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Mayor Tom Bernard on the Bright Future of North Adams

Thomas Bernard has a long history in the Berkshires. Born in raised in North Adams, he graduated from Williams College and has worked at Mass MoCA, MCLA, and is currently the Director of Special Projects at Smith College. He was elected mayor of North Adams in November 2017, adding this… Continue reading »

Peter Kelly-Detwiler ’83 on the Transformation of the Energy Market

Don Carlson with Peter Kelly-Detwiler Energy expert Peter Kelly-Detwiler’s (’83) Log Lunch talk centered on the rapid changes occurring in electricity and transportation sectors. As renewable electricity resources and energy storage become increasingly cost-effective, the electricity sector begins to become greener. At the same time, our transportation sector is… Continue reading »

Jenny Hansell on the Berkshire High Road

At last week’s Log Lunch, Jenny Hansell, President of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, gave a talk on her work at the BNRC. The BNRC is a land trust, conserving parcels of land through trail-making and also providing human access to the wild. In particular, the BNRC is working… Continue reading »

Tessa Kelly: The Mastheads Project

Last Log Lunch, architect Tessa Kelly ’07 spoke about her ongoing project in her hometown, Pittsfield. She is working with students in Sarah Gardner’s Environmental Planning senior seminar to design a park in the west side of Pittsfield. This is a historically black neighborhood with culture that isn’t reflected in… Continue reading »

Cedar Blazek ’13: Creating Better Buildings

Cedar Blazek ’13 gave a talk at Log Lunch last Friday about why energy efficiency in buildings matters. Buildings use 40% of the country’s energy, and while advances have been made in renewable energy sources to power large buildings, it is more logical to think about ways of reducing energy… Continue reading »

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Status of Climate Change Lawsuits

Students Nikolai Christoffersen and Jane Tekin with Elena Mihaly At the last Log Lunch, Elena Mihaly, a Staff Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, gave a talk on the realm of environmental law. “In the last decade, the number of climate change lawsuits has skyrocketed,” Elena said. There are… Continue reading »

The Berkshire Bioblitz

On the second Log Lunch of the academic year, Drew Jones of Hopkins Memorial Forest introduced the event that would be happening there the coming weekend: the Berkshire Bioblitz. (from left) Drew Jones, David McGowan, Elizabeth Orenstein, Eric Doucette Eric Doucette of MCLA,  Elizabeth Orenstein of the Berkshire Environmental… Continue reading »