From defending endangered species to reducing climate change impacts, one of the most effective ways to protect the nature of Massachusetts is through sound environmental policy. Mass Audubon’s Advocacy department works with other conservation organizations, legislators, and citizen groups to shape and strengthen environmental laws and regulations.
We inform and educate people about pending legislation and its potential impacts, and enable the public to better understand the government's actions. Working with scientists from Mass Audubon and other organizations, we provide data and analysis to help guide public policy.
We also rely on people like you to help us spread our message!
How You Can Advocate for the Environment
Find out how a bill becomes a law in MA, how the budget process works, and how your legislators' voted on the environment. Learn More >
Each session, Mass Audubon identifies a number of important environmental bills as policy priorities. Find out which ones we’re working on now as well as our position on other critical state and federal issues. Learn More >
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Contact the Advocacy Department
Our department serves as a leader in advocating for strong conservation laws and programs, and public participation is the key to accomplishing Mass Audubon's objectives at the State House. The Advocacy department has offices at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, where our Shaping the Future of Your Community program is based, and at Mass Audubon’s headquarters in Lincoln, where we focus on sustainable development and other statewide policy issues.
Consider attending or submitting comments through the state’s upcoming listening sessions on how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be hosting public listening sessions to discuss solutions to this challenge. Massachusetts is currently on track to […]
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he will issue a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has pledged to sue the Trump administration over this move, saying the decision violates the law […]
This past winter, Mass Audubon joined onto an amicus brief filed with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in the case of Smith v. Westfield in support of open space protection under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. After hearing the case, the SJC has ruled in our favor that such lands are protected under Article […]