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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

January 2015

  •  Saturday, Jan. 31 beginning at 2 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Geneva
    • LP Gas opponents plan Geneva Rally for Jan. 31  A regional rally expected to draw more than 300 residents from around the Finger Lakes will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 beginning at 2 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Geneva. The rally is to show support for leaders around Seneca Lake and the region who have passed resolutions opposing a proposal by an out-of-state corporation to construct a liquid propane gas storage facility on the east shore of the lake, two miles north of Watkins Glen. The Crestwood Corporation of Houston, Texas is seeking state approval to store LPG in unlined salt caverns. The corporation’s application is pending with the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and will be the subject of an issues conference before an administrative judge Feb. 12. Opponents believe storing LPG in the caverns will result in a catastrophe. (January 25, 2015) The Chronicle-Express [more on Seneca Lake in our area]

February 2015

  • Monday, February 2, 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry (Garden Entrance), Buffalo For a printable flier, click here.
    • We don’t have to be saddled with bad fossil fuel Energy options in New York State that warm up the planet and endanger our environment. There are models of better energy systems. Check this out: "TALK: Energy Democracy! What can We Learn from Germany? Sierra Club ~ Niagara Group Climate and Clean Energy Writers will feature a presentation from: Aaron Bartley Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo Energy Democracy!   What can we learn from Germany?  Aaron recently traveled to Germany and witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy. Let's hear what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY!    Monday, February 2, 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry (Garden Entrance), Buffalo For a printable flier, click here. "
  • Feb. 4 at 7PM  | Wood Library, 134 N. Main St. in Canandaigua.
  • Wed. Feb. 4, 7 PM | 3 Washington St, Methodist Church, Bath, NY
    • On Wed., Feb. 4, at 7 pm, the Bath Peace and Justice Group will sponsor a screening and discussion of Comfort Zone, a film about responses to climate change by three residents of upstate NY. The film and discussion will be held in the Centenary United Methodist Church, 3 W Washington St in Bath. The event will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Call 607-569-3564 for more information. (For further information on the film, see http://comfortzoneproject.com/.)
  • Thursday, February 5, 3-5pm* Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 480 North Main Street Canandaigua, NY 14424 *An optional discussion and networking session will be held from 5-6pm, following each of the workshops. Please register! There is no cost to attend these workshops but pre-registration is required with NY Sea Grant at sgoswego@cornell.edu or 315-312-3042.
    • Great Lakes Action Agenda A series of four public workshops on the Great Lakes Action Agenda will be held in late January through early February 2015. More information, including workshop times and locations, is available below under the Great Lakes Action Agenda Public Workshops heading. What is the Great Lakes Action Agenda? The interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (73 page PDF, 3.04 MB) is a guide to promote successful ecosystem-based management through existing programs and partnerships involving state and federal agencies, municipalities, academic institutions, non-profits, and other stakeholders in New York's Great Lakes basin. The action agenda identifies pressing problems and actions needed to protect natural resources, environmental quality and resilient communities. It helps focus federal and state programs on key challenges faced by this region of the state. Most importantly, it is a tool that agencies, communities and organizations can use to help plan, fund and track projects that help achieve our shared vision for the conservation, restoration and protection of New York's Great Lakes basin. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m. University of Rochester Medical Center Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304)
    • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network will present: “Partnerships for Change: Pursuing a Renewed Vision for Protecting Children's Environmental Health  Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m. University of Rochester Medical Center Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304)   Nsedu Obot Witherspoon is the Executive Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect children from environmental health hazards. CEHN is dedicated to addressing health disparities among our most vulnerable populations.  In October 2014, CEHN convened a Wingspread Conference to create a renewed blueprint for protecting children's environmental health through research, education, and policy change.  Ms. Witherspoon’s talk will describe CEHN’s efforts to implement this vision through changes in local, state, and federal policies and the contributions of scientists, public health and health care professionals, community leaders, and policy makers.  Ms. Witherspoon has held leadership positions on a number of national boards including the USEPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, the American Public Health Association, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and, currently, the Institute of Medicine.  She was the 2014 recipient of the William R. Reilly Award in Environmental Leadership, from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. This talk is free and open to the public.  Contact Valerie_Garrison@urmc.rochester.edu with any questions.
  • February 13th & 14th,
    • Mark your calendars for no more fossil fuels: February 13th & 14th, Global Divestment Day "The fossil fuel divestment movement has built up some serious momentum in 2014, and next year we're not slowing down. In fact, this February we're pulling together something really exciting: On February 13th & 14th, we’re calling for the first ever Global Divestment Day, and we want you to be part of it. Right now, as climate negotiators from around the world meet in Lima -- exactly one year before a new global climate deal must be signed in Paris -- we face a pivotal moment in our movement’s response to the climate crisis. We know that world leaders won’t act in accordance with the urgency of the crisis as long as the fossil fuel industry holds the balance of power. That’s why the growing divestment movement is directly challenging the social license of these rogue corporations that continue to profit at the expense of people and planet -- and that's why we need as many people and institutions as possible to stand with us. Click here to RSVP on Facebook:"
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00-8:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall 2300 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
    • Citizen Science for Air Quality: Community-Academic Partnerships to Address Industrial and Hydrofracking Emissions in Ohio On Wednesday, February 25th, Dr Haynes will present an overview of research conducted by a team of community members and academic scientists in eastern Ohio. This event is free and open to the public. This talk will provide an overview of research conducted by a team of community members and academic scientists in eastern Ohio. Residents partnered with University of Cincinnati researchers to address concerns about manganese exposure from a ferromanganese refinery. The research partnership expanded to include potential exposures from the rapidly growing oil and gas industry. Residents and scientists are using simple wristbands to measure exposure to airborne chemicals. Dr. Haynes will discuss how the partnership started, community engagement in the research, expansion to include other environmental exposures, and novel approaches to air quality monitoring. Sponsored by the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core. If you have any questions about this event, please contact: valerie_garrison@urmc.rochester.edu 
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, all day, Montour Falls, NY
    •  "The Seneca Lake Academy is a free, day-long, public event that will take place in Montour Falls, NY on February 28, 2015."  Save the Date! The Seneca Lake Academy is a free, day-long, public event that will take place in Montour Falls, NY on February 28, 2015. Classes (like none you ever took in school) will be offered by a dynamic group of knowledgeable and passionate teachers on a variety of subjects relevant to better understanding Seneca Lake and its unique natural and cultural history. Pre-registration will likely be required for the event. Stay-tuned for details. E-mail adriannalouise@gmail.com  to get notification of when pre-registration opens. Saturday, February 28, 2015 Free Admission (scholarships for everyone!) Mind-bogglingly Interesting Classes with Parallel Programming Especially for Kids 9 am-5 pm Special Community Dinner (with live music) (a fundraiser for Schuyler County 4-H groups) Open-mic Cabaret to share stories, songs, poems, skits, etc.  related to our love of Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes Region Let's go back to the basics. The Seneca Lake Academy is an exploration of things that make Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes region a place that inspires us and a place that people want to live and visit. The Seneca Lake Academy is a one-day "interpretive" event where dynamic and passionate speakers will teach short classes near the south end of Seneca Lake on a variety of subjects that pertain to the natural and cultural history of the lake and its surroundings. Earth Arts will be providing parallel programming for younger children. So bring the whole family! Pre-registration will likely be required. This should happen through this website so be sure to check back or send an e-mail to adriannalouise@gmail.com  to be put on our update e-mail list so that you can know when registration opens up.

