BCC's Green Team coordinates efforts to reduce the College's carbon footprint, maintain
sustainable practices, seek funding to carry out initiatives, and coordinate these
efforts with other colleges and institutions. Green Team members include faculty,
staff, students, alumni, and some members of the community. The Green Team meets monthly,
and all are welcome to join!
Berkshire Community College has a goal of Zero Waste by the end of 2020. This involves long-term planning of campus activities, practices and policies which
reduce the amount of waste materials going into the landfill. One of the ways we measure
our progress is by participating in the annual Recyclemania contest, through which we've calculated that our current waste diversion rate is 84%. This means about four-fifths of our waste is being diverted from trash through re-use,
recycling, and composting.
Questions or concerns?
Email: Laura Saldarini, BCC Green Team Co-Chair
Email: Christian Tenczar, BCC Green Team Co-Chair
What items are compostable?
Every container, wrapper and utensil in the BCC cafeteria is made of special compostable
material (except branded item containers, such as chip bags and Pepsi cups)! Restroom paper towels are also compostable. Please place ALL food waste and cafeteria containers, cups, wrappers and utensils
in the compost waste bins, and toss used paper towels in the small black compost bins
by the restroom doors. Every item composted helps us protect the environment.
What items are recyclable?
All branded plastic containers (such as soda and water bottles), metal cans, and other
items on which you find a recycling symbol should be deposited in the plastic recycling
receptacles. Paper is deposited in the separate paper receptacle.
With everyone's help, we could be the first college to no longer use large trash dumpsters!
Your participation is essential in helping the College reach this goal. For waste reduction tips, visit The Center for EcoTechnology.
BCC Main Campus
Each spring the BCC community is excited to get outside and bring our Main campus
back to life after another long winter! Our facilities folks lead the charge and provide
rakes, shovels, gloves and encouragement.
At the 2018 annual Green Team FORUM, the Green Team was honored to receive the Alan Silverstein & Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership through the Center for EcoTechnolog (CET). According to the CET website, this annual award is presented " to a local citizen
who is working in his or her community to benefit the local environment — with a focus
on reducing the harmful impacts humans can have on the environment — and the positive
steps people can take at home, work and in their communities that help protect the
environment, improve public health and build community."