Key Events on Development, Waste This Week

Hello, friends! At our September kickoff meeting, we chose WASTE as the primary issue for focus in the 2016-17 year, with some additional possibilities on sustainable development and renewable energy. Waste is at the top, however, with the eventual closing of the Ontario County Landfill and the need to reduce our waste before then to save increased transportation and disposal costs.

TONIGHT (Tuesday, Oct. 11), there are 2 events related to sustainable development. At 5:30pm at Victor Town Hall, there's a Town Planning Board workshop on theFishers Ridge project focusing on sewers and traffic (Fishers Ridge is the location on Route 96 north of the village where Bass Pro Shop and other retail and residential are proposed). Then at 7:00pm at FLCC in Victor, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, in rooms VC200A and B on the second floor, the Planning Board will be conducting a public hearing on the Gullace project. The Democrat & Chronicle says, "This time, the developers are seeking to build 69 for-sale, ranch-style townhomes with 2-car garages. The parcel in question is between Lynaugh Road and Church Street in the town of Victor. The village annexed a portion of its land to the town for this project earlier this year. The project has been in the town review cycle for years, caught between Victor’s demand for more housing and community members who don’t want more traffic or development so close to the village."

Then on Thursday morning from 9am-noon, Ontario County is holding a county-wide waste symposium (SEE AGENDA) at FLCC's Student Services Buildin Auditorium with an introduction by Victor Supervisor Jack Marren, a review of the county solid waste plan, and then presentations by representatives of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Wegmans, Rochester Home Builders Association, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, followed by a 15-minute (really, that's all?) "Where Do We Go From Here?" session.REGISTER HERE. This would appear to be a place where we can hear current plans and promote such ideas as pay-as-you-throw, waste-upcycling industry, community-scale food composting, plastic bag and styrofoam bans, and more.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at these events!


New York Gets an "A" for Climate Preparedness

New York State scores one of the few “A’s” when it comes to climate change preparedness.  A new report by Climate Central and ICF International ranks all states on their preparedness to confront extreme heat, drought, wildfires, inland flooding and coastal flooding.  Download the "States At Risk" report to read where NYS has taken action and what steps still need some work. http://statesatrisk.org/report-card/new-york

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Survey: EV Charging Station Locations in Victor

Where in Victor would YOU put electric vehicle (EV) charging stations? Genesee Region Clean Communities wants to know so they can prioritize funding and outreach. Here's your chance to rank locations, and even recommend one that's not on the list. Please fill out the survey BY MARCH 2, 2016, either here or at http://goo.gl/forms/Ond4ipl3nu.


DiscusSFLX: Bag It Movie/Discussion Feb. 25 - Is Our Life Too Plastic?

Is our life too plastic? Can we do more to reduce the scourge of plastic bags flying through the air, littering our roadways, and clogging our waterways? On February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Victor Farmington Library, Sustainable Finger Lakes, the Victor Farmington Library, and Bring Your Own Bag NY present the first event in its DiscusSFLX discussion series with a screening of the Bag It movie and discussion led by Kathy Keller of Bring Your Own Bag NY, based in Canandaigua.

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Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs. The Climate: Reflections on the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

Finger Lakes Community College's George M. Ewing Forum welcomes Naomi Klein, author, social activist and filmmaker. Klein is known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. Naomi Klein is the author of five books. Her latest book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014), in which she argues that the hegemony of neoliberal market fundamentalism is blocking any serious reforms to halt climate change and protect the environment. Michael Winship, an award-winning television writer and producer, will moderate the conversation with Ms. Klein. Advance tickets are recommended. Due to strong sales, tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door.

 

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Naomi Klein: Capitalism Vs. The Climate: Reflections on the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

Finger Lakes Community College's George M. Ewing Forum welcomes Naomi Klein, author, social activist and filmmaker. Klein is known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. Naomi Klein is the author of five books. Her latest book is This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014), in which she argues that the hegemony of neoliberal market fundamentalism is blocking any serious reforms to halt climate change and protect the environment.  Michael Winship, an award-winning television writer and producer, will moderate the conversation with Ms. Klein. Advance tickets are recommended. Due to strong sales, tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door.

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