moves to Meet Global Warming Solutions Act Requirements via Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun efforts to develop regulations under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) that bring the state into compliance with Executive Order 569 and the Supreme Judicial Court decision in Kain v. DEP. 

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ELM Applauds DCR - John Hancock Partnership on Charles River Reservation

In a new public-private partnership with the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, John Hancock has invested $600,000 in DCR's Charles River Reservation behind the Wellesley Office Park to build a new pedestrian pathway and boardwalks, two overlooks, manage vegetation, and label various tree species.

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New ELM Board Members

ELM is excited to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors.

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Meet ELM's New Director of Energy and Climate Policy: Eric Wilkinson

We are extremely happy to announce that Eric Wilkinson will be joining ELM's staff later this month.

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ELM on the Record in Support of Department of Conservation and Recreation

Last week the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced that Priscilla Geigis and Nick Gove are being promoted to serve as deputy commissioners. ELM supports these promotions from within the Department.

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CPA Hits the Ballot in 16 Communities in November

On election day, November 8, 16 more communities in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to vote to adopt CPA.

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ELM Convenes MA Environmental Collaborative

One of ELM's important roles is as a convener, bringing together environmental leaders from across the state for face-to-face gatherings.

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ELM Co-Hosts Walk & Talk at the Mystic River

Last week ELM and the Mystic River Watershed Association co-hosted a Walk & Talk for member organizations of the MA Environmental Collaborative, as well as elected and agency officials.

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ELM Action Fund Releases Legislative Scorecard

The ELM Action Fund, has released a legislative scorecard for the 2015-16 session.

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Boston: Vote Yes on Ballot Question #5. Support the CPA to Increase and Enhance Open Space

As a long-time supporter of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which has now been adopted by 161 communities across the Commonwealth, ELM has endorsed the Yes for a Better Boston campaign.

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ELM Praises Baker Administration for Climate Change Executive Order

Last week, Governor Baker issued Executive Order 569, a promising step to address the risks of climate change.

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ELM Co-Hosts Seminar Series at State House

To raise awareness about the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and its many departments and responsibilities, this week ELM co-hosted a luncheon seminar with the Chairs of the legislature's Environment Committee.

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Offshore Wind Developers Announce Use of New Bedford Staging Area

 

Last week Governor Baker and representatives from three offshore wind developers announced their intent to use New Bedford's Marine Commerce Terminal for construction of large offshore wind farms south of Martha's Vineyard over the next decade.

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ELM Hosts Legislative Planning Session

This week, ELM brought together a group of environmental advocates from peer organizations to debrief on the 2015-16 legislative session and plan for what's next.

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ELM Board Member Anne Kelly Featured on E&E TV's

Ceres Senior Program Director for Policy and ELM Board Member Anne Kelly was featured on E&E TV's "OnPoint" segment this week discussing legislation passed in the U.S.

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Breaking News: Supreme Judicial Court Rejects DPU Authority on Gas Pipeline Tariff

Today, we are pleased to share with you that the MA Supreme Judicial Court handed down an opinion that confirms that pipeline developers cannot force Massachusetts electric customers to bear the costs and risks of new gas pipelines.

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Gov. Baker Signs

On Monday the Commonwealth took a step towards diversifying our energy supply and meeting our GHG reduction mandates when Governor Baker signed into law "An Act to Promote Energy Diversity." 

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ELM Corporate Council Featured in Boston Globe

This week ELM's growing Corporate Council was featured in the business section of the Boston Globe.

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Does your State Representative Deserve a Thank You?

Recently, members of the Massachusetts House overrode Governor Baker's vetoes of environmental funding for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Legislature Restores Environmental Funding

Good news on the state budget front!

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Poison Pill in Economic Development Bill

In addition to the energy bill, which we sent you an update on earlier this week, an important economic development bill passed in the very last hours of the legislative session. 

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Legislature Passes Energy Bill!

Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An Act to Promote Energy Diversity (H.4568). 

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Home Energy Audits: Protect Consumers and the Environment

ELM and allies recently met with The Boston Globe editorial board on the importance of including home energy audits in the pending energy omnibus bill. 

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ELM Calling Out the Real Estate Industry

This week ELM called out the real estate industry for their brazen opposition to a common-sense provision of the pending energy bill requiring home energy audits at the point of sale. 

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ELM Urges Legislature To Override Governor's Vetoes Of Environmental Funding

Days ago, Governor Baker issued $10M in vetoes to environmental funding for Fiscal Year 2016. As the Massachusetts legislature considers which of the Governor's vetoes to override, our Legislative Director Erica Mattison communicated the following to the Massachusetts legislature...

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ELM's New Development Team

Learn about ELM's new Development Team!

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Take 1 Minute to Support Clean Energy

The Massachusetts House and Senate have just two weeks to come to agreement on an compromise energy bill.

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Senate Passes Recycling Bill

This week the Massachusetts Senate passed one of ELM's legislative priorities, S. 2308 - An Act relative to recycling, which calls for the creation of solid waste performance standards.

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Environmental Agencies Cut in State Budget

Finishing touches are being made on the Fiscal Year 2017 state operating budget, and things aren't looking good for environmental agencies. 

