Category Archives: Green Events

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

Town of Brighton Public Sustainability Workshop Session: Help Brighton Plan its Future!

Review the findings, take the survey, and provide feedback on the vision statement. The Town of Brighton Comprehensive plan will be the Town’s “blueprint” for the next decade. While there is a distinct sustainability theme being pursued, it is important that those who support sustainable practices make their voices heard loud and clear to help set direction and priorities.

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: Brighton High School Cafeteria, 1150 S. Winton Road, Door 20
More info: Envision Brighton Website

Setting the Stage, What is Equity By Design?

Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy/ Planning, Tufts University and Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence sponsored by the Bruner Foundation. These speakers will set the stage for the Community Design Center’s Reshaping Rochester series by helping to answer the question, “How can we design a more equitable Rochester region?” The discussion will focus on how both sustainability and social justice can dramatically improve the quality of life for all.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 to 9 PM
Where: Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.), Rochester, NY
More info and ticket information: Community Design Center Website

Why Native Plants?

This Genesee Land Trust (GLT) lecture, sponsored by the Penfield Library, will include a PowerPoint presentation and will feature Margaret Potter of the GLT along with Lois Danneberg and Rachel Edwards of Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care and Broccolo Garden Center, Penfield. Learn why the planting of native plants makes your life easier as a gardener and is great for wildlife! The experts will teach you. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is appreciated.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 to 8:30 PM
Where: Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY. Penfield library appreciates your advance registration using the link below
More info: Penfield Library

Film Presentation:Triple Divide will finish up its 2016 Film Festival with the movie “Triple Divide”.  This movie is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development.  “Its the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan.  Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release.  The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.

  • When:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Where:  Brighton Memorial Library, Friends Learning Center, 2300 Elmwood Avenue

How Your Yard and Garden Can Help Fight Climate Change

Easy to apply gardening and yard care methods will restore carbon to the soil – and keep it there – for healthier crops, more resilient gardens and less extreme weather. A series of short films will be shown that provide hope in the face of climate change! Additionally, a discussion will include simple actions everyone can take, starting today, to remove carbon from the atmosphere and put it in the soil where it does more good. Elizabeth Henderson, an organic farmer, published author and leader in efforts that support organic farming and Community Supported Agriculture will introduce the films and lead the discussion. The short films are: The Soil Story; The Pope and Soil Carbon—The Carbon Underground; and Soil Carbon Restoration.

  • When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Where: Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York

Opportunity to Support a Green Brookside School Development Project

ColorBrightonGreen supports a Green Redevelopment Project at the Brighton Central School District’s Brookside School.  The letter that ColorBrightonGreen is sending is included below.  If you live in the Brighton Central School District and think it is important that the building be redeveloped using methods that reduce energy usage and long term operational costs, you may want to copy and send this letter or your own letter to the Brighton Central School District as soon as possible.

Dear Superintendent McGowan, and Brighton Board of Education:

The Brookside Redevelopment Project is an exciting opportunity to create a healthier and safer space in which our children can learn, while also saving taxpayer money.

As a town, Brighton has committed to being a Climate Smart Community, and we must all act swiftly to ensure the future of our community by doing all we can to provide a safe and sustaining environment in which our children can thrive.

Therefore, the ideal school design must incorporate passive heating and cooling, and utilize green building techniques, in order to ensure: 

  • Healthier air that will support learning: Passive heating and cooling dramatically improves indoor air quality and minimizes the use of toxic building materials that off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Lower operating costs of the school: Low energy needs will save taxpayer money
  • A reduction of our carbon footprint:  Climate Change is a serious concern for the future of our children, and its our duty to protect them. A green redevelopment project will help our town to achieve its Climate Smart Community promise by reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions through minimizing the building’s energy consumption.

As was reported in the NYS Energy plan, on-site combustion (primarily for heating homes and buildings) accounts for 35% of NYS fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions. A “Passive House School” is so well insulated that energy demands for heating and cooling are reduced by 75% compared to a conventionally constructed building. Therefore, a Passive House School is a fiscally smart investment, and also the right choice for safeguarding the future of our children and demonstrating our commitment to help our community fight climate instability.

While there are many sustainable design features we would like to see incorporated in any new building, the commitment to a passive building is the top priority. Specifically, we respectfully request the Board of Education to:

  1. Direct the district architects to incorporate a Passive House approach where energy load goals would be 4.75Btu/sf/year for heating and cooling and air tightness goal would be .6 air changes/hour @50 Pa.
  2. Include the annual energy costs of any building in the planning and decision-making process
  3. Use the annual energy savings from a passive house school to pay down the construction loan

Our children need our steadfast commitment to their well-being now and in the future, and we do not have the luxury of time to waste before taking full responsibility to ensure the best future for them that we can possibly afford. I know that you are just as concerned to serve the best interests of our community as I am. Thank you in advance for your support.