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. 

Science Champion Award Gail Carlson , PhD, assistant professor, Environmental Studies, Colby College. The chair of our Science Advisory Council and a former executive board member at the Strategy Center, Dr. Carlson exemplifies putting science into action. She brought her expertise ​to key committee hearings of the Maine Legislature several times this session. Her testimony was foundational for both campaigns, explaining the science basis of why flame retardants are unnecessary and harmful, and...+ Read more
Legislative Leadership Award Sen. Joyce A. Maker , R-Washington, represents Senate District 6. A retired College Administrator and Financial Aid Director at Washington County Community College, Sen. Maker served on the Board of Directors for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) for two terms, including two years as Chairman of the Board. Prior to her position in the Maine Senate, Sen. Maker represented House District 140 and has also served three terms on the Calais City Council. Senator Maker...+ Read more
Legislative Leadership Awards Rep. Walter A. Kumiega III, D-Deer Isle, represents District 134 and led the charge to protect firefighters from harmful chemicals as the sponsor of our law to phase out flame retardants. A self-employed carpenter, Rep. Kumiega has served as chair of the Maine Legislature's Marine Resources Committee for the past five years. He previously served on the Deer Isle-Stonington School Committee for nine years, and currently serves on the board of Downeast Community...+ Read more
What’s spookier than ghosts, witches, ghouls, and goblins on Halloween night? Toxic chemicals. Toxic flame retardants, phthalates, and lead may be lurking in some store-bought kids’ costumes, face paints, and decorations. So what’s a parent to do on Halloween? While we fight for stronger chemical safety regulations to make sure all kids are better protected from toxic chemicals, there are steps parents can take in the meantime to help protect their families— so that Halloween night is a lot...+ Read more
A few months ago, the news that we discovered toxic chemical phthalates (THAL-eights) in all of the macaroni and cheese powders we tested made headlines across the country. People were outraged: toxic chemicals don’t belong in kids’ food. So tens of thousands of people worldwide have signed our petition calling on Kraft to lead industry-wide change by eliminating any and all sources of phthalates in food. Here are a few of the reasons people gave for signing our petition: “Food needs to be safe...+ Read more
“As Maine goes, so goes the nation”: this 19th-century saying (originally about presidential elections —William Henry Harrison, anyone?) has been making a comeback around here, as we’ve been excited to see our state’s forward-thinking chemical safety legislation open the gate to similar progress across the country. We were reminded of the phrase again on Wednesday, as we celebrated the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s long-awaited decision to finally issue a warning against a class of toxic...+ Read more
What's quintessential about fall in Maine? For us, the season brings to mind crisp mornings, gorgeous foliage, and... the Common Ground Country Fair! Will we see you this weekend at the fair? Please join us! September 22, 23, 24 Gates open at 9am Unity, Maine Stop by our booth in the Social & Political Action tent ( map ) to learn more about our work to protect kids and families from toxic chemicals—and also about the work of our business-led partner, Biobased Maine, and our collective...+ Read more
Join us on Friday, December 1: A night to celebrate and support great work for our healthy future! Read all about our 2017 environmental health leadership award winners. Delicious food, drink, and socializing in O'Maine Studios' unique space Inspiring winners of our 2017 Leadership Awards Fun stuff for kids and adults, alike FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 6-8 p.m. O'Maine Studios 54 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101 You'll be inspired by people and progress getting toxic chemicals out of food, drinking...+ Read more
The devastating tragedies of Flint, Michigan , and East Chicago, Indiana , demonstrate that lead exposure remains an urgent public health crisis in this country. Effective and affordable solutions exist, however—if we choose to implement them. Those are the central messages of an authoritative report , “10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure,” released this morning by the Health Impact Project , a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable...+ Read more
At the Strategy Center, our work highlights the urgent need to end our reliance on petroleum-based plastics. Not only can these materials pose a threat to human health and our climate, they’re also unsustainably sourced from fossil fuels (particularly from fracked natural gas) and create overwhelming pollution . This is a problem with a solution. It’s time to usher in a new sustainable economy: one based on renewable biobased materials sourced from forest, farm, and sea. Our Sustainable Economy...+ Read more