Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative
Initiated by ELM in 1997 with 20 environmental groups, the Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative has grown to over 40 member organizations — from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. Together, ELM and Collaborative members share knowledge, pool resources, discuss priorities and strategies, and provide a strong advocacy voice on key environmental concerns.
The Collaborative held its fall meeting at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods in Framingham with speakers Maeve Vallely-Bartlett, Mass. Energy and Environment Affairs Undersecretary for the Environment and Senator Jamie Eldridge.
Undersecretary Vallely-Bartlett spoke about top environmental and energy priorities for the remainder of the Patrick administration, including working toward the state's new solar goal, supporting water resources management and innovative and green technologies, and climate adaptation. She commended Collaborative members for their education and advocacy work and noted the important role they play in informing the public and shaping state policy.
Senator Eldridge spoke about water infrastructure legislation he filed with Senate President Therese Murray. much of which is based on outcomes from the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission that Eldridge chaired with Representative Carolyn Dykema. A number of Collaborative members worked on this bill and thanked Senator Eldridge for his leadership on this issue.
See more photos from the meeting here.
To learn more about the Environmental Collaborative - and how your organization can become a member - contact ELM Managing Director Ken Pruitt.
The APA Massachusetts chapter offers leadership and support for the diverse groups in Massachusetts involved in local, state, and regional planning. They advocate for rational planning processes, promote education and citizen inclusion, and provide tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of change and growth in achieving vital communities.
AMC works to protect the mountains, rivers, and trails in Massachusetts and the Northeast because these environs contribute to our physical and mental well-being as well as the economic health of our region. AMC actively encourages people to enjoy and appreciate the natural world first-hand, believing that successful conservation depends on the actual experience of enjoying nature.
A community group working to improve traffic safety and park access along the parkways of the Emerald Necklace.
From its beginnings in an Eastham kitchen, APCC has grown to a 5,700-member organization with the reputation as Cape Cod's leading environmental educator, advocate and watchdog organization.
A partnership of individuals and organizations, the Bay Circuit Alliance works to complete the Bay Circuit concept: an outer emerald necklace linking parks, open spaces, and waterways from Plum Island to Kingston Bay. BCA helps local communities with planning and technical assistance on route identification, land protection issues, and trail building and management.
The mission of Island Alliance is to assist in public education leading to the designation of the Boston Harbor Islands as a National Recreation Area.
The CRC is dedicated to the renovation, maintenance and enrichment of the Charles River Basin and its surroundings, particularly its parks, parkways, and bridges. The Conservancy promotes good planning and management practices of the basin through educational programs and public dialog, and seeks funding for public-private partnership initiatives. Guiding the work of the Conservancy is the legacy of Charles Eliot, whose vision of a comprehensive park system built on a grand scale has sustained and enriched us all with the creation of green space throughout greater Boston.
One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, CRWA is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health, beauty and enjoyment of the Charles River and its tributaries. To raise awareness of the watershed, CRWA uses education, conservation, scientific research, and recreational programs, and advocates with local, state and federal agencies, corporations, and individual decision-makers.
Working with public sector initiatives, this conservancy builds partnerships with community, business, government and institutional representatives, local associations, and interested citizens to build upon public sector initiatives to protect the Emerald Necklace.
The Esplanade Association works to restore, preserve, and enhance the historic Charles River Esplanade as a vital urban park to be enjoyed by all.
A land trust that has conserved nearly 13,000 acres, the Greenbelt Association works with local communities and landowners to acquire and protect ecological areas, farmland, and scenic vistas such as river, trail, coastal systems, and other natural intact landscapes.
The Franklin Land Trust does not own land, but instead encourages private stewardship, working to assist farmers and other landowners find ways to protect their land from unwanted development.
The Friends of The Blue Hills has fought successfully since 1976 to preserve the Reservation for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, and skiers.
Their mission is to protect and preserve the natural and historic resources of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. They also assist the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in educating the public about the natural, cultural and appropriate recreational features in the Fells.
Aiding in the protection and conservation of natural resources, the Garden Club Federation promotes civic beauty and roadside improvements and encourages the art of gardening and study of horticulture, floriculture and the landscape.
Green Decade’s mission is to create a city in better balance with the natural world by making significant, measurable improvements in the way people in Newton use resources. Programs are designed to build awareness, to provide opportunities for public dialog, and to educate and empower citizens to take personal and civic action.
This grassroots organization began in Ashfield, late in 1997 to oppose Mass Highway’s first five-year plan to replace mechanical cutting of roadside weeds with herbicide spraying along nearly 3,000 miles of state roads. It then joined forces with Toxics Action Center in Boston, and later that year saw the program cancelled state-wide. The organization focuses on heading off the impacts such blind-sightedness would heap upon children’s health. And, as an approach to getting others motivated and involved, unifying this focus with both conviction and strategy.
