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MCLA Green Living Seminar Presents 'Doughnut Economics'
03:27PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Della Duncan, economist, Host of the "Upstream Podcast," and Co-Founder of the California Doughnut Economics Coalition, will give a talk titled "Doughnut Economics" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    According to a press release, Della Z Duncan is an economist who offers consulting to organizations contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change, facilitates inspiring "Work that

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: 'The Myth of Progress'
08:25AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, will give a talk titled "The Myth of Progress" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    According to a press release:   The presentation will be a conversation about Wessels' book, "The Myth of Progress," which is a scientific critique of the failings of our current economic system. The book covers three

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Berkshire Green Drinks: Land Stewardship in a Changing Environment
02:00PM / Monday, January 09, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Robin Sears, the executive director of Williamstown Rural Lands, will speak at Berkshire Environmental Action Team's monthly Berkshire Green Drinks gathering on Wednesday, Jan.11, at 6 PM via Zoom.

Robin will discuss the mission, activities, and duties of local land trusts, outline how our natural environment and local demographics are changing, and consider management options for land stewards to respond to and anticipate the needs for ecosystem resilience. 

Pre-registration is required to attend the virtual gathering. Register at tinyurl.com/Jan2023-Berk-Green-Drinks

Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust. It

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Vermont Watershed Grant Program Accepting Applications
08:09AM / Saturday, January 07, 2023
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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The 2023 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for projects that protect, restore and enhance the state's lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, including Vermonters' ability to understand and enjoy these treasures.     Applications are due no later than Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023.   Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups.  Projects that seek to directly protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitat are strongly encouraged.     Examples of past funded projects include

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BEAT Green Drinks Goes Countywide
04:54AM / Sunday, January 01, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After nearly 15 years of hosting their monthly Pittsfield Green Drinks gathering, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) is expanding their Green Drinks from Pittsfield to county-wide, making it 'Berkshire Green Drinks'.   Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsfield Green Drinks took place exclusively at a restaurant or pub in Pittsfield. Starting in 2023, BEAT will begin changing the location of their in-person gatherings to different towns throughout Berkshire County every month.    They're also changing the monthly events to the second Wednesday of every month instead of the third Tuesday.   BEAT hopes to offer

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No Drought Conditions in Berkshire County
11:58AM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
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BOSTON — The Drought Management Task Force announced that Berkshire County remains at level 0 or normal drought conditions.   This is not the case for the rest of the state.   "Even though the weather is getting colder and wetter, we can't lose sight of the fact that several regions within Massachusetts continue to be impacted by drought conditions," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. "It is important that everyone, especially those living and working in the Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands Regions, continue to practice water conservation in order to ensure that our water resources fully rebound."   While some parts of

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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North Adams, Pittsfield Receive Recycling Grants
10:00AM / Saturday, November 19, 2022
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BOSTON — To mark America Recycles Day, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $4.2 million in grant funding to 270 municipalities and regional solid waste districts across the Commonwealth including Pittsfield and North Adams.   "One of the most effective measures we can take to reduce the waste stream in communities across the Commonwealth is to support and encourage recycling, diversion, and reuse of waste materials," said outgoing Governor Charlie Baker. "With this funding, we are ensuring that local officials, residents and small business owners can adopt practices that protect our environment and preserve Massachusetts' natural

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State $2.5 Million in Grants Commercial Refrigeration Program
10:22AM / Sunday, September 25, 2022
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BOSTON, Mass. — In recognition of Massachusetts Climate Week, the Baker-Polito Administration has announced that $2.5 million is available through the Commercial Refrigeration Grant Program to support the use of more climate-friendly and low global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerants in commercial refrigeration equipment in Massachusetts. 

Many commercial refrigeration systems use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases (GHGs), with GWPs that are up to thousands of times that of carbon dioxide (CO2). These harmful refrigerants leak into the atmosphere over time, contributing to climate change. While technologies using more climate-friendly

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Woodlands Partnership Holding Public Sessions for 10-year Plan
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:22AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership will hold two public listening sessions in the coming weeks to gather feedback from the public on its 10-year plan. 

 

The two sessions will be held via Zoom at 4 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. The sessions will give residents of the member towns an opportunity to ask about the plan, provide comments and ask members of the partnership questions. 

 

"We are there, and the whole point is to continue to gather information about how the plan might be improved in its revision," said board Chair Henry Art at the partnership's Executive Committee meeting on Monday. 

 

The

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