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The purpose of this Environmental Event Calendar is to make the public aware of all environmental events in the Rochester, NY area that either educate or provide a forum on many of the environmental issues in our area.  Most are free, some require registration, and all are to promote the understanding and movement towards a sustainable environment here. 

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Complete video of press conference in ‪#‎RochesterNY‬ includes City’s announcement of Climate Action Plan and ‪#‎EarthWeek‬ events. Watch this remarkable event where local groups join their city in a commitment to address Climate Change. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), comprised of over 70 groups—labor unions, environmental groups, faith groups, businesses, and many more--joined the City of Rochester to open Earth Week festivities. Earth Week highlights many events going on in Rochester, including the Earth Eve Climate March Forward on Thursday. Mentioned in the press conference is the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan, which will soon be presented to the public for their participation.

Published on Apr 18, 2016 Announcing Earth Week Menu of Opportunities & Welcoming City of Rochester Dept. of Environmental Services to Rochester People's Climate Coalition.

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Events listed below are in order & this format: When Where | What

April 2017

  • Thursday, April 20th from 7-9 PM at the New Bethel CME Church located at 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605.  
    • The 19th Annual Environmental Forum Intersectionality and Building a Strong Climate Movement Sierra Club Annual Forum: This year, your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is bringing a distinguished advocate for environmental justice to Rochester. He is Aaron Mair, the President of the Sierra Club and a powerful speaker that can inspire our community. Aaron will be in Rochester to give his presentation on Thursday, April 20th from 7-9 PM at the New Bethel CME Church located at 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Come early to visit tables of local environmental groups to find out what they are doing in our area from 6-6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. He will also be addressing classes at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. You can find a schedule on our Facebook page early April. We are very excited the opportunity has arrived to join forces with the communities of color on the issues that affect us all. Please join us. more ...
  • April 21, 2017 The Links, East Syracuse, New York
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2017 9:00 am at Wadsworth Square (at the end of Marshall Street, off of Monroe Avenue). Step off is at 10:00 am.
    • The Rochester Earth Day Parade will kick off our Earth Day Grand Opening events as a celebration of our cooperative’s commitment to sustainability, real food, and making sure we don’t destroy our planet for generations to come. The parade will gather at 9:00 am at Wadsworth Square (at the end of Marshall Street, off of Monroe Avenue). Step off is at 10:00 am. Come support this inaugural Earth Day parade for Rochester so that we can create a new annual tradition to celebrate the many nonprofits and businesses here that are working to promote and safeguard more sustainable ways of living.
  • Earth Day, Marchers will gather at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square at 9:30AM on April 22nd. At 10:30AM, we will begin marching towards the Hyatt Regency.
  • Earth Day April 22, 2017 Earth Day | Washington, DC
    • The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. Why   Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk. It is time for people who support science to take a public stand and be counted. What The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. How   We are building a broad, nonpartisan, and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals who stand up for science. We are advocating for evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible science. All with your support!* Who People who value science. Science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens. More than 170 partner organizations and counting. And you! Where The National Mall in Washington, DC and 425+ satellite marches around the world. For DC, event details here, and info on buses here.
  • Earth Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 PM  Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
    • Film Presentation of Seed, The Untold Story  Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. See the film about this remarkable story.  When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 PM  Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY More Info and tickets:  Call the Friends of Ganondagan at 585-742-1690. Film website.
  • Earth Day: Saturday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road,
    • electric cars The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show on Saturday, April 22. Penfield has been hosting shows after installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County five years ago. (The town now has three charging stations.) Saturday's show is expected to include vehicles from GM, Nissan, Ford, Tesla, Volkswagen, and BMW. Information will be available about federal and state tax rebate programs for plug-in vehicles. The event will be at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm Brighton Memorial Library Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY  
    • ColorBrightonGreen.org Winter Film/Speaker Series presents:   "Greening" Your Portfolio   “Green Investing” to most people still means divestment — selling stock in companies that produce fossil fuels, especially coal, the worst for climate change. However, there are now more options to put money into companies making products or services that reduce climate change such as, solar- or wind-power producers, companies that do carbon trading or energy-efficiency management, and  manufacturers of emission-cutting devices and systems.  Join us for a conversation on Green Investing with a panel of professionals from local financial institutions. Participants will learn how to invest successfully while still supporting companies with ‘green’ business practices, such as clean energy, reducing climate change, fossil fuel-free and other sustainable efforts. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of climate change risks and opportunities, potential investment upsides or downsides, and the increasing variety of green-focused offerings. Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm Brighton Memorial Library Friends Learning Center   Contact: info@colorbrightongreen.org
  • APRIL 28, 8:30AM-10:45AM, University at Buffalo, Davis 101, North Campus, Amherst.
    • APRIL 28, DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump - By Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Scientist and Author of 'The Madhouse Effect' illustrated by cartoonist Tom Toles. 8:30AM-10:45AM, University at Buffalo, Davis 101, North Campus, Amherst. Free & Open to the Public. [LINK]
  • April 28 – April 30 Apr 28 at 6 PM to Apr 30 at 3 PM | Braddock Bay Park
  • April 29th, @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave. S.  Rochester, NY 14604
    • Climate March – Rochester April 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm In solidarity with the Climate March in D.C., join in a peaceful gathering/march to help bring awareness, educate, and ultimately combat global warming. DETAILS Date: April 29 Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Website: Facebook. VENUE Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave. S.  Rochester, NY 14604  [info will be updated continually]
  • April 29th, 2017 | Where: Washington DC  
    • New year, new resolve. Time to mark your calendars for April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Sign up to be part of it here, and connect with others near you who will be taking action in the run-up to April. We believe that in this moment of division, turmoil, and fear, it's important to put forward an alternative vision that inspires and connects. If we don't put forward our own vision -- of an economy built on justice and powered by clean, renewable energy -- then we let fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred win. We need to show that more people still believe in our shared vision for the future than in Donald Trump's. That's where you come in: The only way this mobilization will work is if it’s driven from the bottom up by people like you. That's why we want to get you involved with the People's Climate Mobilization starting today -- whether you've helped organize a dozen marches before, or if you're a first-time participant.

