Greening the Public Market


 At the Rochester Public Market, we strive to be a model of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.  Here's some of the things we're doing to green the Market:

New Indoor Shed and Food Stands:  The ongoing $8 million Market renovation and expansion project features the replacement of the indoor, or "B" Shed and also the replacement of the four stand-alone food stands on the grounds of the Market. These state of the art new structures will be much more energy efficient and provide better amenities and comfort for vendors and shoppers. In addition, a new covered outdoor shed has been erected.  See our Public Market Improvement page for all the details  

Solar Panels.  Atop the historic, curved "A" Shed are 66 solar panels, that generate energy for the Market and also out to the power grid when the demand at the Market is low. In their first three years of operation, these solar panels have prevented 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide--that's 50 tons--from entering the atmosphere!   

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Bike Infrastructure and Programs: Those who ride their bikes to the Market are making significant contributions to improved air and water quality--as well as to their own health. We've installed covered bike parking as well as racks throughout the grounds. Check out our new Best Parking at the Market incentive/reward program for those who bike to the Market!  

Our work to make the Market more bike-friendly is part of the City's overall extensive efforts to build this pollution-free mode of transportation.  See more about the City's Bike Plan, which includes bike lanes, bike "boulevards," bike sharing, and more.    

 Cardboard Compactor:  A state of the art, large cardboard compactor was recently installed, aiding the Market's quest to recycle the mountains of cardboard generated here.

 Gardens and "Edible Landscaping":  During the warm months, the Market is alive with horticulture! This includes:

  • The Market Supervisors' beautiful perennial garden on the back side of the Market Office
  • The "Living Wall" planted vertically on the back side of the restroom building by Center for Youth Services and Monroe County Teen Court youth (and watered with rainwater collected from the roof of the building and pumped to the plants through an ingenious drip irrigation system)
  • A "rain garden" in the Union/Trinidad parking lot that allows natural drainage

Nature at the Market Series: Each year, we invite environmental organizations from around the region to interface with Market-goers about important environmental issues. This series is sponsored by Hunt Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.  (Are you an environmental organization that would like to take part in the 2015 series? Get in touch with us at

Flower City Pickers : Thanks to the initiative of this new community organization and its dedicated volunteers, thousands of pounds of surplus produce is collected from vendors at the Market at the end of busy Saturdays and prepared for homeless and other neighbors in need around the city. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Station:  In the Market lot at the corner of Trinidad and Union Streets are two electric vehicle charging ports! These are part of the City's EV Charging Station Program that makes it easier for EV drivers to power up all across the city!

Big Belly Solar Garbage Cans:  These genius receptacles use solar power to compact garbage within, reducing the frequency of need to empty them, which also reduces truck trips and labor!  

Union Street Railroad Bridge Conversion:  In 2012, an abandoned railroad bridge over Union Street was converted into a foot/bike/trolley path from Market parking lots to the Market grounds. See more about this project  

 See a WROC-TV "Go Green" piece on the Market's green initiatives