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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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February 2018

  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 6:30PM Brighton Memorial Library 2300 Emwood Ave, Brighton, NY
    • FILM SHOWING: BEFORE THE FLOOD Join Color Brighton Green for a film showing of Before the Flood. Produced by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this film takes viewers on a journey across the globe to investigate the impact of man-made global warming. DiCaprio meets with leaders such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Pope Francis, and Lindsey Allen to explore ways to reverse and combat climate change. Film length: 1 hour, 36 minutes. For more info, Kourtney at info@colorbrightongreen.org

March 2018

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018, 6 PM  Where:  Buckland Park Lodge, Brighton, NY 
    • Brighton Neighbors United Pot Luck Dinner and Presentation on Community Choice Aggregation Brighton residents, come and share a meal with your neighbors and learn more about Community Choice Aggregation. RIT Assistant Professor Eric Hittinger will speak to “What is a CCA Anyway?”. Eric is a very entertaining speaker and you'll learn about a CCA—it's coming to Brighton!  When: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 6 PM  Where:  Buckland Park Lodge    More Info: In order to plan, your reservation and payment must be received by February 21. Print and complete this registration form and follow the instructions for mailing the form and the fee ($5/person).
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 1:30 PM |1010 East Ave., Rochester, NY
    • All are invited to watch and discuss the provocative film "Merchants of Doubt" at 1:30 Sunday, March 4, at 1010 East Ave. (the red brick building immediately west of Asbury United Methodist Church. This satirically comedic, eye-opening film exposes the tactics used by powerful industries to deliberately mislead the public about such issues as toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.  Every American should see this film!  The event is free, and no RSVP is necessary.  Popcorn will be provided.  The event is sponsored by Pachamama Alliance’s Seeds of Hope. 
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:12pm-12:52pm @ Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. Rochester, NY
    • Check out this talk by one of our local environmental reporters on the critical issue of flooding on Lake Ontario shorelines. Flooding has occurred often on the lake’s shores, but things may be changing. “One thing is different this time around: This year’s flooding is the first since the concept of coastal resilience has come to the fore. The concept holds that floods and other natural disasters are unavoidable, and may well be more frequent and destructive in the future, so it is wise to rebuild accordingly. Coastal resilience is driven by science that shows climate change is bringing more severe weather and extreme rainfalls.” (LAKE ONTARIO FLOODING: WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME? (January 5, 2018  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:12pm-12:52pm @ Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. Rochester, NY | Topic: Paying for Flood Damage On the Lake Presenter: Gannett reporter Steve Orr.  Last year, hurricane damage to residences and businesses was regularly addressed by US Federal Aid. But lawmakers are still seeking federal funds for those along the shores of Lake Ontario, after months of flooding caused damage in 2017. Those without flood insurance were not covered by FEMA. Learn more about this critical issue facing many in our community.
  • March 8th from 5-6:30pm at Hilton Garden Inn Downtown | Space is limitted. Register at GreaterRochesterChamber.com 
    • Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Roundtable RPCC is proud to announce our first big event with the business community! We are sponsoring a sustainability-focused roundtable discussion hosted by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce on March 8th from 5-6:30pm at Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, where executives from four local companies will share what they’ve learned about the benefits and challenges of adopting environmentally sustainable business practices. Why are we sponsoring this event? Because in order to truly “inspire and facilitate a large-scale climate mobilization in the Greater Rochester Region…that will achieve carbon neutrality by 2027,” we must work with large institutions and help their leaders understand that climate-friendly choices are good for the planet AND their bottom line. However, working with the Chamber of Commerce isn’t cheap. Sponsoring this event will cost $1000, which is big bucks for a small nonprofit like RPCC! Can you help? Contributions of any size will be greatly appreciated! Please use the donate button below to chip in an amount that is comfortable for you. Make a tax-deductible donation.
  • March 9, 7:30-9 PM, The Clover Center for the Arts and Spirituality, 1101 Clover St. Rochester 14610
    • Life in the Devonian, March 9, 7:30-9 PM, The Clover Center for the Arts and Spirituality, 1101 Clover St. Rochester 14610 Sponsored by Burroughs Audubon Nature Club    In the middle of an upstate winter, it's hard to imagine that 380 million years ago, western NY was located in the tropics! Paleontologist Dan Krisher will present a program that recreates the environment at that time and the wide variety of life forms that populated it. Fossils remains of Devonian creatures will be displayed. Some take-aways will be available for fossil collectors.
  • Saturday, March 24th, 8:30-4:30pm at the Port of Rochester, 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY.
    • Stewardship Through Environmental Education   Genesee RiverWatch and its Aquatic Education Network are hosting the 5th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on Saturday, March 24th, 8:30-4:30pm at the Port of Rochester, 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY. This year's topic is "Stewardship through Environmental Education".   This event will be of most interest to K-12 Educators, Aquatic & Environmental Educators and Community Groups.  Please join us!      Summit Agenda   Get familiar with the Genesee River ·     Through presentations learn about the geology, history and pollution prevention of the Genesee River, and how to engage students.*   Educator Expo ·     Visit exhibits to learn about resources and meet regional aquatic educators as part of the Summit's Educator Expo.   Teacher Action Planning ·     Discuss how you can leverage the Network and what you’ve learned at the summit to provide inquiry-based education on the Genesee River Basin.   *This meeting can be used towards Professional Development Credit   Genesee River Basin Summit Details   Topic: Stewardship Through Environmental Education   Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2018 Time: 8:30am-4:30pm Place: Port of Rochester   Address: 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY 14612.   This event is open to the public and is free. Please register here.  
  • Monday, March 26 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, SUNY Monroe Community College, the Forum 1000 East Henrietta Road Rochester, New York 14623  Free parking in campus lots N and M
    • Governor Cuomo Announces Regional Harmful Algal Bloom Summits Four Summits in Mid-Hudson, Central NY, Western NY and North Country to Allow Residents to Hear from Local, State and National Harmful Algal Blooms Experts Governor Announces Creation of Expert Panel and Local Steering Committees to Develop Action Plans Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the dates and locations of four summits supporting the state's comprehensive effort to protect vulnerable lakes and waterbodies in Upstate New York from harmful algal blooms. The four regional summits are part of the $65 million four-point initiativeunveiled in the Governor's 2018 State of the State to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York. The increasing frequency and duration of harmful algal blooms threaten drinking water quality and the recreational use of lakes essential to upstate tourism. The first of the summits will be held on Tuesday, February 27, in New Paltz, New York. "Protecting water quality is a top priority and New York is committed to addressing growing threats like harmful algal blooms," Governor Cuomo said. "These summits are bringing experts from across the country and New York leaders together with local authorities to develop new and innovative strategies to safeguard our water for future generations." As part of his 2018 State of the State announcements, the Governor directed the state's Water Quality Rapid Response Team, co-chaired by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, to convene four regional Harmful Algal Blooms summits. The summits will bring together national and state experts, including scientists from Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Vermont, as well as SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Cornell University, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and local stakeholders. (February 14, 2018) GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO [more on Water Quality in our area]
  • Wednesday, March 28 6:30 pm | Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton, NY  
    • Film showing: Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock Join Color Brighton Green for a showing of Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock. A collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, journalists, Josh Fox, and others, this film documents the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota and people across the world to protect the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline.     Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave. For more info contact Kourtney at info@colorbrightongreen.org