March 2015

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 Time: 1:00pm - 5:30pm Place: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
    • Calling on all Rochester-area women to take action on Climate Change. Check our Rochester’s ‘Mothers Out Front’. "Public narrative is the art of sharing stories that communicate lived experience and values through emotions to inspire others to take action.  Attendees develop their stories about why they are involved, or why they want to be involved, with Mothers Out Front.  We will then develop the story of what we are called to do together to protect our children's future in the face of climate change. Sharing stories is an essential practice of organizing and movement building.  Stories are the fuel that inspire us and others to act. Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015 Time: 1:00pm - 5:30pm Place: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 Who: mothers, grandmothers, caregivers, and their friends concerned about climate change Contact person: Neely Kelley. neely.kelley@mothersoutfront.org"
  • March 6th and 7th | Cinemapolis, Ithaca's Art Theatre on the Commons  120 East Green Street Ithaca, NY 14850 
    • Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium​ The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is based on a simple idea:  the use of native plants should remain an integral part of sustainable landscapes. We see many fields adapting rapidly to goals of sustainability, but horticulture in Central NY has been slow to embrace native plants,  which have been standard landscape tools in many other parts of the country for decades.  In Central NY, quality information on native plants remains elusive, with marketing standing in for ecology or substance.​ ​ ​The Symposium offers alternative ideas, knowledge and perspective presented by experts and professionals​ from our region and beyond.  It is for landscape architects, designers, educators, Master Gardeners, government employees, homeowners, gardeners, naturalists and anyone else eager to learn more about this growing movement.​ ​ Heading into our 7th year of INLS, we look forward to seeing you at this stimulating, enjoyable gathering.  Please use the menu tabs above to navigate our site.
  • {due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, our Genesee River Basin Summit 2015 (which was scheduled to be held 3/13/15 at the Mt. Morris Dam and Conference Center) will be rescheduled to another location at a later date. We are currently looking at a University setting and possibly the first week of May. We will get back to everyone as soon as we have a date/location confirmed. We WILL be holding a 2015 Summit.] Friday March 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Mt. Morris Dam Visitor's Center, 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris, NY 14510 (585) 658-4790
    • Genesee River Basin Summit Mt. Morris Dam Visitor's Center  Friday March 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Agenda includes: 2014 Summit Recap Soil Health Panel Trees for Tribs Tile Drain DEC's 9-Element Plan Genesee River Basin Data Streambank Stabilization Nutrient Recovery Panel from The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
  • Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015,
    • Greentopia I FILM is now open for submissions of non-fiction features, shorts, and children’s films *The deadline to submit is December 22, 2014.  In its fourth year, innovative documentary film festival, Greentopia | FILM, brings inspiring and award-winning non-fiction films and events to Rochester area moviegoers. Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015, Greentopia | FILM has become known for its lively cross-pollination of art, ideas, community engagement and fun. Greentopia I FILM "Greentopia | FILM believes in our community and in showcasing the positive changes, projects and people that are often not covered in more mainstream news and media channels. Through the incredible generosity of local film makers, Greentopia | FILM has been able to produce 3 short documentaries a year for the past 2 years. In 2014, we received funding from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to actually commission the films, offering a $1,000 stipend and festival film passes to each of the 3 selected film makers. All Community Supported Films (CSFs) tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We look for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice. Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals. " Greentopia
  • March 22, 2015,  from 2 to 3:30 | Pittsford Library, 24 State Street Pittsford, NY 14534  
    • March 22, the Sierra Transition Group is holding a book discussion on Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" - a hard-hitting, no-nonsense look at what WE need to do NOW to prevent extreme climate disruption, and system collapse. Come to the Pittsford Library from 2 to 3:30 pm to hear a presentation and participate in enlightened discussion afterwards.

April 2015

  • Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18, 2015.
    • Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • April 17, 2015 "The Links" E. Syracuse, New York
  • Tuesday April 21st, 2015 | Monroe County Community College
    • What we are hearing: World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015, Tuesday April 21st, 2015. If it's anywhere near Rochester, NY, you could have the privilege of hearing former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at our local Sierra Club's annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College. Various other events at other local venues will be included that day, and also Monday April 20th. See his TED talk here: https://lnkd.in/dgSc2Uq . More details to come as I learn more.
  • Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon
    • Great opportunity to join your friends and groups and neighbors to help clean up our parks at the annual event. "The 6th annual Pick Up the Parks Event  is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon (Cleanup in all Monroe County-managed Parks) noon-2pm (Thank You Picnic in Olmsted Lodge at Highland Park) Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.”  This event is designed to foster stewardship of our *21 parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green."


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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