Who we are
Color Fairport Green
is a network of local volunteer environmental activists working toward a sustainable future
in the Village of Fairport,
the Town of Perinton,
and the surrounding community.
What we do
Our mission is to create and train a network of citizens at the municipal or neighborhood level who are empowered to incorporate individual efforts to systems-level environmental solutions
with a focus on climate.
How we work
Our very first initiatives involved striving for less waste in our schools. CFG has since grown to include working to divert food waste from entering the landfill, and more projects are on the horizon!
To paraphrase Edward Everett Hale:
"We cannot do everything, but still we can do something; and because we cannot do everything, we will not refuse to do the something that we can do.”
We are a collective of people in and near Perinton, NY, who work for a more sustainable environment because we must. We started out as a small group, managed by Amber Brown, Natasha Besch-Turner, Jenna Welch, and Laurel Rice. Color Fairport Green (CFG) came into being in the fall of 2019 with the creation of a Facebook group.
Since then, CFG has held meetings in our homes (pre-Covid) to connect with others, generated a wish list for our community, and then we got to work. We met with almost all of the school administrators to ask both how we might be of service, and that the district specifically add a focus on the environment in the classroom and in their administration. We organized volunteers to collect bottles and cans at the Minerva Deland School weekly. We collaborated with a local church to host an information session for the community on proper recycling, and we assisted the Fairport Business Partnership in planning a zero-waste Oktoberfest. Most importantly, we started building community and fostering connections in our group. We started learning about each other’s passion projects and what we each brought to the table.
We continue to grow and learn from each other and from our experiences.
We can build a strong future of climate action in Fairport.
We look forward to a time when environmental stewardship is a natural part of how we live, work, play, and govern, and when groups like CFG are no longer needed.
We look forward to helping the Fairport / Perinton community get to this future.