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. 

Last week was a busy one at the Strategy Center. On Tuesday, we stood with Maine dairy farmer Fred Stone and one of his cows, Lida Rose, on a farmland ridge along the Kennebunk River in Arundel, Maine. Mr. Stone testified to the media about the devastating chemical contamination discovered more than two years ago that has since ruined his cows' milk, farm, and livelihood. The culprit? Toxic PFAS, or per- and perfluoroalkyl substances, found in industrial waste and sewage sludge spread on his...+ Read more
Do you think families deserve food that doesn’t come wrapped in harmful chemicals? The fact is, toxic chemicals are entering our food supply through processing and packaging. And they pose significant health risks, particularly to pregnant women and children. In an effort to overcome federal government inaction, the Strategy Center is urging national retailers to make changes in the marketplace , and calling on our home state of Maine to pass legislation that gets two classes of toxic chemicals...+ Read more
I’m Nika Beauchamp, and I manage communications at the Environmental Health Strategy Center. My coworkers and I work hard—and you make our work possible. To do my job well, I closely follow and share news about toxic chemicals and the people whose health and lives they wreck. I feel strongly about keeping you up-to-date on the flood of strong research and even tragedies that show why your support is so important. This year, I’ve been doing my job while pregnant for the first time. My baby...+ Read more
The voters have spoken! The recent election results were a vote of confidence in government leadership to ensure that all Americans are healthy and thriving. We know that investment in public health protections—including a safe, toxic-free environment—is the best way to keep health care affordable and to prevent diseases, disabilities, and early death. The electorate also soundly repudiated government leadership that seeks to divide rather than unite us, and that favors petrochemical industry...+ Read 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
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
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