News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Manchester is third Mass. city to ban plastic bags

On April 2, Manchester-by-the-Sea became the latest town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags, with over a two-thirds majority vote at the second night of the Annual Town Meeting. The ban will go into effect on Jul. 1 2013, and prohibit retail establishments from dispensing plastic checkout bags, encouraging the use of paper, biodegradable, or reusable bags for an optional fee.

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Environment Massachusetts Endorses Ed Markey for Senate

Congressman Edward Markey is a principled environmental champion who has distinguished himself by successfully standing up to polluters and the powerful interests that put our environment and health at risk Cleaner air and water, more energy-efficient cars and appliances, protections for our oceans and open spaces, and leadership in the fight to solve global warming are all the results of an astounding career of fighting for what is right and getting results.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center

Northeast States Can Make Huge Difference in Tackling Climate-Altering Pollution

Ten Northeast States, from Maryland to Maine, are responsible for as much climate-altering carbon pollution as all but nine nations, according to a report released today by Environment Massachusetts. In 2010, the region emitted 533 million metric tons of carbon pollution, more than the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil and France. The report also shows that lowering global warming emissions is consistent with a growing economy. 

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Strong Support in Massachusetts for Taking Solar Energy to the Next Level

With solar energy on the rise in Massachusetts, Environment Massachusetts joined 58 cities, towns, businesses, along with environmental, public health and civic organizations today in submitting letters to Governor Patrick and his Department of Energy Resources (DOER) urging them expand the state's solar requirement and to set goal of at least 50,000 solar roofs in Massachusetts by the end of the decade. Touting widespread support from the public and a broad array of stakeholders, many organizations attended a public hearing urging Massachusetts to seal Massachusetts’ status as a national leader by setting bold and achievable goals and updating key policies.

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Keep Cape Cod Open, Protected from Congressional Raids

Boston, MA – On the first day of spring, Environment Massachusetts unveiled a list of the top ten reasons Cape Cod National Seashore deserves protection from federal budget cuts and overdevelopment.