Pittsfield: Pittsfield Rotary Club gives out awards

Ronald Latham has received the Paul Harris Award, and Joan Dimartino the Don Butler Award from the Pittsfield Rotary Club.

Latham, the executive director of the Berkshire Athenaeum, received the Paul Harris Award by vote of his peers. He was honored as a Rotarian who has performed outstanding service both to the club and the community. A club member since 1992, Latham has served as president, and currently runs the literacy initiative. The award is named after Harris, who started the Rotary organization in 1900. It is the most prestigious award that the Pittsfield Rotary Club gives out each year.

The Don Butler Award is given by the president of the club to a member of the club who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a member.

The president of the Pittsfield Rotary Foundation, Dimartino was involved in this year's Rotary Auction, the club's biggest fundraiser. She is very involved with the Rotary youth and organizing the students who come to visit the club's monthly meetings.

Berkshires: Carbone to serve on national board

Alex Carbone, executive vice president of sales for the Carbone Auto Group, has been selected by his peers to serve a three-year term on the Honda National Advisory Board.

He will represent 92 Honda dealers that are located in Zone 9, which is the New England Region. The region is made up of seven districts. Carbone's term begins in the fall.

Carbone is one of 12 dealer representatives across the country who will serve on the advisory board. He will meet monthly with representatives of each district, then represent Zone 9 at Honda's quarterly meeting with corporate executives from American Honda and Honda Japan.

Pittsfield: BMC awarded Partner for Change Award

Berkshire Medical Center has been awarded the 2013 Partner for Change Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care.

The award is one of the organization's Environmental Excellence Awards, given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

BMC and its Green Team were recognized for the hospital's commitment to incorporating green initiatives in construction projects, partnerships with local utilities to reduce energy consumption and costs and services that recycle sharps and plastics and shred and recycle paper.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston at CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability.