Frank J. Regan 
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Re: “Earth Eve Climate March Forward

#RochesterNY, don’t miss this opportunity to demonstrate your love of Mother Earth at the #EarthEveMarch 4/21/2016 ‪#‎EarthDayRocs

Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/15/2016 at 7:57 AM

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Re: “IJC says no plan would have stopped last year's flooding

If last years Lake Ontario flooding was due in part to Climate Change (and there are those who say it was), shouldnt Climate Change be the lens through which this issue addressed? Otherwise, the chances for solutions may be vanishingly small.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 06/22/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Planning Commission approves revised plan for Cobbs Hill Village

I applaud City Newspaper for saying about this Cobbs Hill Project the project continues to face bitter opposition and But it has faced opposition from a vocal coalition of neighborhood groups, environmentalists, and even some of its tenants, who oppose the project. I say this because local media, when it has reported on this issue at all, continually says the project has met with some opposition, when in fact over 30 organizations and neighborhood associations have worked tirelessly to stop this boondoggle.

And there is the issue that has been continually downplayed in this controversyour parks. But before I mention that I must talk about the concern about the senior housing issue, because if I dont anything else I say will not be heard. Those who have urged the City not to tear down the present Cobbs Hill Village Apartments and maintain the integrity of the City-owned Cobbs Hill Park have been maligned by those stating that we are more interested in parks than Rochester seniors with extremely low incomes. This is unfair and untrue. Once these apartments are torn down, the folks who live in Cobbs Hill Village, and any other seniors in Rochester, will not ever be able to get low-cost senior housing like they have now. These apartments are a model for low-income senior living.

Last year about this time, Rochester City Council passed their Climate Action Plan (CAP), a well-thought out document that recognizes the urgency of addressing Climate Change in the Rochester regionand how to do that.
In the Land Use section on how Rochester believes it can address Climate Change, the CAP says this about our parks.

"Parks and Open Space Planning: Rochester has more than 3,500 acres of parks within its boundaries, offering active and passive recreation opportunities. Well-vegetated parks can help moderate higher temperatures created in urban heat islands, sequester carbon and other pollutants, and help mitigate impacts of extreme weather events. In addition, parks and green spaces provide opportunities for active recreation, passive enjoyment of nature, and stress reliefall factors that contribute to a more resilient population. This action focuses on two primary activities: (1) managing and maintaining City and County parks and other natural lands in ways that maximize carbon storage and increase resilience to climate change, and (2) continuing to improve park facilities in the city (i.e. landscaping, programming, play areas), thus leveraging the co-benefits of enhanced park facilities and access, including improved
public health outcomes." (Page 49, Climate Action Plan)…

One of the biggest problems in trying to communicate the urgency of addressing Climate Change is that most people think it will only happen far into the future and someplace else. Neither is true. Climate Change is hitting home now. We are now at a point where Rochester must prioritize its own commitment to addressing Climate Change.

Maintaining the present profile of the Cobbs Hill Village, working on other solutions for senior housing, and eventually returning this section of the park back to its original intent would demonstrate Rochesters commitment to a sustainable future.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/04/2018 at 9:08 AM

Re: “State approves energy-buying arrangement for Brockport and others

If we are actually going to reduce greenhouse gas emission on a scale and time frame that will matter, we need programs like Community choice aggregation (CCA) that actually focuses on renewable energy and lower costs for all.

CCA projects that offer lower costs for fossil fuel options in a time of Climate Change are not only a bad idea, theyre immoral.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 03/16/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Preparing for the inevitable: City looks at climate change

One of my favorite parts of this essay is this: But as a planet, we took too long to act. And even now, many countries are dragging their feet and pretending that if they just ignore the problem it'll go away.

Climate Change is one of those issues, like cancer, that only gets worse if you ignore it. Of course, at this point in time, the most striking form of climate denial is from the Trump administration who are dragging their feet and pretending that if they just ignore the problem it will go away. But it isnt going away. 97% of climate experts around the world agree that Climate Change is happening and our use of fossil fuels for energy is the cause. Science, however unpopular with our unpopular President, still reigns. Hopefully, we wont have to say to our grandchildren, Sorry, we took too long to act. BTW: I hope all surf over to the Citys site and read the Climate Action Plan. It spells out in detail what we are up against here in Rochester and where we need to work together for solutions.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/27/2018 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Groups press for thorough Vacuum Oil cleanup

Excellent article on the importance of cleaning up this long-standing Brownfield in Rochester, NY. Its urgent that the public make public comment by January 30th. Most of all, lets get this Brownfield cleaned up to the highest standards, just as you would want if your neighborhood contained an industrial waste land.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/20/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Cobbs Hill Village plan heads to a vote

If the new Cobbs Hill Village plan goes ahead, one of our most popular parks and real low-cost senior housing will be changednot in a good way. They dont make parks anymore and they dont keep senior living rates at this level anymore.

The more you learn about this boondoggle, the more you learn how bad a project to cut up one of our major Rochester Parks and take away truly affordable living for seniors is.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/04/2018 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Group wants the city to lower speed limits

Slowing City traffic down make it safer for pedestrians, more survivable, and lower greenhouse gas emission as more people feel safe to walk.

As I write, there are two pedestrian/car collision incidents in our area. Pedestrians always lose in a confrontation with a vehicle. Who in their right mind wouldnt want to slow down and protect the lives of people wanting and needing to walk to their destinations?

Active transportation (walking and bicycling) is a critical transportation option for many peoples livelihood and active transportation must be made a viable transportation mode as Climate Change become more dire.

Just this week, a study found Transportation is the Biggest Source of U.S. Emissions (11/21/2017 Climate Central)

Wouldnt it make more sense to adopt laws that brings our freaking car/pedestrian accident rate down, rather than the horrific toll being paid for a speedy ride through our neighborhoods?

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 11/23/2017 at 8:35 AM

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