Category Archives: In The Community

Film Presentation of Seed, The Untold Story

Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. See the film about this remarkable story.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 PM
  • Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
  • More Info and tickets:  Call the Friends of Ganondagan at 585-742-1690. Film website.

ROCWorthy Earth Fest

The ROCWorthy Earth Fest is a celebration of sustainability and ecologically sound living. Come learn from different local businesses and nonprofits who are pioneering the movement locally for a more low impact life in Rochester.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: 571 South Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14607
  • More Info:  Event Facebook Page. Hosted by Impact Earth, Inc, Suncommon New York, and Abundance Food Co-op.

Rochester March for Science and Science Expo

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact responsible evidence–based policies in the public interest. Marchers will gather at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square at 9:30 AM on April 22nd.
At 10:30 AM, we will begin marching towards the Hyatt Regency. Upon arriving at the Hyatt, you are cordially invited to attend the first Rochester Science Expo.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 AM
  • Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square and Hyatt Hotel, 125 East Main Street, Rochester
  • More Info and RSVP:  Event Website

Sierra Club Annual Environmental Forum: Intersectionality and Building a Strong Climate Movement

This year the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is bringing a distinguished advocate for environmental justice to Rochester. He is Aaron Mair, the President of the Sierra Club and a powerful speaker that can inspire our community.

  • When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6 to 9 PM
  • Where: New Bethel CME Church, 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605
  • More Info:  Sierra Club Newsletter;  email

SunCommon Sip-n-Sun

Join SunCommon New York for a Sip n’ Sun at Zebb’s in Brighton. Enjoy a drink on us and learn about affordable solar in Rochester. Contact Mary for more information or to RSVP.

When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Where:  Zebbs Deluxe Grill and Bar, 2890 S. Clinton Avenue, Brighton, NY

More Info:  email or call (585-820-9941) Mary Nichols or visit the SunCommon website.

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