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
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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.
Sponsored by the Genesee Valley Audubon Society. Harvey Limbeck, a volunteer at Ganondagan State Historic Site, will talk about how the Native Americans were the first conservationists, using everything in nature to make what they needed, medicines from native plants, tools or clothing.
This is the perfect time to responsibly dispose of that old television or computer for free. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Robach and in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Sunnking.
- When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 9 AM to 1 PM.
- Where: Monroe County EcoPark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY, 14624
- More info: Senator Joe Robach’s 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
Review the ﬁndings, take the survey, and provide feedback on the vision statement. The Town of Brighton Comprehensive plan will be the Town’s “blueprint” for the next decade. While there is a distinct sustainability theme being pursued, it is important that those who support sustainable practices make their voices heard loud and clear to help set direction and priorities.
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: Brighton High School Cafeteria, 1150 S. Winton Road, Door 20
More info: Envision Brighton Website
Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy/ Planning, Tufts University and Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence sponsored by the Bruner Foundation. These speakers will set the stage for the Community Design Center’s Reshaping Rochester series by helping to answer the question, “How can we design a more equitable Rochester region?” The discussion will focus on how both sustainability and social justice can dramatically improve the quality of life for all.
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 to 9 PM
Where: Gleason Works Auditorium (1000 University Ave.), Rochester, NY
More info and ticket information: Community Design Center Website
This Genesee Land Trust (GLT) lecture, sponsored by the Penfield Library, will include a PowerPoint presentation and will feature Margaret Potter of the GLT along with Lois Danneberg and Rachel Edwards of Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care and Broccolo Garden Center, Penfield. Learn why the planting of native plants makes your life easier as a gardener and is great for wildlife! The experts will teach you. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is appreciated.
When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 to 8:30 PM
Where: Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY. Penfield library appreciates your advance registration using the link below
More info: Penfield Library
ColorBrightonGreen.org will finish up its 2016 Film Festival with the movie “Triple Divide”. This movie is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. “Its the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release. The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.
- When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30 PM
- Where: Brighton Memorial Library, Friends Learning Center, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
Easy to apply gardening and yard care methods will restore carbon to the soil – and keep it there – for healthier crops, more resilient gardens and less extreme weather. A series of short films will be shown that provide hope in the face of climate change! Additionally, a discussion will include simple actions everyone can take, starting today, to remove carbon from the atmosphere and put it in the soil where it does more good. Elizabeth Henderson, an organic farmer, published author and leader in efforts that support organic farming and Community Supported Agriculture will introduce the films and lead the discussion. The short films are: The Soil Story; The Pope and Soil Carbon—The Carbon Underground; and Soil Carbon Restoration.
- When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 PM
- Where: Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York