Five Colleges Sustainability Resources
How Green is our Valley
Image captured from Google Earth, August 3, 2010.
Resources in the Pioneer Valley
- Center for Ecological TechnologyDemonstrates and promotes practical, affordable solutions to the environmental challenges encountered in our daily activities.
- Collective CopiesWorker-owned, locally-owned collective and union shop which donates 10% of their profits each year in response to requests from student/youth groups, organizations and individuals. They use recycled paper and offer a selection of tree-free alternatives.
- Common Good FinanceBased in Ashfield, MA, a democratic, community-based system that supports and empowers ordinary people to put an end to war, poverty, hunger, unemployment and global warming, before it is too late. This is not just another bank with a social mission. This is a social mission with a bank!
- Commonwealth Center for ChangeFacilitates a network of mutual support and collaboration that sustains and strengthens a dynamic creative community -- "C3 is a reflection of you, it is a collection of opportunities to meet, see, support, share resources, learn from and contribute to the direction of your community."
- Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)Strengthens local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community.
- Earth ThrivesNews and information about greening the Pioneer Valley.
- Farm to Fork: The Pioneer Valley's Local Food and Agriculture Show"Every other Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm. WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm, Valley Free Radio. Live audiostream: www.valleyfreeradio.org
- Farmers Markets in Western MassachusettsDirectory of locations, hours, etc.
- Food For Thought BooksNon-profit, workers' collective bookstore located in downtown Amherst. Offers a wide range of progressive, multicultural & radical media: critical theory & politics, queer, feminist, race & ethnicity, history & memoir, fiction & poetry, zines & comix, multicultural & progressive childrens' books, and more.
- Free Cycle AmherstFree exchange of goods, right in your neighborhood! Your trash is another person's treasure. Keep it out of the landfill!
- Going Green: The Valley Guide to an Eco-friendly LifestyleGreenfield Recorder publication
- Grease Car Vegetable Fuel SystemsProducts and services for vegetable fuel system vehicles. Based in Holyoke MA.
- Green Living JournalHeadquartered in Brattelboro, VT but covers much of the Pioneer Valley.
- HAP: The Region's Housing PartnershipThe region's housing partnership for Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts.
- Highlands Community InitiativeA group of neighbors and volunteers working to preserve and enhance the quality of life and rural character of communities in western Massachusetts.
- Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentFosters a greater awareness and understanding of our natural world and to develop environmentally literate citizens. Offers natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
- Holyoke Consumer Health LibraryProvides Holyoke residents with access to health information to empower them to better advocate for their health needs.
- Just Food NowJFN was created to share resources and ideas related to global climate change impacts on food; the effect of Peak Oil on food; the threat of Global Pandemic. We also consider how to "grow food justly” at home; on nearby farms; and in the global marketplace.
- Local GreenieFree local guide to socially responsible businesses, including green products and services, recycling, organic and fair trade foods, solar energy, hybrid cars, biodegradable products, and cooperative business practices.
- New England Small Farm InstitutePromotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.
- New England Wildflower SocietyPromotes the conservation of temperate North American flora through education, research, horticulture, habitat preservation, and advocacy. Owner of Nasami Farm in Whately, MA.
- NOFA Mass (Northeast Organic Farming Association)Non profit organization of nearly 4,000 farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment. Information about conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers and land care professionals.
- Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working GroupA regional network of member organizations and individuals working together to create a more sustainable and secure regional food system -- one that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially just and produces safe and healthful food. We w
- Northeast Sustainable Energy AssociationThe nation's leading regional membership organization promoting sustainable energy through a growing network of professionals and sustainable energy advocates committed to responsible energy.
- Nuestras RaicesA grass-roots organization that promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.
- Pedal PeopleHuman-powered delivery and hauling service
for the Northampton, Massachusetts area
- Pioneer Valley Community Supported AgricultureDirectory of farms which sell seasonal shares to community members.
- Pioneer Valley Local FirstWorks with local, independent businesses to help them do more local purchasing.
- Pioneer Valley Planning CommissionRegional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas. Increases communication, cooperation, and coordination among government agencies as well as private and civic sectors.
- Pioneer Valley Sustainability NetworkA broad-based network that builds mutually beneficial partnerships to promote a sustainable, just, regenerative future for our region. We bring our vision into being through collaborative support and action on specific projects in service to our community
- PV SquaredWorker-owned business providing turnkey renewable energy system installations at homes, businesses, municipalities and institutions.
- Ride BuzzInnovative ridesharing program
in the Pioneer Valley -- and beyond!
- River Valley MarketMember-owned natural food cooperative located in Northampton, MA. Open to all.
- Sea Change RadioWeekly radio show covering the shifts to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Nationally syndicated and podcast globally.
- Seeds of SolidarityA nonprofit organization that provides people of all ages with the inspiration and practical tools to use renewable energy and grow food in their communities. Based at Seeds of Solidarity Farm which runs on alternative energy.
- Sirius CommunityIntentional community in Shutesbury, MA which focuses on ecology and spirituality.
- Sustainability Library in Cummington, MALocated at the Creamery, open to the public 8am to 6pm every day. Read attached article
- The Vegan Bus - A Vehicle of TransformationA group of Northampton-based activists, artists and speakers traveling on a full sized school bus running on waste vegetable oil. They use art, performance, and media to increase public awareness about the connections between dietary choice, personal health, cultural ethics, and globally sustainable ecology.
- Valley Time TradeA tool for strengthening communities across diversity. One hour equals one Time Dollar – the system is based on five principles including 1. All people have assets, 2. Reciprocity makes communities stronger, 3. Interconnection – we all need each other, 4. Much work is priceless – caring for friends and loved ones for example, and 5. Respect.
- Zip Cars at UMass AmherstDaily/hourly car rental. Amherst College and Smith College have hubs.
- Zip RideCarpooling around the Valley!!!
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