Category Archives: In The Community

Ask An Expert, Community Choice Aggregation

Melissa Carlson, from Roctricity, will be at the ColorBrightonGreen table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1-4 PM. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is located at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton. Have you heard about Community Choice Aggregation and how it is bringing carbon-free electricity to residents and small businesses in participating cities, towns, and villages? This program is already up and running in the Town of Geneva and will be available to residents and small businesses in several other villages and towns in the coming months.  Stop by and ask if your community is participating and how it can green your energy supply.

Green Investing Presentation

On Monday, March 9, 2020 a Green Investing Presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester. Financial Planners Megan A. Rinaudo, CFP and Steven Pietricola, CIMA, CSRIC will give an introduction to responsible investing which allows investors to align their interests with their values including investing with companies with a commitment to the promotion of environmentally friendly business practices and conservation of natural resources.

Ask An Expert About Carbon-Friendly Food Gardening

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Patty Love, founder and owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center, will be at the ColorBrightonGreen table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market to answer your carbon-friendly food gardening questions. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is held at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton from 1 to 4 PM. We hope you will stop by.

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.

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.

Community Choice Aggregation Presentation March 4, 2018

Brighton Neighbors United is hosting an Adult Potluck Supper on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Brighton residents, come and share a meal with your neighbors and learn more about Community Choice Aggregation. RIT Assistant Professor Eric Hittinger will speak to “What is a CCA Anyway?”.  Those who plan on attending are asked to submit the registration form and payment ($5/person) by February 21, 2018.  If you plan to attend, print out the flyer below, complete it, and follow the instructions for submitting it.

BNU supper flyer2018

ColorBrightonGreen.org Supports 5′ Bike Lanes on East Avenue

ColorBrightonGreen.org supports transportation infrastructure that will provide safe travel for non-carbon emitting vehicles such as bicycles. There is a proposed change to the lane configuration on Route 96 (East Avenue) between E. Highland Drive and Route 31F in the towns of Brighton and Pittsford. The current configuration of Rt. 96  is a 40′ wide roadway comprised of four 10′ wide lanes. The Fall 2017 proposed New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) configuration was three 11’ wide lanes for motorized vehicles (the center lane being a turn lane), and two 3.5′ shoulders/unofficial bike lanes.

While ColorBrightonGreen.org supports the initiative of the NYSDOT to provide wider shoulders on this section of East Avenue, we don’t believe that maximizing speeds and leaving only 3.5′ wide bike lanes will protect the safety of all road users. ColorBrightonGreen and several other community groups (including Mothers Out Front, the Rochester Peoples’ Climate Coalition, and Rochester Cycling Alliance) have responded to a coordinated advocacy effort led by Robin Wilt to call for three 10′ vehicle lanes and two 5′ official bicycle lanes along this section of East Avenue. Such a configuration already exists on East Avenue at Winton Road (less than a half mile from the proposed project area).

ColorBrightonGreen.org sent written comments to the NYSDOT Project Design Engineer Daniel Schwind (Daniel.Schwind@dot.ny.gov), and to the Town of Brighton Board Members, and to other elected officials in December 2017. These letters can be seen here on our website.

Subsequent to local advocacy efforts, the NYSDOT has now proposed two 10′ vehicle lanes, one 11′ vehicle turning lane, and two 4.5′ wide shoulders that would not be official bicycle lanes. As of January 6, 2018, advocacy efforts for three 10′ wide vehicular lanes and two 5′ bicycle lanes continue.

Here are some sources of information for you to consider:  Narrower Lanes Safer Streets Article from Planet Citizen.  Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer article from World Resources Institute. Narrower Lanes Safer Streets from Research Gate.

ColorBrightonGreen.org supports Community Choice Aggregation!

Updated March 28, 2018:

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a bulk energy purchasing program intended to lower costs and transition to greater use of renewable energy for residents and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages that decide to participate.

As a member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), ColorBrightonGreen.org has committed to support this program because of the carbon cutting opportunities it offers.

Community Choice Aggregation is a program that has been advocated locally by the RPCC who has partnered with Joule Assets, whose principals helped make this program a reality in Westchester County. A local CCA has the ability to provide residents and small business electric customers a locally chosen alternative to the state-mandated utility—RG&E, National Grid, or NYSEG—for energy supply. A local CCA can represent the best interests of consumers by providing choices for lower, fixed prices and cleaner (100% renewable or 100% carbon free) energy.

In order for residents and small businesses to benefit from this program, their local government has to first pass a local law to authorize them to participate. To date, the Villages of Lima, Scottsville, and Brockport and the Towns of Geneva and Brighton have passed those local laws. In addition, the Villages of Lima and Brockport along with the Town of Geneva have advanced to the second step in making a CCA real by selecting an administrator—the team of RPCC/Joule Assets. The Town of Pittsford, potentially in collaboration with the Village of Pittsford has scheduled a CCA public meeting for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to inform residents and Town Board members about CCA and potential Administrators. At the April meeting, two potential CCA Administrator organizations (RPCC/Joule Assets and Good Energy) will give presentations about CCA and their administrative implementation plans.  Other municipal governments with an interest in CCA include the Cities of Rochester and Canandaigua, the Town of Irondequoit, and the Village of Honeoye Falls.

For more information on Community Choice Aggregation, visit the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition Website.

Color Brighton Green’s Sip ‘N Sun May 17, 2017 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Enjoy a free drink while learning how solar works in our community. You have the power to control your energy needs and make your community a greener, cleaner place to live. SunCommon is a local, employee-owned B Corp with fifteen years experience. Being  a force for good is the core of who SunCommon is and how they run their business. Come learn your solar options whether you rent or own, they have a solution for you to go solar!

  • When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
  • Where:  Zebb’s Brighton, 1890 Clinton Avenue S., Rochester, NY, 14618
  • More Info:  RSVP appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Mary Nicholas 585-265-2384 or email mary.nicholas@suncommon.com