The Strategy Center Blog

Please read and share our latest thoughts on safer chemicals policy, products, health and disease prevention, biobased manufacturing and the green economy, environmental health and justice, and much more. 

Your support for our work resulted in tremendous wins for the health of children and families this year. Here's what you did: 1. We won! Maine now has the strongest law in the nation for keeping harmful chemicals out of food packaging. As one mom said, “I would much prefer to have a less convenient pizza box than compromise my children’s health by exposing them to dangerous chemicals.” 2. We prompted Maine agencies to test toxic sludge and stop spreading it all over farmland. When a heartbroken...+ Read more
A little-known issue links communities in Guatemala, where I’m from, to communities in Maine: arsenic contamination of drinking water. I was first convinced of the power of organizing for change when I spent time in a Guatemalan community organizing around water contamination. And it is my work in Maine on this issue that reminds me of the power of organizing, everyday. Giving Tuesday is tomorrow—will you fund our organizing work with a gift? Patagonia Action Works will match Giving Tuesday...+ Read more
I am so pleased to share this news: We've just learned that Patagonia will match all gifts to our work, when you give through this link , through the end of the year. The match is dollar-for-dollar, for gifts up to $10,000. Just make sure you make your gift on this page , for us to receive the match. Patagonia works with the highly trustworthy Network for Good to process donations. Network for Good will process your donation, and send you an email confirmation and tax receipt. This is an...+ Read more
With a mission of establishing a renewable liquid fuels industry, Biofine Developments Northeast (BDNE) is at the forefront of the emerging sustainable bioeconomy in Maine. The company seeks to use cellulosic waste materials including forest residues and municipal solid waste to make 100% renewable, CO2 negative heating fuel and chemicals using underutilized infrastructure in rural Maine—replacing toxic, polluting fossil fuels and petrochemicals. "Biofine Developments Northeast is honored to...+ Read more
Representative Jessica Fay , D-Raymond, represents House District 66. Rep. Fay demonstrated exceptional leadership for the health of Maine children and families as the lead sponsor of LD 1433, the Safe Food Packaging Act, which will protect Mainers from toxic PFAS and phthalates by phasing out these dangerous chemicals from food packaging in Maine. "Keeping toxic chemicals out of our environment and out of our bodies is the reason I sponsored LD 1433. It is a small step in the road to a toxic...+ Read more
Senator Robert Foley , R-York, represents Senate District 34. Sen. Foley demonstrated great leadership for the health of Maine children and families as lead Senate co-sponsor of LD 1433, the Safe Food Packaging Act, which will protect Mainers from toxic PFAS and phthalates by phasing out these dangerous chemicals from food packaging in Maine. “Several years ago I became involved with the banning of BPA in baby products here in Maine,” said Sen. Foley. “Dangerous chemicals in our food stream is...+ Read more
Representative Ryan Fecteau (D-Biddeford), represents House District 11 and serves as Assistant House Majority Leader. Rep. Fecteau showed great legislative leadership and initiative as lead sponsor of LD 1698, a renewable chemicals tax credit, currently awaiting Governor Janet Mills’ signature, which will revitalize Maine communities with the creation of high-paying jobs manufacturing climate-friendly products. “If we are going to ensure a healthy environment that continues to support so many...+ Read more
The Environmental Health Strategy Center this year recognizes international environmental justice leader Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali as the winner of our 2019 Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award . “Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali has passionately championed environmental justice for decades,” said Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Strategy Center. “The most vulnerable in our society—infants and children, poor people, communities of color—bear the worst burden of toxic pollution and...+ Read more
Fred Stone is the third generation of the Stone family to own and operate Stoneridge Farm, a dairy farm in Arundel, Maine. Until recently, the daily rhythm of raising, feeding, and milking cows defined Fred’s life. And then, one fateful day in November of 2016, Fred received life-altering bad news. On that day, Fred received a letter from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District. He learned the water district had tested well water from his property a few months earlier, during the...+ Read more
A family physician, Dr. Lani Graham, MD, MPH , has devoted her career to fighting not only for the health of her patients, but also for the health of the wider human community—here in Maine, and across the nation. “I am deeply touched to be receiving this award from an organization like the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which is the premiere organization for environmental health in Maine and the very essence of environmental health activism,” said Dr. Graham in response to the award. “...+ Read more