Many of us love our local farmers markets! Buying locally can help our environment, but maybe not for the reasons that you think. Check out this article that we found from go green.
There are numerous and varied ways to address key waste points. In lower-income countries, improving infrastructure for storage, processing, and transportation is essential. In higher-income regions, major interventions are needed at the retail and consumer levels. National food-waste targets and policies can encourage widespread change. Beyond addressing emissions, these efforts can also help to meet future food demand. Read more about what can be done to reduce food waste globally at the Project Drawdown Website.
Impact: After taking into account the adoption of plant-rich diets, if 50 percent of food waste is reduced by 2050, avoided emissions could be equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Reducing waste also avoids the deforestation for additional farmland, preventing 44.4 gigatons of additional emissions. Project Drawdown used forecasts of regional waste estimated from farm to household. This data shows that up to 35 percent of food in high-income economies is thrown out by consumers; in low-income economies, however, relatively little is wasted at the household level. For more information on this issue, visit the Project Drawdown website.
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
To learn more about how Green Schools advance education, view this article from the Center For Green Schools.
- Books and online resources from the Brighton Library
A listing of books to educate yourself about “going green” and other environmental concerns.
- Center for Environmental Initiatives
Through education, collaboration, and facilitation, CEI works with citizens, organizations, institutions, government and businesses to advance environmental sustainability, improve the water quality in the Lake Ontario Basin, and address under-attended priority issues affecting environmental quality in Upstate New York.
- US First Robotics Program In 2015 recycling is the game of choice for regional robotics competitions. Learn more by following the link.