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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 7


First hour: Understanding Rochester Community Power

Second hour: Is tipping changing, post-pandemic?Residents of the City of Rochester could get their electricity entirely from renewable energy sources beginning September 1. The option comes with the launch of Rochester Community Power, a local community choice aggregation program. Unless residents opt out, their electricity will be from 100% renewable sources, provided at fixed rates. Local climate activists and city officials have been working with Joule Community Power to establish the program. This hour, we discuss what community choice aggregation is, what it means for customers, and the impact it could have on climate action. Our guests:

  • Shannon Bellamy, member of Roctricity
  • Brady Fergusson, director of public engagement for the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region
  • Glenn Weinberg, director of Joule Community Power

Then in our second hour, at the start of June, the number of people eating out was already back to 2019 levels, according to data from OpenTable. The hazard Americans felt is fading. Will their hazard tipping fade as well?  “The simple explanation is that there is a greater willingness among some people to tip now as opposed to before the pandemic,” says Michael Lynn, a marketing professor at Cornell University, to The Atlantic. But tip averages are falling, and in some American towns, there is a backlash against employees who didn't want to go back to work without higher pay. So is tipping changing -- and should it change? Who should be responsible for increasing worker pay? Our guests:

  • Ian Phillips, bar manager at The Owl House
  • Jenson Alexis, manager of Matilda Coffee House and Kitchen
  • Dominique Curry, curly hair stylist at Need Salon and Spa
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.