The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Thursday, September 03, 2015

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


  • 7 PM, September 10th (Doors open at 6:30) | Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
    • Off and On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris What: On/Off:The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 When: 7 PM, September 10th (Doors open at 6:30) Who: Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Eddie Bautista, Cynthia Ong,  and many more   Tickets: Sliding scale, pay what you can here.   
  • Saturday, September 12  10-12 am  Webster Park, at the intersection of Lake and Holt Roads
    • "Fungi in Webster Park"  Saturday, September 12  10-12 am  Webster Park, at the intersection of Lake and Holt Roads   Join mushroom expert Dave Wolf on a walk to find both common and unusual fungi in the park.  You will be amazed to see how many interesting mushrooms are hiding in plain sight!  Bring a hand lens, if you have one, so you can better see the identifying characteristics of each type of fungi.  Remember that the outlet bridge is still closed in September, so east -bound participants will need to come across the Bay Bridge and go north on Holt Rd. to reach Lake Rd. For more info, call 482-2640. from the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club http://www.bancny.org/
  • Tuesday, September 15 5:00 pm in Goergen 109, Center for Energy & Environment University of Rochester  
    • Health Consequences of Shale Gas Development: What Do We Know? The general public are welcomed to attend both the seminar and the reception that will follow. The benefits and costs of resource extraction are currently being hotly debated in the case of shale gas development (commonly known as “fracking”). The policy debate around drilling activity is very polarized between the employment, income and community benefits and the environmental health concerns related to drilling operations. An assessment by The Wall Street Journal estimated that over 15 million Americans live within 1 mile of an oil or gas well drilled since 2000 in 11 states. This talk will provide an overview of recent studies addressing potential environmental contamination (e.g. air, water) and the sparse studies to date on any human health impacts. "
  • Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street
    • Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015.  It is critical that those running for public office within Monroe County address what they will do to help our region adapt to Climate Change. Our local leaders are those who frame our region’s response to the consequences of Climate Change in our area. Be there at the forum, ask the candidates how they will lead on Climate Change? Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 | Click here to register! Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and League of Women Voters are excited to bring climate change into the conversation at area elections, as we cosponsor a Candidate Forum on green jobs and a sustainable economy. Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 will be an opportunity for those running for public office within Monroe County to present their vision on a greening economy.   Watch this page for updates as we confirm the Monroe County candidates in attendance. This event, moderated by Dr. Susan Spencer, President and Founder of ROCSPOT, presents a unique opportunity for voters to learn how their candidates’ platform relates to climate change solutions.  The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street --from Rochester People's Climate Coalition.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two UR locations)
    • Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24).  Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.
  • September 24 at 4:00pm | (Niagara Square ) Buffalo Place - 671 Main Street - Buffalo, NY 14203
    • Rise Up for Climate Justice! Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 GETTING TO PARIS AND A SANE CLIMATE AGREEMENT Mobilizing Western New York for Climate and Economic Justice  (September – December 2015)  Rise Up for Climate Justice JOIN US  Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 at 4:00pm  The day Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress Vigil/Fast during Paris Talks, Nov. 30 – Dec 11, 2015  As President Obama said, “Climate Change is not a problem for another generation.”  It's our crisis and we must take action. Unless we act, we will be the generation that failed  all future children of the Earth. WE CALL ON THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS OF ALL NATIONS TO SIGN AND ENFORCE A UNIVERSAL, LEGALLY-BINDING AGREEMENT  TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORT A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Before the end of 2015, the people of the world will know if our leaders will take action on the most critical issue of human civilization – climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will determine the future for life on   Planet Earth, our common home.  As people of the earth and as citizens of the United States,  We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE. We will make our voices heard in Washington. "A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." -- Pope Francis We gather together, as different segments of our society, for a common, sane, just and compassionate form of human life on earth. For more information and opportunities to participate/volunteer as organizations or individuals,  visit the Sierra Club website: www.NiagaraSierraClub.com 
  • September 24, 2015 | Washington DC
    • People’s Rally for Climate Justice - Moral Action on Climate - MAC On September 24, Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress, and we will gather in support of his call for urgent action to address the climate crisis and create a new future of economic equality, social justice, and environmental equity.  Join us in Washington DC or plan events where you are, and post them here! READ the People’s Climate Covenant: A Formula for U.S. Leadership at the Paris Climate (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  • During the week of September 21-25,
    • Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice - MAC During the week of September 21-25, thousands of people will come together - in Washington DC and across the country - joining with Pope Francis to underscore the moral aspect of the climate crisis, and to call America to heed its moral duty to act for climate justice. MAC Website: http://www.moralactiononclimate.org/ (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  •  Sunday, September 27, Two showings at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM  | Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
    • “PlantPure Nation” is coming to Rochester! This film follows in the steps of “Forks Over Knives” and sets out to make the transition to a plant-based diet into a national movement! There is a modest ticket charge for this film; please remember that profits go to the PlantPure Nation foundation, which, among other things, uses its Jumpstart program to introduce 10-days of plant-based meals to underserved and low-income community members. Tickets are on sale NOW.   At both showings of the film, there will be complimentary vegan snacks provided by The Red Fern or Vive Bistro and Bakery.   “PlantPure Nation”   Two showings at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM  Sunday, September 27 Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610 $7 per person, 12 & under $3   Parking in lot at rear of building  Additional street parking nearby   4:00 PM showing will be signed for the hearing-impaired   FREE Vegan refreshments before show  Q&A with local physicians after show   Purchase tickets at plantpurenation.com  Tickets will also be available at the door Read PlantPure Nation Coming To Rochester!


  • Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY
    • On-line Registration Available | The Center for Environmental Initiatives 41st Annual Community Salute to the Environment Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm at High Falls, La Luna Banquet Center 60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY   Please plan to join us for this unique event as we Celebrate the Genesee River Valley   with Exhibitors, Dinner, Awards and Networking Our "Celebration of the Genesee River Valley" will provide a fun, interactive and fast paced event featuring networking, buffet dinner, brief awards ceremony and door prize drawing for those who complete their passage through the Genesee Valley.  Your "tour" of the Genesee will be guided by local experts and exhibits of the River's Beauty and Adventure, its People and History, the State of the River, Water Protections, Agricultural Best Management Practices and Citizen Groups Working to Restore the River.    Invited exhibitors include the City of Rochester, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Seneca Park Zoo, Western NY Crop Management Association, Allegany County Tourism and Genesee River Wilds.  We hope you will join us! Register on-line at www.geneseeriverwatch.org
  • October 14, 2015
    • Will Rochester continue to try and sit out Climate Change? Event PeoplesClimate.org coming up, will Rochester be there? “Join us in a national day of action around the United States on October 14, 2015.” About five hundred folks from the Rochester region made their way to the People’s Climate March in New York City last September to get our leaders to take action on Climate Change. On the day before Earth Day this year, over 800 folks came to see Dr. Hansen speak on how quickly Climate Change is happening. Now, before the historic climate summit in Paris this Nov/Dec, with local attention to this worldwide crisis almost completely quiet, will Rochester step up to the plate and make our voices heard in October—that our leaders, including our local leaders take action on Climate Change? Find out about PeoplesClimate.org. Plan to join, get your organization to lead a march, something. Create an action; Join an action. October 14, 2015.


  • November 29th
    • Join the GLOBAL People’s Climate March - AVAAZ (means "voice") On November 29th, hours before world leaders meet at the Paris climate summit, we will create a Global Climate March, taking to the streets across thousands of cities to demand a safe future and planet powered by 100% clean energy. Save the date - November 29 - for the Global Climate March! - Host an event - Volunteer - Attend Register at this Website (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  • 30 November to 11 December 2015 | Paris, France
    • Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015  “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”


  • December 4th 2015 |  Le Trianon, Paris FR
    • “Pathway to Paris” and 350.org Announce Concert with Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, and more Pathway to Paris is an initiative in partnership with 350.org that brings together musicians, artists, activists, academics, politicians and innovators to participate in a series of events and dialogues to help raise consciousness around the urgency of climate action and the importance of establishing an ambitious, global, legally binding agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. Co-founded by musician-activist-organizers Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, Pathway to Paris kicked off with an intimate evening of music and speakers at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City in September 2014, with a series of similar events unfolding in New York and Montreal over the ensuing year. The final Pathway to Paris concert will take place December 4th 2015 in Paris and will include the musicians and speakers listed below (among others still to be announced): PATHWAY TO PARIS December 4th 2015 Le Trianon, Paris FR BILL MCKIBBEN   •   NAOMI KLEIN   •   VANDANA SHIVA • PATTI SMITH   •   THOM YORKE   •   FLEA   •   DHANI HARRISON •  TENZIN CHOEGYAL  •  JESSE PARIS SMITH   •   REBECCA FOON Doors: 18:30   Show: 19:30 Ticket go on sale September 2015


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On-going programs with multiple dates

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  • 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