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BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM
April 15, 2010

BEAT does a lot of good work, from birddogging city government to sponsoring Green Drinks, river cleanups, and classes on topics like vernal pool certification and culvert monitoring to help keep the public involved in all sorts of environmental issues. They also send out a regular email to update the public on environmental happenings around the city, the county, and beyond. I've enjoyed sharing in many of the efforts they organize.

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

a cleaner Housatonic river environment.

Ways to make it better...

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

probably go crazy from writing the grant proposals and going to all the state environmental commissions. I don't know how Jane does it.

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

it brings together a varied group of committed people who I wouldn't have met otherwise. And they find interesting and fulfilling projects to tackle.

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

Laid back and fun to work with, but quite well organized.

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

do a lot of work on mitigating damage to the river done by on-the-cheap development.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't sometimes have scheduling conflicts with Green Drinks.

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

their low budget and small staff.

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

I'm looking forward to their next project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped clean up several sections of the Housatonic river, measured a number of culverts, helped certify a couple vernal pools, and have networked with other environmentally interested people through Green Drinks.