About Environment Massachusetts
Who we are
Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about Massachusetts—something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the gentle current of the Charles River, the waves crashing off Cape Cod, or the rustle of leaves as you walk through your local forest, Massachusetts’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values we share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Massachusetts. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting Massachusetts’ environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are—in public places or door-to-door—raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about Massachusetts’ environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard—using methods like petitions, emails, letters and phone calls, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Massachusetts today.
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Putting your support to work
Environment Massachusetts has a proven track record of winning real results for our environment.
- Helping Massachusetts go solar. We helped make solar power more accessible and more affordable than ever by building massive public support for the passage of Massachusetts' current solar programs. These programs have been wildly successful: since they were implemented, the number of solar installations in the state has increased 24-fold. But with solar technology advancing at an exponential rate, we're hard at work convincing legislators to expand these programs and keep Massachusetts at the forefront of solar policy in the nation.
- A plan to cut carbon pollution. The carbon footprint of power plants and other polluters will be reduced 80 percent by 2050. Beacon Hill passed our Global Warming Solutions Act in 2008, thanks in large part to the calls, e-mails and letters of more than 25,000 Environment Massachusetts members and activists.
- Safeguarding our drinking water. For decades, more than 2 million Bay Staters have enjoyed clear, healthy drinking water from the Quabbin Reservoir. But in 2010, we found out the state was allowing logging companies to clearcut the forest set aside to shelter the Quabbin and keep its waters clean. We mobilized the public to win a temporary logging ban, and are calling for a permanent ban.