Dear Crabby, Should I Treat My Lawn?

Dear Crabby, I really would like to have a beautifully green lawn, but I am concerned about all the chemicals that they recommend.  Do you think it is safe to spray your yard or even have a company do it? Sincerely, Al Green Dear Mr. Green, I am really not the one to be asking about "green" issues. I have expressed my thoughts about flowers and green plants in general before - I like it when other people display them, as long as I don't have to tend to them. If I had it my way, I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would You Consider Going Organic?

Dear Crabby, I have read so much about our food supply lately, I am thinking it is time for my family to go organic.  Have you ever looked into this, and would you consider doing it for yourself? Sincerely, Gail Green Dear Ms. Green, It certainly seems to be the buzzword today to "go green." When I see people driving cars that look like roller skates and organic bananas that are half the size and three times the cost of conventional ones, I have to question this green phenomenon. … [Read more...]

Rochester is Going Green

“Going green” is a hot trend these days. Everybody’s talking about it. But how many are actually doing it? When it comes to local governments, the answer is not as simple as it might seem. Does putting a solar roof on the fire hall make Rochester green? How about building a community garden? Installing charging stations for electric cars? Planting trees? The city of Rochester is doing all of those. City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said going green is a balancing act, especially in a time of … [Read more...]

GREEN LIVING SEMINAR: Eco-Friendly Choices For Your Business And Your Home

WHAT:  The kick-off soirée for the 2011 ‘Green Living’ series. Lauren Smith, an expert in eco-friendly design for offices and homes and Colleen Brnabic, an expert in environmentally safe cleaning combine their knowledge and experience of “green” living to inspire you to use environmentally-safe products and ‘green’ design where you work, play and live.  WHEN:  Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm WHO:  Presented by the Green City Committee of Rochester WHERE:  Fieldstone Winery, 223 Main … [Read more...]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Over the course of the past three years on Rochester City Council, I have been blessed to have participated in (and to a large degree instigated) a whole bunch of “change” in Rochester.  Our elected officials, board and commission members, and the city administration which serves us so well on a 24/7 basis, have been reinvigorated with new faces.  They are strongly focused on promoting what Mayor Cuthbertson referred to back in 2008 as “Rochester 2.0” – the rebirth of Rochester for the 21st … [Read more...]