Corporate and Labor Leaders Join ELM in Asking House Leaders to Lift the Cap on Solar Projects: Senate Already Acts
Businesses across the Commonwealth now see solar PV as a way to control their energy costs and save money. However, the current cap on net metering* has delayed businesses from investing in new solar projects around the state.
ELM, “562 COALITION” SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR BAKER
On July 20, 2015 ELM delivered a letter to Governor Charlie Baker, signed by over 75 organizations offering to help with the Executive Order 562 (Regulatory Review) process.
ELM's Energy Plan in Commonwealth Magazine
When two very different people come to the same conclusion on an issue, it's worth taking seriously.
Early Retirement Program Delivers Hit to DEP, DCR: Agencies Lose Hundreds of Experienced Staff
ELM and dozens of partner organizations sent a letter to Governor Baker expressing concern about the impact of the early retirement incentive program on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
ELM Reaction to Legislative Budget
On July 8th,the Legislature approved a $38.1B budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (H 3650). Funding for environmental agencies amounted to $221M, making up just 0.6% of the total for the second consecutive year.
Attorney General to Study Alternatives to Gas Pipelines
On the heels of speaking at the last ELM Corporate Council meeting, Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office will study cost-effective energy options to meet our energy demand and climate goals through 2030.
Baker Administration Files Bill Promoting Hydropower Imports
The Baker Administration today filed a bill in the Senate that would allow for significant imports of hydropower to Massachusetts.
AG Maura Healey and ELM Corporate Council Discuss Energy Policy
Last Thursday, the ELM Corporate Council had breakfast with Attorney General Maura Healey to discuss major environmental issues facing the Commonwealth.
ELM and Corporate and Labor Council Members Testify in Support of Home Energy Efficiency Legislation
ELM President George Bachrach and leaders from our Corporate and Labor Councils testified at this week’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) hearing in support of SB 1761.
ELM, WasteZero Testify in Support of Recycling Legislation
This week ELM and WasteZero testified at the Environment Committee hearing in support of legislation that would reduce trash and increase recycling.
Join ELM's Campaign to Raise the Net Metering Cap
The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee is currently facing a decision about the future of solar energy in our state. Caps on net metering - the method by which solar customers get credit for the energy their solar panels provide to the grid - threaten to undermine our progress on solar.
Attorney General Cautions Against New Pipelines
This week Attorney General Maura Healey's office cautioned the Baker Administration against additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Eversource and Boston Scientific Corporation of ELM's Corporate Council Recognized in Newsweek
Two of ELM's Corporate Council members were recognized in Newsweek's 2015 rankings of the top green companies in the U.S.
Thanks for Joining Us at Earth Night
The ELM Staff thanks you, our guests and sponsors, for joining us at this year's Earth Night!
On Tuesday night, over 300 members of the ELM family - environmental colleagues, corporate and labor partners, elected officials and friends gathered at the Boston College Club to celebrate another year of ELM's accomplishments.
ELM Testifies in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment
This week ELM's Legislative Director Erica Mattison testified in support of Senate Bill 1350/House Bill 2269 An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuels, which would result in a phased-in divestment of the state's pension fund from fossil fuel companies.
Acadia Center Issues Report on New England Energy
The Acadia Center is publishing a series on energy policy issues in CommonWealth magazine. The first piece argues that the region isn't facing an energy crisis, and disputes the need for new natural gas pipeline capacity.
ELM Congratulates EMD Millipore On New Biomass Plant
On June 4th, EMD Millipore, a member of the ELM Corporate Council, opened a new biomass central steam plant at their Jaffrey, NH manufacturing site, their largest manufacturing plant globally.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts makes the News!
Blue Cross Blue Shield/MA, a member of the ELM Corporate Council, is making news with their office redesign focused on a healthy environment.
ELM Joins With Attorney General, Environmental Groups, Solar Companies to Call for Raising Net Metering Caps
ELM joined with the Attorney General Healey, legislators, environmentalist groups, and community organizations in support of raising the state's caps on solar "net metering" at Tuesday's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee hearing.
ELM Testifies in Support of Bills on Climate Change, Land Protection
Legislative hearings at the State House for the 2015-2016 session are underway and ELM is there to speak out for a clean environment.
ELM In The Globe...Again!
Have you seen ELM's latest First Monday ad in the Boston Globe?
