The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Monday, October 05, 2015

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Rochester Environment Calendar


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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


  • Racism and climate change post-Katrina, Wed. Oct 7, Bath
    • on Wed, Oct. 7, at 7 PM, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath, the Bath Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a presentation by Henry Thomas, Associate Professor Emeritus, Public Administration, University of North Florida. Prof. Thomas, who grew up in New Orleans and now resides in upstate NY, will be speaking on the intersection of racism and climate change, ten years after Katrina. The event will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM.   For further information call 607 569-3564.
  • Friday, October 9, 2015  7:30 pm at the Briarwood Bldg. in St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. E,  Rochester 14620
    • "The HIstory of Highland and Durand-Eastman Parks and Their Plants"  Friday, October 9, 2015  7:30 pm at the Briarwood Bldg. in St. John's Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Dr. E,  Rochester 14620   Beverly Gibson, Horticulturist for the Landmark Society, will detail the history of these wonderful parks and their plantings.  The role of private citizens as well as noted horticulturists and landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted, will be part of the program as well.  www.facebook.com/BANC.roc     http://www.bancny.org/  
  • 2nd Sunday's starting October 11, 2015, 2:45 - Steele Room, 2nd floor, Pittsford Library, Pittsford, NY 
    • Healthy Lifestyle Science, learn what science says about healthy lifestyle. Limited seating: First come, first seated. Starting October 11, 2015. Info Mike Rudnick, mic.rudnick@gmail.com Sponsored by Plant-Pure Pod Rochester, (not a Pittsford-library event)
  • Tuesday, October 13, 7 pm     Where:  Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY
    • Event:  Cowspiracy" - a  thought-provoking film  documentary that discusses the science behind animal agriculture and its impacts on global climate change. If you are interested in the “big picture” around raising farm animals for food, don’t miss this event!   When: Tuesday, October 13, 7 pm     Where:  Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY   The film is being shown by Living in Harmony, an interfaith environmental group that meets at Henrietta UCC. All interested persons are invited to attend.  Popcorn will be served!    If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Pixley, convener, eypixley@gmail.com or 334-0977.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, October 15th at 2pm, St. Peter's Kitchen, 681 Brown St., Rochester, NY 14611

    • Save this date and our planet: a heads up, the Rochester community is in planning a local action in Rochester around the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris. More to come as I find out more. If you and your group want in, please show up “Thursday, October 15th at 2pm, St. Peter's Kitchen, 681 Brown St., Rochester, NY 14611 *Entrance and Parking is around the back of the building.” Don’t let your planet go down without a fight.

  • Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse.
    • The Premier 2015 Climate Change Event in CNY!  "A Sea Change” Award-Winning Film Screening & Discussion on Climate Change Impacts, at The Palace Theater, Syracuse October 16, 2015 presented by The Syracuse International Film Festival Climate Change Awareness & Action Committee & GreeningUSA Change the Way You Think Change the Way You Feel Change the Way You Act Click Here for Discounted Advance Sale Movie Tickets  Program 5:15 pm Doors open; food trucks and vendor tables open 6:15 pm Symphoria cellist Lindsay Groves welcomes guests 6:45 pm Program starts 7:00 pm Movie starts 8:30 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A with:  Barbara Ettinger, Film Maker Sven Huseby, Film Protagonist Dr. Bruce Monger, Climate Scientist, Cornell University Chris Bolt, News & Public Affairs Director at WAER will moderate
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the MCC Brighton Campus at 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York
    • 2015 Futures Summit – “Cities of the Future” On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, a dynamic group of leaders in sustainability, resiliency and the future of our world will gather in Rochester. This year, we are proud to announce that Monroe Community College (MCC) will be our partner in presenting the FUTURES SUMMIT! All events will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the MCC Brighton Campus at 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York. Greentopia | FUTURES SUMMIT, a biennial event, brings visionaries, thought leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, urban change-agents and others who are changing cities across North America and the globe. This conference features a modern, contemporary approach to sharing knowledge and experiences among people who are working NOW towards building sustainable communities, organizations and cities.
  • Saturday, October 24, 10 am-12 noon  Thousand Acre Swamp parking lot at 1581 Jackson Rd., Penfield
    • "Fall Foliage of the Thousand Acre Swamp"  Saturday, October 24, 10 am-12 noon  Thousand Acre Swamp parking lot at 1581 Jackson Rd., Penfield (driveway just past the Penfield Volunteer Ambulance buliding) www.facebook.com/BANC.roc     http://www.bancny.org/   Tree expert Frank Crombe will lead a guided walk into this lovely Nature Conservancy preserve, highlighting the trees and shrubs which provide autumn color to the area.  Dress for the weather and wear long pants as there may be poison ivy along some of the trails.  Contact:  889-5644
  • October 27, 2015  1:30PM-6:30PM Nazareth College of Rochester, Otto Shults Community Center,


  • November 29th
    • Join the GLOBAL People’s Climate March On November 29th we have the best moment of the decade to pressure our leaders to avoid catastrophic climate change. Together we can rise to the challenge and make this the biggest climate mobilisation ever.  Find an event near you, or create your own. - 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

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