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Eco-Fair 2021 Participants and Updates

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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!

Buckland Park New Trail Tree Planting

tree nurseryColorBrightonGreen has donated trees as part of the Buckland Park upgrade. Several community members including George Smith planted trees along the new trail.

The new trail is open! The Parks Dept has completed chipping and rolling, and the orange cones and “town personnel only” signs have been removed. We saw and spoke to a few walkers and bikers who were quite happy about the new addition to the trail system in the park.

Thank you all for all of your help with tree planting and invasive species removal in this section of the park over the past 2-3 years! All of you have helped in one or more ways, and it’s really, really great to be able to share in the credit for making a lasting improvement to our community.
Please enjoy the Town of Brighton and Buckland Park’s newest trail!

George Smith

Webinar: RENEW Climate Fund

PDF: RENEW Climate Fund Sept 2020

Offset your carbon and Make Local Homes of Low-Income Homeowners Energy Efficient, Healthier and Safer

By working collaboratively, Rochester Energy Efficiency & Weatherization (RENEW) and community partners have invested over $3.7M into the homes of hundreds of homeowners in our area. This work is making homes an average of 20% more energy efficient. Come learn how you can offset your emissions from travel, heating, etc. while making an impact locally with the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s RENEW Climate Fund. https://www.racf.org/

NY Youth Climate Leaders: The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act

The NY Youth Climate Leaders have been advocating for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. The NY Youth Climate Leaders is a policy-driven coalition of youth organizations from across New York State, that coordinates and empowers youth to advocate for comprehensive, equitable, and effective climate solutions. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act is a piece of state climate legislation that would require Comptroller DiNapoli to divest the NYS common retirement fund from the fossil fuel industry.

Collecting Home-Sewn Masks at the Brighton Farmer’s Market

cloth maskColorBrightonGreen will be collecting home-sewn masks each Sunday from 9-1 at the Brighton Farmer’s Market.  A dropoff box will be located on the main market information table.  Cloth masks last longer and are washable.  This keeps masks out of the waste stream and minimizes the likelihood they would be discarded randomly as litter. From the CDC page:

Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

The cloth face coverings recommended here are not surgical masks or respirators. Currently, those are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders. Cloth face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (like N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (like surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are recommended or required to protect the wearer.

More information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

We will distribute the masks for free to any community members who would like some. While any pattern is fine, here is a link to a good pattern: Homemade Face Mask Instructions | Community Health Network.


Education Series: Remarkable Raptors – Video

Presented by Daena Ford, President of Braddock Bay Raptor Research. This program introduces you to some of our local species of birds of prey, and why Braddock Bay is such an important area for these birds and other wildlife. Find out what Braddock Bay Raptor Research does to monitor raptor populations, and what you can do to help protect these birds. Also, meet one of their education raptors.


July 2020 CBG E-Newsletter

Carbon Friendly Food Gardening

This is a guest post from Patty Love at www.barefootpermaculture.com This is from a presentation given via zoom meeting

Have you been working on reducing your carbon footprint? Have you thought about where your food comes from? Do you know that one of the most carbon-friendly activities is growing your own food? According to Project Drawdown, 12 of the top 20 Summary of Solutions by Rank, are categorized as either Land Use or Food. The ethics, principles, and tools collectively sometimes called permaculture, also known as ecological design, provide us with solutions to integrate food production into our landscape management while also contributing to climate change mitigation. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to utilize regenerative design methods to feed ourselves while also creating beautiful edible landscapes, including food forest gardens, outdoor living areas, shady pockets, and traditional landscaping forms with an edible twist. We’ll also view and discuss many real-life examples of edible creativity! Please join us as Patty Love, Founder and Owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center shares with us about:

– terminology, ethics, and principles for ecological design and permaculture

– a design process

– tools for applying permaculture/ecological design to your landscape

– site considerations for integrating your home into the existing landscape

– edible landscaping options with an emphasis on the why and how’s of food forest gardening – examples from home gardening to homesteading