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Berkshire Planning Commission Preparing for Electric Vehicle Movement
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:10AM / Sunday, March 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is preparing for the statewide and national movement toward electric vehicles.

BRPC Transportation Planner Justin Gilmore presented a Berkshire County Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan to the commission on Thursday that aims to put charging capabilities in every community.      

"The primary purpose of this plan is really just to educate and inform the reader on the current state of electric vehicles and charging station technology and certainly equip municipal officials with the information they need to start making strategic investments around charging station installation," Gilmore

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Winter Tree I.D. Walk at Springside Park
08:23AM / Monday, March 14, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. On Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will lead a winter tree identification walk at Springside Park.   Winter is an excellent time for learning tree and shrub identification. The absence of leaves allows you to take a closer look at features that often get overlooked — such as buds, bark, and tree structure. Join BEAT for this leisurely 2-mile walk. Participants will focus on trees and the attributes that help identify them during the winter and year round.    This slow-paced walk will begin at 10 a.m. and take a maximum of 2 hours. Anybody is welcome to join this walk, but the number of participants is limited.

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Experiencing Mass Audubon's Wildlife Sanctuaries
04:01PM / Wednesday, March 09, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Zach Adams, full-time Teacher Naturalist for Mass Audubon in the Berkshires, will speak at the March Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 PM.     Adams will talk about mindfully and respectfully experiencing nature, how to deepen that experience, and what goes on behind the scenes at some of the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries. He will discuss what goes on on the trails, the science, conservation, and work that goes into making the wildlife sanctuaries what they are.   Adams is a life-long naturalist who has studied throughout the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. He is a  birder, mammal tracker, mushroom collector,

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Treasurer Makes Appoint to The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
11:48AM / Wednesday, March 09, 2022
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BOSTON — Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announced that she will be appointing Nakisha Skinner to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) as of March 21.    The Massachusetts State Treasurer has sole appointment for the one commission member with a background in corporate finance and securities, for a five year term.   "I am pleased to appoint Nakisha Skinner to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission," said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. "Her experience and expertise will positively benefit the Commission and ensure the continued integrity of the gaming industry in Massachusetts."   A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Skinner most

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New License Plate to Boost Striped Bass Conservation
10:00AM / Sunday, March 06, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced Massachusetts is now offering a new specialty license plate available through the Registry of Motor Vehicles to promote conservation of striped bass.   The plate was custom designed by Cape Cod artist, Janet Biondi, and depicts a striped bass in pursuit of alewives, one of its favorite forage species. The striped bass license plate is now available to all motorists who are registering a vehicle in the Commonwealth. For motorists who already have a vehicle registered and want this new plate, they can visit Mass.Gov/myRMV to order one.   "Striped bass is the premier game fish in Massachusetts marine waters and an

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EPA Issues Final Decision on $576M Rest of River Cleanup
04:41PM / Thursday, March 03, 2022
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BOSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued its final permit decision obligating the General Electric Co. to perform a cleanup of the so-called "Rest of River" portion of the GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site.   "EPA is requiring GE to move forward with the Rest of River cleanup plan documented in the final permit," said EPA Regional Administrator David W. Cash. "The communities along the Housatonic deserve access to a river free of threats posed by PCBs, and issuing the final permit today is a big step towards that cleanup goal."   The cleanup is estimated to cost $576 million and will take approximately two to three

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EPA New England to Host Public Listening Session
04:06PM / Wednesday, February 23, 2022
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BOSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of public listening sessions on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S.    Communities (Lead Strategy), so communities and stakeholders can provide their comments on the Agency's plan. As part of this national engagement process, EPA's Region 1 will host a New England-focused listening session on March 8 at 6:00 p.m.   Ongoing exposures to lead in the environment present a health risk to too many people nationwide. Very low levels of lead in children's blood have been linked to adverse effects on intellect, concentration, and academic achievement. The

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USDA: Agriculture Counts!
By King Whetstone, Regional Director, USDA-NASS, Northeastern Regional Field Office
02:49PM / Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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  As a new year kicks off, our agency reflects on major milestones achieved during 2021. The agricultural community gained two new geospatial decision support tools, and will soon have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practice adoption motivations, farmer demographics, and agroforestry practices.   Also, throughout 2021, we conducted extensive research, development, and live tests of numerous core data collection — and dissemination-related systems. This ongoing work aims to increasingly modernize how we interact with the public, making it easier for farmers and ranchers to ensure their voice is counted and enhance access for all those seeking National

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State Names CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
12:53PM / Tuesday, February 08, 2022
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BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides announced Jennifer Daloisio has been named CEO and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).    MassCEC is dedicated to accelerating the clean energy and climate solution innovation to meet the Commonwealth's climate goals while building a nation-leading clean energy economy in Massachusetts.   "The Baker-Polito Administration continues to make significant strides in achieving Massachusetts' net zero emission goal by 2050, and MassCEC will play a critical role in our ongoing efforts to develop clean energy technologies, build local companies, and

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The Pathway to Zero Waste
01:14PM / Monday, February 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elizabeth Saunders, the Massachusetts director of Clean Water Action, will speak at the Pittsfield Green Drinks February event on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.    Elizabeth will talk about how the two ways of disposing of trash, incinerators ("Community Eco Power" in Pittsfield) and landfills, have negative consequences for public health, the environment, and justice.     Elizabeth joined the Clean Water team in January of 2001 and since then has been fighting to prevent harm to human health and the environment from toxic chemicals in our water, homes, workplaces, and communities. Her work has included leading successful

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