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February 2007

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         Highlights of the February 2007 RENewsletter:  As always, there's lots going on in the Rochester area pertaining to our environment.  You just have to look all over the Internet to find the stories.  But, here at RochesterEnvironment.com we bring it all to one place. 

 

 

* Hottest issue this month of February 2007: My vote for the biggest environmental story for our area this month is Global Warming. Two events outside the Rochester area – AL Gore wining an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” and the ‘Climate Change 2007' by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—have altered the public debate about the validity of Global Warming. Al Gore’s documentary proves, despite the present Bush Administration’s dismissal of the dangers of Global Warming, that the public cares deeply about this issue and wishes desperately to do something about it. Major corporations were asking the Bush administration before his last State of the Union address to provide a level playing field (something he has always been loathed to do) for limiting global warming gases for all businesses. Also, the “Climate Change 2007” report by a very conservative UN panel ends the public debate about whether climate change is imminent and due to made-made causes. As well as we can know about this issue with absolute certainly (which is an impossible bar to reach when determining whether or not to act on an environmental problem) we now know that it is time to act. There is enough information and consensus of scientific knowledge to act now. So, it is important for all to focus on how Global Warming could be affecting our area. You can keep abreast of this issue for our area here: http://www.rochesterenvironment.com/weather%26climate.htm  The wind turbines going up at the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna called “Steel Winds” is a major story about development of renewable power for our area. But, still there are stories about our local townships trying to delay the development of wind farms in our area. It is my opinion that we have a responsibility, now that Global Warming has moved to the forefront of important issues this century that we do our part in developing renewable energy and help the world alleviate the repercussions of Global Warming. This means that in any pubic discussion about installing wind farms in our area, the world-wide crisis of Global Warming should be part of the debate. And that means communities considering limiting construction of wind farms in their area would be acting irresponsible if they did not also consider this renewable energy source in the context of Global Warming. For they are going to consume energy anyway and just because they don’t see the coal plant on their horizon spewing out green house gases and mercury doesn’t mean they have preserved their environment by halting a local wind farm that offends their notion of environmental purity.

* Other Hot Environmental issues this month: As usual, energy issues predominate in our area. Perinton is considering the banning of outdoor furnaces, which in my view is the kind of legislation town boards should be considering on energy: deciding on the wider impact of an energy source instead of its immediate relief from high energy bills. There is an article about politicians upping the ante on energy efficiency, retrofitting school buses to run cleaner on diesel fuel, bringing more wind turbines into Webster, and more development on energy fuel cells. No longer can we as a responsible people use energy without being aware of its impact on our environment. We must make sure that our representatives and the corporations we work for and buy from are part of the global solution on Global Warming and not part of the problem. I encourage all to visit http://www.ipcc.ch/  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to understand the immediacy of the energy/Global Warming issue.

* The silent stories [important stories we didn't hear much about]: If you have been following the recent developments in Australia who are thinking of adopting a radical new proposal to ban old incandescent light bulbs to the new energy efficient florescent bulbs it must be heartening to see this simple idea take hold that could have a profound effect on saving energy. Instead of a light bulb using most of its energy draw to create heat, the new bulbs merely do what you want: create light. That our neighbors up north in Canada are also considering compact florescent bulbs might induce our area to do the same. Perhaps. But, one of the things that I have come across is that these new compact florescent bulbs, while saving energy, also have environmental negative effects because they contain mercury. Check out this article: On mercury in compact fluorescent lights | Grist | Ask Umbra | 16 Jan 2003 http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2003/01/16/umbra-mercury/  They should be disposed of properly and this should be a part of any wholesale program to adopt these new bulbs. Let me be clear, I am totally in favor of individuals and communities, even counties, adopting these compact florescent bulbs, but they should be disposed of properly.

* On-Going Concerns: One of my greatest on-going concerns for this area’s environment is the increasing lack of local environmental reporting by the major media. (Do any major media in Rochester have an environmental reporter any more?) RochesterEnvironment.com tries to link all environmental stories in this area each day, but I am finding that I have to locate stories about our area from other areas, other than our own, that include us. That’s too bad because only a proactive news force that tries to anticipate environmental issues, instead of reporting on catastrophes that could have been avoided, serves the public properly. The stories recently by the Washington Post on Walter Reed Hospital problems with outpatient services for returning service personnel in Iraq is a good example of a news service listening to possible problems from the public and performing the exhaustive research into the issue and presenting it to the public. Problems, including environmental problems, cannot be solved if the public does not know about them. And environmental problems are particularly difficult to ferret out because there is usually no objective research to depend on, little inclination by the government and business to include environmental degradation to their financial burden, and because it is usually so difficult to connect the dots of incidents over many years, and little interest to the public on confusing stories about things that don’t seem to immediately impact their lives. One must think seriously about how one gets environmental information these days—instead of relying on traditional news sources that are disinclined to scour an issue that doesn’t bring them much money. One of the best sources for environmental news stories is the Internet and I’ve listed all the major online podcasts on my E-News page in my Global Environmental Resources web at http://globalenvironmentalresources.rochesterenvironment.com/E_News.htm#Environmental_Podcasts 

* Environmental Actions you can take for our area: The most important environmental action event coming up has to be from http://www.stepitup2007.org/  “This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. We will hike, bike, climb, walk, swim, kayak, canoe, or simply sit or stand with banners of our call to action:” Also, New Yorkers should consider the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which has been blocked for several years, but now, because of our new governor, this bill might have a chance to pass. Check out my article in Environmental Thoughts, “Bigger Better Bottle Bill”, http://rochesterenvironmentny.blogspot.com/  for the skinny in this issue.

* Rochester-area Environmental Site of the Month:   The Nature Conservancy - Protecting nature, preserving life The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people.  The Nature Conservancy in New York - Central & Western New York

      

NEWS SUMMARY: Many of the news links below may already be out of date because these online news sources do not archive their stories.  To get the full articles, you can contact the news service and ask them for a copy. 