ELM Focuses on Reducing Energy Waste at Policy Briefing
ELM hosted an energy policy briefing for legislators and their aides Tuesday, focusing on opportunities for the state to save customers money and curb greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy waste.
Senators Pass Two Green Budget Amendments and Push Continues for Enviro Funding
Senators passed two of our Green Budget amendments this week - Recycling and Buy Local - along with amendments to provide funding for local projects, after debating dozens of environmental and other amendments to their budget.
ELM, Dozens of Organizations Communicate Budget Priorities to Senate
ELM continues to work hard to prioritize environmental programs in the state budget.
ELM, Business and Labor Leaders Call for Energy Committee to Prioritize Investing in Local Jobs and Reducing Emissions
ELM President George Bachrach along with Meredith Management President John Rosenthal and IBEW Local 103 President Lou Antonellis testified at the Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee hearing.
Have You Asked your Senator to Support these Budget Amendments?
This week the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its FY2016 budget proposal. Unfortunately, this $38 billion budget would continue to fund environmental programs at just 0.6% of the overall state operating budget
ELM Hosts Zoning Briefing for Legislators, Aides
On Tuesday, ELM hosted a briefing on zoning and land use reform as part of a series of legislative briefings on environmental issues. We had a good turnout of legislators and aides with a presentation on S. 122: An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities by chief sponsor Sen. Dan Wolf (D- Harwich).
ELM President, Corporate & Labor Members Testify at State of Energy Hearing
Read George Bachrach's remarks from testimony he and members of the ELM Corporate and Labor Councils made Tuesday advocating for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments at the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
ELM Promotes Fossil Fuel Divestment with Treasurer
ELM met today with senior members of the state Treasurer's staff to discuss divestment of the Commonwealth's investment portfolio from the fossil fuel industry.
1% for the Environment
The Environmental League of Massachusetts and 65 organizations around the state don't think it's asking too much for the state to spend just 1 penny of every dollar to protect our environment.
Statewide Transportation Summit
Last Friday, ELM staff along with 200 others attended Transportation for MA's first statewide transportation summit held at the DCU Center in Worcester.
ELM organized a well-attended legislative briefing on transportation issues at the State House on Tuesday.
ELM Convenes MA Environmental Collaborative Spring Meeting
This week ELM convened the spring meeting of the MA Environmental Collaborative. Dozens of member organizations from around the state took part.
ELM in the Boston Globe!
ELM's fifth ad in a six ad series was printed on Monday in the Boston Globe. The ad, signed by six organizations, explains the Governors recent executive order and how we plan to work with the administration to make sure regulations are fair and effective.
A new First Monday ad in the Globe!
New England Governors Hold Summit to Discuss New Gas Pipeline Capacity, Hydropower
Governor Charlie Baker and 5 other New England governors, minus New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, met in Hartford last Thursday to discuss regional cooperation on energy policy
House Approves Budget
This week the Massachusetts House passed a $38.1B budget. Of that amount, just $225M (just under 0.6%) is dedicated to environmental programs. As the state budget has grown by billions, environmental funding has dropped by millions.
Wide Range of Advocates Raise Concerns about Executive Order 562
This week, ELM and dozens of organizations sent a joint letter to the Baker administration urging it to reconsider the recent Executive Order requiring a review of all regulations within a year. Those that do not meet a set of criteria would be eliminated.
State parkland shouldn’t be given away for free
Earlier this month, ELM, along with dozens of other organizations, sent a letter to Governor Charlie Baker urging him not to execute the lease of public parkland in Brighton, MA known as Daly Field.
Statement from George Bachrach, President of ELM, on House Ways and Means Budget
ELM's Press release on the House Ways and Means Budget.
Environmental League Releases First Legislative Scorecard
“Legislative scorecards are pretty common but this is unique, measuring leadership, not just votes,” said ELM President George Bachrach. “This is our best effort to give voters a sense of who is really on their side in the critically important work that goes on out of public view.”
Did You See This Week's ELM Boston Globe Ad?
The 4th in the series of ELM Boston Globe ads was published this Monday. Once again, business, labor, and the environmental community come together to say - we CAN do more.
US Senator Angus King Discusses National Environmental Policy with ELM Corporate Council
This week, members of the ELM Corporate Council met for breakfast with US Senator Angus King (I-Maine). Senator King is a member of the US Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
New Report Demonstrates Strong Public Support for Policy to Invest in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
ELM welcomes the results of the recent MassINC report, "Looking for Leadership: Public Opinion in Massachusetts on the Response to Global Warming."
