Category Archives: Speaker/Film Series

Greening Your Portfolio

Greening Your Portfolio, a panel discussion with professionals from local financial institutions, will help individuals 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.

When: Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York

Film Presentation and Discussion: Merchants of Doubt

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.

Climate Action at the Local, State, and Federal Levels

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.

Film Presentation:Triple Divide

ColorBrightonGreen.org 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

Film Presentation: “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives”

ColorBrightonGreen.org opens its 2016 film series with Genetic Roulette, a film by Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the world’s bestselling book on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Seeds of Deception.  Jeffrey is a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices.  New evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children.  Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.  This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against GMOs.

When:  January 6, 2016, 6:30 PM,

Where:  Brighton Memorial Library, Friends Learning Center, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester

Film and Discussion: 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.  Come view a series of short films that will give you hope in the face of climate change!  The discussion will include simple actions everyone can take, starting today, to take carbon out of the atmosphere and put it in the soil where it does more good.  Organic farmer Elizabeth Henderson will introduce the films and lead the discussion.

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

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Animal Agriculture and Greenhouse Gases

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

When and where?

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Garbage Warrior

A Film About Eco Architecture

The epic story of maverick U.S. architect Michael Reynolds fight to introduce radically sustainable housing and his triumph over bureaucracy.

When and where?

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event