News for February 2007:

  • Governor Wants Expanded Deposit Law - ALBANY, N.Y. Recycling advocates from across the state headed to Albany Tuesday to support Governor Eliot Spitzer's bottle deposit proposal.  (Feb 27, 07) R News: As It Happens, Where It Happens
  • MPNnow.com: Gorham wants more time on turbine law - The Town Board has proposed extending a moratorium on wind farms for 90 days. GORHAM — The town’s moratorium on wind farms expired last Wednesday, but officials want to extend it 90 more days while they finish up work on a law to regulate turbines. A hearing on the extension is set for Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. (Feb 28, 07) MPNnow.com: Rochester and Western Finger Lakes News, Entertainment, Sports, Opinions, Photos and More
  • Local bird flu research aids FDA - Findings from vaccine study presented to federal panel — The federal government is one step closer to approving a vaccine against bird flu, in part due to research at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. An advisory panel said Tuesday that the vaccine currently being studied is safe and effective and should continue to be stockpiled in the event a new strain of influenza poses a threat to the United States. But there is evidence that the current vaccine still wouldn't protect many people against the H5N1 strain of bird flu. (February 28, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • New York assists in eliminating pest that kills ash trees - The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation Monday announced the state's response to help the State of Maryland eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive invasive forest health pest that causes a high rate of mortality in infested native ash trees. - (Feb 28, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • DEC announces the 2006 black bear harvest - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday announced the results for the 2006 black bear hunting seasons. Big Game hunters harvested 318 bears in the Adirondack bear range, 113 bears in the Allegany bear range, and 365 bears in the Catskill bear range.  (Feb 28, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • Clinton promotes plan for 'greenprint' in area - Senator tours school building that uses fuel cell  — EAST ROCHESTER — U.S. senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in East Rochester on Monday to unveil a 12-step plan to help the environment and the local economy. The plan, "Greenprint Rochester, New York: Turning Green into Growth," is the result of a conference that Clinton organized last fall with Greater Rochester Enterprise and the U.S. Green Building Council. More than 50 local leaders, architects, engineers, city planners and business people gathered to discuss ways that the Rochester region could develop, promote and use alternative energy sources. (February 27, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Bottle bill plan likely faces fight  — ALBANY — Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to expand the state's bottle-deposit law to juices, water and other beverages could turn out to be one of his toughest fights this year. About 50 groups are lined up to lobby for or against it, with opponents claiming the plan amounts to a $200 million tax increase. (February 24, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Flu widespread in NY, but mild locally - The New York State Health Department is reporting that influenza is now widespread based on reports of the illness from 55 counties, including New York City. A 4-month-old from Oneida County died from the flu earlier this month. And the state health department reports that, compared with previous years, there have been more flu-related hospitalizations reported among younger age groups this year throughout New York state. (Feb 23, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • EPA fines contractor for destroying wetlands outside Rochester - A local utility contractor working outside of Rochester, New York will be required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore wetlands it filled illegally, and pay a $5,000 penalty for the violation of federal law. (Feb 22, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • Buffalo News - Powering up 'Steel Winds' First of 8 giant turbines completed at old Bethlehem site - One windmill up - seven more to go. The first of eight massive wind turbines that will make up the "Steel Winds" wind farm at the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna was completed Monday afternoon as workers attached the three 153-foot-long blades to a tower. ( Feb 21, 07) The Buffalo News
  • State Health Department: Flu Widespread in New York Upstate Infant Death Linked to Flu Complications ALBANY – February 22, 2007 – The New York State Department of Health today announced that influenza (flu) has been classified as "widespread" in New York based on laboratory confirmed cases and reports of influenza outbreaks in 55 counties including New York City. The death of a four-month-old infant from Oneida County was reported earlier this month from complications resulting from Type A influenza. This is the second childhood death reported this year in New York believed to be related to flu. (Feb 22, 07) New York State Department of Health
  • DEC extends emergency regulation to help Prevent spread of VHS - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday announced that the emergency regulations to help prevent the spread of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia to additional waters in the state have been extended. The 21-day extension took place on February 16, 2007, and will continue the existing provisions which were enacted on November 21, 2006, that limit the release, possession, and taking of certain bait and other live fish species. (Feb 21, 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • MPNnow.com: Perinton seeks ban on outdoor furnaces A public has the chance to weigh in on the decision Feb. 28. PERINTON – To keep the environment clean and neighbors smoke free, leaders in the town of Perinton wants to partially ban outdoor wood-burning furnaces in most places. The proposed law would only allow residents with five acres or more to operate the devices used to heat homes and hot water. (Feb 20, 07) MPNnow.com: Rochester and Western Finger Lakes News, Entertainment, Sports, Opinions, Photos and More
  • Penfield adds 82 acres of open space to town - PENFIELD — The Town of Penfield has added 82 acres to its open-space program. (Feb 20, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Seneca County communities at odds over water - WATERLOO - Seneca County officials north and south of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal are at odds over water. Those in Seneca County Water District 1, which serves southern parts of the county, are considering building their own water treatment plant and not relying on water supplied indirectly through the village of Waterloo. The village claims it needs revenues from the south county to maintain the plant. It went into debt in 2001 to upgrade the plant to accommodate the new Five Points Correctional Facility at the former Seneca Army Depot. (Feb 17, 07) Finger Lakes Times Online
  • NYS Conservation Tax Credit New York State Conservation Easement Tax Credit Beginning with the 2006 tax year, this innovative Conservation Easement Tax Credit will give New York State landowners whose land is restricted by a conservation easement an annual refund of 25% of the property taxes paid on that land, up to $5,000 per year. It is available to all owners of conservation easement-restricted land, regardless of when the easement was created, provided that the easement was wholly or partially donated to a public or private conservation agency (a governmental body or any qualified private or not-for-profit charitable corporation or trust). --from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Protecting NY's Environment and Managing its Natural Resources
  • Noted community health expert coming to Rochester - Tom Farley, MD, MPH is the Chairman of the Department of Community Health at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the co-author of Prescription for a Healthy Nation. The Journal of the American Medical Association hailed his “important message that should be shared with everyone” as “perhaps the best solution to this nation’s health care woes.”
    • Says Dr. Farley “In America we spend nearly twice as much for health care as any other nation. So why are we among the sickest people in the industrialized world? Something is wrong about the way we are approaching health in the United States. We don’t need another health care reform plan, we need a new way to think about health.”
    • Dr. Farley will be coming to Rochester as part of a lecture series co-sponsored by Pediatric Links with the Community, the Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Center for Community Health of the University of Rochester, as well as the Rochester Regional Community Design Center.
