The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Friday, October 28, 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. 

To add your event, e-mail it to Frank J. Regan.

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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


  • Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., St Mary's, Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary’s Place, Rochester
    • Sun Come Up on Sunday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.St Mary's, Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary’s Place, Rochester This documentary depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion with Dr. Nancy Rourke about the film and action steps that viewers can take to make a difference today. Dr. Rourke is Associate Professor and Director of the Catholic Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Canisius College. She teaches Catholic ethics, researches, writes and speaks about climate change and other issues. For more information con-tact Sister Kathleen Wayne, RSM or Deacon David Palma, 271-7240.


  • Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm Henrietta UCC, 1400 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY 14467
    • Living in Harmony meeting – free and open to all   We will be showing the film shown widely last year during the Paris Climate Talks, This Changes Everything, based on the nonfiction book by Naomi Klein. The film is 90 minutes long. Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Klein’s narration during the film connects the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all. Invite your friends and plan to attend now! For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, convener     eypixley@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7PM - online
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6 - 8 pm City Hall Atrium Second Floor (30 Church St, Rochester, NY 14614).
    • Community-Wide Climate Action Plan Rochester, NY Public input meeting: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6 - 8 pm City Hall Atrium Second Floor (30 Church St, Rochester, NY 14614).  Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive road maps that outline efforts that will be undertaken by municipalities and/or communities as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.   CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to implement the plan and monitor the plan's progress.   Learn more about the City's CAP and help shape the results.  
  • Thursday, November 10th 7PM - 8:30PM |  First Unitarian, 220 Winton Rd S., Rochester, NY 
    • Nov10th Movie "Call of Life" which explores the extent, origin, and the anticipated global impact of a human induced, rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet,  First Unitarian Church Environmental Climate 7PM at First Unitarian, 220 Winton Rd S.  Free and open to public
  • Friday, Novermber 11th 1pm - 6pm340 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Honeoye Falls 14472
    • Rochester Passive House - Open House! 1pm - 6pm340 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Honeoye Falls 14472 Please plan to visit the area's most energy efficient/ climate friendly/ comfortable... and affordable home, otherwise known as a Passive House. And bring some friends! Here are some details from the owner: I will be opening the doors to my house for International Passive House days. Our project has been built to the Passive House Standards, and I am currently working with PHA for international certification. I plan on giving tours on: Nov 11 from 1pm-6pm Nov 12 from 10am-6pm with a blower door test at 5pm The address is 340 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 The website is RochesterPassiveHouse.blogspot.com Let me know if you need any other information Matt Bowers Airtight Services Inc 585-750-8192
  • Thursday, November 17th at 7PM - 8:30PM - First Unitarian, 220 Winton Rd S., Rochester, NY
    • Nov 17th Movie "Economics of Happinesswhich spell out the social, spiritual, and economic costs of today's economy, and encourages local, giving successful examples.   7PM at First Unitarian  Church Environmental Climate , 220 Winton Rd S. Free and open to public
  • Monday, November 21st,  7:00 pm First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd S, Room 228
    • Citizens' Climate Lobby Chapter Meeting 7:00 pm First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd S, Room 228 Monthly strategy meeting for Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)


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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