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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

Ask An Expert, Community Choice Aggregation

Melissa Carlson, from Roctricity, will be at the ColorBrightonGreen table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1-4 PM. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is located at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton. Have you heard about Community Choice Aggregation and how it is bringing carbon-free electricity to residents and small businesses in participating cities, towns, and villages? This program is already up and running in the Town of Geneva and will be available to residents and small businesses in several other villages and towns in the coming months.  Stop by and ask if your community is participating and how it can green your energy supply.

Ask An Expert About Green Investing

Ward Graham has 30+ years of self-managed stock market investing using “modern portfolio theory” and manages multiple accounts for family and friends. Ward will be at the ColorBrightonGreen Table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1 to 4 PM. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is held at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road. We hope you will stop by and chat.

Green Investing Presentation

On Monday, March 9, 2020 a Green Investing Presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester. Financial Planners Megan A. Rinaudo, CFP and Steven Pietricola, CIMA, CSRIC will give an introduction to responsible investing which allows investors to align their interests with their values including investing with companies with a commitment to the promotion of environmentally friendly business practices and conservation of natural resources.

Ask An Expert About Carbon-Friendly Food Gardening

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Patty Love, founder and owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center, will be at the ColorBrightonGreen table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market to answer your carbon-friendly food gardening questions. The Brighton Farmers’ Market is held at the Brookside Community Center, 220 Idlewood Road in Brighton from 1 to 4 PM. We hope you will stop by.