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Why Native Plants?

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

Film Presentation:Triple Divide

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

How Your Yard and Garden Can Help Fight Climate Change

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

Film and Discussion: How Your Yard and Garden Can Help Fight Climate Change

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.  Come view a series of short films that will give you hope in the face of climate change!  The discussion will include simple actions everyone can take, starting today, to take carbon out of the atmosphere and put it in the soil where it does more good.  Organic farmer Elizabeth Henderson will introduce the films and lead the discussion.

  • When:  Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 PM
  • Where:  Brighton Memorial Library, Friends Learning Center, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY

“Call to Care” Event and Candlelight Vigil

The Christ Church youth group is teaming up with members of Rochester’s Pachamama Alliance to present a joint-led symposium that will explore how we can help others in living lives that are socially just, environmentally sustainable, and grounded in faith.  The symposium will be followed by a candlelight vigil on the church’s front lawn, which will serve as the closing ceremony for the entire 12 Days of Climate project sponsored by the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition.

  • When:  Friday, December 11, 2015; Symposium 6:30 to 9:00 PM; Vigil at 9:00 PM
  • Where:  Christ Church, 141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

Metro Justice’s 34th Annual Alternative Fair

An opportunity to align your consumer power with your values! This fair features thousands of unique fair-trade, eco-friendly, and locally produced goods.  By purchasing gifts for family and friends at the fair, you support a strong local economy and promote a just and sustainable world.

  • When:  Friday, December 11, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, December 12, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Where:  First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road
  • More Info:  Metro Justice Website

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology Fair

Come talk with experts in the home energy fields.  Learn how to switch your electric supplier to clean energy in partnership with Mothers Out Front.  Discuss energy conservation with Airtight Services.  Explore funding options with Pathstone Corp. And see a solar PV system installed as part of ROCSPOT’s Solarize Rochester campaign.  Then decide which option works best for you!

When:  Thursday, December 10, 2015, 4:00-7:00 PM

Where:  246 Castlebar Road, Rochester, NY, home of Melissa C.

New York State Residential Home Energy Improvement Programs

PathStone serves as the Community Based Organization for NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green  NY Program in the Finger Lakes area.  They offer free assistance in applying for these programs, advice on how to make your home more energy efficient, and technical knowledge to help individuals communicate with local contractors participating in these programs.  PathStone is your “Energy Coach!”  Here is a summary of the programs:

  • Home Performance with Energy Star:  Helps homeowners start saving energy with a free or reduced cost energy audit, low interest loans (3.49-3.99%), and a 10% rebate on eligible measures.
  • Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star:  Provides income eligible families with matching grants of up to $5,000, as well as a free energy audit and low interest loans.
  • EmPower New York: Offers income-eligible families and individuals Free cost-effective electric reduction measures.  Some homes may also be eligible for free heating reduction measures as well.  EmPower NY assists families and individuals who fall below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
  • NY-Sun (Solar Electric): Multifaceted approach aims to lower energy costs for all New Yorkers by increasing solar power capacity and the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid.  Public-private partnerships help make installing solar technology more affordable for all New Yorkers while scaling up New York’s solar industry.

PathStone can also offer small business owners and local governments assistance in finding the right energy efficient program to suit their needs.

More info:  To participate in these programs or for more information, contact: Scott Oliver, 400 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.  (585) 442-2030, ext. 204.  Contact by email saveenergy@pathstone.org.  Also see the Pathstone Website.

Sew Green Rochester

Some are calling the day after Thanksgiving Green Friday instead of Black Friday.  This fun green event allows participants to make their own simple gifts from rescued shop stock:  sewing, knitting, and crocheting resources.  This is a great event for all ages.

  • When:  Friday, November 27, 2015, 11 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Where:  264 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, NY
  • More Info:  See the SewGreen web page for more information