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Delegation Legislation Put Into Study

Today, the Joint Environment Committee voted to put "delegation" legislation (H. 4254) into a study, meaning the bill will not move this session. 

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Environmental League of Massachusetts: Senate Offers Bold Energy Bill to Meet Energy and Climate Challenges

The Environmental League of Massachusetts released the following statement from President George Bachrach in response to today’s action on the Senate omnibus energy bill:

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Zoning Reform Passes the Senate!

Last Thursday, the Senate took a historic vote to modernize housing and land use laws in Massachusetts for the first time in over 40 years. S. 2311, "An Act to Promote Housing and Sustainable Development in the Commonwealth," will provide cities and towns with new tools for planning, zoning and permitting. 

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Environmental League of Massachusetts: Bolder Action Needed on House Energy Bill & US-China Climate Summit

The Environmental League of Massachusetts released the following statement from ELM President George Bachrach in response to today’s action on the House energy procurement bill, H. 4377.

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DEP Commissioner Pledges New Regulations to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

At a legislative hearing earlier this week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Martin Suuberg pledged that the Baker Administration would draft regulations to ensure Massachusetts complies with the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).

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Small Wins for the Environment in Senate Budget

This week as the Massachusetts Senate considered hundreds of budget amendments, ELM and members of the Green Budget Coalition kept up our advocacy, working to get hundreds of thousands of dollars restored to environmental agencies. 

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House Energy Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough. ELM Urges Legislature to Increase Role for Clean Energy

Yesterday, the Joint Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee released its version of the House energy bill, H. 2881. Read more for the statement ELM provided to legislators on the bill on May 23.

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ELM Advocates to Senate for Environmental Funding

5/23/16

We urge the Massachusetts Senate to use the budget to restore funds to environmental programs.

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House Energy Bill Misses Mark

The House has dipped it’s toe in the water in terms of our energy future, instead of marching into the 21st century. This is no time to be timid.

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Supreme Judicial Court Rules the Global Warming Solutions Act Requires Regulatory Limits on Carbon

The Global Warming Solutions Project, scored a big win in the fight against climate change this week when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled the Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to set specific annual limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

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ELM Opposes Transfer From Federal to State Control of Clean Water Act Program

On Tuesday, ELM VP for Policy Nancy Goodman testified before the Environment Committee on an important issue related to water quality.

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Green Budget Coalition Urges Environmental Funding in Senate Budget

5/18/16

This week on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition ELM sent a letter to members of the State Senate encouraging them to support Green Budget amendments. Now it's your turn! TAKE ACTION NOW!

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Senate Hearing Highlights Risks of Gas Pipelines

A major hearing on Tuesday highlighted that building large new gas pipelines is not in Massachusetts' economic and environmental interest. 

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President George Bachrach Calls for Offshore Wind Power in Appearance on Greater Boston

ELM President George Bachrach reiterated that spending billions of dollars of ratepayer money on gas pipelines is not the energy solution our Commonwealth needs in his appearance on "Greater Boston" with Jim Braude.

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Baker Administration Move Weakens Water Quality

Last Friday, the Baker administration filed legislation (H. 4254) which would transfer permitting authority from EPA to MassDEP under the Clean Water Act.

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Intern This Summer With ELM!

This spring and summer, the Environmental League of Massachusetts is working with our partner the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) on a campaign to promote offshore wind power.

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Media Covers Report on Baker's Environmental Performance

The Report on the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the first year of the Baker administration, released last week by ELM and five other leading environmental groups, was widely covered by the media.

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House Budget Means 5% Cut to Environmental Program Funding (4/27/16)

This week the Massachusetts House added millions of dollars to the House Ways & Means budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.  The House budget fails to make meaningful investments in environmental programs – programs that have been severely cut in recent years.

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Baker Administration Gets a C

ELM along with five other leading statewide environmental organizations released an assessment of the first year of the Baker administration's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

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Kinder Morgan Was a Trojan Horse: Eversource and National Grid Keep Pushing Big Gas Pipelines

The suspension of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) gas pipeline is important for the Commonwealth's energy future, but does not end the debate about gas pipeline expansion in the Commonwealth.

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Over Half of MA House Co-Sponsors Key Environmental Funding

Last week, on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition, the Environmental League wrote to the Massachusetts House of Representatives to ask for support of amendments that would increase environmental agency funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 state operating budget.

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House Ways & Means Budget Proposes Cut to Environmental Agencies 4/13/16

Today the House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Thank You to the 97 Representatives Who Signed that Anti-Pipeline Subsidy Letter!

ELM would like to thank the 97 representatives that signed a bipartisan letter authored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Minority Leader Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading) 

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30 Students From Around the State Join ELM For A Day of Advocacy Training

On Saturday, April 2, 30 students from more than 10 colleges and universities around the state joined ELM in Worcester for a day-long advocacy training session. 

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House and Senate Conference Committee Report Out Solar Net Metering Legislation

The House and Senate conference committee on solar net metering reported out the legislation to the House and Senate.Net metering compensates customers for the solar energy they add to our electricity grid.

