Sunday, January 06, 2008

Monday,January 7th - Color Brighton Green

EVENT: New Green initiative launched by Town of Brighton

Brighton, NY. January 2, 2008. On Monday, January 7th the Town of Brighton's
"Green Brighton Task Force" will launch a community based Green initiative.
Organizers believe this is the first time a local municipal government will ask
all of its citizens, businesses, institutions & schools to reduce their energy
consumption and green house gas emissions as a part of a town-wide strategy.

The event, referred to as the "Color Brighton Green New Year's Resolution
Party!", will take place at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Avenue) on Monday,
January 7th beginning at 7:00pm. The event is part of an campaign to rally the
community in support of a 10% reduction in energy consumption.

"We've got to make our government, schools & homes more energy efficient, cut
greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our reliance on imported oil. It just
makes sense on so many levels," said town supervisor, Sandy Frankel. "We'll not
only save money, but we'll also strengthen our national security and help
preserve our beautiful community for future generations." Frankel kicked off
the effort early in 2007 in her State of the Town address.

The Green Brighton Task Force is organized primarily by a group of citizen
volunteers. The steering committee includes a town board member, the town's
commissioner of public works, the superintendent of Brighton's Central School
District and the vice president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce among
others. The task force is headed by a local environmental educator, Karen

Berger described the initiative this way, "Brighton's effort is part of a
nationwide climate protection action plan. The key elements are to increase
energy efficiency and decrease carbon dioxide. Other communities have been very
successful in similar pursuits."

The event will begin with local businesses displaying information about various
products and services related to energy savings. Then, volunteers will perform
a skit to kick off the formal portion of the evening. After the skit there will
be a brief description of the initiative. Then organizers will ask Brighton's
citizens, businesses & institutions to sign a "10% Pledge". A number of awards
will be given out to students who have participated in a special creative
assignment related to the Color Brighton Green initiative. After the formal
portion of the evening is over citizens who wish to may continue to interact
with the initiative's organizers and local business representatives.

Here's a sneak peek at some activities that will be announced on January 7th:

· The 10% Challenge: enlisting government, citizens, schools, businesses, and
other institutions to reduce their consumption of finite natural resources and
increase their use of renewable resources.

· A Green Business Award
· Earth Day Activities Fair
· Curb Your Car Week

Complete info:

The town of Brighton has a related site:

The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be available.

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