Jaffe, Eady & Pruitt Represent ELM at National Wildlife Federation Conference
Board Chair Seth Jaffe, Board Director Veronica Eady, and Executive Director Ken Pruitt attended the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) 76th Annual Meeting in Shepherdstown, WV this past weekend.
Transportation for Massachusetts Statewide Summit
Meet and engage with some of the smartest policy thinkers, community leaders, app developers, and urban planners at this first ever transportation summit. Come ready to voice your ideas and learn from others!
ELM Leads Advocacy to Increase Environmental Funding in First Stages of Legislative Budget Development
Over the past few weeks, ELM staff has met with numerous members of the Legislature's Committee on Ways and Means to strongly advocate for sufficient funding for state environmental programs, as detailed in ELM's Green Budget.
Energy & Environment Secretary Beaton States Baker Administration Support for Emission Reduction Targets at Climate Forum
This week legislators, State House staff, advocates, and academics packed into a hearing room for a Climate Change Resiliency Forum for Policymakers. This oversight hearing was hosted by the Senate and House Standing Committees on Global Warming and Climate Change.
Attorney General Healey Promises to Protect Ratepayers and the Environment in Address
ELM would like to call attention to Attorney General Maura Healey's recent address on energy and climate policy to the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.
Governor Baker's First Budget: Percentage for Environmental Programs Dips Even Lower
Last fall when running for office, Charlie Baker committed that he would allocate 1% of the state budget to environmental programs by the end of his first term.
ELM in the Globe - Again!
It this first Monday of the month again meaning another timely installment in ELM's Boston Globe series. This month ELM highlights the sinking MBTA system and what we need to do to see improvement.
ELM Launches 2016 Green Budget
The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), joined by 65 environmental organizations across the Commonwealth, released the ELM Green Budget FY2016 at the State House on February 5th.
You Can Help Get the Environment on Senators' Agendas - Attend Your Local Listening Session
State Senators are leading sessions around the state asking for public input. We encourage you to attend to express your concern about statewide environmental issues.
Two New Environmental Administrators Appointed by Environmental Secretary Beaton
New Sec. of the Exec. Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton has appointed Ned Bartlett as Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and George Peterson as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.
Have You Seen the ELM Ad Series in The Boston Globe?
The second in ELM's 6-part series of Boston Globe op-ed page ads appeared this past Monday.
Despite 1% Pledge, Baker Issues Cuts to Environmental Program Funding
This week, in an effort to close a revenue shortfall, Gov. Baker issued $4.2M in cuts to FY2015 funding for environmental programs.
ELM Labor and Corporate Members Advocate for Wind
This week, ELM Corporate and Labor Council members co-authored a piece in the Boston Globe explaining why natural gas support could hurt thriving clean energy industries. Roger Berkowitz of Legal Seafoods and Gerard Dhooge of Boston and New England Maritime Trades Council advocate for a focus on wind in the Baker Administration.
Joint Environmental Groups' Statement on Representative Haddad’s HD 3217, “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity”
ELM, along with other environmetnal organizations, released a statement Friday January 23rd, expressing concerns about the newly proposed energy bill.
ELM Co-Hosts Breakfast for New Legislators
On Tuesday, ELM co-hosted a breakfast to introduce new legislators to the environmental community and our priorities. Several veteran legislators also attended.
ELM Urges Legislators to Cosponsor Environmental Legislation
On Wednesday, ELM participated in an environmental bill co-sponsorship day at the State House.
Baker's Administrative Team
There has been a whirlwind of activity on Beacon Hill the past two weeks as Governor Baker took office and named Cabinet members and other appointees and the new legislative session began.
Did You See Our Boston Globe Ad?
ELM kicked off its "First Monday" opinion series in the Boston Globe this week with a call for a balanced approach to energy policy that reduces our dependence on imported natural gas and promotes local clean energy jobs.
FY2016 Green Budget - Draft Now Available
ELM has released its FY2016 Green Budget report in draft form. The final report is slated for early 2015.
Environment & Energy Policy Briefing for Baker Team
On November 24th, ELM delivered an energy and environmental briefing book to Gov.-elect Baker's transition team, including new Sec. of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton.
Letter to the Editor: Daly Field
Why the Commonwealth is essentially giving away land on the Charles, and what the better deal could be.
