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The Rochester Minimalists present a Zero Waste panel discussion

Description: The Rochester Minimalists present a Zero Waste panel discussion from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, November 14 at Brighton Memorial Library. Speakers will discuss ways to reduce your environmental footprint at home, by supporting area businesses and organizations focused on sustainability, and by participating in zero waste efforts in your community.

Panelists will include:

Eron Damercy is a Rochester-based organizer who aims to advocate for social change through waste reduction, collective ownership, and radical inclusivity. Eron is part of a robust network of volunteer groups such as Rochester Food Not Bombs and the Flower City Pickers, which take items that would otherwise be wasted and connect them with destinations where they are needed. By building a network of mutual aid in Rochester, Eron and their colleagues hope to raise awareness about the excesses of capitalism and offer alternatives that reduce both material waste and social inequality in the community.

Cassidy Putney is the co-founder of Impact Earth and currently serves as their Director of Sustainability. With a degree in Public Policy from Rochester Institute of Technology, Cassidy brings a unique perspective to the table as Impact Earth creates and implements innovative zero waste educational and creative infrastructure programs in the Finger Lakes region. A certified Social Change Organizer, Cassidy strongly supports the mission to create sustainable zero waste communities through her ability to rally public support and kindle behavior change in diverse communities.

Evan Zachary is the Director of Development with Flower City Pickers Inc. and an AmeriCorps VISTA with Foodlink where he works to re-imagine waste as a resource that can be oriented at the public good in order to challenge the linear consumption economy. Previously Evan worked at RIT to support sustainability programming at RIT such as Goodbye Goodbuy (a move-out collection move-in sale), RIT Foodshare (an on-campus food pantry), and a Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. When he's not working Evan can be found at Central Rock Gym, biking around town, making macrame, or volunteering with Rochester Food Not Bombs.

Kimberly Connolly is Executive Director of Rochester Greenovation, a nonprofit which works to reduce waste and associated costs by providing and promoting alternatives for reusable materials, educating the public about the value of such materials and partnering with area not-for-profits to donate needed items. Kimberly is committed to using her role at Greenovation to raise awareness about the environment, coexistence with nature and being more eco-conscious.

Amy Cavalier is leader of the Rochester Minimalists and an proponent of they Buy Nothing movement in Monroe County. Buy Nothing Communities are hyper-local, gift-based economies where neighbors can ask for, share or give away things, services and more for FREE! There are over 3,000 Buy Nothing Communities in the world, over 125 of which are in New York and 26 of which are in Monroe County. Amy is passionate about helping neighbors reduce consumption and waste, save money, and discover the power of community.

Contact: Heather Buckley
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm EST
Duration: 2 hours
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Ted Wilcox
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2019 2:56am GMT