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People’s Climate Movement Local Rally

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

Brighton Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Here is your chance to get rid of old, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Flushing unused or expired drugs can actually lead to contamination of the water supply and end up back in your home. Proper disposal of unused and expired medicines left in your home means you know for sure that you’re doing your part to keep yourself and the environment safe. Leave all drugs in their original containers (black out patient’s name); Drive to the Brighton Town Hall and enter the Police Department driveway; Follow the signs, and hand your items to one of the collectors; Drive out, exiting from Brighton Library driveway. You will not need to leave your car and there are no forms to complete.

  • When: Saturday,  April 29, 10 AM to 2 PM.
  • Where:  Brighton Town Hall Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY.
  • More Info:  Contact Town Councilwoman Louise Novros if you have any questions at 244-3533 or louise.novros@townofbrighton.org

2017 People’s Climate Mobilization March — Rochester Bus to DC

Charter Buses for the People’s Climate Mobilization March, Rochester to DC. Join us in Washington, DC to stand up for our communities and our climate. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) is sponsoring two 56-seat buses for roundtrip travel to this critical event in Washington DC on April 29, 2017.
The March is free, but the bus trip is not.

  • When: Saturday,  April 29, 1 AM to Sunday, April 30, 1 AM (these times are subject to change)
  • Where:  Options explained on the event website.
  • More Info:  Event Website

Film Presentation of Seed, The Untold Story

Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. See the film about this remarkable story.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 PM
  • Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
  • More Info and tickets:  Call the Friends of Ganondagan at 585-742-1690. Film website.

ROCWorthy Earth Fest

The ROCWorthy Earth Fest is a celebration of sustainability and ecologically sound living. Come learn from different local businesses and nonprofits who are pioneering the movement locally for a more low impact life in Rochester.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: 571 South Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14607
  • More Info:  Event Facebook Page. Hosted by Impact Earth, Inc, Suncommon New York, and Abundance Food Co-op.

Rochester March for Science and Science Expo

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact responsible evidence–based policies in the public interest. Marchers will gather at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square at 9:30 AM on April 22nd.
At 10:30 AM, we will begin marching towards the Hyatt Regency. Upon arriving at the Hyatt, you are cordially invited to attend the first Rochester Science Expo.

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 AM
  • Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square and Hyatt Hotel, 125 East Main Street, Rochester
  • More Info and RSVP:  Event Website

Sierra Club Annual Environmental Forum: Intersectionality and Building a Strong Climate Movement

This year the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is bringing a distinguished advocate for environmental justice to Rochester. He is Aaron Mair, the President of the Sierra Club and a powerful speaker that can inspire our community.

  • When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6 to 9 PM
  • Where: New Bethel CME Church, 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605
  • More Info:  Sierra Club Newsletter;  email

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

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.

Ideas for Greening Your Yard to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Did you ever think about landscaping your yard to minimize your carbon footprint? Maybe you’ll choose plantings that allow you to get rid of your lawnmower. Perhaps you can do without fertilizer. This article from the National Wildlife Federation gives you 6 options to modify your yard. In addition to the tips given in the article, you need to be aware of regulations provided by your local government.

What You Need To Know About Local Government (City, Town, Village) Landscaping Regulations

1. The Public Right of Way:

  • Find out where the public right of way is in your yard and what landscaping is allowed in that public right of way. In the Town of Brighton, call the Highway Department at 784-5280 to get this information.
  • Be prepared to learn that the public right of way might extend 20 feet or more into your yard. The extent of the right of way depends on many factors including the width of your street, when your street and utility lines were built, and if your road is straight, curved, or on a corner.
  • Landscaping regulations within the public right of way are meant to protect the underground utility lines and provide easy access for local government to make repairs.
    Some plantings and landscape features may not be allowed in the public right of way at all.
  • Trees and shrubs that have long roots are often unacceptable in the public right of way because they could cause breakage of utility lines embedded underground. Also, large boulders may be too big for local governments to move if they need to dig to repair underground utility lines.
  • You may need a permit from your local government for any landscaping in the public right of way.

2. Visibility of Vehicles and Pedestrians at Driveway/Street Intersections:

  • Most local governments regulate landscaping on private property to ensure good sight distance for drivers and pedestrians when vehicles are moving between private driveways and public roads. Check with your local government (in Brighton, the Highway Department) to see what you need to do to ensure good visibility to keep people safe.
  • In the Town of Brighton, vegetation within the public right of way and areas critical to good sight distance cannot be any taller than 30 inches. The height limit varies by local government.

3. Does That Tree in your Front Yard Belong to You or to the Local Government?

  • Many local governments, including the Town of Brighton, have ordinances meant to protect trees.
  • In the case of the Town of Brighton, most trees within the public right-of-way belong to the Town of Brighton, not to the homeowner. Those trees cannot be cut down by the homeowner.
  • Trees within the public right-of-way and taller than 30 inches in height must be trimmed so that branches and foliage are removed to a height of six feet above grade so that clear vision is maintained. You should check with your local government regarding responsibilities for maintaining trees within the public right of way.
  • If you are thinking of planting a tree in the front yard, you should contact your local government. They can determine if the location is within the public right of way, or a critical vision area and if it is allowed.

Don’t hesitate to call your local government to ask for their assistance in providing information you need to reduce your carbon footprint.