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State Launches Commission on Clean Heat
02:39PM / Friday, January 21, 2022
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation Commission on Clean Heat were sworn in, helping to advance the Commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the buildings sector.    The Commission, which was created via Executive Order 596, held its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, and over the next year will advise the Administration as it works to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The Commission membership, representing a wide range of backgrounds and expertise including affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, health care and real estate, will

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MassDevelopment Awards Grant to Roots Rising
07:59AM / Friday, January 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassDevelopment has awarded a $7,500 grant to Roots Rising for the development of its new urban youth farm in Pittsfield.   Funds will support community engagement, land assessment, farm research, and business planning purposes.    The funds are awarded through MassDevelopment's special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors.   "The Commonwealth Places program is one way that we can help the vibrant centers of our cities and towns

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Pittsfield Con Comm OKs Barkerville Conservation Area Parking Lot
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
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The lack of parking sometimes means Eversource's access to its nearby substation has been blocked. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will be adding a parking lot to the Barkerville Conservation Area so that nature lovers will have better access.

Last week, the Conservation Commission approved an application for the construction of a grass-on-gravel parking lot on the property located at 320 Barker Road. The work is to occur in a riverfront area, triggering a need for approval from the commission.

"This is an important project for the city," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

"It will prove access tremendously for those

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Wildlife Tracking with Richard Greene
02:00PM / Wednesday, January 12, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Richard Greene will speak at the Pittsfield Green Drinks January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.    Greene will talk about his experience with wildlife tracking and the many places it has taken him.   Greene has studied track and sign, as well as wildlife biology, with Keeping Track, Cybertracker, and Mass Audubon's Field Naturalist Program. These interests have taken him throughout New England, Canada, and South Africa. Although Richard spends most of his time nowadays at his home in southern Berkshire County, he has also presented many talks on the use of trail cameras in wildlife study.   As part of the discussion, Greene

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MFBF Launches New Website
02:35PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has launched an enhanced version of website.   The website presents the latest news and updates about MFBF's programs and activities.    "The new website showcases MFBF's commitment to its farmer members," said MFBF President Warren Shaw. "It was built to be user-friendly with easy to find content. We hope this upgraded website will assist our membership find the information they are looking for in a timely manner."      New and updated features include: An upgraded look that is allows for uninterrupted viewing on smartphones, tablets and large projector

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Green Drinks: Looking Back/Looking Forward
04:16PM / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
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PITTSFEILD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6:00PM, as part of their monthly Pittsfield Green Drinks zoom gathering, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) invites everyone to join their staff to take a look together and discuss the organization's work of the last year and explore what comes next.    BEAT's mission is to protect the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world. BEAT's reach is broad: water quality monitoring, wildlife movement, phasing out fossil fuels.    "As of Nov. 9, BEAT officially owns our Environmental Leadership & Education Center! We are so grateful to all those who helped make this happen," Jane

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Clean-Energy Advocates Urge MassDEP to Deny Pittsfield Plant Permit
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State officials, residents, and representatives from various organizations requested Tuesday night that the permit for a power-generating facility be denied or made provisional to make way for cleaner solutions such as grid energy storage.

About two dozen people attended the public hearing held virtually by the state Department of Environmental Protection for Pittsfield Generating Co.'s facility located to 235 Merrill Road. The company is seeking an Air Quality Operating Permit.

A draft permit was issued on Nov. 17 and if approved, it would renew operations for five years.

"Clearly this is the moment we need to be acting as robustly as possible in kind

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Berkshire County Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Conservation District received grant funding to address the decline of native pollinators and their host plants across all landscapes.   The funding comes from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. The funds will help the district continue its commitment to conservation and sustainability in the community.     This funding will enable the district to launch a new program to support habitats, including pollinator plantings and to increase the number of Berkshire communities adopting

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18 Berkshire Communities Receive Recycling Grants
12:26PM / Wednesday, November 17, 2021
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BOSTON — To mark America Recycles Day, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.1 million in grant funding to 268 municipalities and regional solid waste districts across the Commonwealth.    The grants, made available through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), will help municipalities and solid waste districts maximize recycling, composting, and waste reduction programs.   "Communities across the Commonwealth are committed to recycling as a way to protect our environment and the public health," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Funding from the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program will aid municipalities' efforts to implement

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