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Environmental League of Massachusetts

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is committed to combating climate change and protecting our land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, we use our collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.

Founded in 1898, ELM is the oldest and most broadly based environmental advocacy group in Massachusetts. Over its more than 100-year history, ELM has been pivotal in the protection of our Commonwealth’s environment. From the early days of helping to establish a robust park system and protections for natural areas to more recently contributing to the creation of one of the nation’s most ambitious global warming laws, ELM has been a central player in environmental advocacy.

Our work focuses on a broad suite of environmental issues. Currently, our top three priorities are increasing funding for environmental agencies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, and procuring more offshore wind for Massachusetts and the rest of New England.  

We have developed a generational vision because though daily opportunism and defense are essential, we also aim to drive constructive, systems-level solutions. We need holistic policy that stewards natural resources, improves quality of life, and drives economic prosperity.

2045 is the year a child born today is likely to have their first child.

So what could Massachusetts be in 2045?

·  A net exporter of clean energy throughout the Northeast
·  The best state in the nation to start and operate a clean tech business
·  Commuting times could fall with GHGs per mile a fraction of current levels
·  Home to rivers clean enough to swim in
·  A model of climate adaptation and resiliency solutions for the world
·  A place where people come to enjoy our natural beauty and environmental quality


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