Berkshire president takes clean-air challenge

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Berkshire Community College President Ellen Kennedy (pictured) participated in the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge on September 12.

The Clean Air Challenge is an opportunity for Massachusetts residents to explore commuting options, learn about alternative transportation, save money, and improve air quality. Leading up to the statewide event, the Berkshire County Regional Coordinating Council is hosting the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge in recognition of the transportation options available in Berkshire County.

As part of the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge, President Kennedy rode a BRTA bus between BCC’s Main Campus and the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Pittsfield. The BRTA is a popular source of transportation for BCC students.

“I learned so much today. I learned that students can use Financial Aid to purchase their Charlie Cards. I also heard about how dependent they (students) are and appreciative they are for the BRTA and I feel good about reducing my carbon footprint,” said President Kennedy.

The Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge is an initiative of the Berkshire County Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), a group of agencies, transportation providers, and advocates working together to increase mobility and access across the County. The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge is a project of MassDOT, in collaboration with MassRIDES and MassCommute.

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