Berkshire County residents are very concerned about climate change. A survey of visitors to Third Thursday events in Pittsfield (see photo) shows how much we worry and how much we care. As concerned citizens, we would like to take action and help, but often feel discouraged or overwhelmed in the face of this big challenge.
As a community, we can achieve a lot!
And this is where the Cooler Community Challenge comes in!
What is the Cooler Community Challenge?
The Cooler Community Challenge is an initiative of Living the Change Berkshires. In collaboration with Berkshire schools, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, Flying Cloud Institute, and many other companies and organizations, Living the Change invites people from all walks of life to reduce our energy use, save money, and create a cleaner and brighter future for our county, together.
For four year running, Living the Change Berkshires has been hosting a springtime Berkshire Earth Expo offering art, movies, presentations, kid's activities, discussions, a "one-stop shopping" opportunity to connect with non-profits and vendors -- all to help people make climate- and energy-smart choices.
With the Cooler Community Challenge, we took another big step forward this year: student's exhibits and vendors inspired visitors to the 2019 Expo on April 6, 2019 to pledge or take immediate actions that will save money and energy and reduce carbon pollution. They were able to book energy efficiency assessments for their home, join a community solar project, learn about special state programs for households of all levels of income and much, much more - all things that actually save money and energy right away.
These actions are currently being tracked, collated and followed up on so we can, as a community, learn just how big a collective impact we can make together. Stay tuned for more!