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

June 2017    

  • Tuesday, June 27, 5:45 -7:45 pm The Southeast Steuben County Library 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza Suite 101 Corning, NY
    • Living Lightly on the Earth Tuesday, June 27, 5:45 -7:45 pm The Southeast Steuben County Library 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza Suite 101 Corning, NY   What inspires you to lighten your environmental footprint? What obstacles stand in your way? What wisdom would you like to pass on to future generations?   Recently, 96 Southern Tier residents responded to a survey that asked these questions.   Gerri Wiley will share their collective wisdom, showing that the power of people will lead the way in reducing environmental toxins, mitigating climate change, and protecting what we love.   Gerri has devoted her life to prevention, protection and promoting Living Lightly on the Earth and is a co-founder of RAFT (Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga). She is active in addressing climate issues and is currently supporting plans for a carbon neutral church in Binghamton. Gerri is also a volunteer as a stream tester with Community Science Institute of Ithaca.   Finding Voice is a series of programs co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Steuben County and The Southeast Steuben County Library   ###   Gerri Wiley Owego, NY 607-342-3159
  • June 28, 6-8:30 PM Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor  14564
    • Family Nature Night  June 28, 6-8:30 PM Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor  14564    Come learn more about insects, birds, fossils, rocks and minerals, trees, and many other natural things!  There will be displays, activities like a scavenger hunt, and guided walks on the Sanctuary trails. Contact:  Marigrace at 383-8462   www.bancny.org/   
  • Thursday, June 29th at 2PM, The Liberty Pole, at the corner of Franklin St. and East Main St.  in Rochester, NY
    • Join us on Thursday, June 29th at events across the state to demand energy independence from Big Oil and Gas. Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman continued his investigation into Exxon by filing court documents showing that its greenhouse gas accounting "may be a sham." The AG's court filing asserts that Exxon used "secret, internal figures" different from numbers disclosed to the public and shareholders. If the court agrees, that could mean that Exxon overstated the financial benefits for its Canadian tar sands projects, publicly underreported projects' expected carbon emissions, and only applied carbon pricing to some greenhouse gases. As the world continues to be dealt catastrophic climate change blows, it has never been more clear that New York must step up and break its ties to the fossil fuel industry. The state must say NO to new fossil fuel infrastructure — from pipelines, to power plants, to compressor stations, and more. New York must lead by accelerating investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and by holding corporate polluters responsible for their actions. ACT NOW! Leading into the Independence Day holiday, please join us on Thursday, June 29th at events across the state to demand energy independence from Big Oil and Gas. Events will be held in the early afternoon on Thursday, June 29th in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Albany, New Paltz, New York City, and Huntington. Please see NYPIRG's Climate Project Facebook event page for location-specific details and to RSVP (or RSVP by emailing us at nypirg@nypirg.org).
  • Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6 to 10 PM with films at sundown Where: Memorial Art Gallery.  More Info: Free and open to the public.
    • Fast Forward Films at Memorial Art Gallery  As part of the Memorial Art Gallery’s “Flip the Switch!” event, the Fast Forward Film Festival will offer an exclusive viewing of their 11 local, award-winning short environmental films. Then, get ready to share the moment when the Gallery “Flips the Switch” on the latest public art in the Neighborhood of the Arts! Artist Jim Sanborn has made a public work of art for the area in front of the MAG's 1913 building. Argentum: Double-Positive consists of placing two projection cylinders in front of the “1913”. These cylinders are perforated with a series of texts that will light up at night (with the aid of an internal point source light) and projected widely onto the facade and surrounding landscape of MAG’s 1913 building. To further the celebration, Shine will play on the MAG 1913 front steps! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Ice cream and concessions will also be available for purchase.     When: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6 to 10 PM with films at sundown Where: Memorial Art Gallery.  More Info: Free and open to the public. Questions? Call (585) 276-8939 during business hours or email the Memorial Art Gallery.    
  • Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:30 to 10:30 PM Where: Rochester Public Market. 
    • Fast Forward Films at the Rochester Public Market  See winning and select short environmental films submitted to this year's Fast Forward Film Festival!      When: Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:30 to 10:30 PM Where: Rochester Public Market.  More Info: Free!  See Fast Forward Film Festival Website.    

