We cannot speak too highly of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and its head, Jane Winn. There is no escaping the positive presence and influence BEAT has and the high regard in which it is held in the Berkshires, thanks to the seemingly inexhaustible energy of its founder, Jane Winn, and BEAT’s protean involvement in every aspect of the environment from protecting vernal pools to combating new and hazardous natural gas pipelines and unremediated industrial pollution. All the people of the Berkshires look to BEAT to keep them informed and to defend their interests as guardians of the earth and Mother Nature. No other environmental organization in the Berkshires is more in the thick of things, more willing to take on the challenges and mount the battles we must engage in as a community to move in the direction of green renewable energy and to preserve our woodlands and wilderness. As a source of information and as a network hub, BEAT is unsurpassed. In fact, it is unique. The BEAT News connects the community with every local event relating to the environment, from meetings of government commissions and regulatory bodies, to woodland hiking and birdwatching opportunities. Jane Winn is probably more informed about the broad swath of environmental issues and concerns local, statewide, as well as national, than any single individual in the Berkshires. And she spreads her knowledge far and wide, by making it a point to personally attend as many public meetings as possible where her input can help determine the most effective response to the problem at hand; and to attend hearings and comment on critical issues before the key local, state, and Federal oversight agencies. What is also remarkable about BEAT is that it coalesces seamlessly with other environmental organizations in Western Massachusetts and elsewhere and works alongside those groups in a synergy that provides a united front of extraordinary effectiveness. It is no exaggeration to say that BEAT is an indispensable part of the Berkshires. If it didn’t exist, we would have to invent it.
I have been a support of BEAT since I moved here full time in 2011. As a long time environmentalist and one of the coordinators of 350Mass-Berkshires, I have admired their work and collaboration with other local and state wide organizations. Their weekly newsletter is very informative and inclusive of all Western Mass related environmental events. I especially admire their fight against new fossil fuel infrastructure within the Berkshires. especially the CT pipeline which could evolve into a test case for amending FERC
They are a true example of acting locally and thinking globally and I am proud to be a member as well as a partner organization
As one of the coordinators of 350Ma-Berkshires I appreciate the tireless work that BEAT does to enhance and protect the environment in Berkshire County. They are active members in our organization and attend dozens of town meetings all year long to provide technical assistance on issues related to environmental regulations. BEAT staff are extremely knowledgeable on local, state, and federal regulations that effect our environment and often provide fact based testimony at important meetings and hearings.
Also, their weekly newsletter provides a great deal of information, including articles, a calendar of upcoming events, public notices, and an environmental index. They enable people who are concerned about our local environment to learn what is going on in the county.
Over many years now BEAT has been a tremendous advocate for our Berkshire communities. With amazing energy and accurate and timely information, BEAT has been educating the public on environmental issues and has been instrumental in changing public opinion.
BEAT has been a fighter for many environmental causes, such as clean water, protection of wildlife and public health. With her small but competent and dedicated staff, Jane Winn, BEAT’s Director has been tireless in pushing for environmentally sound solutions. Her efforts have greatly contributed to stop the construction of the NED pipeline system. I hope that this organization will be around to support us for a long time.
BEAT is an amazing organization. With a very small staff they have accomplished very large tasks. An example of this was being instrumental in building state wide coalitions and grass route networks of citizens that have so far successfully fought off the NE Direct gas pipeline that was slated to cross MA.
Within Berkshire County they have educated and inspired thousands to get involved in being stewards of our cherished Berkshire Environment. I have had experience with many different non-profits and know of none that have been so good at getting people involved and excited about environmental direct action stewardship. Their enthusiasm is infectious, their knowledge is priceless.
NO ONE does more for the natural and human habitat of Western Massachusetts than the good people at BEAT. Tireless and tenacious, BEAT never turns down a cause and they fight to the bitter end. BEAT has stood against GE, the EPA, Kinder Morgan, and a variety of town halls. With a budget of pennies, they've battled billions - and won!
We all benefit from BEAT's work, mostly in invisible ways. The Housatonic is cleaner, our air clearer, our roadsides prettier, and our wildlife more abundant because of BEAT's passion.
BEAT is a wonderful organization and Jane Winn herself is truly a wonder. She is extraordinarily well informed, indefatigable and passionate about the environment and all living things that live in it. She has proven herself to be an exceptional teacher, listener, organizer and leader in all that she does. I feel fortunate that Jane and the talented BEAT team exists in my community and is actively and effectively committed to the stewardship of our beautiful Berkshires. A big thankyouthankyouthankyou back at you.
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) has been a force dedicated to the advocacy and well-being of the ecological systems of Berkshire county and, arguably more importantly, how the general public regards and participates in these actions. Whether it be a relatively small-scale urban tree watering schedule or a much more involved rive clean-up project, BEAT has directed the helm to inform the public about ecological issues within their community and engaged the larger audience into action towards lasting sustainable goals. Their accessibility to the general public has been a cornerstone to their overall mission: community-based sustainability.
B.E.A.T. is an amazing organization! It was one of the first organizations to catch my eye when we moved here 2 1/2 years ago. We joined in to work on a roadside plastics cleanup in Pittsfield. It was a joint effort involving community volunteers and area businesses. Shortly after that there was a river cleanup--also in Pittsfield. Volunteers hoisted and hauled marine debris from the river, the riverbanks and the surrounding wooded areas. But that's not all that B.E.A.T. does--it's much, much more. If you're interested in helping or have a particular environmental passion I recommend going to www.thebeatnews.org. There's lots to learn and there are lots of ways to get involved! It's also really nice to be a part of the solution!
B.E.A.T. is just an amazing organization!!! From teaching small children about trees in Pittsfield's Public Housing, to bringing great speakers to Green Drinks, to informing us about what happening both locally and beyond, to being there tirelessly with answers to environmental questions, THEY DO SO MUCH! (And when Jane Winn has a spare second, she's picking up trash.)
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!