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. 

We need the food industry as a whole to take action to eliminate any and all sources of toxic phthalates in food. But even with rising consumer concern, restaurants and food retailers are failing to take public action to help eliminate these toxic chemicals in their food and supply chains! That's the alarming finding from a new report out today. Every restaurant graded in the new #MindTheStore report on toxic chemicals—including Starbucks, Subway, Panera, and McDonald’s—scored an F for lack of...+ Read more
Congratulations to Charlotte Mace, executive director of our partner Biobased Maine and sustainable economy program director at the Strategy Center, for winning the Maine Development Foundation ’s 2018 Champion for Economic Development for Innovation award! With this award, the Maine Development Foundation recognized Charlotte’s work and leadership at Biobased Maine in bringing the emerging bioeconomy to Maine, helping to revitalize rural communities with high-paying jobs that help keep...+ Read more
Kai Smith is a small business owner and entrepreneur based in Falmouth, Maine. In 2012 Kai co-founded Buoy Local, a buy-local gift card platform for local businesses throughout Maine. The program offers a single, “open loop” gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent businesses. The program was purchased by Bangor Savings Bank in 2016 and is active at hundreds of businesses across the state. In 2017, Kai founded Maine Coasters & Bio-Boards, a similarly...+ Read more
In the early 1990s, Milbridge, Maine, experienced a rapid influx of migrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. In response to the needs of the Milbridge community’s newest members, the Milbridge Public Library, Town Office, and schools began to offer educational programs, basic resources, and potlucks open to all. These programs quickly expanded to include language classes and an afterschool program, and, in 2005, Mano en Mano was officially...+ Read more
Dr. Leonardo Trasande , M.D., M.P.P., is an internationally renowned leader in children’s environmental health. His research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande holds appointments at New York University (NYU) as an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Environmental...+ Read more
The Environmental Health Strategy Center this year recognizes organizer and advocate for change Ginger Jordan-Hillier as the winner of our 2018 Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award . “Ginger Jordan-Hillier was the best organizer inside of state government that I’ve ever known, bar none,” said Mike Belliveau, executive director of Environmental Health Strategy Center. “In Maine, Ginger raised awareness and mobilized state agency leadership to support and implement the landmark Kid...+ Read more
We are proud to announce the winners of our 2018 Environmental Health Leadership Awards! Please click each name to read our award winners' inspiring stories. Ginger Jordan-Hillier is receiving the Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award in recognition of her legacy in Maine and nationally as an organizer and advocate for environmental health. Dr. Leonardo Trasande , M.D., M.P.P., is receiving the Bettie Kettell Award for Medical-Professional Leadership for his groundbreaking research...+ Read more
On October 21, please join us at The Riley School in Rockport for a screening of the shocking new film “The Devil We Know." Join our host committee to support this event. Register to be with us. Nominated for the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and hailed by Variety as “a riveting tale of long-term irresponsibility and injustice," the documentary unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time: the widespread toxic chemical contamination of one town’s drinking water supply, and...+ Read more
Join us to celebrate work that brings together diverse people creating common-sense solutions toward a healthy and toxic-free future, with justice for all! Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, November 29 6-8pm Beautiful new venue, with free parking! Congregation Bet Ha'am 81 Westbrook Street South Portland, Maine RSVP (Discounts for students, candidates, elected office holders) Sign up for the Host Committee—and get free tickets! Sponsor the Celebration Community members, contributors...+ Read more
It's back-to-school week for kids across the country, and for parents, that means stocking up on school supplies, packing school lunches, and making sure that children have all they need to learn and thrive in the new school year. What's an important way to keep children healthy and ready to learn? Reduce kids' exposure to toxic chemicals. With dangerous chemicals potentially hiding in school supplies, lunch food, and indoor air, following these simple tips can help make sure kids have a safer...+ Read more