    • Dr. Farley will talk about “Healthscaping: Improving our lives by fixing our everyday world” with a focus on hot health topics including childhood obesity. Lectures will be at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 20 in the Twig Auditorium at Rochester General Hospital, and at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 21 in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Farley will be signing books and presenting a broader discussion of community health issues on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm at St. Monica’s Church located at 831 Genesee Street. There is free parking in the lot next to the church.
    • These talks should be fascinating and informative for people interested in how good public policy could dramatically improve our health. All talks are open to the public. For additional information, please visit www.plccare.org  or call (585) 273-3737 or (585) 273-5942.
  • Author to talk about his book — BRIGHTON — Edward Wilson — a Harvard University biology professor and author named by Time magazine as among "America's 25 Most Influential People" — will talk about his new book, The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion, at 7 p.m. March 5 in Monroe Community College's Brighton Campus Theater. (February 17, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Cornell scientists find quick test to detect deadly fish virus ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- A new test will help scientists quickly detect a fast-spreading aquatic virus that threatens the Great Lakes fishing industry, according to its developers at Cornell University. Current tests for the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus involve culturing cells and can take up to a month. The new technique, which measures viral genetic material, takes only 24 hours to identify the virus, said Paul Bowser, a Cornell professor of aquatic animal medicine. (Feb 15, 07) The Ithaca Journal - www.theithacajournal.com - Ithaca, NY
  • New EPA rules could mean cleaner burning school buses - News - MSNBC.com Somebody is finally doing something about that smelly, dirty exhaust from school buses. And that somebody is the United States government. The Environmental Protection Agency has new clean air rules for diesel school buses. New buses should burn 90 percent cleaner when it comes to soot and 95 percent cleaner when it comes to nitrogen oxide. But the new school buses are expensive, and retrofitting older ones isn't cheap either. (Feb 12, 07) Rochester, NY news from WHEC-TV - MSNBC.com
  • Students invited to join in environment competition State Senator George D. Maziarz and other elected officials have called for local student entries for the 16th annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues. The State-sponsored competition is open to students in grades one through eight, and includes an awards presentation at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, May 15, where winners will receive award medals, view submissions by their fellow students from around the state, and have the opportunity to tour the seat of state government. (Feb 11, 07) Westside News Inc.
  • Upstate senator demands action on chemical landfils ALBANY - Twenty years after New York passed a law requiring the redistribution and phasing out of chemical-waste landfills, the state is no closer to completing a plan, lawmakers and environmental advocates said yesterday. Sen. George Maziarz, R-Niagara County, proposed a bill that would compel the state Department of Environmental Conservation to comply with the 1987 law. The measure also aims to update the law to reflect advancements made in the disposal of hazardous waste. (Feb 13, 07) THE JOURNAL NEWS: LOHUD.COM
  • City, Water Authority to talk about future — Monroe County Water Authority and Rochester officials are scheduled to begin discussions this month that will shape the future of both water systems. City officials and Water Authority officials say all options are on the table — including consolidation. But Mayor Robert Duffy said this week that the city would want a greatly restructured authority board before it can agree to a merged system. (February 9, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • 'Fish Ebola virus' threatens lakes A resurgent Lake Michigan salmon fishery that survived a devastating bacterial disease in the 1980s and '90s might soon face its greatest threat: an imported disease that biologists call "Ebola virus for fish." Viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, is sweeping across the Great Lakes, leaving thousands of dead fish in its wake. Like the Ebola virus in humans that has killed thousands in Africa, VHS makes fish bleed to death from their eyes and other orifices. VHS does not affect humans. (Feb 11, 07) MLive.com: Everything Michigan
  • IJC's 13th Biennial Report Calls for Strong Great Lakes Accountability Framework by the two National Governments - CHICAGO. In its Thirteenth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality, released today, the International Joint Commission recommends that the governments of Canada and the United States create and apply an uncommonly strong Accountability Framework for Great Lakes restoration and protection under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. (Feb 10, 07)  IJC-CMI
  • Suburban Spotlight: Scrub put to diesel fumes - Retrofitted school buses in Greece, Fairport and Livonia will run cleaner - Unpleasant and unhealthful diesel fumes from school buses will be a thing of the past soon in the Greece Central School District and two other local districts. The district is retrofitting its bus fleet with equipment that will significantly lower diesel emissions. The equipment, called diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) and closed crankcase filtration (CCF) systems, also is being installed in the Fairport School District, the Livonia School District in Livingston County and another downstate district. (February 4, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Monroe County Health Department grants target lead poisoning - The Monroe County Department of Public Health is providing up to $5,000 to qualified city property owners to reimburse costs associated with reducing lead hazards. (Feb 10, 2007) New York State News on the Net!
  • Fish disease poses no known threat to human health - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reported that a fish virus, Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN), was found recently in samples of trout from the hatchery on the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island. There is no known health threat to humans who handle or consume fish that contain the IPN virus, but IPN is considered a serious fish disease capable of causing extensive mortality in young trout. (Feb 10, 2007) New York State News on the Net!
  • City, Water Authority to talk about future — Monroe County Water Authority and Rochester officials are scheduled to begin discussions this month that will shape the future of both water systems. City officials and Water Authority officials say all options are on the table — including consolidation. But Mayor Robert Duffy said this week that the city would want a greatly restructured authority board before it can agree to a merged system. (February 9, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Backyard sanctuary in Victor - Couple attracts wildlife with two ponds and an array of plants - — VICTOR — What started out as a way to add a little beauty to their back yard has blossomed into a full-fledged bird and wildlife sanctuary (February 7, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • NYSERDA hydrogen development and demo contracts awarded - A $790,751 project with a General Motors, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester and Cornell University consortium will work to develop and integrate novel materials for use as hydrogen fuel cell components. A $635,350 project with the Toro Company, Niagara Falls, will demonstrate the use of a hydrogen fuel cell-hybrid electric turf maintenance fleet. (Jan 07) New York State News on the Net!
  • Joyous swan song - Centuries of overhunting bled the Atlantic and Midwestern trumpeter swan populations to the point that they were thought extinct in the United States by the 1940s. But since that time, environmentalists and wildlife workers have imported trumpeters back to the eastern United States from areas where they were discovered to still thrive, such as Alaska and the hot springs of Yellowstone Park. Bean has set out to amend a problem that arose from the trumpeters' displacement. The swans now residing in the area outlying Lake Ontario - between 300 and 500, he estimates - do not know to migrate eastward because the instinct was not inherited from their forbears in the western states. The climate does not threaten the swans themselves. (Jan 05, 07) http://www.auburnpub.com/
  • MPNnow.com: Wind power blowing into Webster Wind turbines are already in Webster, but its lakeside could be seeing more in the future. Wind power may be blowing into Webster, but few realize it is already there. Last December, a wind test tower was placed on the Phillips Road sewer treatment plant in Webster. This tower is used to gather meteorological data about wind currents to determine if there are suitable conditions for a wind tower at this location. (Feb 5, 07) MPNnow.com: Rochester and Western Finger Lakes News, Entertainment, Sports, Opinions, Photos and More

