Organization: Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Executive Director: Andrew Gottlieb
How did your organization get started?
The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) is the region’s leading nonprofit environmental organization, working for the adoption of laws, policies and programs that protect and enhance Cape Cod’s natural resources and quality of life. Founded in 1968 by a group of concerned citizens to oppose an Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to turn Nauset Marsh into a deep-water port, APCC’s birth occurred at the dawning of the nation’s environmental movement—the same awakening of environmental concern that produced Earth Day, the EPA, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Tell us about your organization.
The vision of APCC’s founders for a regional environmental advocate, wise to science, politics and regulatory framework, and adept at building effective partnerships, is just as important today as it was over 50 years ago.
APCC is Cape Cod’s ever-vigilant caretaker, ready to call out environmental threats to our communities. It is also an important educator, training citizen scientists in environmental monitoring, helping the public connect with and understand the Cape’s ecology, and organizing volunteer initiatives such as the Cape’s springtime herring counting program.
APCC works in every Cape town, and at every level, from helping to organize neighborhood volunteer groups to providing towns with technical assistance on natural resource improvement projects. It has worked closely with elected officials and policy makers from our region and beyond, forged effective partnerships with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders, and has been a close collaborator with its fellow environmental organizations such as the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts and the Center for Coastal Studies.
Where do you find inspiration?
We are continually inspired by the beauty and fragility of the Cape’s unique habitats and sensitive natural resources. Our ponds, meadows, forests, dunes, salt marshes, heathlands, and beaches are inextricably linked to our economy and our way of life. APCC is committed to the stewardship of this special land of sand and water, speaking out for Cape Cod’s environment, building effective partnerships, and providing real solutions for Cape Cod’s environmental challenges—now and for future generations.
APCC’s focus areas are climate action, water quality, and critical habitat protection. APCC’s mission to protect the Cape’s natural resources is driven by sound science. Our science-based work guides our advocacy to protect the environment through improved laws and public policies, and through our education programs. We seek to cultivate an environmental ethic within the Cape Cod community.