Category Archives: Speaker/Film Series

Green Investing Presentation

On Monday, March 9, 2020 a Green Investing Presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester. Financial Planners Megan A. Rinaudo, CFP and Steven Pietricola, CIMA, CSRIC will give an introduction to responsible investing which allows investors to align their interests with their values including investing with companies with a commitment to the promotion of environmentally friendly business practices and conservation of natural resources.

Ask An Expert About Carbon-Friendly Food Gardening

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Patty Love, founder and owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center, will be at the ColorBrightonGreen table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market to answer your carbon-friendly food gardening questions. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is held at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton from 1 to 4 PM. We hope you will stop by.

Carbon-Friendly Food Gardening Workshop

On Monday, April 13, 2020, Patty Love will be speaking about Carbon-friendly food gardening at the Brighton Memorial Library starting at 6:30 PM.  Have you been working on reducing your carbon footprint? Have you thought about where your food comes from? Do you know that one of the most carbon-friendly activities is growing your own food? According to Project Drawdown, 12 of the top 20 solutions are categorized as either Land Use or Food. The ethics, principles, and tools, collectively called permaculture and also known as ecological design, provide us with solutions to integrate food production into our landscape while also contributing to climate change mitigation. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use regenerative design methods to feed ourselves while also creating beautiful edible landscapes including food forest gardens, outdoor living areas, shady pockets, and traditional landscaping forms with an edible twist. We’ll also view and discuss many real life examples of edible creativity! Please join us as Patty Love, founder and owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center shares with us:

  • Terminology, ethics and principles for ecological design and permaculture;
  • A design process
  • Tools for applying permaculture/ecological design to your landscape
  • Site considerations for integrating your home into the existing landscape
  • Edible landscaping options with an emphasis on the why and how’s of food forest gardening–examples from home gardening to homesteading

Ask An Expert: Electric Vehicles

Have you been thinking of buying an electric vehicle? All-electric vehicles together with plug-in hybrids all fit into this category. Want to learn more? Click the link to take a look at a pdf file of the latest Electric Vehicle Guide and/or attend our Ask An Expert event at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, August 18th, from 9 am to 1 pm. Bob Kanauer will be our expert from 9 am to 11 am, followed by Rob Levine from 11 am to 1 pm.  We hope to see you there!

Winter Film Series 2019: Happening: ?A Clean Energy Revolution

Co-sponsored with Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Rochester

Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a personal journey across the US to meet pioneers of clean energy technology, often finding them in some very unlikely places.

  • When: Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Avenue)
  • For More Info:  Facebook Event

Color Brighton Green’s Sip ‘N Sun May 17, 2017 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Enjoy a free drink while learning how solar works in our community. You have the power to control your energy needs and make your community a greener, cleaner place to live. SunCommon is a local, employee-owned B Corp with fifteen years experience. Being  a force for good is the core of who SunCommon is and how they run their business. Come learn your solar options whether you rent or own, they have a solution for you to go solar!

  • When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
  • Where:  Zebb’s Brighton, 1890 Clinton Avenue S., Rochester, NY, 14618
  • More Info:  RSVP appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Mary Nicholas 585-265-2384 or email mary.nicholas@suncommon.com

 

Electric Car Information Session Monday, May 15, 2017 6:30 to 8:15 PM

As a kick-off the Curb Your Car Week, Kat Fisher, New York Electric Vehicle Initiative Representative for the national Sierra Club, will present EV Basics and Advocacy Opportunities. Learn why Sierra Club supports Electric Vehicles; Learn what models are available, charging options, incentives, and how to advocate for clean car policy. Check out Electric Vehicles and ask EV owners questions.  We hope you will walk, bike, or carpool to this event during Curb Your Car Week 2017!  During Curb Your Car Week, ColorBrightonGreen.org asks you to replace a single occupancy car trip by walking, biking, carpooling or telecommuting.

  • When:  Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:30 PM
  • Where:  Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Friends Learning Center.
  • More Info: info@colorbrightongreen.org  Co-sponsored by the Brighton Memorial Library, ColorBrightonGreen.org, the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, and the Sierra Club.

Greening Your Portfolio

“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

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.