  • Brooks receives environmental award — Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks received a statewide award today from the New York Water Environment Association. Brooks received the “Frank E. VanLare Award,” which goes to an elected official who undertakes environmental initiatives. VanLare was a former Rochester councilman and state Senator who helped develop the state’s Pure Waters program. (February 5, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
  • DEC announces first statewide invasive plant conference - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Friday announced that the Invasive Plant Council of New York State will be holding its first statewide conference titled, "Invasive Plants on the Horizon and More." The gathering will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany on February 7 and 8, 2007. New York State News on the Net!
  • Authoritative Report Confirms Human Activity Driving Global Warming WASHINGTON—After six years of assessing climate science research from around the world, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has solidified the scientific understanding that key heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere "have increased markedly as a result of human activities," and the "net effect of human activities since 1750 has been one of warming." The report states that evidence of the climate's warming "is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level." (Jan 02, 07) Union of Concerned Scientists
  • PoughkeepsieJournal.com - American eels don’t qualify as endangered, feds decide The Fish and Wildlife Service will not list the American eel as an endangered species, despite evidence of steep declines of the strange fish in some river systems. Because the eel shows resiliency in many rivers, it is not in imminent danger of becoming extinct, biologist Heather Bell told reporters Tuesday. (Jan 31, 07) Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Pandemic Flu Index Created - When pandemic flu hits, which experts say is not a question of if but when, the nation will likely not have a vaccine ready to go. That's why experts are taking other measures to prepare. National health leaders have created the Pandemic Severity Index that is modeled after the way hurricanes are categorized. - (Feb 2, 07) R News: As It Happens, Where It Happens
  • Pandemic Influenza: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead | CDC News Statement of Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Published: January 24, 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Panel Issues Bleak Report on Climate Change - New York Times PARIS, Feb. 2 — In a bleak and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate change scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is "unequivocal" and that human activity is the main driver, "very likely" causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
  • PoughkeepsieJournal.com - Global warming panel blunt about rising temperatures, bleak future PARIS — A panel of international scientists predicted Friday that global warming will continue for centuries no matter how much people control pollution, in a bleak report that blamed humans for killer heat waves, devastating droughts and stronger storms. The report said people were “very likely” the cause of global warming — the strongest conclusion to date — and placed the burden on governments to take action. “It’s later than we think,” said Susan Solomon, co-chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (Feb 02, 07) Poughkeepsie Journal
  • PoughkeepsieJournal.com - Spitzer releases state budget ENVIRONMENT -The governor would increase the Environmental Protection Fund, which goes to preserve open space and aid pollution cleanups among other projects, to $250 million from $225 million. The state would add 166 new employees, combined, at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Parks Department and Adirondack Park Agency. (Feb 02, 07) Poughkeepsie Journal

 

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 Updates in RochesterEnvironment.com for February 2007:

