Berkshire Leadership Program Applications Due

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire is accepting applications for its 2022 Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP) which is now in its twenty-second year.  Only 30 candidates are selected to participate in the program each year.
 
Applications are open until Dec. 9. 
 
The application and more information about the program can be found here.
 
BLP seeks, prepares, and involves individuals from every career level who are committed to addressing community challenges and moving the Berkshires forward.  There have been more than 650 community-minded graduates of the program since its inception in 1997.
 
The program kicks off with a two-day retreat, which includes training in many facets of leadership, problem-solving techniques, and networking.  The retreat is followed by an economic development bus-tour of Berkshire County and eight weekly evening sessions on topics that define a community, including education, workforce development, government, energy, community engagement, creative economy, healthcare, and leadership.
 
"Berkshire Leadership Program was the bridge between me and the community I live and work," BLP Steering Committee Co-Chair Ricardo Morales said. "Through the program and with the professional connections I made, I can understand the opportunities and challenges in our county and know that I am prepared to take action as a leader in my community." 
 
Ricardo is the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works for the City of Pittsfield.

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State Launches Commission on Clean Heat

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation Commission on Clean Heat were sworn in, helping to advance the Commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the buildings sector. 
 
The Commission, which was created via Executive Order 596, held its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, and over the next year will advise the Administration as it works to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The Commission membership, representing a wide range of backgrounds and expertise including affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, health care and real estate, will identify policies and strategies and recommend a framework to achieve emissions reductions that is well-balanced, affordable, and equitable.
 
"This Commission brings together a diverse, experienced and thoughtful group of experts and stakeholders to help our Administration develop the policies and strategies we will need to meet the challenges associated with decarbonizing the buildings sector in Massachusetts," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The membership of the Commission on Clean Heat represents a variety of important perspectives that will be critical in the development of balanced, forward-thinking approaches to decarbonization that prioritize innovation, affordability, and equity as we make this transition."
 
Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides has appointed EEA Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions Judy Chang to serve as her designee and chair of the Commission, and its membership reflects a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds from outside stakeholders, including representatives from the fields of affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, healthcare, heating system design and technology, real estate, and heating fuel distribution.
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