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Conservation Law Foundation, Inc.

For a thriving New England

aka CLF   |   Boston, MA   |  www.clf.org

Mission

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. We use the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy.

Ruling year info

1967

President

Mr. Bradley M. Campbell

Main address

62 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02110 USA

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EIN

04-6149986

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clean Energy and Climate Change

The long-term focus of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program is to move New England to at least an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions and net-zero emissions by 2050 – a goal consistent with climate science. This focus drives our advocacy, whether pursuing solutions to meet climate goals or fighting projects and policies that would keep us from reducing emissions. Our advocacy will be dominated by involvement in the development and implementation of these new and revised state climate plans that are now in place. In each New England state, we demand that these climate laws must provide for a transition that is just. The plan for each sector must be infused with climate and environmental justice considerations and solutions. Our goal is ensuring not only that all communities will benefit from the new clean economy, but that neighborhoods that have historically borne the brunt of energy and transportation pollution will receive our particular attention and investment.

Population(s) Served

Our Healthy and Resilient Communities program is a dynamic suite of initiatives that brings a people-centered approach to environmentalism. We promote economic well-being as a component of environmental health; advocate for land use policies to improve recreational opportunities, food, and housing for all; and bolster our policy and legal expertise.

CLF is working with partners to accelerate the development of healthy neighborhoods in the New England region and nationally to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life and well-being in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

CLF also works to improve the resilience of the region’s communities to survive and thrive in a changing climate. We seek to reduce environmental risk and improve climate resilience in vulnerable communities.

Through our Legal Food Hub, CLF works to support New England’s farmers and food businesses as they address the ripple effects of climate change.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Ocean conservation has been one of our top program priorities since the mid-1970s. Our more than 40-year track record has established Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) as the leading ocean advocate in the region and a force in Washington, D.C., where the stage for ocean policy is largely set and played out. Our Ocean Conservation program’s mission is to restore and protect New England’s oceanic environment, promote resiliency in the face of a changing climate, and build a sustainable future for the region’s coastal communities.

CLF continues to work to ensure that the Atlantic’s sole Marine National Monument, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, remains protected.

Our campaign to restore the Atlantic cod population requires articulating scientifically informed fishing guidelines, expanded habitat protection, and gear modification to mitigate bycatch.

We’re also working to save New England’s iconic – yet critically endangered – North Atlantic right whale before it’s too late.

Population(s) Served

For more than 50 years, CLF has fought to keep New England’s air and waters clean and healthy. It’s how we made our name – forcing polluters to clean up the dirty waters of Boston Harbor and turning the city’s shame into one of its most prized resources. We’ve taken the lessons learned from that hard-won victory and put them to work all across New England. We hold polluters accountable and push for the enforcement of clean air and water laws at the local, state, and federal levels. Today we are:

Cleaning up polluted runoff: We’re fighting for new protections and creative solutions to keep polluted runoff from wreaking havoc on our communities.

Safeguarding drinking water: We’re working state by state across New England to protect our drinking water from toxic threats.

Enforcing the law: We’re holding polluting businesses accountable for the harm they do to our air, water, climate, and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 4-star rating 2022

Charity Navigator 4-star rating 2021

Charity Navigator 4-star rating 2019

Charity Navigator 4-star rating 2018

Financials

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Conservation Law Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sara Molyneaux

Community Volunteer

Term: 2012 -

David W. Ellis

Retired

Sara Molyneaux

Community Volunteer

Peter Nessen

Nessen and Associates, Ltd.

Whitney Hatch

The Trust for Public Land

Sharon Malt

Community Volunteer

John T. Goodhue

MA Green High Performance Computing Center

EkOngKar Singh "EK" Khalsa

Amah Mutsun Land Trust

Kate Kilguss

Community Volunteer

Paul Lee

Goodwin Procter LLP

Travis McCready

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Bradley M. Campbell

Conservation Law Foundation

Alice Chamberlin

Community Volunteer

Andy Falender

Retired

Thea James

Community Volunteer

Lois Schiffer

Community Volunteer

Christopher A. Klem

Retired

Loretta J. Mickley

Harvard Univeristy

Prabal Chakrabarti

Community Volunteer

Philip B. Coupe

ReVision Energy

John DeVillars

Retired

Carolyn Mansfield duPont

Community Volunteer

Azin Nezami

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dan Rivera

MassDevelopment

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.