MCLA Green Living Seminar Series Begins Jan. 26

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's annual Green Living Seminar Series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 26 and continues through April, presenting a series of lectures on the theme of "Greening the City." 
 
Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues. The series is free and open to the public, with seminars taking place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. from Jan. 26 to April 20. Community members can find up-to-date information about the schedule at mcla.edu/greenliving
 
Presentations will also be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: 
 
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Fridays at 4 p.m. 
Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. 
Sundays at 11:30 a.m. 
Mondays at 5:30 p.m. 
 
Mark Rabinsky, Green Communities Western Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will kick off the series on Jan. 26 with a talk titled "Clean Energy Solutions For Cities And Towns: Massachusetts Green Communities Program.  
 
Future Green Living presentations include: 
 
February 2: "Sustainable Zoning and Municipal Building Decarbonization Strategies" with Kai Palmer-Dunning, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Buildings and Communities Associate 
 
February 9: "Pittsfield Grey to Green: Inclusive Planning for Environmental and Climate Justice" with Allison Egan, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Senior Planner 
                                                                                                         
February 16: "Reducing GHGs from Transportation in Massachusetts," with Katherine S. Fichter, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Assistant Secretary and Chief of Climate And Decarbonization 
 
February 23: "How and Why to Increase Plant-Based Lunch Options in Schools" with Amie Hamlin, The Coalition for Healthy School Food, Executive Director 
                      
March 2: "Community Strategies for Addressing the Plastic Pollution Crisis," with David Sayer, Beyond Plastics and Sustainable Saratoga                                                                                        
 
March 9: "Residential Landscaping to Support Pollinators" with Dr. Susannah Lerman, U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist 
 
March 23: "Public Health and Community Based Participatory Research in Urban Environmental Justice Communities" with Dr. Madeleine L. Scammell, Boston University School of Public Health, Associate Professor of Environmental Health 
 
March 30: "Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership: Sustainable Forest Management and Natural Resource-Based Economic Development in Northwestern Massachusetts" with Dr. Hank Art, Williams College Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, Emeritus, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, board chair  
 
April 6: "Carbon Farming in Urban and Suburban Areas" with Dr. Nathan Phillips, Boston University Department of Earth and Environment, Professor 
                                                                                                                          
April 13: "Williamstown Composts!: Lessons from a Community Composting Pilot Program" with Nancy Nylen and Ann McCallum of Williamstown, Mass. 
 
April 20: "Bicycling in Berkshire County: History and Future" with Nicholas Russo, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Senior Transportation Planner 
 
The 2022 Green Living Seminar Series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center. 
 
For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Professor of Environmental Studies Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.

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BFAIR Helps Place Flags on Veterans' Graves in Southview

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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"This is absolutely wonderful that we were able to get some of our people out to help with the flags," Community Based Day Services (CBDS) Assistant Director Kristin Neep said. "... A lot of people give to us and a lot of people support us in many different ways…so this means a lot."
 
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