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

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.

Sustainable Dairies

Dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Poor handling of manure and fertilizers can degrade local water resources. And unsustainable dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas, such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) envisions a global marketplace in which all dairy is produced as sustainably as possible. By working to engage dairy farmers, co-ops, companies and others in promoting the use of sustainable practices, WWF aims to transform the milk production industry. to learn more about their ideas for sustainable dairies, see the WWF website.

 

Project Drawdown Solution #3: Reduced Food Waste

There are numerous and varied ways to address key waste points. In lower-income countries, improving infrastructure for storage, processing, and transportation is essential. In higher-income regions, major interventions are needed at the retail and consumer levels. National food-waste targets and policies can encourage widespread change. Beyond addressing emissions, these efforts can also help to meet future food demand. Read more about what can be done to reduce food waste globally at the Project Drawdown Website.

Impact: After taking into account the adoption of plant-rich diets, if 50 percent of food waste is reduced by 2050, avoided emissions could be equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Reducing waste also avoids the deforestation for additional farmland, preventing 44.4 gigatons of additional emissions. Project Drawdown used forecasts of regional waste estimated from farm to household. This data shows that up to 35 percent of food in high-income economies is thrown out by consumers; in low-income economies, however, relatively little is wasted at the household level. For more information on this issue, visit the Project Drawdown website.

ROC EV Ride and Drive Roadshow: Henrietta Public Library

Hosted by Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator

WHAT IS THE RIDE AND DRIVE ROADSHOW?

The Ride and Drive Roadshow is your opportunity to join ROC EV in leading our community’s shift to electric vehicles. You’ll learn all about the performance, economic, and environmental benefits of electric vehicles and have your questions answered by local EV drivers. Most important, you’ll have the opportunity to test drive one of the many electric vehicles on the market today.

Throw Some Shade Tree Project

This past fall, Color Brighton Green took on the initiative to plant native trees in Brighton. We started by working with the Town of Brighton to plant 10 trees around the playgrounds at Buckland Park. This spring we hope to plant 15 trees to shade the playgrounds at French Road Elementary School. We are raising funds for this by asking residents to sponsor trees and by selling t-shirts. Every 4 t-shirts sold will be enough to buy a new tree. We hope to plant more trees every year with the funds raised. If you are interested in helping out please complete and follow the instructions on the T-shirt order form-2.