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Curb Your Car Week Spring 2017 Results

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.

Survey Results

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

Top savers

  • Not going somewhere you normally go: 296
  • Carpool: 138
  • Combining trips: 82
  • Biking: 45
  • Telecommuting: 24
  • Walking: 10
  • Bus: 8

Using a Clothes Line Instead of a Dryer

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).

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

 

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.

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.