1% for the Environment

Severe cuts to environmental agency budgets and staff reductions are preventing Massachusetts from living up to its potential. Currently, only 0.6% of the state operating budget supports environmental agencies. In our annual Green Budget report we set forth funding recommendations that put us on the right track toward achieving the Governor’s commitment of 1% for the environment. The last time Massachusetts allocated 1% of its budget to environmental programs was in the early 2000’s.

Stay tuned for the FY2021 Green Budget!


In Massachusetts, we are the beneficiaries of a wealth of natural resources. It is our responsibility to ensure that we continue leading the nation in protecting our environment and the public’s health. We envision a Commonwealth that has healthy communities, great parks, and clean, abundant water.

What You Can Do

Familiarize yourself with the state budget process.

Subscribe to ELM’s e-mail list to keep up-to-date with our budget advocacy.  When you receive our Action Alerts, please contact your State Representative and State Senator to ensure that our elected officials are hearing from their constituents that funding for environmental programs matters.

Past Green Budgets

FY2020 Green Budget

FY2019 Green Budget

FY2018 Green Budget

FY2017 Green Budget

FY2016 Green Budget

FY2015 Green Budget

FY2014 Green Budget

FY2013 Green Budget