My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM, Pittsfield, MA, USA
BEAT is at the center of much of the environmental advocacy protecting Berkshire County. They interact with the public through a regular comprehensive newsletter and monthly "Green Drinks" gatherings in various locations, plus occasional events like river cleanup days. Every environmental group in the area seems to reference them as a standard of excellence. About a year ago, Jane Winn, BEAT's director, helped me connect with other conservation organizations working in the Berkshires. As a result, I have since volunteered with the Housatonic Valley Association, Hoosic River Watershed Association, and the Hoosic River Revival Coalition. BEAT provided some of the equipment I regularly use in this work, including a camera, wading boots, and 100 foot tape measure - all important tools for doing stream survey projects. BEAT is highly respected as a keystone organization among regional environmental organizations, and is heavily relied upon for their expertise and tenacious defense of natural places. No organization I know of is more energetic or dedicated to the environment, and the Berkshires have benefited tremendously from BEAT's tireless efforts.
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