What we're about

The Rochester Minimalists are a group of individuals looking to explore our relationship with things, what brings value to our lives, to reduce our environmental footprint and question consumerism.

Our group meets monthly at various locations throughout Rochester and Monroe County to discuss minimalism, how it is having an impact on our lives, to support each other as we learn to do more with less, to find ways we can work together as a community to reduce our environmental impact and to save money, and much more! We also have social gatherings to help build community!

As of January 2020, Amy Cavalier will be stepping down as leader of this group. If you or anyone you know would like to discuss taking over as leader, please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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Upcoming events (5)

Rochester Minimalists October 2019 Meet-up

Brighton Memorial Library

The Rochester Minimalists present “Recycling 101" with Monroe County’s Solid Waste Administrator Luann Meyer from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 7 at Brighton Memorial Library. The recycling industry has evolved over the past 30 years with new sorting and processing technology, making recycling more convenient than ever for residents. At the same time, new types of packaging, mixed messaging, and the phenomenon of “wish-cycling”, have contributed to the increasing trend of contamination at the recycling plant. Coupled with a global recycling market crisis, recycling has been propelled into a crossroads. Find out what this means for recycling in Monroe County and put your knowledge of local recycling rules to the test with a mythbuster game. You’ll leave feeling empowered to recycle right! Presenter Luann Meyer is Monroe County’s Solid Waste Administrator, overseeing the operation of the County’s integrated environmental infrastructure including a landfill, recycling center, transfer station, yard waste composting facilities, as well as the EcoPark. In her presentation, she will provide a history of Monroe County’s curbside recycling program, dating back to 1992 when a law was implemented making recycling mandatory for residents, businesses and institutions.

Rochester Minimalists November 2019 Meet-up

Brighton Memorial Library

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.

Labyrinth at Asbury United Methodist Church

Asbury First United Methodist Church

Rather than try to get everyone together for a meeting or to volunteer (we'll likely still be doing this) during the month of December, I thought it would be nice to take part in some centering and grounding opportunities during what can be an overwhelming and hectic month. There are many events planned, some of which do have a fee and will require advance registration. Let's help each other survive the madness of the holiday by holding ourselves accountable for some self-care! The labyrinth in the basement of Asbury First United Methodist Church is typically open to the public on the second Wednesday of the month from 5:00-7:00 pm, and even more during Advent. Let's join together for a silent walking meditation. If there's interest, maybe we can plan to grab a bite together afterwards. The labyrinth is free to use.

OM Chanting at Nu Movement

NU MOVEMENT

Rather than try to get everyone together for a meeting or to volunteer (we'll likely still be doing this) during the month of December, I thought it would be nice to take part in some centering and grounding opportunities during what can be an overwhelming and hectic month. There are many events planned, some of which do have a fee and will require advance registration. Let's help each other survive the madness of the holiday by holding ourselves accountable for some self-care! OM Chanting is a group practice that uses the transformational power of the mantra OM to activate the self-healing potential of everyone who participates. We sit in a specially arranged circle and chant OM out loud for 45 min. Due to a special blessing, OM Chanting generates a vibrational frequency that releases negativity, transforms it and showers us with positive energy. No previous experience is required. OM Chanting is not a faith-based practice, but all faiths are welcomed, as well as those who have no interest in spirituality. The only requirement is that you must be able to sit (either on the floor or in a chair) and repeatedly chant OM (at your own pace) for the entire circle time (45 minutes). For the duration of the circle we sit either on a chair or on a bolster and blankets. All this is provided at the studio. It is recommended to bring some water and dress in loose, comfortable clothes. Pricing is $5 / $10 / $15 online donation - all cash donation amounts accepted at the door. Visit https://numvmnt.com/schedule to register.

Past events (47)

Rochester Minimalists September 2019 Meet-up

Brighton Memorial Library

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