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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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..."
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Time Runs Out on Solar Net Metering Legislation
After much tussling before the end of the fall legislative session, the House and Senate did not come to an agreement on solar reform legislation to lift the net metering cap and preserve reasonable and fair compensation for solar generators.
Senator Pacheco, Sarapas, and Podgurski Honored at This Year's Fall Reception
On Tuesday evening, over 140 friends and supporters gathered in the Seaport District for a Fall Reception benefiting ELM.
Attorney General's Electric Reliability Study Shows No Need for New Gas Pipeline
On Wednesday, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Analysis Group released its report on regional energy needs The AG is charged with being the state's advocate for ratepayers.
ELM's Josh Craft in Commonwealth Magazine
This week an article written by our very own Program Director Josh Craft was featured in Commonwealth Magazine. In the piece Josh offers insight into the legislature's delayed action on solar net metering and the industry crisis that may result.
Hearing November 10, 2015: Bill would Allow Gas Pipeline to be Built on Protected Public Land
On November 10, 2015 the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard the first of several bills related to gas pipeline expansion on protected lands.
ELM Testifies on Carbon Pricing, Bottle Bill
ELM's VP for Policy Nancy Goodman testified before the Joint Energy Committee on legislation that would put a price on carbon. ELM's Executive Director Ken Pruitt testified in support of two bills that would conditionally expand the beverage container deposit law (the Bottle Bill), and against two bills that would repeal it.
DOE Chief of Staff Knobloch Visits ELM
Kevin Knobloch, chief of staff to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz, visited ELM this week. Knobloch is the former president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a former ELM board member.
AG Healey Urges Thorough Review of Gas Pipeline
Attorney General Maura Healey continues working to ensure that ratepayers and the environment are considered as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers approval of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline that would cross Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire.
Pilgrim Power Plant Closure
This week it was announced that Pilgrim's nuclear power plant will close by June 2019. As this major source of power is taken offline it is clear we need to find new sources of zero emissions energy to meet our mandatory greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
ELM's Ken Pruitt Speaks at Energy and Environment Forum: Joins EEOA Sec. Beaton, Sen. Lewis, & Rep. Day
On October 8, ELM Executive Director Ken Pruitt spoke at an energy and environment forum in Winchester organized by State Sen. Jason Lewis. The event was part of Sen. Lewis's ongoing "Community Conversations" series, being held throughout the Fifth Middlesex district he represents.
MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack briefs ELM Corporate Council
ELM Corporate Council members met for breakfast with Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack last Thursday, October 1st. During the meeting, Pollack talked about reform as an integral part of restructuring the MBTA.
Will You be Paying for New Pipelines?
ELM is concerned a recent action by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) may delay the shift to a clean energy future. The Department issued an order (15-37) that would allow our electric utilities to purchase new gas pipeline capacity with electric ratepayer money.
Bachrach addresses AFL-CIO Convention on Reg. Reform
ELM has been building new alliances with business and labor. Most recently, ELM President George Bachrach was invited to address the AFL-CIO's annual state convention on Cape Cod last week.
ELM and Papal Encyclical on Climate
In the aftermath of Pope Frances Encyclical on climate and inspiring visit to the US, last week, Boston College hosted a conference on the Encyclical entitled "Our Common Home".
ELM Calls for Comprehensive Clean Energy Policy
This past Tuesday, ELM and members of the Global Warming Solutions Project testified before the Legislature's Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy Committee in favor of a comprehensive clean energy policy.
Prospects Good for Reforms to Curb Sprawl
Last week, Nancy Goodman, ELM's Vice President for Policy, testified before the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in support of legislation for planning and zoning reform.
Pope Francis on Climate
Pope Francis's visit to the United States this week is a momentous event drawing attention to the need for decisive action to combat climate change. In a speech at the White House earlier this week, the Pope stated that "climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation."
Attorney General Maura Healey Challenges Approval of Gas Pipeline
Attorney General Maura Healey continues to show leadership in ensuring that Massachusetts does not overbuild new gas pipelines.
New Offshore Wind Industry Voice Launches Website
Our state needs to make investments now to diversify our energy supplies to meet our climate obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act.
WasteZero Joins the Corporate Council
ELM would like to welcome WasteZero as the newest member of our Corporate Council.
Executive Order 562 Update
As you may know, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order (#562) on March 31 that we have major concerns with.
ELM Joins New Coalition
This week, a new statewide coalition of more than 90 organizations, "Mass Power Forward", launched to support an energy policy for Massachusetts that will ensure a transition away from aging fossil fuel plants.
ELM Hosts Walk & Talk with Emerald Necklace Conservancy
On August 21, ELM hosted a Walk and Talk with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) for members of the MA Environmental Collaborative and the legislature to learn about the Conservancy's new management plan, their successful volunteer and youth programs, and their work with public and private partners.
President Obama, Department of Energy Boost Home Energy Efficiency Initiatives
Energy efficiency is now a proven way for homeowners to lower their energy costs. This helps to drive down energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while our economy continues to grow.
ELM Applauds President Obama for Landmark Carbon Pollution Rules
On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the Clean Power Plan, a landmark step forward in the fight to curb carbon pollution and to unleash a national transition to clean, renewable energy.
Young Environmentalists Discuss Organizing Strategy at Latest Training Session
This week ELM hosted the second installment of our Strategy for the Environmental Movement training sessions for young environmentalists.
Legislative Victory for Green Budget Priority: Office of the State Climatologist
Last month, ELM sent a letter to legislators, on behalf of the 65 organizations in the Green Budget Coalition, urging funding for a state climatologist.
Climate Change Adaptation Bill Passes Senate
As a member of the MA Climate Change Adaptation Coalition, ELM supports An Act Establishing a Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan in Response to Climate Change (S.1979), which the State Senate passed last week with unanimous support.
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.