If you are interested in sustainability and in strengthening community you are invited to become a local part of a rapidly growing national and international movement. The Buy Nothing project seeks to create neighborhood gift economies, supporting the environment and strengthening person–to–person connections in the process.
Buy Nothing participants use Facebook to share items, services, and time with their neighbors. For example, if you have some well–loved but no–longer–needed dishes, you might offer these up. If you need to borrow an inflatable mattress for a guest, you might ask to borrow one. If you would like an occasional canine companion, you might ask if there’s someone whose dog would like to be walked. If you have a snowblower and are willing to use it to dig out a neighbor, you could let the group know. Buy Nothing groups are “hyperlocal”, meaning that everyone you will interact with will live near you. In this way, Buy Nothing interactions become community–enhancers as well. People who have gotten to know each other through Buy Nothing groups have formed walking groups, clubs, and cancer support groups. We are bringing back real Neighborhoods.
There are now six Buy Nothing groups in the Rochester area, and they are getting attention. Check out the recent Democrat and Chronicle article. Stay tuned for a ColorBrightonGreen fall event to promote the Buy Nothing Program. Meanwhile, if you’d like to join a Buy Nothing group, see if your home is within the confines of one of the following existing groups or explore how you can create a new group:
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a bulk energy purchasing program intended to lower costs and transition to greater use of renewable energy for residents and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages that decide to participate.
As a member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), ColorBrightonGreen.org has committed to support this program because of the carbon cutting opportunities it offers.
Community Choice Aggregation is a program initiated by the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition in partnership with Joule Assets, who made this program a reality in Westchester County. A local CCA will provide residents and small business electric customers a locally chosen alternative to the state-mandated utility—RG&E, National Grid, or NYSEG—for energy supply. A local CCA represents the best interests of consumers by providing choices for lower, fixed prices and cleaner energy.
In order for residents and small businesses to benefit from this program, their local government has to pass a local law to participate. To date, the Villages of Lima and Scottsville, and the Town of Geneva have passed those local laws and the Village of Brockport is expected to pass it at a meeting on October 2, 2017. The Town of Brighton has held a public hearing for the CCA local laws and is in the process of revising the local law before acting on it at a time to be determined. The City of Rochester has indicated an interest in moving forward with Community Choice Aggregation. Other communities in our region are also considering joining the CCA program.
For more information on Community Choice Aggregation, visit the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition Website.
Buy Nothing Groups are being organized throughout the greater Rochester area. Group members trade goods and services, lend each other equipment, and give away surplus items to other neighbors who need them. To find a group in your neighborhood, search “buy nothing group rochester ny.”
The Spring 2017 Curb Your Car Week event took place the week of May 14-20, 2017. During that week 74 residents from the Rochester region registered their pledge to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus for at least a day as an alternative to driving their car.
70 registered participants, 23 reporting their results
- Total miles saved: 1,586
- Gallons Saved: 47.55 gallons (based on individual MPG)
- Pounds of CO2 saved: 951 (based on 20 lbs per gallon)
Miles saved per activity
- Biking: 250
- Carpooling: 468
- Not going somewhere you normally go: 399
- Combining trips: 292
- Bus: 8
- Walking: 73
- Telecommuting: 76
- Other: 20
- Not going somewhere you normally go: 296
- Carpool: 138
- Combining trips: 82
- Biking: 45
- Telecommuting: 24
- Walking: 10
- Bus: 8
Our clothes dryers are the third biggest energy gobblers in our homes (after the furnace and hot water heater). Hanging some or all of our wash on an indoor or outdoor line is good exercise. Every dryer load skipped saves as much energy (and emissions) as not driving 5 miles in a conventional car. If you need to use a clothes dryer, do it in the off-peak demand hours (Monday-Friday 9 PM to 7 AM, or on weekends).
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com Co-sponsored by the Brighton Memorial Library, ColorBrightonGreen.org, the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, and the Sierra Club.
March right here at home in solidarity with the marchers in Washington D.C. Join with environmental movements nationwide, converging in DC and in satellite localities all over the country to make a powerful statement on Climate Change. Table displays, activities, speakers and more. This will be a family–friendly march and rally to highlight the need for changes in our government to protect our world for future generations.
- When: Saturday, April 29, 11 AM March through downtown; Rally at noon.
- Where: March Start at Rochester City Hall. Rally in Washington Square Park.
- More Info: Co-sponsored by People’s Climate Movement Rochester, Action Together Rochester, and Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. See People’s Climate Movement Facebook Page