  • 02/24/07 - The major media are not doing their job on informing the public continually on our environmental matters. But, luckily, there are some excellent sources online for environmental new around the world by some of the top environmental media sources. Check out E News from Global Environmental Resources – and if you have a mp3 player, don’t miss out on the latest form of keeping informed on environmental matters – Environmental Podcasts.
  • 02/24/07 - Stop and Think for a Moment - A couple of decades ago I performed a common public obligation by serving for a month on the Monroe County Grand Jury. Before a month-long parade of decisions on various crimes, the prosecutor admonished our collection of citizen jurists to “think and conduct our public duty with thoughtful deliberation, because we were performing an important function in our area’s law enforcement.” I still remember that little discourse for it reminded all of us in the jury to do our duty properly and it elevated our thinking to be above our daily petty whims and opinions so that we would decide on the cases before us as thoughtful representatives of our government.
    • I think of that as our state moves towards the adoption of the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which would reduce litter in our state without a tax increase. (Please get the facts on this bill at NYPIRG’s site http://www.nypirg.org/enviro/bottlebill/faq.html before arguing corporate misinformation.) Before giving a quick response to the idea (increasing the refund on returnable bottles to include juices, water, and other beverages), consider this proposal as a responsible citizen of our environment’s future.
    • We are at a critical point with our environment (many issues such as global warming, the loss of biodiversity, pollution, etc. may be coming to a tipping point), and it is up to our generation to see that future generations do not suffer for our lack of humanity. Forget about taxes, the inconvenience for convenience stores, and the loony suggestion that we might force inmates to pick up after us for a moment and think about your children’s world. Will this bill, which has proven to remove over 80 million discarded bottles from our forests, streets, and streams, make a substantial improvement of our environment? Eighty-percent of New Yorkers already think so.
    • Providing a positive incentive for consumers to recycle their trash, instead of allowing it to add to the ledger of our disregard for our planet’s health (which is our health), should be the principle which this bill hinges upon. Not what will personally inconvenience you or upset an already money-strapped business. We can readjust our behavior to live environmentally responsibly. Nature cannot.
  • 02/23/07 - An issue that may be looming in our future is the issue of possible development in Canadice/Hemlock lake area. For a good map and an encapsulation of the issue, check out this page from the Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy in New York - Central & Western: Hemlock and Canadice Lakes
  • 02/23/07 - If you have been following the recent developments in Australia adopting a radical new proposal to ban old incandescent light bulbs to the new energy efficient florescent bulbs it must be heartening to see this simple idea take hold that could have a profound effect on saving energy. Instead of a light bulb using most of its energy draw to create heat, the new bulbs merely do what you want: create light. That our neighbors up north are considering this idea to compact florescent bulbs might jog our area to do the same. Perhaps. But, one of the things that I have come across is that these new compact florescent bulbs, while saving energy, also have environmental effects because they contain mercury. Check out this article: On mercury in compact fluorescent lights | Grist | Ask Umbra | 16 Jan 2003 They should be disposed of properly and this should be a part of any wholesale program to adopt these new bulbs.  TheStar.com - News - Ontario considers banning old-style light bulbs Ontario is considering becoming the first province in Canada to follow Australia's lead in banning old-fashioned, energy-sucking light bulbs, Environment Minister Laurel Broten said Wednesday as the province draws up a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Conservative Leader John Tory and environmental groups are urging the government to ban incandescent bulbs in favour of energy-efficient ones, saying it's the push people need to save electricity and a move that would eliminate much of the province's dependence on coal-fired power plants. --from TheStar.com
  • 02/23/07 - As time goes on and we learn more about what we do that affects our environment, we may begin to adopt a new comprehensive attitude towards our environment. A story that I am hearing more and more about is the affect of our pharmaceuticals in our waters. Flushing our problems down the toilet isn’t an answer to a problem, getting rid of unwanted drugs, it is often only the beginning of a problem for our environment. What’s new is that our government is beginning to do something about it. And because our area is surrounded by so many lakes and streams this new federal prescription drug disposal guidelines could help save our fishing industry and water quality. EPA Unveils Drug Disposal Guidelines - washingtonpost.com WASHINGTON -- Here's a safety tip from your government: Trash those unwanted prescription drugs with kitty litter or coffee grounds to keep them from falling into the wrong hands _ and mouths. New federal prescription drug disposal guidelines recommend mixing unused, unneeded or expired drugs with undesirable substances _ like cat litter or coffee grounds _ and tossing them in the trash in nondescript containers. Doing so should curb prescription drug abuse and protect lakes and streams from contamination, the White House and government health and environment officials said. (Feb 21, 07) The Washington Post
  • 02/22/07 - We here at RochesterEnvironment.com always applaud those who have contributed to making our local environment better. Here’s a great testimonial by Mark Hare from the Democrat and Chronicle: Alvan Grant, parks director, had a 'thirst for green' (February 22, 2007) — "Alvan Grant had a "thirst for green," says his daughter, Elizabeth Bernstein of Austin, Texas. Grant, 90, the former director of the Monroe County Parks Department, died in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 13. He retired in 1977 after a dozen years as director and more than 30 with the parks system. "He had such a love of his field, he'd have done it for nothing," says Cassandra Petsos, president of People for Parks, a citizens advocacy group Grant founded just before his retirement." Democrat and Chronicle
  • 02/22/07 - In two parts, here’s an excellent set of article about how Global Warming is and will be affecting our Great Lakes.  Global warming—first of two parts: Lack of lake ice a harbinger of things to come & Part two of two: Climate change could alter life in and life of lakes  -from Sussex Sun
  • 02/22/07 - I have not been here yet, but it looks like a good way to get educated about our Great Lake’s environmental issues:  Biosphère "Since its opening in 1995, Environment Canada’s Biosphère has been a showcase for environmental education. The Biosphère raises the awareness of young people and their families about major environmental issues, including those related to water and climate change, and the sustainable development of the Great Lakes – St Lawrence ecosystem."
  • 02/21/07 - “Think globally and act locally” is far from dead. Here’s what some are doing on Global Warming for our area: Hello Everyone, I would like to share with you two resources I developed for use by our Western New York Climate Action Coalition. They could easily be adapted for climate change activism anywhere -- so I wanted to make them available to you and to our collective work. 1. A "You Can Make a Difference" 8 page handout -- stressing political action but also including education and lifestyle actions people can take to address global warming and climate change. 2. A climate action resolution to be used by community groups.  -- Walter Simpson [enconser@buffalo.edu]
  • 02/19/07 - Join in the Discussions: As you learn from this site and book and even (slowly) the major media about the implications of Climate Change, there are many online opportunities to join in discussions how to lighten our human footprints on our environment. Many of the online newspapers of the local media have made it easy to join in discussion pertaining to news stories, and some of those pertain to our local environment. Check out my page News Sources and go to one of the news links and find a local environmental story and join in their bogs or chats. Some news links that are especially easy to use are The Democrat and Chronicle, The City Newspaper, and The Messenger Post Newspapers that allows you to “share your thoughts.”
  • 02/16/07 - Always good now to keep abreast of the ways to save energy and share your information with friends and family. A major source for information online that you can count on is the Union of Concerned Scientists’ GreenTips Home (Index) Is Your Fridge Running (Efficiently)? February 2007 -Appliances account for about 20 percent of a household’s annual electricity use. Since most of our nation’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels (such as coal and natural gas), which contribute to global warming and air and water pollution, replacing older appliances with more efficient Energy Star-rated models can go a long way toward reducing your environmental impact. However, these appliances are only as efficient as the person using them.
  • 02/15/07 - Good editorial in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on Global Warming. You can join in the discussion: Bush must catch up - Fortunately, efforts under way to reduce greenhouse gases (Feb 12, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • 02/15/07 - Here’s an interesting speculation on the importance of the recent climate change report: Change coming for Ohio trees, birds Global warming could drive out native species, bring southern varieties up north - Young Ohioans walking through the woods today likely will remember a different place when they stroll the same forest in 75 years. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report Feb. 2 in Paris, the world heard clearly that humans are causing global warming. What that means to different continents and regions varies. In the United States, forecasts suggest that rising oceans will swallow coastal areas. (Feb 13, 07) The Columbus Dispatch
  • 02/14/07 -- As the issue of Global Warming moves to another level (most have moved from denial to acceptance), you can do your part by helping convince those who have not been on top of this issue and must come kicking and screaming to the fact that man-made climate change threatens future generations—like soon. So here’s a comprehensive online thesis on how to discuss the issue of Global Warming with remaining skeptics: WWF - How to answer the claims of a Climate Change Sceptic
  • 02/08/07 - Since the publication of 'Climate Change 2007" by the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change many have dropped all denial that Global Warming is happening, it’s human driven, and will continue to do so at a vicious rate unless major changes are made. The planet you knew is not going to be the planet your children will inhabit because our way of life is causing drastic climatic change: so what are you going to do. Here at RochesterEnvironment.com I will continue to track the best methods of mitigating what appears to be the most important issue of this century. Go to Global Warming Solutions.
  • 02/08/07 - Here's one way to curb Global Warming: American Forests American Forests is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests.
  • 02/07/07 Learn all about our Great Lakes from those who have experienced it—you. -- Great Lakes Wiki - The Great Lakes Wiki explores new ways of speeding the flow of information, knowledge and news about one of the world's greatest natural resources. It relies on the experience and knowledge of a network of citizens, including scientists, hunters, policymakers, environmentalists, anglers, lakeside property owners, boaters, business operators and others who care about the Great Lakes region.
  • 02/05/07 -- Maybe you can make a difference for our environment: RIT Enivronmental Science Program The Environmental Science program at RIT is where love of nature meets cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet. Future environmental leaders in industry, government, non-profit organizations and the media are drawn to this program for its unmatched strengths: 
  • 02/03/07 - IPCC Fourth Assessment Report IPCC ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE - On February 2, 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of the current science of climate change. The summary, directed at policymakers, is based on six years of review of scientific literature by experts from around the world, convened under the auspices of the IPCC's Working Group I. The report calls the evidence of climate warming "unequivocal." The report finds that rates of both observed warming and sea level rise have accelerated over the past century, and discusses other important changes being observed, including more intense precipitation in some regions, prolonged droughts in others, and intensification of hurricanes in some tropical regions. * Read the Pew Center's coverage of the report: http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136622 * Pew Center's summary of the report (93 KB pdf): http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136623 * Pew Center statement on the report: http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136624 * Facts and Figures: http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136625 * "Sea Level Rise - The State of the Science", a new Pew Center fact sheet: http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136626 * Hurricanes and Global Warming Q&A: http://ealert.pewclimate.org/ctt.asp?u=3620441&l=136627
  • 02/02/07 -- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007". The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. The Synthesis Report integrates the information around six topic areas
  • 02/01/07 - Check out wind power events for this month at: wind events and actions

