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Review for Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Pittsfield, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I rely on BEAT to keep me posted on the current status of environmental issues in Western Mass.