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No Mow May – Let Your Lawn Go Wild!


Are you looking for a way to bring more life to your yard this spring? Look no further than No Mow May! This movement encourages homeowners to let their lawns go wild for the entire month of May. By skipping your regular mowing routine, you can give native plants and pollinators a chance to thrive. Read on to learn more about how you can join the No Mow May movement and embrace the wild side of your lawn!

Get Ready to Embrace the Wild Side of Your Lawn!

Are you tired of the same old routine of mowing your lawn every week? No Mow May is the perfect opportunity to mix things up and embrace the natural beauty of your yard. By letting your grass grow wild, you can create a haven for native plants, insects, and other wildlife. Plus, you’ll have more time to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sun.

To prepare for No Mow May, you’ll need to adjust your mindset and your tools. Start by letting go of the idea that a perfectly manicured lawn is the only way to have a beautiful yard. Look at your lawn as a canvas for nature to paint on, rather than a chore to conquer. You’ll also need to adjust your mower blades to the highest setting to avoid accidentally trimming any emerging wildflowers or other plants.

Join the No Mow May Movement and Bring Your Yard to Life!

Joining the No Mow May movement is easy – all you have to do is commit to skipping your regular lawn mowing routine for the month of May. By doing so, you’ll be helping to create a healthier ecosystem in your yard. Native plants will have the chance to grow and bloom, providing food and shelter for pollinators like bees and butterflies. You may even see some new species of wildlife that you never knew were living in your yard before!

To take your commitment to the next level, consider adding some native plants to your yard. These plants will naturally thrive in your area and provide even more benefits to the local ecosystem. You can also limit your watering and fertilization during May to further reduce your environmental impact.

By joining the No Mow May movement, you’ll be doing your part to support biodiversity and create a more sustainable future for our planet. So, let your lawn go wild and enjoy the natural beauty that emerges!

No Mow May is a simple but powerful way to bring more life to your yard and support the environment. By embracing the wild side of your lawn, you’ll be creating a healthier ecosystem for yourself and the wildlife around you. So, what are you waiting for? Join the movement and let your lawn go wild this May!

Human Health and Climate Change: A Panel Discussion

Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Join Color Brighton Green for a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Allen Blair, internist, including Dr. Daniel Croft, pulmonologist, Dr. Sandra Jee, pediatrician, Dr. Janet Lewis, psychiatrist, Dr. Valerie Lou, emergency medicine physician, and Dr. Jane van Dis, obstetrician/gynecologist.

Monday January 23, 2023 at 6:30 pm Brighton Memorial Library Friends Learning Center

Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Fleas

Climate change can increase the population and geographic distribution of insects that carry diseases. Warmer temperatures expand the range of mosquitos, ticks, and fleas, giving them the opportunity to spread their pathogens more widely. This increases the chance of people becoming infected with illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria. Furthermore, higher temperatures accelerate their life cycles, resulting in greater numbers of bugs carrying diseases within a shorter amount of time.

Heat Stress and Illnesses Due to Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures can also cause extreme heat and cold stress, which is a leading killer during heat waves. Furthermore, higher temperatures due to climate change increase levels of ground-level ozone pollution, which can make it difficult to breathe and may lead to increased hospitalizations due to conditions like heart disease or asthma. Additionally, milder winters can bring more airborne allergens, leading to increases in healthcare demand for allergies and asthma.

Air Pollution and Increased Risk of Respiratory Disease

Scientists have found a link between air pollution and an increased risk of developing respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD. Air pollution has become increasingly worse due to the burning of fossil fuels, and climate change can make air quality even worse in many areas around the world. Exposure to air pollutants can damage lung tissue and lead to shortness of breath and other symptoms.

Food Insecurity Exacerbated by Climate Change

Climate change is also impacting food production, with agricultural output dropping in some regions as a result of extreme weather. This can lead to food shortages and increased hunger, particularly in poorer areas where access to other sources of nutrition is limited. Extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, can also disrupt the availability of staple foods and increase food prices, leading to an overall decrease in the quality and quantity of food for many people.