May 2017

  • Friday, May 5, 6 PM. BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564
    • "Protection from Ticks and Tick-borne Disease" and a Potluck Supper Friday, May 5, 6 PM. BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564 Following the potluck, Lynn Braband, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, will talk about 4 types of ticks present in NY and how to protect people as well as property from their effects.  Bring a place setting and dish to pass.   www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/    http://www.bancny.org/
  • Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 6 pm. | Peacework Farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher,
    • May 6 May Day Party at Peacework Farm - Tour an Organic Farm May Day Celebration at Peacework Farm   Please join the festivities at Peacework Farm, Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 6 pm. We are having a May Day Celebration that is open to one and all!  Peacework Farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher, but that is a private home so use our marked parking areas).  At 2 pm, farmer Ammie Chickering, on her valiant nag, will lead us in dancing around the May Pole. No previous dance experience necessary. Next we will take a wild flower walk in the woods of the Kraai Preserve, a nature preserve open to the public. Then, we will have tours of Peacework Farm and the Johnson Brothers Food Forest.  At 4:30, we will have a potluck supper.  Please bring a dish to pass, a place setting and folding chairs.  The farm will provide beverages.  All are welcome!   If you would like to join in Community Supported Agriculture and get a share of Peacework produce every week from June 1 through November, you can sign up at the farm. The Peacework farmers grow over 200 varieties of 70 crops to supply weekly packets for families in Wayne County and the greater Rochester area. The farm is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY. You can also sign up on line at www.peaceworkcsa.org. Joining the CSA is a good way to save money if you want to feed your family organic produce at a reasonable price. As a CSA member you are more than a consumer: you become an invested shareholder with an active role in building cooperative, ethical, and sustainable communities. The impact of investing in a CSA share is high.  You simultaneously support
  • May 6, from 9:30-1:30pm. Location is the Canoga Firehouse, Seneca Falls.
  • Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 PM, BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564
    • "Garden Party and Open House" Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 PM, BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564 Come enjoy BANC's lovely gardens, woods, and trails.  Find out more about the club over punch and cookies.  www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/    http://www.bancny.org/
  • Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 pm Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Ave, Rochester, NY
    • Art in Transit:  Reconnect's first annual fundraiser on May 12 Join us for an evening with friends and fellow transportation enthusiasts.   Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 pm Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Ave. Featuring: Silent auction with transit-themed artwork and other cool stuff Live auction with City Hall celebrities Erik Frisch & Kevin Kelley Live jazz music to accompany the mingling & bidding Delicious food spread, wine & beer ($5 suggested donation per drink)   Tickets are $25 per person RSVP deadline: Wed., May 10 @ 12pm     Purchase Tickets   Can’t make it on May 12?  Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the event.     Make a Donation
  • Sunday, May 14 and runs through Saturday, May 20 
    • CURB YOUR CAR WEEK The Curb Your Car Week program encourages the use of cheaper, healthier, and more earth-friendly transportation alternatives. During one week in spring and one week in fall, ColorBrightonGreen.org asks residents from Brighton and around, who normally use an automobile for daily transportation, to consider walking, biking, car pooling, or riding the bus as alternatives. Follow our Curb Your Car Week Posts for announcements and opportunities to share your experiences! Spring 2017 Edition The Spring 2017 Edition starts on starts on Sunday, May 14 and runs through Saturday, May 20 and coincides with National Bike to Work Week. Register your pledge to participate now.  We will remind you when the week is about to start and how to share your experiences.
