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Berkshire Athenaeum celebrates Earth Day With Computer Recycling Collection
01:27PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In observance of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, the Berkshire Athenaeum will host a computer recycling collection starting Tuesday, April 20, through Friday, April 30.   The event, that is in collaboration with Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, is part of the Dell-Reconnect residential recycling program, an initiative that works in partnership with the Goodwill.    Accepted items include monitors, scanners, computer mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, computers, hard drives, speakers, cords, and cables; television sets will not be accepted.   "Clearing your home of outdated

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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MCLA Greenhouse Showcases Campus Sustainability Efforts
08:10AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Thanks to the MCLA Dining, Facilities, and the Campus Sustainability Committee, Venable Greenhouse is now home to seedlings that will become veggies and herbs for sauces, salsas, and pickles.    When students return to campus next semester, they'll be able to try a few varieties of an "MCLA Pickle" created by MCLA Dining Executive Chef Tony Fiorentino.     According to a press release, while the greenhouse will only produce a small amount of food, it's a visible reminder of the commitment MCLA and Aramark, which holds the college dining contract, have made to sustainability on campus.    MCLA Dining staff are

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Turkey Vulture Has Landed
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:07PM / Sunday, April 04, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of all things that happened! Low and behold as I looked out on my back yard, what did I see roosting on my marble sculpture, but one very curious turkey vulture, apparently quite pleased about sitting on a large stone carving.   It brought to mind World War II, when the Third Reich launched its Operation Eagle Attack against Britain's air force. Germany had the advantage for the early part of the war, when it showed off its air supremacy in fighter planes and long-range bombers. Even at Dunkirk, the British were backed up against the North Sea and only had to wait to be slaughtered. But later on, the 1975 fictional story "The Eagle Has

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances
08:00AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Chien-fei Chen, director of education and diversity and research associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give a talk titled "Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Dr. Chen is a research associate professor and director of education and diversity program at

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Jason Seacat, professor of psychology at Western New England University, will give a talk titled "Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Seacat's major program of research explores the interplay of negative social stereotypes, stigmatization and personal health behaviors. As a social-health psychologist, he primarily

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Emissions Info Can Prompt Greener Flights
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Angela Sanguinetti, research environmental psychologist at the University of California, Davis, will give a talk titled "How Emissions Information Can Prompt Travelers to Purchase Greener Flights" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Sanguinetti earned a B.S. and M.S. in psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis, from CSU Stanislaus, and a Ph.D. in

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior
08:11AM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Christie Manning, director of sustainability at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., will give a talk titled "The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    In addition to serving as Macalester's director of sustainability, Manning is a faculty member in the department of Environmental Studies. Her co-authored

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Burnett Farm Designated As Massachusetts Century Farm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Sunday, January 31, 2021
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A bird's eye view of the farm and picture of Carrie Burnett's parents, who ran the farm as a dairy. ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 years later, Burnett Farm is still thriving under the same family and the same spirit   Carrie Burnett was surprised when a plaque showed up at her doorstep notifying her that the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the Massachusetts Grange have recognized Burnett Farm as a Century Farm.   "I forgot all about it … and then it showed up in the mail," she said.   Burnett said she was contacted by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau last year about the designation and an agent encouraged her to apply

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Massachusetts Inks Memorandum to Launch Transportation and Climate Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday hailed a step forward to combat climate change by reducing the No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program aims to reduce those emissions by 26 percent in its first decade and generate revenue that will fund climate resiliency efforts throughout the region.   The right wing Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance immediately went on the offensive, releasing a statement that claimed the multistate initiative would result in "an increase in gas prices up to 38 cents per gallon with very small emissions cuts."   TCI advocates have pegged the potential impact on

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