RENewsletter | February 27, 2011


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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


* The February 2011 Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to Rochester Rail Transit Committee, Inc.:  Go to Award.


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan


Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |



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Opening Salvo:  “Why recycling paper is good for Rochester, NY environment”


Too much of what is recyclable in the Rochester, NY region goes into our waste stream—about 30%. That’s too bad because there are strong stable markets for recycled paper:


“A leading industry analyst predicts that recovered paper demand and pricing will remain strong in the coming months. Bill Moore of Moore and Associates offered these predictions in a session today sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. Moore says the market for old corrugated containers "will be healthy. OCC will be stable for most of the rest of this year," he forecasts, with prices ranging from about $160 to $170 per ton. “Expert says paper recycling markets to be strong | Resource Recycling


Instead of paper filling our landfills, littering our streets and neighborhood, spent paper could be making money for our county.  All the public has to do is make a minuscule effort to help our county collect what Monroe County is very good at.  That means don’t put newspapers, magazines, catalogs, etc. ; corrugated cardboard; phone directories; paper boxes—cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, etc.; pizza Boxes & paper Egg Cartons; junk mail, advertisements and brochures; home office paper, files, school Papers, etc.; all envelopes: window envelopes too; paperback and hardcover books; gift wrap; and more into the trash.  Put them in the recycling bin. (Also, be certain to recycle these properly by checking here: Paper Materials: The Paper Caper Expands.


I personally find it amazing that our local media has to be paid big bucks by the county to put out this critical public information. Our local media should be doing it often and at no cost to Monroe County because the media should provide some important information in the public interest—as they used to in the past.  We used to have a more responsible media, who realized that along with their privilege to use the public airwaves, transportation systems, and postal service went an obligation to provide society with the information that they needed to be a democratic and healthy society.  Now, we have a media only interested in its own survival and pushing corporate agendas.


I believe that the media has an obligation to freely provide some information that directly affects the health and sustainability of our environment and public.


I’d like to see all our media to place on their front pages, or in the first few minutes of their daily broadcasts, public announcements to highlight important news about the state of our environment—instead of the sports scores, online peccadilloes, Hollywood stares who die, and other stuff we don’t need to know on the front page.


What if every media put out a reminder about the public’s responsibility to recycling, or about watching out of bicycle commuters who have the right to use our publically paid streets for transportation, or the myriad of other environmental issues that if brought to the forefront of the public’s attention would make our way of life more sustainable?

Imagine the difference in how the public would behave towards our environment if the media behaved more responsibly. Consumers would shop better because the media they attend to would be continually reminding them that their environment must be considered as a critical issue, that their behavior affects our environment. 


At present, Monroe County may not be charging ahead as well as we would like on recycling #3-7 plastics (even then, only 2% of our residual waste are these plastics). But Monroe County does recycle paper.  Lots of paper:


“According to law, residents must also recycle newspapers, magazines and corrugated cardboard. However, additional paper materials may be recycled. The Monroe County Recycling Center is now accepting all clean paper from haulers for recycling.” Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY


So there should be no excuse for a responsible citizen in this area to throw recyclable paper in the trash. Take a moment to review this list of paper because this stuff goes in the recycling bin and doesn’t below in our landfills or flying about our streets: Paper Materials: The Paper Caper Expands.  And, demand that your media pay attention to the state of our environment, or find a media source that does.


* Full disclosure: I am chairperson of the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Committee.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]



·         E.P.A. Issues Scaled-Back Emissions Rules for Boilers -

·         Black Bear Research in New York.

·         02/25/2011: Up to $40 million available from EPA for Great Lakes restoration projects]

·         Bills on Marcellus Shale drilling to be heard |

·         DEC Accepting Applications for Environmental Excellence Awards - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

·         Residents Pack Strip Mine Meeting -

·         VIDEO: Invasive emerald ash borer upsets Great Lakes ecosystem, economy | Great Lakes Echo

·         How Great Lakes states stack up in powerplant CO2 emissions | Great Lakes Echo]

·         State PSC increases gas-plant oversight | 520 - An Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

·         Brighton's Buckland Creek is on restoration list | Democrat and Chronicle |

·         Green pest control may get swatted - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow

·         ENVIRONMENT: RIT helps track ecological changes - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper

·         PARKS: Plan will set path for Powder Mills - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper

·         Indian Point schedules reactor maintenance

·         Art exhibit to honor Christine Sevilla opens Friday, Feb. 25 - Webster, NY - Webster Post

·         Solar Start-Up Projects Up to 4,000 Jobs Here - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events -

·         New Jersey solar company visits Kodak | Democrat and Chronicle |

·         U.S. help for Great Lakes in danger; preservationists step up campaign | Detroit Free Press |

·         Victor center hosts talk on green buildings

·         Employers can Innovate to Reduce Toxic Chemical Use - Environment New York

·         02/18/2011: EPA Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Review Regulations




Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.


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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





Award Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]


The February 2011 Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to Rochester Rail Transit Committee, Inc.:  This web site demonstrates a good transportation idea that will help our environment and inform citizens of the rail system’s benefit in our city. Many transportation options will be considered in our region as gasoline prices increase and the knowledge about how transportation affects our environment increase.  Remember, according to the EPA 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation.  


Rochester Rail Transit Committee, Inc. “The RRTC is a 501c not-for-profit, grassroots citizen's group dedicated to exploring and promoting the opportunities of rail transit in the greater Rochester, NY area. The goals of the Rochester Rail Transit Committee are to: ◦Inform community leaders about rail transit options and their benefits ◦Educate the public about the benefits and possibilities of rail transit ◦Promote all modes of transit, including bus transit”