April 2018

  • April 14, 2018 | March for Science | locations, Click here.
    • On April 14, 2018 SCIENCE MARCHES ON In 2017, more than one million people around the world gathered together in the largest event for science advocacy in history.  In 2018, we unite again to hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable evidence-based policies that serve all communities and science for the common good. It’s time we held our political leaders accountable for supporting good science policy. It’s time we join together and demand that our leaders use science to inform their work and cast their votes for science. Learn More About Vote for Science ❯❯ From Washington D.C. to Abuja, Nigeria, science supporters across the globe are mobilizing.  Events range from science expos and festivals to rallies and large-scale marches but they are united with shared goals.  March for Science events energize science advocates from multiple spheres to create tangible change and call for greater accountability of public officials to enact evidence-based policy that serves all communities.    ​ More than 70 satellite events around the world have already registered to participate in the 2nd annual event.  Don't see one in your area for 2018?  Plan a new march by registering here! Don't forget to check out the 2017 satellite list to find organizers from last year. ​ Prefer to check by zip code? Click here. 
  • April 20, 2018, 7:15am-2:00pm "The Links" E. Syracuse, New York
    • Fourteenth Annual  Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century April 20, 2018, 7:15am-2:00pm "The Links" E. Syracuse, New York RESILIENCY WITH CLEANER, MORE AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY   SPEAKERS    BASIL SEGGOS, DEC Commissioner Resiliency of the Grid    JOE MARTENS, Offshore Wind Alliance  Offshore wind in NYS - Progress & Potential    ALICIA BARTON, President/CEO NYSERDA Accelerating NY's transition to a cleaner more resilient    energy    ROSS GOULD, Workforce Development Institute Electrification of the Energy Sector: Are the jobs resilient as well? RUDY WYNTER, Pres/CEO FERC,  Energy Solutions  Safety & reliability of the NE Grid with integration of renewable energy sources.    DAVID FELDMAN, Senior Financial Analyst, NREL Financial, policy and market developments in the solar industry. KIT KENNEDY, Dir.Energy & Transportation NRDC   Moderator    RHEA JEZER, President Energy21 LTD Symposium Director UPDATES FROM FORMER SPEAKERS    DAVID MOONEY, Strategic Energy Analysis NREL Eastern Interconnect: 70% Variable Renewables interconnecting East & West & North America    JOSE ZAYAS, Vice Pres, Cube Hydro Partners Hydropower's Potential in the 21st Century    ERFAN IBRAHIM, Cybersecurity, NREL Integrated Framework for Energy Systems Cybersecurity   $70 early registration, ($85 after March 1)  $50 students ($60 after March 20) Includes breakfast and lunch   Optional Tours Following Symposium - buses provided Click here to see all tours Click here to REGISTER
  • Earth Day - April 22, 2018


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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