The purpose of the JRWA is to maintain and improve the quality of local water and natural resources, through advocacy, education, scientific research, pollution remediation, the acquisition of sensitive riparian lands and restoration of species habitat so that this coastal watershed will be a sustainable resource for the growth and enjoyment of our communities now and in the future.
The primary goal of LAPA-West is to develop an active and effective network of stewards interested in improving water quality in the lakes and ponds of the watersheds of Western Massachusetts.
Since 1957 the LLCT has developed innovative land protection and stewardship initiatives which may be applied by grassroots organizations. Choosing to prosper as an all volunteer local land trust, the LLCT has preserved 1500 acres of land in Lincoln and currently manages an 80 mile trail system.
The mission of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell by protecting its parks and open spaces.
As one of the nation's oldest independent environmental research organizations, Manomet is working to achieve a more sustainable future. We convene stakeholders and help develop science-based, enduring solutions that work in the real world and improve conditions for wildlife, habitats and people.
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network is a coalition of locally organized groups fighting the climate crisis. Their work includes promoting carbon-reducing practices in homes and communities, supporting MCAN chapters and allied organizations to grow a focused statewide movement, communicating policy to members, and leveraging a collective voice at the state level to change and strengthen global warming policies in Massachusetts.
The purpose of the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations is to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic, recreational and economic values of lakes and ponds, and to promote watershed management, within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
This non-profit initiative offers congregations of every religious tradition a comprehensive means of reducing energy consumption, lowering operating costs, and promoting clean, renewable energy in houses of worship and related buildings in our state.
An informal association of Massachusetts land trusts and conservation organizations.
A new nonprofit organization, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, has been formed to restore and protect the rivers and streams of Massachusetts and the ecosystems they support, by developing practical, effective policy solutions to provide a sustainable future for our rivers and the Citizens of the Commonwealth. This Alliance brings together organizations and individuals throughout Massachusetts, who are working together to improve river protection through advocacy and education, to apply an effective, unified statewide approach to the critical issues facing our rivers and streams.
The MRWC is committed to restoring and protecting the Merrimack River and its watershed through innovative and timely education, communication and action.
MyRWA works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than a half million residents within the 22 community Mystic River Watershed.
The NRWA is committed to the protection, sound management, and enhancement of the Nashua River Watershed ecosystem.
NepRWA works to improve water quality, protect streamflow and water supplies, advocate for fisheries restoration, and help create increased open space and better land use practices.
The New England Wild Flower Society is a leading regional advocate and steward of our floral heritage. Founded in Boston in 1900, its membership now includes thousands of native plant enthusiasts from New England and beyond. The mission of the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) is to promote the conservation of temperate North American flora, through education, horticulture, research, habitat preservation and advocacy.
The NSRWA was created by a handful of river-lovers bound together by an intense devotion to the natural beauty of the area and a strong commitment to protect these natural resources for their own and future generations. The mission of the NSRWA is to preserve, restore, maintain and conserve in their natural state, the waters and related natural resources within the watershed.
OARS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers, their tributaries and watersheds, and to increase public awareness of the rivers’ values as important natural resources.
Salem Sound Coastwatch is a coastal watershed association that works in partnership with local governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and citizens from the communities of Marblehead, Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Beverly and Manchester, dedicated to taking cooperative action to protect and enhance the environmental quality of Salem Sound.
SH/SB works to foster a positive vision of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay and to build a broad-based constituency to promote the restoration and protection of these valuable resources.
The Sheffield Land Trust works to protect the three-state Berkshire Taconic Landscape, which is globally significant for the conservation of our natural heritage. It contains one of the largest extant contiguous forests in the Northeast and an unusually high concentration of rare species and natural communities.
The Sudbury Valley Trustees is dedicated to protecting the wildlife habitat and the ecological integrity of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers for the benefit of present and future generations. SVT carries out its mission through land acquisition and stewardship, advocacy, and education, working cooperatively with the towns, watershed associations, and other environmental organizations within the greater Concord Basin.
Comprised of concerned individuals, businesses and organizations, the TRWA is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife.
TNC works to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
TPL works nationwide to conserve land for people. TPL specializes in conservation real estate, applying its experience in negotiation, public finance, and law to protect land for public use. Working with private landowners, communities, and government agencies, TPL has helped protect more than 1,000 special places nationwide for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, recreation areas, historic landmarks, and wilderness lands.
The Trustees of Reservations is dedicated to preserving for public use and enjoyment properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value.
US Green Building Council MA helps transform our built environment into a more sustainable and environmentally responsible arrangement. It fosters a stronger and more connected group of industry participants to enhance professional development opportunities and to advocate at the state and local level for more green building friendly regulations and legislation.
WalkBoston promotes walking for transportation and recreation. The mission is to create and preserve walkable, livable communities through education and advocacy.