News

  • By Liz Carver  

    Funded by a $2.1 million Federal Highway Administration Value Pricing Program grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and with an in-kind contribution from Plymouth Rock Assurance, the three-year study will examine how the size and timing of cash rewards, and how those rewards are communicated, can motivate people to adjust how much, when, and where they drive. Read More

  • Wholesome Wave Foundation and CLF Ventures hosted an informational webinar earlier this month for small and early-stage businesses/operators that aggregate, distribute, and process farm food products. The webinar, which can be viewed on our website, aimed to help food hubs and related enterprises understand the implications of two rules proposed in January under the Food Safety Modernization Act in time to submit comments to FDA by the May comment period deadline. Read More

  • By Liz Carver  

    CLF Ventures is working with Wholesome Wave Foundation to offer a complimentary webinar on April 7, 2013, about the Food Safety Modernization Act and implications for food hub operators. The food hub work with Wholesome Wave continues CLF Ventures’ efforts to build capacity and develop resources for sustainable food organizations in New England. Read More

  • By Walker Larsen  

    Local food is all the rage, but how do you affordably and conveniently get that food from the local farm to the local table? CLF Ventures explores an emerging model that seeks to connect small local farms to customers and allow these agricultural businesses to flourish. Read More

  • By Jo Anne Shatkin and Liz Carver  

    CLF and CLF Ventures couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities for innovation in financing that build our regional food system. We’re working to foster greater investment in the innovations that will transform our communities, make us more self-sufficient and resilient to climate change, and build a sector that will sustain us over the long term. That’s why we recently partnered with Federal Street Advisors, a wealth management advisory firm for families and foundations, to co-sponsor a regional summit, Financing a Sustainable Food System for New England. Read More

  • By Walker Larsen  

    Burying our garbage in landfills is a waste of resources, but it’s also a convenient way to get rid of stuff we don’t need or want. If there were clear alternatives to trashing our resources, would we use them? The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) believes the answer is yes. Read More

  • By Jo Anne Shatkin, PhD 

    With every innovation in the 20th century, one pattern stands out: where technology advances, a rise in public concern follows. This is certainly true of nanotechnology – a topic on which I’ve written extensively, and which has been the subject of vigorous debate. My just released book, Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Risks Second Edition explains how we can manage the risks of nanotechnology while gaining the benefits of this exciting enabling technology with applications that sound so whiz bang they could be science fiction, not current technology. Through a combination of screening risk analysis, life cycle thinking, and iterative analysis, better decisions can be made early in the product life cycle. Read More

  • By Peter Shelley  

    In 2011, CLF Ventures received a grant from the EPA to help two New England fishing/whale watching vessels replace the aging, inefficient engines on their vessels with cleaner-burning, more efficient four-stroke diesel engines. In this video, Captain Brad Cook of the Atlantic Queen II and Captain Chris Charos of Captain’s Fishing Parties reveal how the EPA grant and CLF Ventures enabled them to update their vessels’ technology, reducing emissions and substantially cutting their fuel use. Read More