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. 

This week, our six talented interns started their summer at the Strategy Center. Please join us in welcoming Grace, Isa, Caroline, Izzy, Riley, and Riena! Hailing from colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, these passionate and skilled young organizers are at the heart of our mission. We're looking forward to training and educating the next generation of environmental health champions. To that end, we make sure that our interns' summer is spent gaining confidence and leadership...+ Read more
At our sell-out event last night . . . Dr. Sandra Steingraber reminded us there are times in history when defending our environment and public health is so critical that someone like the belated, heroic government scientist Rachel Carson speaks out. She risked her own well-being to do so. We are living through one of those times now— a time when the Trump administration even just this week went so far as to kick out journalists from an EPA meeting about contaminated drinking water. Perhaps...+ Read more
This Friday, May 18th, we're taking part in #theSpringShare —a state-wide giving day supporting not only the Strategy Center but over 30 additional nonprofits working each day for a better Maine for all of us! This day of giving back to the causes and organizations you care about in Maine was created by MaineShare , an organization that provides funding to over 30 groups statewide. We're proud to be a longtime MaineShare participant, and excited to participate in the first annual SpringShare...+ Read more
In honor of Mother's Day, we bring you a powerful call to action against today's environmental crisis from mother, scientist, and activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber. Like moms across the country, Sandra worries about the health of her own children as well as every child growing up in this country who is exposed to toxic chemicals. Unfairly and heartbreakingly, it is children from lower-income communities and communities of color who are exposed to the highest levels of toxic chemicals where they...+ Read more
At the Clean Water Rally at the Maine State House organized earlier this month by our friends at Maine Conservation Voters , I spoke alongside other advocates for clean and safe water about the urgent need for our legislators enact policies that will ensure all Maine families have access to safe drinking water. How would you feel as a mother learning that you have, unknowingly, been giving your children arsenic—a poison—when you hand them a glass of tap water? How are you supposed to know that...+ Read more
Investigators have begun to answer a growing consumer concern: How are toxic chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights) getting into cheese and other dairy products? A new report released today by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging may provide answers that won’t make cows, farmers, or consumers happy. The first-of-its-kind report confirms that some plastic and rubber farm equipment used to milk cows still contains these hormone-disrupting chemicals. “Shockingly, the most...+ Read more
Grabbing a sandwich or cheeseburger from your favorite deli for lunch shouldn’t mean exposure to toxic chemicals. But a new study has found that Americans who ate food away from home were exposed to higher levels of health-harming toxic chemicals called phthalates (THAL-eights) than those who ate at home. That’s alarming, but probably not surprising. Food prepared in restaurants, fast food chains, and cafeterias is served at the very end of a long industrial supply chain that makes it possible...+ Read more
Here in Maine, the official first day of spring sometimes feels more like optimism than reality. Ice covers our lakes and rivers, snow blankets our sidewalks, and the forecast warns of still more chilly days to come. But as we bundle up and keep a hopeful eye peeled for the first crocuses to emerge, it's nice to acknowledge the change of seasons with a thorough round of spring cleaning. Keeping the house clean and free of dust and grime is also an important way to keep toxic chemicals out of...+ Read more
Did you know that harmful substances such as triclosan, bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants, heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFASs), phthalates, and solvents are oftentimes found in products specifically intended for use by infants? These chemicals of concern lurk in completely legal products, and are linked to increased risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health conditions, as well as adverse effects on development, reproduction, learning and...+ Read more
Our new organizer Sergio Cahueque braved the snowy February roads earlier this month and traveled from Portland to Milbridge, Maine, to share the importance of well water testing with the town’s immigrant community. His bilingual Spanish and English presentation on the dangers of arsenic-contaminated well water was offered in partnership with Mano en Mano, a community organization whose mission is to help farmworkers and immigrants thrive in Maine. Arsenic, which occurs naturally in some Maine...+ Read more