Founded in 1966, Conservation Law Foundation uses law, science, policymaking and business solutions to address New England’s environmental challenges. Projects range from cleaning up Boston Harbor to protecting ocean fisheries and stopping highway construction in scenic and sensitive areas. Areas of work include clean energy and climate change, clean water, ocean conservation, healthy forests and healthy communities.
The foundation’s litigation and advocacy work influences policy such as the Clean Car legislation now adopted across New England. The foundation also monitors regulation and compliance with federal and state laws like the New England Wilderness Act. Partnerships and coalition building support regional planning efforts, such as the Marine Spatial Planning Initiative, and ensure they are integrated with state and federal plans.
In 1997, the foundation launched a venture program to support new markets for environmentally friendly New England projects and products. One example is the Environmental Insurance Agency that offers mileage-based insurance as a means to help clean the air, cut down on gas consumption and reduce global warming pollution.