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Events of the month:  Each Month I will post all up and coming environmental events until they are over.  Be sure to check the list often as events come and go and I only post this newsletter once a month. 

Events for March 2007 and beyond:    

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Starting March 20 Noted community health expert coming to Rochester - Tom Farley, MD, MPH is the Chairman of the Department of Community Health at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the co-author of Prescription for a Healthy Nation. The Journal of the American Medical Association hailed his “important message that should be shared with everyone” as “perhaps the best solution to this nation’s health care woes.”
  • Says Dr. Farley “In America we spend nearly twice as much for health care as any other nation. So why are we among the sickest people in the industrialized world? Something is wrong about the way we are approaching health in the United States. We don’t need another health care reform plan, we need a new way to think about health.”
  • Dr. Farley will be coming to Rochester as part of a lecture series co-sponsored by Pediatric Links with the Community, the Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Center for Community Health of the University of Rochester, as well as the Rochester Regional Community Design Center.
  • Dr. Farley will talk about “Healthscaping: Improving our lives by fixing our everyday world” with a focus on hot health topics including childhood obesity. Lectures will be at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 20 in the Twig Auditorium at Rochester General Hospital, and at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 21 in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Farley will be signing books and presenting a broader discussion of community health issues on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm at St. Monica’s Church located at 831 Genesee Street. There is free parking in the lot next to the church.
  • These talks should be fascinating and informative for people interested in how good public policy could dramatically improve our health. All talks are open to the public. For additional information, please visit www.plccare.org  or call (585) 273-3737 or (585) 273-5942.
 
7 pm, April 14 From the -- Save America's Mountains Committee of Rochester (c) 734-4866 (w) 454-5550 x.144 - 7pm, April 14, at Corpus Christi Church (80 Prince Street). The program will begin with the Rochester premiere of the one hour, award-winning documentary, Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coal Field Justice, followed by a talk with Julia Bonds, 2003 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize.  Corpus Christi Church (80 Prince Street)
March 27 at 7PM Sandra Steingraber will give a talk at the University of Rochester on March 27 at 7PM in Hubbell Auditorium. Title of talk: "Contaminated Without Consent: How Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food, and Water Sabotage Human Development and Violate Human Rights" Description: This lecture will explore how environmental chemicals enter the human body and raise risks for health problems at key stages in human development from point of conception through puberty, midlife, and old age. Steingraber will discuss how new scientific discoveries in the fields of fetal toxicology and pediatric environmental health are mounting an ethical challenge to our current systems of managing and regulating toxic substances. This event is sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Sustainability Roundtable with co-sponsorship from the Environmental Health Sciences Center. Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus
Monday, March 12, at 7 pm.

Sierra Club Book Study Group  "

The next meeting of the Sierra Club Book Study Group will be held Monday, March 12, at 7 pm. We will be reading The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan.

 

 

           

Friends' Meeting House, 84 Scio St. The Friends Meeting House is bit south of the intersection of Scio and E. Main St. The entrance is on Charlotte St., around the corner from Scio. Parking is OK on the street there at night. The East End parking garage, right across Scio, is free at night.
     