Governor Signs Environmental Justice Executive Order Today
Advocates from around Massachusetts gathered with state officials for Governor Patrick's signing of an environmental justice Executive Order
Wind Auction Shows Promise of Massachusetts Offshore Wind Resources
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)'s announcement that it is opening up a huge area south of Cape Cod for auction for commercial wind energy development this coming January
Young Environmentalists - Learning How to Lead
With support from the Walmart Foundation, ELM's Young Environmentalist Program for the 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start
Support ELM While Shopping at Amazon.com
Did you know you can support ELM while shopping at AmazonSmile - at no cost to you?
ELM Pushes Back Against Cuts to Environmental Programs
November 20th, 2014: The Environmental League of Massachusetts today protested the disproportionate "9c" budget cuts announced by the Governor to our state environmental agencies.
Thank You to John Cronin for 45 Years Service on the ELM Board
Former Milton Town Administrator John Cronin retired from the ELM Board of Directors after an incredible 45 years of service
New Name for South Station Honors Dukakis
South Station has been renamed the Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station in honor of the former Governor's commitment to public transportation
Community Preservation Act Election Results
In positive election news, voters in the state's 6th largest city, New Bedford, overwhelmingly approved Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds on election day.
Corporate Council News: New Members Join, Senator Warren Visit
A warm welcome to....Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Next Step Living, the two newest members of the ELM Corporate Council!
Rich Davey Shares Transportation Successes & Challenges at ELM Lawyers Reception
On Wednesday night, over 100 environmental attorneys, consultants, government officials, and citizen activists attended ELM's annual Lawyers & Friends Reception, held at Brown Rudnick law firm.
Josh Craft Joins ELM as Program Director
ELM's newest member will direct the Global Warming Solutions Project.
Complaint Filed in Superior Court Calling for Regulations Required by the Global Warming Solutions Act
CLF, Mass Energy and four youth plaintiffs have gone to court in an effort to make the state administration put forward regulations as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act that passed in 2008
Reflections on the Election
ELM is prepared to assist Baker's transition and to work with him on common interests. On ballot questions, the process is too often predicated on anti-government rhetoric and special interest money. Bottle bill proponents were outspent by Coke and Pepsi nearly 10 to 1! Among lessons learned - the environmental community needs more muscle!
ELM's 2014 Lawyers and Friends Reception
2014 Lawyers and Friends Reception
Brown Rudnick, 1 Financial Center Boston, MA
2013-2014 Legislative Highlights:
July 31st marked the last formal session of the 2013-14 legislative session.
Here's a look at some key environmental and energy legislation ELM helped pass this session.
Help us Win: Vote Yes on 2 to Update the Bottle Bill!
Election Day is Tuesday. If you've wanted to act to support Question 2 to update the Bottle Bill, this is your last chance. Stakes are high.
Vote No on 1!
Vote NO on Question 1 - Question 1 would repeal the indexing of the gas tax to inflation, costing our state $1 billion of revenue over the next decade and thousands of good jobs. It will set back bridge repairs and needed improvements to public transportation, bikeways and sidewalks.
We Need Your Help to Ensure Safe Roads & Bridges & Better Transit
Question 1 is a damaging ballot measure that would repeal the indexing of the gas tax to inflation, costing our state $1 billion of revenue over the next decade and thousands of good jobs. It will set back bridge repairs and needed improvements to public transportation, bikeways and sidewalks.
Gubernatorial Forum a Success!
Watch the video or listen to the audio of our recent Gubernatorial Forum on Energy, The Environment, and the Innovation Economy. The well-attended event featured remarks and Q & A from Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker, Evan Falchuck, and Jeff McCormick.
Don't Let Big Bottle Companies Lie to You!
ELM Accepting Applications for Young Environmentalist Program
Through the Young Environmentalist Program (YEP), ELM works with motivated students who have a passion for conservation to help them develop skills and experience to be change makers.
ELM Action Fund in The Boston Globe
Have you seen the ELM Action Fund ad on Boston.com and in today's "Capital" section of The Boston Globe?
Toxics Use Reduction Program Passes Hurdle with Your Help
Last week the Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council approved an increase in fees paid by the regulated community under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).* ELM applauds this action, particularly since fees have not been raised since 1991 and the budgets for the agencies doing this work have been cut significantly.
Vote No on 1 Committee Launches Campaign for Safer Roads and Bridges
ELM President George Bachrach joined a broad coalition of business, civic, and environmental leaders supporting the "Vote No on 1" campaign, at the official launch earlier this week.
