Spring 2016 Collaborative Meeting with DCR Commissioner Leo Roy

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.

Each year we host a fall and spring meeting as well as periodic workshops.

Is your Massachusetts organization interested in joining the Collaborative? Contact Casey Bowers at cbowers@environmentalleague.org to learn more.

Member Organizations

Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club 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.

Arborway Coalition

The Arborway Coalition is a community group working to improve traffic safety and park access along the parkways of the Emerald Necklace.

Association to Preserve Cape Cod

From its beginnings in an Eastham kitchen, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod has grown to a 5,700-member organization with the reputation as Cape Cod’s leading environmental educator, advocate and watchdog organization.

Boston Harbor Island Alliance

The mission of Boston Harbor Island Alliance is to assist in public education leading to the designation of the Boston Harbor Islands as a National Recreation Area.

The Brookline GreenSpace Alliance

The Brookline GreenSpace Alliance is a nonprofit environmental advocacy and education organization formed in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens to preserve, protect and enhance the open spaces of Brookline, Massachusetts. This organization advocates for policies, by-laws and practices that promote the use, health and beauty of our natural environment, support and encourage the formation of park friends groups, and provide educational opportunities for the community to learn about and get involved in the protection and stewardship of our precious open space.

Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy 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.

Charles River Watershed Association

One of the country’s oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association 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.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Working with public sector initiatives, Emerald Necklace 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.

Esplanade Association

The Esplanade Association works to restore, preserve, and enhance the historic Charles River Esplanade as a vital urban park to be enjoyed by all.

Essex County Greenbelt Association

The Essex County Greenbelt Association is 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.

Franklin Land Trust

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.

Friends of the Blue Hills

The Friends of the Blue Hills has fought successfully since 1976 to preserve the Reservation for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, and skiers.

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, promoting awareness, policies and programs which honor and preserve the landscape and heritage of this public resource for current and future generations.

Green Newton

Green Newton’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.

Green Schools

Green Schools is a Masschusetts based, leading national non-profit organization organized for innovative Environmental Education, E-STEM Education, Leadership, and Action! Green Schools provides a number of environmental programs and resources to best develop the next generation of Green students and K-12 schools.

Hilltown Anti-Herbicide Coalition

Hilltown Anti-Herbicide Coalition is a grassroots organization that 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.

Ipswich River Watershed Association

The Ipswich River Watershed Association is a group of citizens, scientists, businesses, and municipal managers concerned about the health of the Ipswich River and its watershed. We work together to restore the river and ensure a sustainable water supply for the region.

Keep Massachusetts Beautiful

Keep Massachusetts Beautiful is working to restore our state’s natural beauty by cleaning up the vast amounts of litter that detract from our state’s appearance. They engage with volunteers, municipal leaders, and the business community to TAKE ACTION to reduce litter, while also promoting education and enforcement of existing laws to prevent litter in the first place. The organization is a state-level affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest community improvement organization.

Lakes and Ponds Association of Western Massachusetts

The primary goal of Lakes and Ponds Association of Western Massachusetts 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.

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust

Since 1957 the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust 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.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust

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.

Manomet Center for Conservation Science

As one of the nation’s oldest independent environmental research organizations, Manomet Center for Conservation Science 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.

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions

Founded in 1961 to support, educate and advocate on behalf of conservation commissions, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions‘s mission is to foster environmental quality and the conservation of wetlands and other natural resources.

Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations 

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.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

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.

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit initiative that 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.

 Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition 

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is a nonprofit statewide service center for the Commonwealth’s land conservation community.  Our mission is to ensure that land conservation organizations, land owners and communities have the capacity, training and resources necessary to protect and steward the places that make Massachusetts special.  The Coalition serves as a unifying and capacity-building resource for land conservation across Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance

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 Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. Vision for the future…Bicycling in Massachusetts is a safe, respected, convenient, and enjoyable way to get around. Roads throughout the state are safe and welcoming for cyclists, and all users interact in a courteous and legal manner. Car-free pathways connect our communities, bicycles are fully integrated into our public transportation system, and secure bike parking is located where people need it. People of all kinds and means choose to bicycle for life, work, and play.

Merrimack River Watershed Council 

The Merrimack River Watershed Council aims to protect, improve and conserve the Merrimack River watershed for people and wildlife through education, recreation, advocacy and science.

Mystic River Watershed Association

Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than a half million residents within the 22 community Mystic River Watershed.

Nashua River Watershed Association

The Nashua River Watershed Association is committed to the protection, sound management, and enhancement of the Nashua River Watershed ecosystem.

Neponset River Watershed Association

Neponset River Watershed Association 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.

North and South Rivers Watershed Association

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association 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: For the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers

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.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay 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.

Sheffield Land Trust

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.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

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.

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land 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

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

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.