July 2017

  • Thursday, July 6, 6:00 P.M.We will meet at Cobbs Hill reservoir in Rochester, at the top of the reservoir road off Highland Ave by the pine trees.
    • Climate Change and the Washington Grove Forest Thursday, July 6, 6:00 P.M. Join naturalist Peter Debes, who began a project in 2008 with the Sierra Club to restore and protect the old growth forest at Cobbs Hill Park. See giant trees 250 years old and evidence of the challenges they have faced in their lives. How will climate change affect these wonderful woods? We will review predictions for our area and predictions of which species may become more common or less common, and which new species may make their appearance here and in other forests of our area. By the end of our walk, you’ll be able to recognize 10 species of trees, just by their trunks and bark! We will meet at Cobbs Hill reservoir in Rochester, at the top of the reservoir road off Highland Ave by the pine trees. Wear loose fitting long-sleeve shirt and pants and bringing bug repellent. Alternate date in case of rain, strong winds or thunderstorms - Saturday, July 8, 10:00 AM. Call 585-820-2018 for info.
  • July 7 at 6 PM Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564
    • "Collecting Minerals and Fossils" and a Potluck Dinner  July 7 at 6 PM Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564 Retired geologist Fred Haynes will present a program about the multitude of opportunities NY presents for enjoying and collecting interesting rocks, fossils, and minerals.  Bring a place setting and dish to pass for the potluck dinner. www.facebook.com/BANC.roc 
  • July 11, 6:30 -8 PM | Carlson Commons, 70 Corretta Scott Xing Rochester, NY 14608
    • "Sierra Club President Gives Powerful Address on Environmentalism and Intersectionality Carlson Commons, 70 Corretta Scott Xing Rochester, NY 14608, July 11, 6:30 -8 PM. On April 20 this year, the first African American president of the Sierra Club. Aaron Mair came to Rochester to the New Bethel. CME church to talk about the history of the Sierra Club. People who attended were spell-bound by the depth and breadth of what Aaron shared in a short time, and many regretted that more people in our community did not have the chance to hear it. Others who were there said they wanted a chance to hear it again as he packed so many ideas in so quickly. Come watch the video and experience his powerful address! Learn some astonishing details about how the largest environmental organization began, its history of racism, and his amazing courage and activism that is helping to change the organization. In his words, he wants to help the Sierra Club to be "a more welcoming environment for all people, regardless of their race or socio-economic status." He makes it clear that environmental organizations must understand the intersectionality of issues of social injustice with environmentalism to ensure success in the future. After the video, there will be time for questions and discussion on how to move forward with intersectionality to address problems in Rochester. (This event is brought to you by collaboration of the Sierra Club, PLEX (Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Assoc., BHEIRS (Building Healthy External/Internal Relationships Steadfastly), and the Pachamama Alliance of Rochestser) FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Questions? Call 585-820-2018 or sierraclub.rrg@gmail.com 
  • July 11, 9 AM - 4 PM Meet at the Park and Ride lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490 before 9. 
    • Butterfly Walk in the Hi Tor area near Naples  July 11, 9 AM - 4 PM Meet at the Park and Ride lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490 before 9. Bring water, lunch, and a folding chair.  A hat, insect repellent, long pants and sturdy shoes are suggested.   Questions:  383-8168  http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • Thursday, June 29, 10AM-1PM,  Ganondagan State Historic Site   Meet in parking lot of the Culture Center on Boughton Hill Road, Victor, NY 14564.
    • "Mid-summer Butterflies Walk"  Thursday, June 29, 10AM-1PM,  Ganondagan State Historic Site   Meet in parking lot of the Culture Center on Boughton Hill Road, Victor, NY 14564.  Bring water and insect repellent, and wear long pants and a hat.  Optionally, bring a lunch and folding chair.  Questions: 425-2380 http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/

August 2017

  • August 7-11, 2017 Nazareth College, Golisano Academic Center, Room 233 from 1:00PM-8:00PM
    • Global Citizenship Immersion: Building Skills and Knowledge for a Diverse World (For high school students) August 7-11, 2017 Nazareth College, Golisano Academic Center, Room 233 from 1:00PM-8:00PM This week-long academic immersion program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12 but open to college freshman also.For details, please go to our website: The last date for registration is July 20, 2017, registration fee is $95.00 includes refreshments and suppers. To register, email: cisd@naz.edu or call:(585) 389-2963 Contact Nora Bradbury Haehl" <norabradbury@gmail.com>  the program coordinator for any question. Please circulate it to your friends and students.
  • Monday Aug 7th to Friday Aug 11, 2017, 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm Nazareth College Golisano Academic Center Room #  235 Registration Information (Deadline July 20, 2017)
    • Interfaith Immersion with concentration on leadership Skills and Conflict Management. A week-long non-credit certificate course with spiritual journeys to places of worship. Monday Aug 7th to Friday Aug 11, 2017, 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm Nazareth College Golisano Academic Center Room #  235 Registration Information (Deadline July 20, 2017): Program Fee: $179.00 which includes suppers and visits to places of worship. This week long interfaith course is designed for professionals, business managers, teachers, religious leaders, and social workers for cultural and religious diversity training. Please email Rev. Gordon Webster: revgvw@gmail.com  is the program coordinator for any question. Register by email: interfaith@naz.edu or call: (585) 389-2963. for program details, see: here Limited number of scholarships are available. Please write  a check to Nazareth College, Hickey Center and mail it to my attention on the College address.

 

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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