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 >
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.
Recently, Congresswoman Katherine Clark convened an environmental round table at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. Mass Audubon staff, including president Gary Clayton, Broadmoor director Elissa Landry, and legislative director Karen Heymann, and our partner groups shared ideas and concerns, including those involving unprecedented threats facing federal laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean […]
By Daniel Brown The Trump administration has made several decisions that threaten the environment and prioritize corporate profits above the health of our kids and wildlife. The legacy of the Trump administration is already well-established as one of the worst, if not the worst, environmental administrations in modern U.S. history. But the move to freeze […]
We are proud to report that our climate change adaptation legislation, our top legislative priority for the past four years, has passed as part of major environmental legislation (see below). This bill makes law a requirement for Massachusetts to adopt a statewide plan to address the impacts of climate change, and also codifies a grant […]