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Pittsfield Conservation Commission Supports Acquisition of Saw Mill Property
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:36PM / Monday, December 05, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The city is nearing its final stages of acquiring over 50 acres of conservation land along the southwest branch of the Housatonic River, also known as the Saw Mill property.

On Thursday, the Conservation Commission authorized a project agreement to buy the property and use $50,000 from its trust fund for the $400,000 purchase.  

The acquisition is supported by local and state funding.

"We are really excited about where we're at," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

"We have signed purchase and sale agreements and in fact, we put a deposit down on the sale as well. We're simply waiting for all of

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Baker-Polito Administration's Commission on Clean Heat Issues Final Report
12:50PM / Saturday, December 03, 2022
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BOSTON — The Commonwealth's Commission on Clean Heat, established by Governor Charlie Baker through Executive Order 596 in September 2021, issued its final recommendations and report.    According to a press release, the recommendations include the adoption of core principles and practices focused on ensuring an equitable approach to decarbonization of both existing and new buildings, including appropriate resourcing, institutional coordination and alignment; the development and implementation of a Clean Heat Standard, joint natural gas and electric system planning, and analyses of the potential impact of other associated regulatory changes; the reorganization 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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Pittsfield Green Drinks: The Green Mountains to Hudson Highlands Linkage
03:58PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Laura Marx, a Climate Solutions Scientist from The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, will speak at the November Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:00 PM on Zoom.    Marx will be talking about The Staying Connected Initiative and the cross-border effort to protect and connect wildlife habitat across the Canadian Acadian Mountains and the Northern Appalachian Mountains of New England.    Since 2013, various partners in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and Connecticut have been working on a portion of this regional wildlife corridor – the Green Mountains to Hudson Highlands (or Berkshire Wildlife) Linkage. Join

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New Waste Disposal Ban Regulations Take Effect
08:00AM / Saturday, November 05, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that new waste ban regulations that promote recycling and re-use, reduce trash disposal, and foster recycling business growth take effect November 1, 2022.    The new regulations will ban the disposal of mattresses and textiles in the trash, as well as decrease food waste from businesses and institutions. Massachusetts currently has a food waste ban on businesses disposing one ton or more per week, and these regulations lower that threshold to a half-ton per week.   The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) established a ban on disposal of food waste from businesses and institutions disposing of

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Pittsfield's New Mattress Recycling Program Mirrors State Efforts for Decreased Waste
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has a new way to get rid of mattresses after the state banned them from waste disposal starting Nov. 1.

Residents will notice a different price tag and destination for the mattress.

They will now schedule a pickup with a Fitchburg-based recycling company and pay a service fee of $55. The process will replace Pittsfield's bulky waste sticker program that costs $20 per item.  

"What we decided to do among the several different options was to partner with a company called Tough Stuff Recycling. They have a system for curbside pickup, so they'll charge a fee, it's $55, and you'll schedule with them the date and time for the

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Department of Public Utilities Approves Grid Modernization Investments
01:19PM / Saturday, October 15, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced additional efforts to modernize the electric distribution system to improve reliability and enable clean energy development through a Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Order.    The DPU order grants final approval for Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil to collectively invest over $450 million in various grid modernization technologies over a four-year term. Based on this approval, the electric distribution companies will expand the deployment of grid monitoring technologies, advanced communication technologies, and automation technologies that will modernize the state's electric power system and allow for more

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Pittsfield Awarded LAND Grant
08:26AM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
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BOSTON — During Climate week in September, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded the city $280,000 to fund the Saw Mill property acquisition.    The Baker-Polito administration announced the awarding of $12,013,525 in grant funding for park improvements and open space acquisitions in 43 communities across the state.   "Investing in these important open space projects will make Massachusetts parks more resilient to climate change, increase the availability of open space and improve access to the outdoors for people in communities across the state," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Our administration is proud to assist communities and land trusts acquire new

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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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