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century -The Oil Age is at a End. What will We do without Oil? Kunstler will share his detailed extrapolation of the civilization of the United States after the oil runs out and a great economic collapse occurs. Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. -Monroe A and B of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center Free to MCC Student, Faculty and Staff, $7.00 General Public Tickets are available at the MCC Brighton Campus Service Desk, Damon Campus Bookstore or charge by phone at 585-292-2534. Sponsored by English/Philosophy Department, Campus Activities Board, Phi Theta Kappa, Anthropology and Sociology, Division of Liberal Arts, Office of Curriculum and Program Development Monroe A and B of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
April 20, 2007 Come join us for the third annual - Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century - Cazenovia College, April 20, 2007 -Noted as one of the primary energy conventions of the year, this FREE Symposium has limited seating so register NOW. - This year's focus will be Energy Sustainable Communities. An excellent group of speakers including Ashok Gupta, Director of Air & Energy for NRDC, Rohit Aggarwala, Director of NYC Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Ed Murphy, Executive Director, Workforce Development Institute, Bill Moore, PPM Energy and Horizon, Neil Murphy, President ESF, Ray Cross, President Morrisville College, Matt Driscoll, Mayor of Syracuse, Tim Lattimore, Mayor of Auburn, Mike Arcuri, Congressman, David Valesky, NYS Senator, and other notable speakers will be presenting followed by a panel discussion. Tours will be offered after lunch. Check: www.cazenovia.edu/energy  for details and register now. For further information call Dr. Rhea Jezer: email: rjezer@twcny.rr.com phone: 315-727-0123 "This Symposium is the third in a series that will explore ways to meet an increasing demand for energy while ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations. The Symposium is purely educational in nature. The mission of this Symposium is to present a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities and to gain insights into possible solutions without endorsing any products, technology or positions. Join the academic community, statewide environmental and business community and elected officials on April 20, 2007 at Cazenovia College." Cazenovia College.
     