  • Wednesday, May 17th Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Where: Zebb’s 1890 S. Clinton Ave, Rochester NY 14620
    • You are invited to a Sip & Sun with Color Brighton Green! Enjoy a free drink while learning how solar works in our community! You have the power to control your energy needs & make your community greener and cleaner. SunCommon is a local, employee-owned B-Corp. We have a triple bottom line – people, planet, & profit. Being a force for good is the core of who we are & how we run our business. What: Solar Sip & Sun with CBG When: Wednesday, May 17th Time: 5:30-7:30 pm Where: Zebb’s 1890 S. Clinton Ave, Rochester NY 14620 RSVP: Mary at mary.nicholas@suncommon.com or call her at (585) 265-2384 x 152
  • Thursday, May 18, 10 AM-12 PM  9797 Union Street, Scottsville 14546 (across from Quaker Rd.)
    • "Spring in Oatka Creek Park"  Thursday, May 18, 10 AM-12 PM  9797 Union Street, Scottsville 14546 (across from Quaker Rd.)   Take a hike through a park that has a wide variety of birds, wildflowers, butterflies, and a rich history.  Wear long pants, a hat, and sturdy shoes/boots, and bring binoculars, water, and a snack.   www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/    http://www.bancny.org/

June 2017

  • Thursday, June 1, 6 PM, BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564
    • "Harp Music from Classical to Celtic" and Potluck Supper  Thursday, June 1, 6 PM, BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564 Roxanne Zielger, one of Rochester's most accomplished harpists, and some of her students will present a concert after supper, as well as answer questions about these beautiful instruments.  Bring a place setting and a dish to pass.  www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/    http://www.bancny.org/
  • JUNE 10TH | 9:30am-3:30pm in Mendon Ponds Park
    • Outdoor Expo 2017 WORKSHOP Wetland Variety & Ecology in Mendon Ponds Park Come with naturalist and Sierra Club member Peter Debes to learn about the surprising, vital and interrelated life in the wetslands of Mendon Ponds Park. The event schedule is coming soon. Visit adk.org and sierraclub.org/atlantic/chapter for updates and presentation time.
  • June 15th, 2017  - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus 
    • 4th ANNUAL GENESEE RIVER BASIN SUMMIT   River Access and Recreational Opportunities    June 15th, 2017  - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus      Genesee RiverWatch is hosting its 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017 in the Louise Slaughter Building on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus.  The topic is "River Access and Recreational Opportunities." The Summit is open to the public. Please join us!   Purpose: Our region is blessed with an abundance of water assets. But those assets are underutilized especially the Genesee River and its tributaries. The purpose of this year's Summit is to review the current state of river access and recreational use, understand the benefits associated with increasing these opportunities and plan for how we can move forward to benefit our citizens and the local economy. The Summit will be broken down into four sessions. Available River Access - Presentations will review available river and tributary access opportunities and maps. Available Recreational Opportunities - Experts will discuss the boating, fishing, hiking and biking opportunities available. Why is it Important? - This series of presentations will explore various perspectives on why recreation and access is important to regional tourism and the economy. What Can or Should Be Done? - This session will look at what kinds of projects and programs are in the works across the basin and solicit feedback from the attendees on a path forward. A complete agenda will be published soon. Date: June 15, 2017 Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210 Registration required:   Click here to Register  Fee: $15 includes breakfast, breaks and lunch. Includes: Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break.      


