» rochesterhomepage Getting Green in the 'Hood Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:31:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arborists hit the road in New York to promote trees Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:44:14 +0000 BKessler From Green Right Now Reports

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A tree planting at the 2012 tour.

Nearly 100 bicyclists, most of them arborists and forestry experts, will ride around Lake Ontario next week to spread the message that trees are worth cherishing and must be cared for properly.

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees, a rolling event that raises money for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund has been going since 1992. Each year, groups of tree professionals head out on a tree-lined tour to both raise awareness and plant trees.

This year’s route will take the cyclists along 585 miles from Niagara Falls to Toronto, with stops along the way in Rochester, Syracuse and several Canadian communities. Along the way, the participates will conduct plantings and community events to promote urban forests.

One stop will feature the City of Rochester’s program for protecting its ash trees from the deadly Emerald Ash Borer; another will incorporate a presentation on research on the American chestnut trees underway at State University of New York College o Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

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The 2012 tour in Oregon.

To catch up with the tree tour, which has raised around $6 million since it began in 1992, visit the website of the STIHL Tour des Trees.

In addition to highlighting the value of trees, the benefit raises money for tree research and scholarships for aspiring tree care professionals. It is the single largest fundraiser for tree research, according to organizers, and has underwritten hundreds of grants advancing arboriculture, urban forestry and safety for practitioners.

The tour kicks off July 27 and winds up August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, which hosts the International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Chainsaw and equipment maker STIHL is the title sponsor. Several other groups donate to support the event.

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Luvaboos of Rochester celebrates four years in biz with party on Saturday Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:56:49 +0000 BKessler From Luvaboos

Luvaboos of Rochester, a natural parenting and baby boutique is celebrating 4 successful years in business!  From modern cloth diapers to breastfeeding gear, eco-friendly toys to baby carriers, classes and more, Luvaboos has become a great community resource for moms-to-be and families interested in a more natural lifestyle.

Join Luvaboos this Saturday July 7th, from 11am-4pm for a FREE event that people of all ages will enjoy!

Live Music, Face Painting, Bounce House, Activities for Kids, Door Prizes and Random Giveaways, a Daddy Diaper Change-Off and Interactive Music Performance.

Families of all sizes and people of all ages are welcome!

From 3-4pm join Topher of Luvaboos for his popular “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance” interactive performance that calls for crowd participation!

This is one event you won’t want to miss.

For more details or to RSVP, although RSVP’ing is not required, please visit Luvaboos on Facebook or call 585-319-4981.

This event is located at Luvaboos
683 N. Winton Road
Rochester, NY 14609

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Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT to help N.Y. companies use green technologies to create jobs Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:35:30 +0000 Tom Kessler By Kevin Fuller

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology today launched its Green Initiative to provide a sustainable road map for New York businesses, state Department of Environment Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and NYSP2I Director Anahita Williamson announced. The Green Initiative programs will propel nascent green technologies and products to the next step in commercialization and provide expertise in developing more sustainable manufacturing supply chains.

The Green Initiative will foster a new era of manufacturing competitiveness by creating opportunities for innovation, environmental stewardship and production efficiency. The effort is divided into two components, the Green Technology Accelerator Center, or GTAC, and the Sustainable Supply Chain and Technology Program. Both components of the two-year program were developed to increase the availability of green jobs and generate additional revenue for New York state businesses.

“P2I is once again promoting sustainability by helping New York businesses use more environmentally friendly practices that have the potential to increase their bottom lines,” Martens said. “P2I’s Green Initiative is proving that what is good for the environment is also good for the economy. DEC is proud to fund P2I’s efforts to lessen the environmental footprint of New York’s business sector.”

“NYSP2I is excited to launch the Green Initiative,” Williamson said. “Both the Green Technology Accelerator Center and Sustainable Supply Chain and Technology programs align with New York state’s mission to continue to grow jobs. These programs will fill the gaps and provide technical assistance to incubators and existing companies wanting to develop, accelerate and compete in current and emerging markets.”

The Green Technology Accelerator Center will help three to six companies market green technologies and products. Through the program, the Pollution Prevention Institute, university partners and technology incubators will provide technical development assistance and support to both startup and established companies to develop and commercialize green technology concepts. Products may include sustainable building materials, green chemicals, water and energy efficiency technologies, toxin replacement and substitution, material recycling and remanufacturing.

