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Viridi Parente partners with Li-Cycle on battery recycling (access required)


Viridi Parente, Inc., a developer of innovative battery technology, has shipped its initial batch of batteries to Rochester’s Li-Cycle Corp., an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America. By recycling 100 ...

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PEKO mentors Scale For ClimateTech innovators working on renewable energy products (access required)


A long-standing Rochester manufacturer has partnered with a manufacturing readiness program to help climate technology innovators bring their renewable energy products to market. PEKO Precision Products Inc. has become a strategic partner of the Scale For ClimateTech program, which is ...

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Drive Clean Rebate program offers additional $30 million to buy electric (access required)


An additional $30 million has been made available through New York state’s Drive Clean Rebate program to encourage drivers to lease or purchase all-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said. The funding and program changes ...

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CCIA helps the environment, doesn’t hurt consumers (access required)


It occasionally happens, as the end of the New York State legislative session approaches, that a particular bill up for passage draws intense, often one-sided local media scrutiny. This year, the dubious honor goes to the Climate and Community Investment Act ...

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NYSERDA opens applications for $15 million Carbon Challenge (access required)


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the third round of the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge, making $15 million available as part of Round XI of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The ...

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Three real estate experts tackle new industry: pest control (access required)


If you would have asked Dara Rennert if she were interested in owning a local pest solutions business 18 months ago, she would have looked at you funny. After a year-plus global pandemic, however, the idea was not only feasible, ...

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Rochester brownfield projects receive federal funding (access required)


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.4 million in Western New York for three brownfield cleanup projects, including one in the Rochester region. Nationwide, more than 150 communities will receive 154 grants totaling $66.5 million through the EPA’s Multipurpose, ...

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Greenhouse gas study results will figure in climate action planning (access required)


Results of a recent regional greenhouse gas inventory will be used to guide efforts to implement a climate action plan. The Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region will provide results of the study during a webinar via Zoom ...

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SunDensity’s expansion in Rochester provides job opportunities (access required)

SunDensity, an optical coating producer, will be opening a pilot plant in Rochester early next year. Rochester is the perfect location for the start-up because of the extensive access to labs, facilities and universities that share expertise in photonics. (Photo provided)

An optical coating producer is expanding in the Rochester area, with plans to open a pilot plant for its coating line in early 2022. Nishikant ‘Nish’ Sonwalkar, SunDensity’s founder, president and CEO, said its unique technology that enhances optical processes ...

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New canned cocktails bring awareness to bee conservation (access required)

CanBee Cocktails Bee’s Knees

Black Button Distilling has launched a new brand of award-winning canned cocktails made with small-batch gin and simple ingredients. CanBee Cocktails aims to bring awareness to essential bee conservation efforts that preserve their vital presence within the ecosystem. CanBee Cocktails ...

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New York may ban flame retardant chemicals in furniture, electronics (access required)

The state Legislature is debating bills to outlaw fire retardant chemicals in furniture and other goods. Proponents say the chemicals are carcinogens and no longer live up to their safety claims. But not everyone is convinced. (Photo by Jay Heike on Unsplash)

New York lawmakers are considering bills that would ban the sale of furniture and electronics containing flame retardant chemicals, and a coalition of manufacturers and business owners recently expressed opposition in a letter to legislators. Various industry associations signed the letter, ...

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Power Authority develops sustainability plan (access required)


The New York Power Authority last week said it has developed a five-year plan that establishes goals and strategies to achieve the state’s climate leadership goals through a comprehensive sustainability agenda. Progress against NYPA’s Sustainability Plan will be measured with ...

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Survey seeks input on climate solutions (access required)


The Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region is looking for community input to help determine a regional climate action plan. The Climate Solutions Accelerator will help create a response to requirements of the New York state Climate Leadership ...

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Sunnking to host free electronics recycling events (access required)


Area electronics recycling firm Sunnking has added free drop-off events in Greece and Webster in the upcoming months. Registration via the Sunnking website is required to drop off items. There will be a recycling drop-off at Greece Arcadia High School ...

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