ENVIRONMENTAL CALENDAR

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Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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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

February

  • Friday, February 12, 7:30 pm  Briarwood Building, St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (off Elmwood Ave.), Rochester 14620
    • "Damselflies"  Talk and Slideshow, Friday, February 12, 7:30 pm  Briarwood Building, St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (off Elmwood Ave.), Rochester 14620  Sponsored by Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Damselflies are often confused with dragonflies.  Jon Dombrowski will share the interesting natural history of this overlooked species, as well as stunning close-up pictures of damselflies found in this area.
  • Monday February 15, 2016, 7:00 -9:00 pm | First Unitarian Church (Room 228), 220 S Winton Road, 14610  
  • Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6pm at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, NY. 
    • The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – A Film About The Loss Of An Ecosystem  It’s an insect few people have heard of - yet it is devastating our hemlock trees and the delicate forest ecosystems that depend upon them.  The hemlock woolly adelgid is infesting our own backyards in upstate New York, and has already spread throughout the east coast of North America from the Carolinas up into Canada.  The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, aims to engage and educate the viewer on this all too often overlooked invasive species by explaining its past, present, and what could easily be the future if significant action is not taken. Through the use of archival footage of other invasive forest pests, specifically the Emerald Ash Borer, and cinematic visuals, the film illustrates the vital importance of the eastern hemlock tree as a foundation species in North American forests, and raises the questions of what should be done to prevent the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid and the growing phenomena of invasive species as a whole.  There will be a premiere screening on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6pm at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, NY.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the local impacts of the hemlock woolly adelgid.  The panel will include experts in the field such as, Mark Whitmore, Cornell University Entomologist - Hilary Lambert, Cayuga Watershed Network, Executive Director.
  • Monday, February 22, 2016, 7:00 PM, Brighton Town Hall Auditorium; 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14618
    • New York State Legislative Approaches to Fight Climate Change; Carole Camp, member of the Citizens Climate Lobby, will discuss A8372, the bill proposing a carbon tax in NYS. Sue Hughes-Smith, lecturer at RIT, will discuss A7497, the bill to require 100% clean energy by 2030. Barbara Grosh, member of LWV-RMA and ‘Mothers Out Front’ will discuss A7625, the bill relating to financial surety for major facilities, vessels, and railroads (Bakken oil). Melissa Carlson, member of ‘Mothers Out Front’, will discuss A8011, the bill to require divesting the State’s public pension funds from fossil fuels companies. Following the presentation, there will be Q & A
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, EcoPark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624
    • Free Electronics Recycling Event, Monroe County EcoPark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Robach and in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Sunnking

March

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Irondequoit Public Library 1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617 5:30p.m.—7:00p.m.
    • Join your neighbors in saving energy | Come to our Solar and Home Energy Workshop  | Please join us to learn about this exciting opportunity to get a free home energy audit and to install solar energy on your home for less. NYSERDA incentives are for both Federal & State tax credits to help support investments in solar. Registration required: Please call 585-442-2030 ext. 213 or email cklee@pathstone.org  They will provide information to the public on the benefits of both solar energy and energy-efficiency, as these are topics that go hand-in-hand in presenting opportunities for saving energy (and money) in people’s homes.  They are free and are sponsored by each of the municipalities hosting the workshops, in addition to the 2 companies providing the presentations.   Food & Drinks will be provided at the Irondequoit workshop only.
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30 PM Where:  Brighton Memorial Library, Friends Learning Center, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
    • FILM PRESENTATION:TRIPLE DIVIDE ColorBrightonGreen.org will finish up its 2016 Film Festival with the movie “Triple Divide”.  This movie is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development.  “Its the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan.  Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release.  The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman. --from Color Brighton Green
  • Thursday evening 7 pm March 3, 2016 at the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, 929 S. Plymouth, Rochester
    • Rural Regeneration: Report from the 6th Urgenci International CSA Conference in Beijing Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer, Peacework Organic CSA, on the board of NOFA-NY I will share the excitement of the 6th International CSA Conference in Beijing where CSA farmers/organizers from all continents exchanged experiences of agroecological projects based on family-scale farms that connect directly with people who want food they can trust. I will highlight outstanding examples of solidarity economics gleaned from many countries and cultures, focusing on what we can learn to improve CSA in the US. I will show photos Erin Bullock and I took of the CSAs and other farms we visited in China, and reflect on the rapid spread of CSAs facilitated by the New Rural Regeneration movement. I will also talk about the role of Urgenci in advocating for family-scale agroecological farming through the civil society mechanism of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Free of charge - all welcome!
  • Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm  Briarwood Building, St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (off Elmwood Ave.), Rochester 14620
    • "The History of Ward's Science"  Presentation  Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm  Briarwood Building, St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (off Elmwood Ave.), Rochester 14620  Sponsored by Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Kelly Smith will share the amazing story of Augustus Ward, founder of Ward's Science, and his travels (seven trips around the world!), as well as his connections with other Rochester notables like Buffalo Bill and P.T. Barnum.
  • Sunday, March 20th, 1:00 to 4:30 PM.    Where: Lake Riley Lodge at Cobbs Hill Park, 100 Norris Drive, Rochester. (Take I-490 to the Culver Rd. exit, and look for the duck pond!)
    • FriendShare 3 - March 20th - Can you come? You are invited to a party, and it will be fun!  Here’s hoping you can come!   The idea is to gather together friends interested in helping create a positive future: “FriendShare.”.  Eat and drink and be merry! But also, talk to people interested in some of the same subjects as yourself- meet kindred spirits.   March 20th is also the first day of spring, which we will celebrate!   What:  FriendShare 3 - A party to give people interested in helping create a positive future an opportunity to meet one another.   When: Sunday, March 20th, 1:00 to 4:30 PM.    Where: Lake Riley Lodge at Cobbs Hill Park, 100 Norris Drive, Rochester. (Take I-490 to the Culver Rd. exit, and look for the duck pond!)   What to bring:  1) Either food or drink (non-alcoholic) to share.  2) Friends to share - people you know who are interested in helping create a positive future.  3) A warm sunny day (if possible!).   Why:  1) Welcome the spring!  2) Meet kindred spirits!  3) Have fun!   Please RSVP to Hank at hstone@rochester.rr.com, and ask friends you invite to let Hank know if they can come.   Who we are: Jaci Ayorinde, Mary Boite, Nanci Deleo, Ina DeSoto, Gloria Osborne, Mike Rudnick, Hank Stone
  • March 30, 2016 Greece Town Hall 1 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612 5:30p.m.—7:00p.m.
    • Join your neighbors in saving energy | Come to our Solar and Home Energy Workshop  | Please join us to learn about this exciting opportunity to get a free home energy audit and to install solar energy on your home for less. NYSERDA incentives are for both Federal & State tax credits to help support investments in solar. Registration required: Please call 585-442-2030 ext. 213 or email cklee@pathstone.org  They will provide information to the public on the benefits of both solar energy and energy-efficiency, as these are topics that go hand-in-hand in presenting opportunities for saving energy (and money) in people’s homes.  They are free and are sponsored by each of the municipalities hosting the workshops, in addition to the 2 companies providing the presentations.   Food & Drinks will be provided at the Irondequoit workshop only.

April

 

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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