Changes in Mental Health Caused By Climate Change

Climate change can also have an impact on mental health, with such impacts as fear, anxiety and depression all increasing. This is caused by the direct impacts of extreme weather events or the indirect effects of displacement and other psychosocial factors associated with climate change. These stressors can lead to feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness in individuals who were affected.

Mushrooms Past, Present and Future – a presentation

Take a look into the world of mushrooms from the perspective of two high school science teachers. Together we will investigate the foundations of mycology in America as well as provide a basic introduction into mushroom life cycles and current applications.

Slides: Mushrooms Past, Present and Future

Urban and Community Forestry in the Town of Brighton

Join Color Brighton Green for this session about the motivation behind Brighton’s UCF program, and the Town Conservation Board’s role related to native tree-planting in neighborhoods, Arbor Day tree planting at Buckland Park, the Town Tree Survey, and tree-trimming and invasive species control in Town parks. Presented by Dr. George Smith from the Town of Brighton Urban and Community Forestry. Register for the Zoom link or attend in person

Slides: Urban and Community Forestry in the Town of Brighton

No Mow May 2022

Please consider a friendly pledge to not mow your lawn during the month of May. A weed-free expanse of green has been the norm in the American neighborhood for far too long. Dandelions, clover, and wild onions are not signs of neglect! They are beacons for pollinators and enhance soil quality by breaking up clay and fixing carbon and nitrogen into the soil. Americans mow roughly 40 million acres essentially for aesthetics consuming resources, chemicals, and pesticides. A low-maintenance lawn with a bit of native landscaping can be beautiful and easy to create. If you have any questions or need advice please feel free to reach out to us.

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Monroe County Christmas Tree Recycling Programs 2021-2022

Christmas Tree Recycling 2021-2022

Monroe County Christmas Tree Recycling Programs 2019-2020

Christmas Tree Recycling

Are You Ready for ALL-ELECTRIC Home Heating & Cooling?

Brighton Memorial Library and ColorBrightonGreen present:

Is your home’s old fossil fuel burning gas furnace or gas hot water heater ready for replacement? Is your old inefficient central A/C unit running up high electricity bills each month? Want some better alternatives? If so, register for this session to learn more about the many great options now available for going ALL-ELECTRIC with your home’s heating, cooling and hot water production needs by installing high efficiency air-source or ground-source (geothermal) electric heat pump solutions available now. This session will include a case study of Mr. Hibner’s own recent experiences having both air-source and ground-source (geothermal)heat pump systems installed in his 1950’s Penfield home. He will discuss the many incentives and rebates that are available right now when purchasing HVAC heat pump systems. You’ll also find out how to obtain a no-cost energy assessment of your home’s heating and cooling needs. The future of cleaner, greener and more cost-effective home heating and cooling systems is here now, and it’s ALL-ELECTRIC!


Slides: Are You Ready for ALL-ELECTRIC Home Heating & Cooling


Planting Native for a Healthier Lawn and a Happier Family

Brighton Memorial Library and ColorBrightonGreen present:

Pollinator Presentation: Planting Native for a Healthier Lawn and a Happier Family
Wednesday, April 21, 7-8pm online.

Join Tom Snyder, Director of Programming and Conservation Action of the Seneca Park Zoo as he explains the benefits of planting native on your property and around your town. Learn how native species are more robust, improve human health, and make for healthier lawns. Explore how the Seneca Park Zoo is tackling habitat restoration across the region and the world with native plantings.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Renewable Electricity with CCA What’s Next

With 100% renewable electricity now is our opportunity to expand our lifestyle to include low carbon transportation and high-efficient home heating and cooling. The technology is available, achievable, and affordable. Curious about electric vehicles? Is the ancient basement furnace reaching end of life? Considering Geothermal or an air-sourced heat-pump? It is time to think about environmentally friendly options. ColorBrightonGreen.org would like to help people make smart well-informed decisions. As part of community educational outreach series, we invited guests to talk about what options for clean vehicles, air source heat pumps and, geothermal.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!