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On-going programs with multiple dates

Oftentimes events are a series that have many dates.  Rather than try and list each separate date, I'm making a link to the series.  Please check them:

  • Check out this great on-going program ‘Sustainable Saturdays’: "Sustainable Saturdays Rochester Greenovation 1199 East Main Street 494-7100 or email at info@rochestergreen.org   Sustainability is our Life! The 2nd Saturday of every month is A Sustainable Saturday: August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 & December 14. Each month will feature different organizations.  We’re open 9am-4pm.   Our mission is to show the interconnectedness of all life through education & networking.  We'll be partnering with a combination of 60 artists, environmental groups, food vendors, green businesses, libraries, museums & schools.   Stop in to shop, donate items to keep them out of the landfill, talk with the organizations, buy some food & network with old & new friends.   We look forward to you joining us on this new adventure!   www.rochestergreen.org/
  • Neighborhood Seed Library at the Monroe Branch library | Join the neighborhood seed exchange! Beginning today, May 7, get free vegetable, flower and herb seeds (including some heirloom) from the Children's Room of the Monroe Branch library (809 Monroe Avenue) to plant in your own garden. When you pick up your seeds, also take some envelopes. In the Fall when you harvest your goodies, gather and dry some of the seeds your plants produced, stick them in your envelope, label and bring them back for someone to "borrow" next year. Check out Monroe Branch Children's Room  for pictures and details. Library hours are:  Mon 12:00-8:00, Tues 10:00-6:00, Wed 12:00-8:00, Thurs 12:00-6:00, Fri 12:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun Closed. Telephone: 585-428-8202

Other Online Environmental Calendars

We have a lot of environmentalists in our area and most have events going on, check below for their calendars.

Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Rt. 89 Savannah, NY 13146 (315) 365-3580 "The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast. Audubon New York operates the center, in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits. "

Montezuma Audubon Center kicks off the summer Home School Nature Series   CHILDREN WILL Explore wetland birds, insects, and plants   The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to announce the Summer Home School Nature Series that will focus on wetland birds, insects, and plants. This elementary education series for children ages 5-12 will teach environmental awareness, science, and appreciation of nature through the study of wetlands. During this three month series, home-schooled children will explore wetlands through classroom lessons, a field trip, and a project designed to enhance bird habitat at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Choose from one of the three sessions each month: Thursdays 10:00 am to noon; Fridays 10:00 am to noon, and Fridays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.    June 27&28: Wild About Wetland Birds Wetlands are very important for wildlife and for humans! Homeschoolers will explore a nearby marsh and the birds that live there. Great blue herons, great egrets, red-winged blackbirds and more will be studied to understand how these creatures use a marsh. Fee: $7/child.   July 25&26: Wild About Wetland Insects Wetlands are home to many kinds flying and crawling insects! Children will dip nets into a marsh to collect these small creatures and then study them under a microscope to assess the quality of the wetland. Fee: $7/child.   August 29&30: Wild About Wetland Plants Plants are an important part of a wetland ecosystem but not all plants are created equal. Homeschoolers will canoe around a wetland to learn about marsh plants and the animals that use them. The children will also remove some invasive plants from the wetland to improve the habitat for birds and other wildlife. Fee: $10/child.     Register and pay as you go or register for the entire series. $22/child/entire series; $20/entire series for each additional child.   Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center, please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.   Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146   Dedicated to Enhancing the Habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex & Surrounding Important Bird Areas. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s First Globally Significant Important Bird Area.   The Center is Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm   http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma