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.
“Green Investing” to most people still means divestment — selling stock in companies that produce fossil fuels, especially coal, the worst for climate change. However, there are now more options to put money into companies making products or services that reduce climate change such as, solar- or wind-power producers, companies that do carbon trading or energy- efficiency management, and manufacturers of emission-cutting devices and systems.
Join us for a conversation on Green Investing with a panel of professionals from local financial institutions. Participants will learn how to invest successfully while still supporting companies with ‘green’ business practices, such as clean energy, reducing climate change, fossil fuel-free and other sustainable efforts. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of climate change risks and opportunities, potential investment upsides or downsides, and the increasing variety of green-focused offerings.
Anticipated panelists include:
- Thomas W. Benner, Vice President, investment and Financial Planning Officer of Canandaigua National Bank.
- Randell J. Ogden, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor of Sage, Rutty & Company, Inc.
- Zachary T. Armstrong, Financial Advisor of Sage, Rutty & Company, Inc.
When: Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York
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
The exhibitors scheduled to participate include the following:
- Animal Rights Rochester
- Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
- Wildlife Educators Coalition
- Branch Homestead
- ACES Energy
- Delta Environmental
- Monroe County Vote for Animals
- Braddock Bay Raptor Research
- Monroe County Stormwater Coalition
- Rochester Area Vegan Society
- Circuit Breaker Labs
- Genesee Land Trust
- Sun Common
- Rochester Youth Climate Leaders
- Rochester Museum and Science Center
- French Road Elementary School Treehuggers
- Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group
- Student Projects
- Citizens Climate Lobby
- Worm Composting
- PathStone Corporation
- Pep Enterprises
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
There will be live music, local beer, and real farmers at this event!
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 2-5 PM
Where: M Body Gym, 1048 University Avenue, Rochester, NY
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, ColorBrightonGreen.org in collaboration with the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition are co-sponsoring the screening of the film Merchants of Doubt. The film will be shown at the Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver–tongued pundits–for–hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities—yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well–studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Check out the movie trailer at the film’s website for a preview.
A discussion of the film with particular emphasis on the doubt that has been spread about climate change will follow the film presentation.
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.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:30 PM, Brighton Memorial Library.
There are currently actions that can be taken at the local and State level to fight climate change, and there is a need to coalesce people to lobby for carbon fee and dividend at the federal level. Representatives of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition will be presenting information on Community Choice Aggregation, the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act, and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby proposal for carbon fee and dividend. There will be a presentation and discussion on each of these topics. Efforts are already under way to create a Community Choice Aggregation program in the Rochester metropolitan area. This is very exciting because it would result in a lower fixed-rate for electricity for residents and small business in participating municipalities, and a mechanism to grow our local renewable energy supply.
The Spring 2016 Curb Your Car Week event took place the week of May 15-21, 2016. During that week, 39 residents from Brighton and Rochester registered their pledge to walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus for at least a day as an alternative to drive their car.
(39 registered participants, 25 reporting their results so far)
- Total miles saved: 1,654
- Gallons Saved: 55 (based on individual mpg)
- Pounds of CO2 saved: 1,039
Miles Saved Per Activity:
- Biking: 588 miles
- Carpooling: 415 miles
- Not going somewhere you normally go: 230 miles
- Combining trips: 190 miles
- Walking: 110 miles
- Bus: 87 miles
- Telecommute: 34 miles