The Sustainable Supply Chain and Technology Program will help eight New York state manufacturers take advantage of global sustainable manufacturing and green supply chain opportunities. It will enable manufacturers to enter into new and existing green markets by helping them identify and comply with voluntary green standards and certification requirements. NYSP2I will also provide technical assistance to manufacturers in sustainable practices and help New York state suppliers market products that meet sustainability standards.

Complemar Partners Inc., the first company to utilize the the Green Technology Accelerator Center program, manufactures equipment that uses ultraviolet light technology for cider pasteurization. The company will use the GTAC program to conduct a case study to validate and quantify its product’s performance using a Pollution Prevention Institute partner university as a technical resource.

Complemar Vice President of Operation and Client Solutions Ann Wood said: “The GTAC initiative provides Complemar the opportunity to utilize the expertise of NYSP2I and the RIT team to accelerate the growth of Complemar’s Food Processing Equipment Division. Our CiderSure equipment, with its low energy consumption, provides an economic solution to the apple industry. The GTAC project fast tracks our products into larger markets, creating new opportunities for employment in the Rochester community.”

Businesses interested in learning more about the programs should contact NYSP2I at 585-475-2512 or

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute provides statewide, comprehensive and integrated programming in technology research, development and diffusion, training, and education aimed at making New York state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy. The institute was created in 2008 through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said: “Facilitating business growth and opportunity is a top priority for Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development. The Green Initiative launched by P2I is yet another tool now available to help our start-up companies and existing businesses move their innovative green technologies and products into the marketplace. We’re proud to partner with our state’s premier research and development institutions like the Rochester Institute of Technology in attracting critical private sector investment in our emerging high technology fields and creating the green jobs of the future.”

State Sen. Mark Grisanti said: “I am pleased that the NYSP2I right here in Rochester will be helping companies utilize green technologies to develop and commercialize green products. All of New York state will become more competitive if it finds ways for manufacturers to pool resources when it comes to making practices more environmentally friendly throughout the making and distribution of products. The Green Initiative should help generate both revenue and green jobs for New York. This is the kind of project DEC should continue to support.”

“As chair of the assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I see the overwhelming value this green initiative will have on businesses that enroll in the program,” Assemblyman Robert Sweeney said. “Companies like Complemar will be able to take advantage of the Green Technology Acceleration Center to incorporate real-world economic solutions utilizing green technology.”

“I applaud the Rochester Institute of Technology, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, and the partnership of 16 research technological laboratories across the state whose goal is to make New York state more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy through reductions in toxic chemical use, the efficient use of raw materials, energy and water with the reduction in emissions to the environment and waste generation,” added Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson. “Through the adoption of sustainable manufacturing practices, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is attaining the goals of enhanced environmental quality and increased economic competitiveness for our state’s industry and providing a greener planet for our children.”

“RIT is leading the way by developing a blueprint for job growth in which economic and environmental interests complement rather than compete with each other,” Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle said. “This is the key to developing a sustainable and successful economy, and I am proud to support this great institution and the work it’s doing to provide new opportunity and prosperity for our region and state.”

The Business Council of New York State, President and CEO Heather Briccetti said: “The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute has become a facilitator of innovation, practicality and sustainability, resulting in technology that is greener and more cost efficient. Today’s announcement provides opportunity for more businesses in this state to draw upon the resources of the institute; helping them to utilize green technologies. This is a true contribution to the long-term sustainability of New York’s economy.”

“It’s great to know that New York state businesses have a resource in the NYSP2I,” said Paul MacEnroe, president of the Mohawk Valley Applied Technology Corp. “Businesses should take advantage of these new programs that aid in green technology and its advancement in New York.”