ELM at the People's Climate March
Read on for a personal reflection from Nancy Goodman, ELM's Vice President for Policy.
Vote Yes on 2 Endorsed by Governor
On Spetember 24th, Governor Deval Patrick stood with dozens of organizations and grassroots activists to proudly endorse the Yes on 2 campaign to Stop Litter (including ELM's Ken Pruitt)
Mass. Oyster Project Joins MA Environmental Collaborative
The Massachusetts Oyster Project (MOP) has joined the MA Environmental Collaborative - more than 40 statewide environmental organizations, jointly advocating for stronger environmental policy to safeguard our air, land, and wate
Vote Yes on 2!
Our Yes on 2 campaign to stop litter and update the bottle bill keeps making headlines!
Jennifer Norris Joins ELM as Director of Development
ELM is delighted to announce the arrival of Jennifer Norris as Development Director. In this role, Jennifer will foster relations with ELM's existing membership and funders and spearhead efforts to develop new sources of funding.
Environmental Bond Dollars to Help Reduce Flooding, Protect Water Supply
The $2.2 billion environmental bond bill signed by Gov. Patrick this summer will soon have an impact!
Bottle Bill Leadership Training
WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need numerous Volunteer Leaders to coordinate our campaign in every part of Massachusetts.
Sign Up Now for August 23rd Ballot Initiative Training!
Governor Signs Environmental Bond Bill This Week
Last Wednesday Governor Patrick signed the Environmental Bond Bill authorizing $2.2 billion in state borrowing for 4 years to support land conservation, energy efficiency, water protection, recycling, climate adaptation planning, and much more.
New England Governors' Energy Effort on Hold
A recent article stated, "....Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is seeking a delay while his administration analyzes different energy scenarios, including those that would not require the construction of extensive natural gas pipelines."
ELM Action Fund in the News
Recently, ELM published an ad in the "Capital" section of the Bosotn Globe to elevate environmental issues. In addition, president George Bachrach was interviewed on WBUR to talk about a brand new program called MUSCLE.
Vote NO on Question 1 Campaign Needs You
This November 4th, Massachusetts residents will be voting on a statewide ballot question that would eliminate indexing the gas tax to inflation. Passage of Question 1 would be a step backwards.
ELM Participates in Sustainable Communities Panel
On August 12th, ELM Legislative Director Erica Mattison participated in a MassDEP panel discussion on Sustainable Communities, Clusters, and Universities.
ELM President Aims To Draw Beacon Hill’s Attention To Environmental Issues
ELM President George Bachrach was interviewed on WBUR regarding the new group MUSCLE, which vows to stregthen environmental issues within the political community.
Environmental Community Increases Political Muscle
Through MUSCLE (Mass. United for Science, Climate, Environment) contributors plan to show that they are serious about political action around environmental issues.
$2.2 Billion Environmental Bond Bill Enacted on Last Day of Legislative Session
As the legislature ended the formal portion of its 2-year session yesterday, it enacted an historic $2.2 billion Environmental Bond Bill (H.4375).
Legislative Wrap-Up Summary
As the formal legislative session came to an end last night, there were a number of successes for the environment in addition to the bond bill.
Bottle Bill Campaign Goes to the Ballot
The Bottle Bill campaign will go to the ballot in November, led by ELM, MASSPIRG, the Sierra Club, the Massachusetts League of Women Voters and Mass Audubon.
Hundreds Gather to Oppose Natural Gas Pipeline
An estimated 400 "pipeline resisters" crowded onto Boston Common on Wednesday to oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline that would run across the state from Richmond to Dracut.
ELM Resigns from GWSA Implementation Advisory Committee
ELM President George Bachrach resigned this week from the Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) for the Global Warming Solutions Act.
ELM Testifies at MassDOT Hearing on Transportation Project Selection
On Tuesday, ELM VP for Policy Nancy Goodman testified before MassDOT's Project Selection Advisory Council.
Eastern Bank Installs Solar Panels at Lynn Headquarters
In its latest move to promote sustainability, ELM Corporate Council member Eastern Bank has installed over 300 rooftop solar panels at its Lynn headquarters.
We need YOUR help with 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.
ELM Successfully Lobbies for Convention Center Expansion LEED Requirement
Last week the House and Senate accepted a conference committee report for a $1B bill to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (H. 4308)