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ColorBrightonGreen - Beyond Recycling

ColorBrightonGreen is headed in a new direction and has moved away from weekly collection of recyclables at the Brighton Farmers' Market. We are no longer collecting prescription bottles and several other items we have taken in the past. We have updated our reference guide to note items we will continue to collect and to direct you to places where you can take other items. Be sure to reference the guide before dropping items off to us. We will also only be at the market once a month (3rd Sunday of the month (currently not there at all)) and will be providing information on climate actions, other than recycling, that you can take to enhance our environment. WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT AT THE MARKET AT ALL DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Education Series: Remarkable Raptors (Virtual Event)

Hosted By: ColorBrightonGreen

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.

Education Series: NY Youth Climate Leaders & the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (Virtual Event)

Hosted By: ColorBrightonGreen
Come join us to learn about the NY Youth Climate Leaders and the work they've been doing to advocate 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.

2020 EcoFair (CANCELLED)

Hosted By: ColorBrightonGreen

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 EcoFair has been cancelled. Be sure to visit our Facebook page for virtual events that will be hosted.

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Upcoming Events and Actions

Brighton Farmers' Market

Brighton Farmers' Market reopened on Sunday, May 24. For more information on the COVID-19 rules and guidelines, please visit their website.

Links Between Racism & the Environment

Read up on the links between racism and the environment here

NY Renews Training Series

Before Covid-19 hit, we were working with groups across the state on workshops about the root causes and solutions to the climate crisis. Over the past several months, we've been working hard on digitizing the curriculum and are thrilled to offer it to you as an online training!

These trainings are interactive, engaging, and action oriented, and will help us develop a shared analysis of the systems creating climate injustice -- and what we can do about it, together.

  • Week 1 (July 9): Understanding the root causes of the climate crisis
  • Week 2 (July 16): Identifying just solutions
  • Week 3 (July 23): The work to get there

The full training course will include three 1.5 hour sessions every Thursday at 6pm for three weeks ( July 9, July 16, July 23)-- please only register if you can make all three sessions. We're capping this round of trainings at 25 people, but we'll be doing sessions (including sessions at different times, if these don't work for you) in the future. If we get more than 25 registrants, we will prioritize people affiliated with grassroots organizations and POC-led organizations for this first round of training. For this first round of training, anyone affiliated with a NY Renews member organization is welcome to sign up.

For more info and to RSVP, visit the website

Community Choice Aggregation Update

The Towns of Brighton, Irondequoit, and Pittsford, and the Villages of Pittsford and Victor have worked with  Joule Community Power to identify the specific requirements that energy supply companies must meet to win a bid to provide 100% renewable energy to residents and small businesses within those municipalities on an opt-out basis. Joule Community Power has sent those requirements to pre-qualified Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs) and those bids are due this Thursday, July 9.  Stay tuned here, and on social media and website pages for Monroe Community Power (Brighton, Irondequoit, Pittsford Town and Village) and Gateway Community Power (Village of Victor and City of Canandaigua), and Roctricity (Joule Community Power's local partner), for more updates. You can also reach out directly to Roctricity at 585-244-0244 or via email at

Curbside Bin Recycling Info - When In Doubt, Throw It Out!

Reference EcoPark's guide for what to put in and not put into your curbside recycling bin, as guidelines continue to change. For more info, visit their page on residential recycling. Be sure to check out the new guidelines! Monroe County no longer recycles by number, they recycle plastic by shape now. When in doubt, throw it out! "Wishcycling" only contaminates the recyclable materials and can make the whole lot no longer recyclable.

Want to recycle your lids? Be to reattach them to their original container, otherwise they will be too small for the machines and will not be recycled.

RENEW Climate Fund - Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint

Have you ever calculated your carbon footprint and wanted to offset it by making a donation to an environmental cause? Calculate your carbon footprint using any number of online tools (ex: Carbon Footprint Calculator). You can then offset by donating to the RENEW Climate Fund. Your donation will stay local and help make the homes of low-income Rochester area homeowners energy efficient, healthier and safer. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean the air we ALL breathe. Visit to learn more.

Buy Nothing Groups

Have you heard of Buy Nothing Groups? Buy Nothing: Give Freely. Share Creatively. Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, no soliciting for cash. We’re an adult-only, hyper-local gift economy. We are not a charity or community bulletin board. Find a buy nothing group near you. There are over 20 of these groups in the greater Rochester area.

Green Investing

Want to divest from fossil fuels? Check out this fossil free funds website.


Have you ever been to the EcoPark? Are you aware of all of the items that can be brought there, so they won't end up in a landfill? Things like bulky plastic items, clothes that can't be donated (holes, stains), florescent lights/CFL bulbs, paint and other hazardous material. For more information, visit their website.

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