Category Archives: In The Community

RYCL’s Youth Climate Summit

The Rochester Youth Climate Leaders (RYCL) are planning a day of interactive workshops, presentations, planning sessions, and learning. RYCL is looking for teams of students and faculty advisors from area schools and universities. Each team will ideally have 4-5 students with one faculty advisor. Schools may send multiple teams. This is an opportunity for youth leaders to join together to address climate change and take action.

When:  Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm. Morning snack and lunch will be provided.

Where:  The Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

More Information:  Contact Terry Smith at tsmith@harleyschool.org to register your school’s team. You can also reach her at (585) 509-2745. This is a free event sponsored by the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders. To see more details about the schedule and workshop offerings for the event, please visit rycl.tk.

Sign the Petition to Ban Styrofoam in Monroe County, New York

The local chapter of the Sierra Club has started a petition on change.org to ban styrofoam in Monroe County. Despite the little 6 found on the bottom of most Styrofoam products, Styrofoam is virtually impossible to recycle. In Monroe County, Styrofoam is not accepted at curbside pick-up. Persistent individuals aiming to recycle packing Styrofoam can deliver it to the Monroe County EcoPark near the airport, but single-use food containers remain unrecyclable. According to the EcoPark’s website: “Styrofoam meat trays, egg cartons, coffee cups, takeout containers or other small post-consumer items have no local recycling option and should be placed in your trash.” This is partially because Styrofoam breaks down so easily that, if someone tried to clean it, all they would get is a mess of tiny beads.

Styrofoam is made of fossil fuels and other chemicals. Buying it supports an industry that contributes to climate change.

This is an opportunity to make a significant difference at the local level. In 2014, Albany County enacted a Styrofoam ban. It is long overdue for Monroe County. If you are a registered voter in Monroe County, please consider signing the petition and please make sure to include your address; if local lawmakers do not think that their constituents care about this, then neither will they. Lastly, please consider personally contacting your representative in the Monroe County Legislature.
To read the specific text of Albany County’s ban, please use this link.

Repairing the Planet, Starting in the Flower City

The time to stop climate change is short. This program on transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy will offer hope about work that is being done locally, a way to connect with others, and an opportunity to learn about policy issues. Panelists: Dr. Susan Spencer, President and Founder, ROCSPOT (Rochester Solar Power Organizational Team); Vanessa Rule, President and Co-Founder and Organizing Director, Mothers Out Front; Mark Dunlea, President and Founder, Green Education and Legal Fund. Moderator: Scott Fybush, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Rochester Section.

  • When: Wednesday, April 6, 7 PM
  • Where: Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY
  • More info: Register on the Event Web Page

Solarize the Flower City Kick-Off Celebration

Solarize the Flower City 2016 will kick off with a launch event, where local and state leaders will come together to celebrate with ROCSPOT, partners, and the local community. Solarize the Flower City 2016 will be selecting designated solar installers using a thorough pre-qualification process. Residents and businesses in the City of Rochester and the Towns of Brighton and Irondequoit who sign up for solar installations by September 15, 2016, will be able to take advantage of group rates below market prices. The more customers who sign up, the lower the price will be for everyone. Solarize the Flower City 2016 is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative as well as the City of Rochester, through the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Five Cities Energy Plan program. ColorBrightonGreen.org will be coordinating with ROCSPOT and the Town of Brighton to host information meetings in April. ColorBrightonGreen will be contacting people who have already indicated an interest in solar panels with details, and announcing the dates and places in our April e-news and on our website. Meanwhile, if you are not already on our list of people interested in solar, contact us via e-mail.

  • When: Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2:00 to 3:30 PM
  • Where: Rochester City Hall Atrium
  • More info: dr.susanspencer@rocspot.org or info@colorbrightongreen.org

New York State Legislative Approaches To Fight Climate Change

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metro Area (LWV-RMA). Carole Camp, member of the Citizens Climate Lobby, will discuss A8372, the bill proposing a carbon tax in New York. Sue Hughes-Smith, lecturer at RIT, will discuss A7497, the bill to require 100% clean energy by 2030. Barbara Grosh, member of LWV-RMA and Mothers Out Front, will discuss A7625, the bill relating to financial surety for major facilities, vessels, and railroads (Bakken oil). Melissa Peterson, member of Mothers Out Front, will discuss A8011, the bill to require divesting the State’s public pension funds from fossil fuel companies. Katherine Smith, member of the LWV-RMA will moderate this event.

  • When: Monday, February 22, 2016, 7 PM.
  • Where: Brighton Town Hall Auditorium; 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14618
  • More info: To register for this event, go to the League of Women Voters registration page or call 585-262-3730.

Native Americans, The First Conservationists

Sponsored by the Genesee Valley Audubon Society. Harvey Limbeck, a volunteer at Ganondagan State Historic Site, will talk about how the Native Americans were the first conservationists, using everything in nature to make what they needed, medicines from native plants, tools or clothing.

Brookside School Redevelopment Project Community Input Meeting: Your Input Is Needed to Make this a Green Project

The Brighton Central School District is proposing to redevelop the Brookside School Complex as a K-2 school. The redevelopment is contemplating a two-story section of the building that would house classrooms for either first or second grade on the second floor. Due to community input about the need to make this redevelopment a green building, the district is beginning to consider green building design elements for this project. More community input will be needed to make this priority a reality. ColorBrightonGreen has prepared a letter to the School District asking that the redevelopment include a green design to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and to keep school operation costs low. But the support of school district taxpayers is needed. Please consider attending the community input meeting or submitting your support of green building planning to the School District in writing. Our letter to the school district is available on our website.

  • When: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Where: Brighton School District Administrative Building Board Room, 2035 Monroe Avenue, Brighton
  • More info: Brighton Central School District Website