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Rochester’s Luvaboos and Seneca Park Zoo will host ‘Great Cloth Diaper Change’ Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:02:37 +0000 Barbara Kessler Luvaboos, a natural baby boutique in Rochester, will serve as the local host for an international cloth diaper changing event set for April 21, the day before Earth Day. The Great Cloth Diaper Change will attempt to break last year's Guiness World Record of 5,026 cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The event also hopes to change attitudes toward diapers, promoting a greener method of cleaning baby dry -- reusable cloth diapers.]]> From Green Right Now Reports

Luvaboos, a natural baby boutique in Rochester, will serve as the local host for an international cloth diaper changing event set for April 21, the day before Earth Day.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change will attempt to break last year’s Guiness World Record of 5,026 cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The event also hopes to change attitudes toward diapers, promoting a greener method of cleaning baby dry — reusable cloth diapers.

Last year featured 127 events in five countries, according to the Real Diaper Association, showing that there’s an interest in diapers that don’t end up in the landfill after a single use.

“We hope to show the entire world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s modern families, particularly catching the eye of expecting and new parents who may be seeking more planet-friendly and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers,” said Heather McNamara, executive director of the association.

In Rochester, Luvaboos has partnered with the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., for the diaper event. The diapering is set for noon and will be followed by other green activities and booths featuring local shops. Those attending the zoo that day will receive complimentary $10 coupons to Luvaboos. 

The diaper change event is the brainchild of Judy Aagard of Tiny Tots in California.

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Rochester Roots will hold classes for school, backyard and community gardeners Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:30:37 +0000 Barbara Kessler From Green Right Now Reports

Rochester Roots is helping gardeners get ready for the 2012 growing season with six workshops between Jan. 30 and June 23. Teens through adults are welcome at the classes will cost $15 per workshop or $10 for students or low-income individuals.

The series will help participants gain hands-on experience to make their urban gardening more successful. The classes will take place at multiple locations around Rochester.

Workshop 1: Urban Garden Planning & Design (Rochester Roots office). Jan. 30, 6-8 p.m. at the Urban Roots Conference Room, 4th Floor, Downtown Presbyterian Church, 131 N. Fitzhugh St.
Workshop 2: Companion Planting & Heirloom Seed Selection (Rochester Roots office) Feb. 29, 6-8 p.m., Rochester Roots Conference Room, 4th Floor, Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St.

Workshop 3: Seed Starting, Greenhouse Growing, & Cold Frame Practices March 28, 4-6 p.m., Franklin Greenhouse, Franklin High School, 950 Norton St.

Workshop 4: Soil Testing and Preparation, April 28, 1-4 p.m., Clara Barton School #2, 190 Reynolds St.

Workshop 5: Spring Planting for an Early Harvest (Clara Barton School), May 19, 1-4 p.m., Clara Barton School #2, 190 Reynolds St.
Workshop 6: From Greenhouse to Ground Transplanting Techniques, June 23, 1-4 p.m., Clara Barton School #2, 190 Reynolds St.

For more information contact Rochester Roots at 585-232-1463.

You can mail payment, with your name, address, email, group affiliation, level of gardening expertise (beginner, medium, high) and the class you’d like to take, to Rochester Roots, 121 N.  Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614.


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New Law Mandates Electronics Recycling Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:43:26 +0000 Local News Piles and piles of outdated equipment sit inside Monroe County's Ecopark. Instead of heading to the landfill these tv's and computers are going to be recycled.

"All this material comes into our facility and it is sorted into categories," says Mike Whyte, President of Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery.

There, workers take the electronics apart. They harvest the pieces that are valuable to others. Less than one percent ends up at the landfill. "Our volume is increasing tremendously. From 2010 to 2011 we went from 10 million pounds to 60 million pounds," says Whyte.

He can expect to see even more in 2012. A new law went into effect Sunday that bans trash haulers from knowingly putting electronics in the landfill.

"We are no longer able to pick up electronics at the curb along with trash if it's destined for disposal. We can pick it up if it's destined for recycling," says Sandy DiSalvo from Waste Management's Environmental Manager.

There are lots of places in our area where electronics can be recycled. Monroe county's new Ecopark on Avion Drive off of Paul Road is one of them. "Our community has a great history of environmental stewardship. Electronics recovery has been very popular in our community and this is a great free, convenient location here at the Ecopark," says Mike Garland. He is Monroe County's Director of Environmental Services.

There are lots of different recycling services offered at the Ecopark, but electronics are one of the most popular. Garland says, "We've collected over 40,000 pounds of material since we opened here in September."