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Protecting State Land against Pipeline Companies

ELM is strongly opposed to gas pipeline expansion, like Kinder Morgan's proposal which aims to gain access to lands protected by Article 97 of our state constitution.

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NWF: Offshore Wind Costs Drop

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) CEO Collin O'Mara penned a powerful essay supporting offshore wind power in the online version of last Friday's Commonwealth Magazine. 

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100 State Representatives and 33 Mayors and City Officials Standing Up for Solar!

Thank you to 100 members of the Massachusetts House and 33 mayors and city officials who expressed their strong support for future solar development in Massachusetts. 

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Want to see more of ELM in The Boston Globe?

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Legislators Hold Environment Budget Hearing

As part of the budget process, this week the Joint Committee on Ways & Means hosted a hearing at the State House to explore funding for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). 

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ELM and Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) Partners Host Gas Pipeline Briefing

Following the release of the second annual Clean Energy and Climate Scorecard, ELM and our GWSP partners presented their perspective on proposed gas pipeline expansions at a legislative briefing hosted by Representative Lori Ehrlich.

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Legislative Leaders Offer Support for Offshore Wind Power in Comprehensive Energy Legislation

On Monday a panel of six influential state legislators spoke with enthusiasm about the potential for carbon-free wind power off the coast of Massachusetts. 

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ELM and GWSP Partners Release Second Clean Energy and Climate Scorecard

ELM and our partners through the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) released our second annual Clean Energy & Climate Scorecard.

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We Oppose House Bill 646

Although it may sound good, House Bill 646 “An Act improving recycling in the Commonwealth,” would actually be a major setback for recycling practices in Massachusetts.  Don’t be fooled by its name.  In fact, this legislation would do three things, all of which we oppose.

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Recognizing Leading Republican Legislators

On February 2, ELM and the ELM Action Fund hosted a reception to recognize six Republican state lawmakers who have "strongly supported environmental protection."

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Will Your State Representative Support the Green Budget?

Right now your State Representative is waiting to hear whether funding for environmental programs is important to you.  

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Baker Budget Proposes Further Environmental Cuts

This week Governor Baker released his $39.6 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017.  Unfortunately, this budget would mean a $16 million cut for environmental agencies

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T4MA and ELM Push for Climate-Friendly, Affordable Transportation

ELM is a member of Transportation for MA (T4MA), a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations working together to create safe, convenient, climate-friendly and affordable transportation for everyone. We cannot address the climate challenge unless we support a transportation system that includes robust support for transit, walking and biking -- and considers greenhouse gas emissions when we commit tax dollars to specific projects.

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Governor Baker's State of the Commonwealth: Glass Half Full on Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Renewable energy and climate change were a major theme in Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth speech, as he highlighted his support for "ambitious goals" to reduce our state's carbon pollution through a "diversified, sustainable, and affordable approach."

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Mass. Budget Fails Environment: 75 Organizations Endorse

The Environmental League of Mass. (ELM), joined by business leaders and 75 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth, release their annual “Green Budget” for FY ’17

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ELM President George Bachrach issued the following statement following Massachusetts Governor Baker's State of the Commonwealth address:

“We support Gov. Baker’s interest in expanding renewable energy in the Commonwealth, but he cannot do so and flood the market with more natural gas..."

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Offshore Wind

ELM and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are working together to promote offshore wind power for Massachusetts. Offshore wind power is a solution that matches the scale of the Commonwealth’s growing energy challenges. Now is the moment to embrace the many benefits it can deliver to our environment, communities, and economy.

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ELM Publishes FY15 Annual Report

Today ELM publishes it first stand-alone Annual Report in many years. Read the full report to learn about our achievements, our generous supporters, and where we are headed!

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ELM Board Members on NECN-TV's

ELM Board members Anne Kelly of Ceres and Gwen Ruta of the Environmental Defense Fund, just back from Paris, gave compelling interviews on NECN's Broadside describing the Paris climate negotiations. Check out the great interview!

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Executive Order 562 Update: ELM Urges Administration to Maintain Important Regulations

ELM submitted comments to the Baker administration regarding the regulatory review required by Governor Baker's Executive Order 562.

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Green Budget Update

As part of ELM's leadership ensuring Massachusetts environmental protection programs are adequately funded, this week Legislative Director Erica Mattison met with Baker administration staff who are in the midst of crafting the Governor's Fiscal Year 2017 budget. 

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ELM and Global Warming Solutions Project Call for Clean Energy, Not Gas Pipeline, at Senate Climate Change Committee Hearing

ELM and partners from the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP) testified at last Tuesday’s Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee oversight hearing.

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COP 21: Climate Talks in PARIS and at Home

World leaders are gathered in Paris in hopes of creating a global agreement to address the threat of climate change.

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ELM's Fall Reception: A Huge Success

We are happy to announce that this year's Fall Reception was the most successful fall event we have had in years! 

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Massachusetts Receives $63.7 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. EPA has awarded the Commonwealth more than $63 million for our Clean Water State Revolving Fund ($47.4 million) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund ($16.3 million).

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