Dear ELM Supporters,
I am honored and energized as I begin my tenure as Board Chair of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. ELM has been fighting for a healthy and sustainable Commonwealth for more than 122 years. I believe that our mission is more critical than ever. While global climate change, systemic racism, and COVID-19 threaten our most vulnerable communities, we see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild an economy that is cleaner, healthier, and more just.
I have been a long-time supporter of ELM because I believe in the organization’s theory of change — building strategic alliances with diverse stakeholders to design and enact effective policy. We know that Massachusetts is well-positioned to lead the nation in creating smart, replicable solutions. ELM brings a proven track record of effective advocacy and strategic coalition-building to solve our most urgent environmental challenges.
ELM’s priorities are grounded in science and scaled to match the challenges we face. In the year ahead, we will advocate for policies that support a net-zero future, improve human health, and build a green and equitable economic recovery, including: deploying local offshore wind, reducing transportation emissions through electric vehicles, decarbonizing our buildings, reducing the environmental and financial burden of solid waste, and adequately funding our environmental agencies.
We achieve our goals by leveraging our knowledge and expertise of the legislative process, our deep relationships on Beacon Hill, and our productive collaborations with the business community and environmental and social justice advocates. Our 501(c)4 arm, the ELM Action Fund and its Political Action Committee, will continue to help elect candidates who will push for bold climate & environmental leadership.
I am inspired by ELM’s vision for our shared future — one where the electrification of our transportation system reduces our reliance on fossil fuels; where the transition to green infrastructure creates jobs and new opportunities; where no single community bears a disproportionate share of the impact of climate change; and where Massachusetts leads the region, nation, and globe in enacting policies for a greener and more equitable world.
In the coming weeks, we will announce more details about our top priorities for this new legislative session. I hope you will join us along the way. Together, we can shape the rebuilding of the Commonwealth to achieve our economic, environmental, and social justice goals.
Gordon M. Burnes
Board Chair, Environmental League of Massachusetts