No doubt, making a positive impact on the environment. "I think it does a lot to achieve recycling goals in New York State. It prevents materials from going into disposal. A lot of materials can be recovered and still have value, so it makes sense. If we can re-use them, why throw them out."

For more information on Monroe County's Ecopark, click here.

For more information on other electronics recycling facilities, click here.

For more information on Waste Management, click here.

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All Natural Hair Products Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:43:00 +0000 Local News Candy Stephens never thought this is what she'd be doing when she graduated from SUNY Brockport. But the popularity of her all-natural line of hair products called "Hairdrenalin" has turned into a full time job. "Based on feedback and my personal experience people are seeing results and growing hair up to three times faster than their normal rate of hair growth. So, this is flying off the shelves," she says about her product, "potion".

It all started when Stephens went on a hair journey of her own. "I started getting attracted to the hair journey videos which is like a new movement in the African American community where women are deciding and realizing that their hair needs attention."

So, she put her chemistry background to work and came up with a potion. "I tested it on myself, I had before and after pictures, and tracked my results, I randomly posted my results on my you-tube channel and was amazed at the feedback. I've got thousands of inboxes of people asking do you sell it?"

She wanted to make sure she wasn't putting lots of chemicals in her hair. "All of the ingredients are natural and organic and gentle and safe most of them are edible," she says.

She mixes up her line of products in the kitchen of her apartment. Then she bottles it and ships it out herself. Some family and friends have been pitching in- to help keep up with demand. Stephens is happy to give others a hair alternative. But most importantly, she hopes her experience will help make others think twice about the products they use.

"Most women go to the local store and buy whatever product is on the shelf and don't realize it is loaded with chemicals. People are very conscious about exercise and what they eat, but they'll put anything in their hair," she says.

For more information on Hairdrenalin, click here.

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NRDC urges New Yorkers to register concerns at final fracking hearings Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:51:45 +0000 Barbara Kessler From Green Right Now Reports

Public hearings over natural gas fracking in New York began earlier this fall, and wind up today and tomorrow (Nov. 30).

The hearings by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will help determine whether fracking will be resumed in the state, and if so, help shape fracking practices.

Several environmental groups are keeping watch on the process and assessing the state’s proposed plans. Those groups include: Earthjustice, Riverkeeper, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

As NRDC lawyer Kate Sinding explains in a blog on the hearings, the groups are concerned that fracking not be approved “unless and until it has been demonstrated that it can be done safely.”

“We’re simply not there yet,” Sinding says.

The groups take issue with several aspects of the state DEC’s plan to control fracking. They flag the plan as providing inadequate setbacks and too little protection for the underground watershed that supplies drinking water to half of New York state residents.

If you’d like to make a public comment on the topic (expressing support or reservations about fracking), you can attend the Nov. 30 hearing at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center , 199 Chambers Street, in New York City. Sessions are set from 1 to 4 p.m., and 6-9 p.m.. (Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes each.)

Read more at Sinding’s blog.

The hearings are likely to be watched closely by many activists in the Marcellus Shale region, which extends into Pennsylvania and beyond.


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Public Market Cookbook Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:00:06 +0000 Local News We all know that one part of going green is eating local. Now there's a cookbook that will help you do it.

The public market has been a staple in Rochester for the past 106 years and never before has there been a cookbook to celebrate it. "Our goal was to have a wonderful book that is a delight to look at and also has real recipes that people would actually make," says Margaret O'Neill Manager of the Market Token Program.

The book has 80 recipes and those who put it together taste tested every one. "The recipes come from local farmers and vendors from people who shop here at the market as well as two local chefs and each recipe features fresh local food from the market," adds O'Neill

The cookbooks have been on sale at the market and in a couple of other locations in Monroe County for just one week. Already they've sold $17,000 worth. All of the money raised goes towards the market token program. It allows people on food stamps to shop for fresh local food.

"It meant that a whole lot of people who would not have had access to the really good fresh locally grown food here at the market at really quite reasonable prices that are available here could go back to shopping at the market," says Andrew Johnson Director of Friends fo the Rochester Public Market.

The token program began three and a half years ago. And it costs about $12-15,000 a year to run.

"It does so much for the community. It helps friends and neighbors eat healthy and helps farmers and small businesses so it's really a win, win, win," says O'Neill

It's a win for the environment too. Because it's putting food on the table that is coming from close to home.

