Join us this week as we interview the founder of the organization, Alexander Lee. Project Laundry List was founded in 1995 when Dr. Helen Caldicott gave a speech at a Middlebury College symposium in which she said, “If we all did things like hang out our clothes, we could shut down the nuclear industry.”
In the Spring of 1996, our founder and former director, Alexander Lee, took this concept and, while attending Green Corps’ undergraduate Environmental Organizing Semester in Missoula, MT, wrote the first strategic plan for Project Laundry List under the instruction of C.B. Pearson.
Project Laundry List grew into a separate project and was incorporated and sought its nonprofit status in 2000. Senator Dick McCormack of Vermont introduced the Right to Dry bill in Vermont in 1998. The first National Hanging Out Day was also held that year.
In 2008 and 2009, passage of “right to dry” legislation in Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont, together with legislative efforts on this front in Connecticut, Oregon, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, and New Hampshire, were largely attributed to Project Laundry List’s ongoing efforts. Since the 1970s, Florida has had a solar rights law that protects most property-owners from the intrusions of community associations.
Project Laundry List has forged partnerships with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Seventh Generation and the Vermont Country Store, and Real Green Goods of Concord, NH. Project Laundry List is also an active member of The CLEAN, a national coalition of environmental organizations.