Elizabeth Saunders - Massachusetts Director

Why Cancer is Killing Boston’s Firefighters – One Year Later

March 28, 2018

In March 2017, Boston Magazine published Why Cancer is Killing Boston’s Firefighters--a powerful article about two Boston firefighters, Glenn Preston and Peter Kannler and their battles with cancer. Both men were diagnosed in their mid-30’s; Preston was still fighting but Kannler had lost the battle.

For 2017 highlights, look to Massachusetts

January 2, 2018

For those of us fighting for environmental protection in the United States, 2017 was not considered a banner year.  But if you look beneath the surface of the decimated, damage-doing EPA, you found cities, states, companies and even everyday people doing the work that the federal government can’t be counted on to do right now.  Looking back on Clean Water Action’s work in Massachusetts, we actually made some great progress. Here are some of the highlights:

For a hot V-day, hold the flame retardants

February 14, 2017

For Valentine’s Day this year, I want a hot date. So back off winter storms, late nights at work, the flu, or anything else that might keep me from my mission.

Chemical industry, I’m talking to you too! Keep your Chlorinated Tris, PBDEs and Firemaster 550 away. I’m looking to fan the flames of love, and your fire-retardant chemicals have no part in my V-day plans.

2016 had its high points

December 29, 2016

All across the internet and throughout holiday conversations, everyone seems to be talking about what an awful year 2016 was. Between celebrity deaths and the election of Donald Trump, it definitely had some real black strikes against it. But as I’m looking back on the accomplishments of Clean Water Action in Massachusetts, I’m finding some real reasons to celebrate as well.

Here’s a reminder of some of 2016’s better moments!

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The people on your ballot

September 22, 2016

As I’m sure you’re all too aware, it’s election season. The presidential election is everywhere you turn. We all know more than we ever wanted to know about the personal and professional lives of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump (and the choice is abundantly clear). 

Storm the State House for Safe Chemicals

Proud, grateful and hopeful for the future

August 23, 2016

In this work sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes the thing you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into just peters out at the end of a legislative session and you set your sights on next year. 

Photo of Boston Skyline by Matthias Rosekranz. Licensed Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenkranz/2788839653

A public health victory in Boston

March 23, 2016

Now I appreciate Boston’s unique style and history as much as the next Bay Stater, but this is one piece of individualism that I’m prepared to let go of.