Category Archives: Green Resources on the Web

Benefits of Buying Local Food

Food transportation accounts for 18% of the fossil fuel burned in the US.  By eating local, we support local farmers and reduce oil consumption.  We can ask our grocer which foods are local.  By joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), we can support local farmers by paying a yearly fee for in-season produce for the entire season.  For a complete list of Farmers’ Markets and CSA’s in our area, see nyfarmersmarket.com

ColorBrightonGreen.org is Happy to Consider Impact Earth a Partner!

Many of ColorBrightonGreen.org’s followers are interested in reducing, reusing, and recycling.  Impact Earth is too. They have been working with some of our volunteers to achieve zero waste in the Brighton Central School District.  This is now going to a whole new level and we are pleased to call them a partner in our common interests.  To find out more about Impact Earth, visit their website!IELogoWithTagWhiteCircle

 

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.

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.

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.

Composting

The original, do-it-yourself green activity. Recycle your yard and kitchen wastes and create great organic material for your garden and lawn.

You’ll keep 500-600 pounds of waste from going to the landfill each year! Organic matter does not decay in a landfill, where it produces methane, which is 20 times more warming than CO2.

Just save out fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, coffee grounds—including the paper filters, and moldy bread and make a pit or pile in a corner of your yard. Alternate with layers of dry leaves, saw dust, and any green yard waste. It will go dormant in the winter, but actively decay again when the temperature goes above 50 degrees. You can also buy composting bins that minimize odor and critter intruders, making composting easier than ever and possible in even small yards.

Sound like too much work? There is an easy way to make it happen! You can contract with Community Composting to collect your compostable waste on a regular basis with containers provided by the company. In return you can opt to receive already composted soil. The service is available in many parts of the Rochester area. If your area isn’t served yet, sign up to tell them you are interested. When enough people sign up, your neighborhood will be added to the service area!

Resources to get you started:

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

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.