Monday, March 5, 2007 Noon and 7:00PM What Bugs You? Dr. Edward O. Wilson The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion Edward O. Wilson is used to stirring up controversy. The world famous biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author will challenge us to look for the commonalities facing Science and Religion in relation to the conservation of the earth. Monday, March 5, 2007 Noon and 7:00PM MCC Theater Free to MCC Students, Faculty and Staff with photo ID - $10.00 General Public. Tickets are available at the MCC Brighton Campus Service Desk, Damon City Campus Bookstore or charge by phone at 292-2534. Tickets are required for entrance at both presentations. The noon event is not open to the public. On behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, the Campus Activities Board and the Biology Club at Monroe Community College, I am excited to give you information about an upcoming event that might be of interest to your organization. On Monday, March 5, 2007 in the MCC Theatre at 7:00pm Monroe Community College has the honor of welcoming two time Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson. He will be discussing his new book, The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion, which is his forthright call for unity between religion and science in order to save the "creation," or living nature, which is in "deep trouble." Addressing his commonsensical yet ardent discourse to "Dear Pastor," he asks why religious leaders haven't made protecting the “creation” part of their mission. Please encourage members of your organization to come to this event to learn more about this stimulating topic. Monroe Community College MCC Theater Free to MCC Students, Faculty and Staff with photo ID - $10.00 General Public.
The new deadline for comments is March 13, 2007.  **ACTION**  It’s worthwhile to take a few moments and weigh in on Global Warming measure to be taken in our state.  DEC Issues Preliminary Draft RGGI Proposal for Public Review DEC Issues Preliminary Draft RGGI Proposal for Public Review The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a preliminary draft set of rules to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New York State. The proposal represents the first step toward completing implementation of this landmark program to help address the challenge of climate change in New York and the Northeast.  -More : DEC extends public comment period on key global warming policy - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday announced that it is providing the public an additional 60 days to offer their comments on a preliminary global warming rule that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants - a major contributor to global warming. The new deadline for comments is March 13, 2007. Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, seven Northeast states agreed to implement a cap-and-trade program that will be the first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas pollution in United States history. A preliminary draft regulatory proposal was released by DEC on December 5, 2006. The additional time will allow more New Yorkers to offer their views on this critical issue. (Jan 11, 2007) New York State News on the Net! Click here: DEC extends public comment period on key global warming policy
Friday, March 23, 2007 Rochester Metro Chapter of Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Cordially invites you to join in “Great Conversations” 2007-- including “Rochester in the 21st Century: Reinventing the Flower City” - "Water, Water, Everywhere...." - “Re-watering the Old Erie Canal Downtown: An Idea that’s all Wet or a Gem for Revitalization” Friday, March 23, 2007 The Century Club 566 East Avenue Rochester, New York This exciting and unique fundraiser invites local personalities and experts from the Rochester area to facilitate a lively and entertaining discussion on a single topic in the arts, politics, business, the environment, sports, media, urban planning, health, and religion. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 16, 2007.  For more info:Linda MacCammon Rochester Metro Chapter of Friends PO Box 12925 Rochester, NY 14612-0925 Have questions about reservations? Contact Linda MacCammon lmaccammon@rochester.rr.com The Century Club 566 East Avenue Rochester, New York
Wed., April 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m 02/07/07-- **EVENT** Spring Fling: Native Plants for Beauty and More Wed., April 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca -Ephemeral bloodroot, dark purple asters, delicate maidenhair ferns and the vibrant fall leaves of chokeberry only give hints as the diversity and beauty of native plants. Dan Segal of the Plantsmen Nursery in Lansing will share the many benefits of incorporating native plants into the home landscape. Learn how to attract birds and butterflies, find the right plants for a rain garden and bring color to your garden. Free thanks to support from The Plantsmen. Co-sponsored by the Watershed Network and Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Registration required --from Cayuga Lake Watershed Network: News and Events, Events Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca
The classes will be held at the DeWitt Middle School 560 Warren Road, Ithaca, on the second Tuesdays of the month from 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Free Energy Education workshops for area schoolteachers -Please Share This With All Your Teacher Friends: NYSERDA has arranged for a series of four FREE hands-on, after-school workshops on energy to be offered locally this winter to K-12 teachers in all subject areas. The workshops will be taught by area teachers trained by National Energy Education Development (NEED) through the New York Energy $mart Students Program. The classes will be held at the DeWitt Middle School 560 Warren Road, Ithaca, on the second Tuesdays of the month from 3:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Refreshments provided and free materials and curriculum kits. Pre-registration is required. For workshop details and registration, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org  and click on Energy Education. Questions? Contact nyworkshops@need.org  or 1-800-658-5753.  
March 15-18, 2007 -from Rochester Gardening The Gardenscape Professionals Association http://www.gardenscapepros.com/  announced that advance tickets for GardenScape 2007, Rochester's Flower Show, are on sale now until the end of 2006. These tickets offer a $2 savings on adult admissions to the March 15-18, 2007 event. Sounds like a gift idea for your favorite gardener - or yourself! http://www.RochesterFlowerShow.com/  
every Saturday Current Events with the Land Trust - Land Trust. Nature walks, cruises, birdwatching, luncheons and more go on throughout the year in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. --from Finger Lakes Land Trust  Get the Summer Talks & Treks 2006 Schedule: (requires .pdf)  
  ASES National Solar Tour The American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour opens thousands of homes and buildings throughout the country to provide the public with an opportunity to experience solar power, solar heating, cooling, and hot-water, wind power, daylighting, and green building technologies. Visit a tour and learn energy efficiency strategies and methods, speak with homeowners and experts, and learn how the technology works, what it costs, and why it makes sense. These are “Real Places for Real People” that show real solutions for energy independence, places contributing to a sustainable energy economy. Read more about the tour and ASES. >>> Find a Tour Near You  - 2006 Tour Information 2006 tour information is posted by state. Updates may be provided until the tour date. ASES National Solar Tour Find a Tour Near You  - 2006 Tour Information 2006 tour information is posted by state. Updates may be provided until the tour date. ASES National Solar Tour
Wind Events Many Dates and locations Wind Power Events and Events Around NYS. --from New York Wind Power Education Project. "To: NYS community, civic, and community organizations — There are many opportunities to learn about and discuss wind power in the next several weeks. Please consider attending these events and publicizing them to your membership. Also: The various regional planning councils in New York State have launched a program to help municipalities address wind power development. This effort, coordinated by the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, is described at: http://www.gflrpc.org/AboutTheCouncil/Newsletter/fall06.pdf -- About The NY Wind Power Education Project The NY Wind Power Education Project is a collaborative effort of the Pace Law School Energy Project, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and NYPIRG to increase the public's understanding of wind power issues, including its environmental benefits, in the belief that a better informed public can participate more meaningfully in the environmental review process and other public discussions surrounding proposed wind facilities. Twice per month, the NY Wind Power Education Project will distribute this email bulletin on wind energy issues and events around New York State. If you would like to forward announcements for possible inclusion in the WPEP Bulletins, simply email Anne Reynolds, areynolds@law.pace.edu . (The same address should be used if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)  
  The latest Parks, Recreation and Human Services Calendar Update is available on the City of Rochester's web site. Click on the link below (or copy and paste the link into your browser) to view the document. http://www.cityofrochester.gov/prhs/updates/30JUNE06update.pdf  
June 2-10, 2007 Here’s a chance to help clean up or organize a clean up of a nearby river in June of 2007: Volunteers Wanted: www.NationalRiverCleanup.org WASHINGTON, DC - Millions of tons of trash wind up in our nation's rivers and streams every year, and American Rivers is harnessing the environmental passion and community pride of thousands of people to do something about it. The nation's leading river advocacy organization is encouraging citizens to take part in National River Cleanup Week, presented by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and set for June 2-10, 2007. This annual event, which kicks off a series of cleanups across the country, falls during National River Awareness Month next year. Since its inception by America Outdoors in 1992, National River Cleanup Week has helped to raise public awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in our nation's waterways. Over the years more than 500,000 volunteers have participated in over 4,500 cleanups across the country, covering more than 100,000 miles of waterways. This past spring saw a record 422 cleanups, with an estimated 60,000 volunteers removing trash from their local rivers and streams. "A healthy river is a valuable asset to any community, and we're encouraging everyone to be a part of a program that has removed over 1,000 tons of litter and debris from beloved rivers and streams all over the nation," said Rebecca Wodder, President of American Rivers. "A cleaner river is a healthier one, and healthy rivers benefit all the communities through which they flow." Not just a worthy cause, the cleanups also are fun for everyone. That explains why so many environmental organizations, civic clubs, paddle-sports groups, federal and state agencies, and schools organize these events in their local communities. "You can't find a more hands-on way to get people directly involved in protecting the rivers they love," added Wodder. Anyone wishing to organize a cleanup can do so by first identifying a stretch of river, stream or shoreline, and then registering the event online. The website offers helpful tips for conducting a successful cleanup, including how to recruit volunteers and promote the event to the public. American Rivers supplies trash bags for every cleanup. To register a cleanup or volunteer to participate, visit: www.nationalrivercleanup.org . As part of its support, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is offering a free coffee mug and coffee sample to organizers who register their cleanup online by April 15, 2007. Corporate sponsors - including Old Town Canoes and Kayaks, Perception kayaks, Wilderness Systems, and Thule car racks - are providing free prizes to lucky volunteers who win various contests (best photo, video, publicity, and student essay). ### Founded in 1973, American Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature. American Rivers has over 65,000 supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions. www.AmericanRivers.org <http://www.8americanrivers.org/> . Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is dedicated to providing the richest aroma and flavor, for the highest quality coffee experience. Green Mountain Coffee travels the globe to purchase the finest coffees, batch roast them to peak flavor, and vacuum package them fresh for your enjoyment. www.greenmountaincoffee.com <http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/> To register a cleanup or volunteer to participate, visit: www.nationalrivercleanup.org
 

**Action**  (The Internet makes environmental action easier.) Check out these items and help out ( http://rochesterenvironment.com/action_rochester.htm )   RochesterEnvironment.com has made it easy to act on environmental issue by searching for all online environmental actions pertaining to our area.

Actions you can take for March 2007:

  • **ACTION** Environmental Actions you can take for our area: The most important environmental action event coming up has to be from http://www.stepitup2007.org/  “This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. We will hike, bike, climb, walk, swim, kayak, canoe, or simply sit or stand with banners of our call to action:” Also, New Yorkers should consider the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which has been blocked for several years, but now, because of our new governor, this bill might have a chance to pass. Check out my article in Environmental Thoughts, “Bigger Better Bottle Bill”, http://rochesterenvironmentny.blogspot.com/  for the skinny in this issue.

Rochester-area Website of the Month:  The Rochester area has over 80 environmental groups. Rochester Environmentalists http://rochesterenvironment.com/environmentalists.htm  Each Month, I highlight a Rochester-area website that helps promotes finding environmental information on the web.

 

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