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June 26, 2013
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June 26, 2013
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I have been working with Jane Winn (and other partners) to present a series of workshops to help municipalities improve their stream crossings for wildlife and public safety. Jane brought a depth of knowledge, passion and commitment, and lots of enthusiasm to our project. She is tireless and a pleasure to work with. I would love to collaborate with Jane and BEAT again - this is a small group that has a big impact. Jane loves her part of Massachusetts, and fights fiercely (but always with kindness) to protect and improve its natural resources.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help her grow so she can hire the additional staff she needs

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 20, 2012
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May 20, 2012
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The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) has been an active and vitally important part of the environmental community here in Berkshire County for many years now. If there is a concern in the community about some environmental issue or threat, BEAT can be counted on to become involved, either as the leader spearheading an effort, or as a supporting partner that knows how to work collaboratively with other groups. One of the things I appreciate most about BEAT is it's ability and willingness to not only identify the needs of our local environment, and of the environmentally-minded community, but to then step in to do what's necessary to meet those needs. For instance, BEAT recognized the need for communication between like-minded environmental groups and individuals and stepped in and created what has essentially become a clearinghouse of What's Going On among our local environmental groups. With both a website and regular eNewsletter, BEAT has become the group that all others use as a liaison for information about upcoming events, as well as updates on current environmental issues in our community. BEAT has also become one of the important contacts that individuals in the community think of when they observe environmental threats, like when a neon green liquid was seen entering the main river in town, BEAT was who they contacted, and BEAT was who followed up on what was happening and made sure the polluting was stopped. BEAT has been monitoring the cleanup of PCBs from that same river for many years and has done an amazing job at staying on top of what is a very complex and complicated situation. BEAT does not hesitate when it comes to advocating for our environment, even when the offender is a gigantic corporation (GE) and has the room stocked with lawyers. BEAT trains community members to become citizen scientists, and coordinates regular river cleanups in which anyone and everyone can participate. I can't speak highly enough about the members of BEAT and how important BEAT has become to maintaining a healthy environment here in western Massachusetts. THANK YOU, BEAT!! :)

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 15, 2010
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April 15, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I rely on the BEAT News as a comprehensive and up-to-date source of info on all things environmental and nature-related issues and events in the Berkshires and surrounding regions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing an environmental presence and conscience

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 14, 2010
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April 14, 2010
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This grassroots organization, run on a shoestring budget, provides valuable information and acts as a clearinghouse for all environmental topics in Western Massachusetts and beyond. It can always be counted on to have the most current information, encourages public participation, and investigates and follows up on issues important to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the response from public officials to BEAT's reporting and public awareness of Berkshire County Environmental issues. This area is heavily impacted by toxic PCB's, and BEAT has stayed on GE,local and federal officials to make sure they are accountable.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the concept to other areas, especially those that are affected by environmental justice issues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge that BEAT has done such an effective job promoting environmental awareness in our community. They tackle many issues, from airport expansion to flooding to toxic waste. They help other non-profits with publicity and offer public workshops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated! Run by one person and an intern, this organization distributes weekly updates to all who wish to subscribe to their e-mail lists- at no cost to subscribers! They also assist other non-profits, offer workshops and help monitor wildlife.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide many local BEATs. It could expand the well attended public programs, where people learn citizen behavior that helps preserve wildlife and leads to environmental action.

Ways to make it better...

we could clone BEAT!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growth and fundraising. The service they offer is much needed, but the micro staffing and costs associated will be a challenge.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Last week, alert BEAT staff and volunteers (checking after the floods)prevented a human and environmental disaster when they discovered a washed out train trestle. They were able to stop a freight train from landing in the Housatonic river.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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