Member Update December 2008

Dear Members,

What a year it's been!

With your support, we have taken some big steps toward achieving environmental justice in the region.

In this issue, you’ll read about bus riders who save their route from being cut by the MBTA and residents who kept an asphalt plant from expanding and adding even more pollution to the air.

Because of the dedication of members like you, bus-dependent seniors in Jamaica Plain can continue to run necessary errands and residents in Chelmsford are able to breathe a little easier.

Penn in costume for his skit at the Annual Meeting

It was also great to see so many of you at our Annual Meeting last month. Between the wide array of food and endless laughter, you approved our upcoming year’s workplan, our Five Year Vision and elected new faces to our Board of Directors.

Thank you for your help in making environmental justice possible.

Have a great holiday season and wonderful new year!

Penn Loh


Penn Loh
Executive Director

In this issue:

Why I'm an ACE member

By Rob Moir

ACE member Rob Moir with a right whale

ACE was one of the first environmental organizations to put community in front of environment. In the early '90s, environmental organizations spoke about the need to better address environmental justice in urban Boston. Read more...

Residents defeat asphalt plant expansion

A still from the video of heavy traffic around the asphalt plant

Due to community organizing and strong resident support, plans to expand Aggregate Industries - a large asphalt plant in Chelmsford, Massachusetts - have been withdrawn. This is a huge victory for the people of Chelmsford and for all of us who support environmental justice. Read more...

Bus service saved by elderly and disabled riders

The 48 bus connects residents to services on Centre Street

Riders in Jamaica Plain have fended off a potential service cut of bus number 48. This fall, the MBTA proposed cutting the route, causing an uproar and vigorous fight back. Read more...

Thank you for joining us at the Annual Meeting!

ACE members enjoy a delicious dinner

Last month, ACE hosted our Annual Meeting, bringing members and supporters together to celebrate the past year's achievements and approve upcoming work. A fun time was had by all - REEP youth deejayed music, we shared a delicious dinner and watched creative presentations by ACE members. Read more...

Congrats to REEP Stipend Program grads!

Monique and Jazmyn receiving certificates of completion for the REEP Stipend Program

Earlier this month at Game Night, we were proud to award Monique, Bryan and Jazmyn of Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) for successfully completing the REEP Stipend Program. Read more...


ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has a right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities.