All posts by margypeet

Writing as a board member of ColorBrightonGreen.org, a community organization working to raise environmental awareness and action at the local level.

Ask An Expert: Electric Vehicles

Have you been thinking of buying an electric vehicle? All-electric vehicles together with plug-in hybrids all fit into this category. Want to learn more? Click the link to take a look at a pdf file of the latest Electric Vehicle Guide and/or attend our Ask An Expert event at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, August 18th, from 9 am to 1 pm. Bob Kanauer will be our expert from 9 am to 11 am, followed by Rob Levine from 11 am to 1 pm.  We hope to see you there!

Managing Food Waste in New York: A NYSP2I Hosted Event

What: New York is taking food waste off the menu. Why?

• It’s expensive: Food waste costs businesses nearly $2 billion in lost profits.
• It’s unnecessary: One-third of all food produced globally never gets eaten.
• It’s a missed opportunity: Organic waste is a valuable resource that could fuel a more sustainable, circular economy.
• It’s the law: Effective on January 1, 2022, New York will become the sixth state in the United States to mandate food waste from certain businesses to be diverted from landfills.

With the new law in place in NYS, there is a growing awareness of and interest in finding and developing cost-effective strategies and solutions to food waste at all levels of the value chain. Managing Food Waste in NYS: Opportunities, Innovative Technologies, and Best Practices will explore opportunities for businesses along food value chains to reduce food waste and associated costs, while making better use of organic resources and reducing their environmental footprint.

When:  Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8 am to 4 pm

Where: Rochester Institute of Technology, 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

More info: Free, See agenda and registration information on the event website.

Interfaith Climate Summit

What:  The new Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action presents its first annual Interfaith Climate Summit.  Share in interfaith prayers for Creation. Learn ways your faith community can protect Creation through workshops on food/recycling, facilities, gardens/landscaping, education/motivation, advocacy, and more. Experience the intergenerational Carbon Footprint Game.

When:  Sunday, May 19, 2019, Registration at 1:30 pm; program 2-5 pm

Where:  Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road (just north of W. Ridge Road), Rochester, NY, 14626

More Info:  The event is free. Please register in advance at www.RAICA.net Childcare available with registration. Questions? Contact Debby Kornfeld at gkornfeld@gmail.com or 269-8526.

Fundraiser: Trees For Brighton

Help ColorBrightonGreen plant trees in Brighton!

In 2018, ColorBrightonGreen, with the help of the Town of Brighton, Clean Sweep volunteers and members of the French Road Elementary school community, planted 12 trees at French Road Elementary and 7 trees at Buckland Park.

Our goal is to plant 20 more trees this year. By purchasing trees at discount prices, we can plant more trees for our money. Our cost is about $30 a tree. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to pay for this year’s trees and buy more for next year.

Please visit our GoFundMe page to contribute!

About Empty Pharmaceutical Bottles

ColorBrightonGreen will stop taking pharmaceutical bottles in mid-June, but we wanted to start providing you with more information about why you cannot put them in your curbside recycle bin and what happens to them when you take them to the Monroe County Ecopark.  Here is the story:

Let’s begin with why pill bottles are not acceptable in curbside recycling in Monroe County:
With current collection methods using compaction trucks, most are crushed and not useable. Most containers are so small they will not make it through the sorting system and end up in the trash. Additionally, most containers contain drug residue. When containers are crushed as above, this residue can become airborne and is dangerous to recycling center employees. Lastly, if these containers were to be accepted curbside, the invariable result is that drugs would be left in them – which is dangerous not only for the reasons outlined above, but with current realities regarding prescription drugs, this is an additional proactive step that can be taken to keep drugs out of the hands of people not authorized to have them.

Here’s the ecopark collection side of the story:
There are no good local reuse options for used prescription bottles because they vary greatly in shape and size and are not clean. Sorting of thousands of containers is not practical for the Monroe County Ecopark staff.

Here’s what happens to used prescription bottles that are dropped off at the Monroe County Ecopark:

It has been determined that incineration is the best method for the disposal of the pharmaceutical containers collected at the ecopark. This incineration occurs along with  pharmaceuticals that are collected from across Monroe County at Covanta Niagara facility in Niagara Falls.

From the Covanta Niagara website:
The Niagara Resource Recovery Facility, a pioneer in the modern Energy-from-Waste industry, began converting municipal solid waste into clean, renewable energy in 1980. Today, the facility uses up to 2,250 tons of waste per day as fuel to generate low-cost steam for neighboring industrial customers and electricity for the Western New York region. By providing reliable, low-cost steam to local manufacturers, Covanta Niagara allows industrial customers to remain globally cost-competitive and help retain jobs in the region. In recognition of safety and operational excellence, the facility has been designated an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Facility and achieved the International Standardization Organization’s (ISO) 14001 environmental registration. The facility also recovers ferrous (steel) and non-ferrous (aluminum) metals.

Monroe County takes very seriously its responsibility to recycling, and takes great pains to assure that everything that is collected at the ecopark has a viable end-of-life option.
For an in-depth look at the ecopark, please take a few minutes to view this Ecopark video:

2019 Eco-Fair Participants

2019 Eco-Fair participants as of June 5, 2019 are:

  • ColorBrightonGreen.org
  • Green Spark Solar
  • Braddock Bay Raptor Research
  • Monroe County Environmental Services
  • Brighton High School Climate Club
  • Rochester Minimalists and the Monroe County Buy Nothing Community
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Sierra Club, Rochester Regional Group
  • ROC Animal School
  • Norwex Sustainable Cleaning Products
  • Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action
  • Shaklee Distributor
  • Pachamama Alliance
  • Renewable Access
  • Branch Homestead
  • Eastern Service Workers Association

 

Winter Film Series 2019: Happening: ?A Clean Energy Revolution

Co-sponsored with Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Rochester

Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a personal journey across the US to meet pioneers of clean energy technology, often finding them in some very unlikely places.

  • When: Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Avenue)
  • For More Info:  Facebook Event

Curb Your Car Week Fall Edition Starts Sunday, October 7, 2018

Curb Your Car Week Fall Edition starts Sunday, October 7, 2018 and goes through Saturday, October 13. During that week we ask that for at least one trip during the week you do something other than drive alone. You can work from home, walk, bike, take the bus, carpool, or combine trips. We ask that you register your pledge and keep track of the driving miles saved. We will also contact you at the end of the week to ask you to tell us how many driving miles you saved, the miles per gallon that your vehicle gets, and where you work or go to school. We will then tally up the results and report. Spread the word, wouldn’t you like your workplace or school to get bragging rights for reducing your carbon footprint? Register here.

Project Drawdown Solution #4: Plant Rich Diet

Plant-rich diets reduce emissions and also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved.
As Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has said, making the transition to a plant-based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change.