The cookbooks cost $22.95. They can be purchased at the public market office or at Parkleigh in Rochester or at Schutt's Cider Mill in Webster.

They can also be purchased online by clicking here.

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Tire World Goes Green With Expansion Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:42:28 +0000 Local News

It's been a staple on Empire Boulevard since 1968. Now tire world has gotten a face lift, and it's an environmentally friendly one.

"There's a lot of ways you can do it. It is a little bit more expensive to be environmentally friendly but we've done this for 40 some years here. It's important to the community, important to our customers, and our employees so we think of things like that that will be environmentally friendly." says Tony Sagona, the owner of Tire World.

The shop has grown by 31,000 square feet. Five bays have grown to nine. Along the way some green touches have been added. There are new lights and electrical upgrades. But the highlight is the heating system.

"One of the key features is the radiant heating we provide through the floor. We recycle all the waste oil from our oil changes it's an environmentally great idea. We no longer have to transport the waste oil off site," Sagona adds.

Another unique green angle are these soon-to-be light poles. They'll be used as charging stations for hybrid electric cars. "A lot of customers drop their car off for the day. When we service the car we'll plug it in for them so the car will be charged up and ready to go," adds Sagona.

Business owner Tony Sagona expects they'll save 30-35% on their energy bills. "We'll save several thousands of dollars a year on our RG&E bill."

Their fuel bill will be lower too. "We always run specials on oil changes to make sure we don't run out of oil."

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UPS Goes Green Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:42:03 +0000 Local News Just ahead of their busiest season, UPS is testing out a hybrid electric vehicle in Rochester.]]> It's a company known for the color brown. But now UPS is seeing what green can do.

"It's much quieter and actually it's an attention getter," says Karl Pratt the Site Manager at UPS in Rochester. This truck is a hybrid electric vehicle. Estimates are, in one year it will save 452 gallons of fuel.

"We use them on urban areas because again it has a braking system which helps us recharge the batteries so stop and go traffic helps that battery re-charge itself throughout the day."

This is the first truck like this in the Rochester area but the hope is, the idea will catch on."

"It says right on the side of it hybrid electric and I was talking to the driver today and every day 1-2 people ask him to explain how does this work? do you like it? you don't even here it coming it's so quiet," adds Pratt.

Across the company, UPS has put 130 new hybrid electric trucks on the roads over the last several months. They are experimenting with other types of alternative fuels too.

"This is the wave of the future, says Pratt. This is what we are looking to do. We are working with the EPA and some other private industry groups testing alternate fuels."

Rochester isn't the only upstate city to get one of these trucks. Syracuse, Buffalo, and Albany are also testing them out.

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Solar Powered Chicken Hut Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:18:58 +0000 Local News They are living in a solar powered hut! News 8's Katrina Irwin tells us how it works in this Go Green report.]]> A local farmer is going green with his chickens. They are living in a solar powered hut! News
8's Katrina Irwin tells us how it works in this Go Green report.

Inside the hut- the sun's energy is helping chickens lay

"It's at a slight angle so all of the eggs actually
roll into the center so the eggs stay as clean as possible."

Gro-Moore Farms has a flock of chickens. They lay about 35 dozen eggs a day. They aren't green eggs. But what is green about this project is the
hut they stay in.

"Every time the chickens eat so much the feed goes
down and it augers the feed right to them.
You need power for that and you also need power because chickens are
attracted to light," said Joe Moore.

And all of that power comes from the sun's energy. It's captured and stored in batteries. A gauge lets Joe Moore know how much energy is

"We ran it for a month and a half without any
problems. Then a week or two ago I had to
charge the batteries for once," said Moore.

At Gro-Moore Farms the chickens have been here for about
two months so the idea is relatively new and they get to move every two days.

"You kind of have to find where the hut is around
here," said Moore.

That's because the chickens are a natural way to
fertilize the ground. Moore likes the
fact that he doesn't have to plug anything in.

"It's great," said Moore. "Couldn't ask for a better
idea with the solar power. It really
helps out in being able to be out so far.
If I wanted to take this into a farm I wouldn't have to be so close to
where we are, where our base is."

"We're putting the hen back in Henrietta."

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