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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

March 2017

  • Thursday, March 23rd 6-8 PM | Brighton Town Park Carmen Clark Lodge 777 Westfall Road, Brighton, NY 14620
    • I Want To Do Something The Sierra Club has received a flood of interest from people who are worried about climate change, environmental justice and the future of our planet. The Rochester Regional Group has a history of leadership on these issues. We are ready to help you get started. Come to a community meeting for members and friends. You will learn about actions already in progress and help strategize new actions. We are eager to hear your ideas in this time of crisis. Your energy and support will make a world of difference. Also look on Facebook and our website for updates of actions and events you can join.
  • Saturday, March 25th, 9AM to 5PM, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
    • Water Law for Activists Saturday, March 25, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY Sponsored by Cornell Environmental Law Society and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Water Committee Access to clean water is one of the most important environmental and social issues facing our communities. To support activists working on water protection issues, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Water Committee and the Cornell Law School Environmental Law Society are sponsoring a Water Law for Activists symposium Saturday, March 25 at the Cornell Law School in Ithaca. The program is free and open to the public The purpose of the symposium is to bring together lawyers and activists working on water law issues in New York to learn from and network with each other. The conference will focus on best ways to support water advocates in our efforts. Draft schedule below. Confirmed speakers include Deborah Goldberg from Earthjustice, Maya van Rossum from Delaware Riverkeeper, Richard Berkeley from the Public Utility Law Project and Richard Lippes from Lippes and Lippes in Buffalo. For more information, call 917-692-0595 or email annlfinneran@gmail.com.
  • March 30  6:30-8:30pm | Marriott Syracuse Downtown Finger Lakes Ballroom 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse NY
    •  GreeningUSA & The NYS Green Building Conference  Marriott Syracuse Downtown Finger Lakes Ballroom 100 E. Onondaga St. Film Screening "How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change" A film by Josh Fox.   This event is FREE but seating is very limited and YOU MUST REGISTER! Names will be checked off at the door.  This is a GreeningUSA fund-raiser.  Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.
  • Friday, March 31 and April 1st (Little Theatre on Friday, March 31 and a Festival Gala at the George Eastman Museum on Saturday, April 1.  )
    •  Friday, March 31 and a Festival Gala at the George Eastman Museum on Saturday, April 1st .   Fast Forward Film Festival About the Fast Forward Film Festival An initiative of The Lost Bird Project, Fast Forward Rochester (www.fastforwardroc.org) invites the Rochester community to submit environmental short films and videos of 5 minutes or less to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival. The festival is the first of its kind in the greater upstate NY area focused on showcasing new environmental perspectives in a local contest-style format, which has proved to unify the greater Rochester environmental, art, and film communities with two sold out events in 2015 & 2016. With a “for local, by local” mindset, the festival planning began in early 2014 and took off quickly with the community’s support.  This year’s sponsors are the Lost Bird Project, WXXI/The Little Theatre, City Newspaper, and Rochester Institute of Technology. By focusing creativity into films under five minutes in length, Fast Forward films strives to become an important communication tool to inspire change, connect people, and build an environmentally concerned community. The Festival program will be announced Monday, March 6th. For more information about these events, to obtain tickets, and for full information about the juried Fast Forward Film Festival, go here.

April 2017

  • Saturdays (April 1st through May 13th) | a Monroe County park near you
    • This year’s Monroe County 8th Pick Up the Parks Event is looking quite different from previous years. Instead of a big one-day pickup, there are going to be pickups on 7 consecutive Saturdays (April 1st through May 13th). Consider volunteering to give our region’s parks a thorough cleaning, which helps our urban environments. Back at the first PickUpTheParks event, I had helped get the Sierra Club get involved in these efforts and we picked up a lot of trash. Now this event has grown and includes many more parks with many more people. We are learning that one of the major pollutants in our water—in our streams and rivers and lakes—is microfibers from cigarette butts, which constitute a large part of our park’s litter. So, it’s important to get this stuff out of our ecosystems. [more on Recycling in our area]
  • Saturday, April 1st, 2-5pm at M Body Gym, 1048 University Ave, Rochester
    • The First Annual Rochester "Find Your Farmer" CSA Fair & Happy Hour with Live Music! Local Beer! Real Farmers! Will be held on Saturday, April 1st, 2-5pm at M Body Gym, 1048 University Ave, Rochester   (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture, subscribing directly with a farmer for the season's produce.)
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm.  in the red brick building immediately to the west of Asbury United Methodist Church. (The building’s own address is 1010 East Ave.) 
    • Seeds of Change Gathering  Rochester Pachamama Alliance welcomes you to the next gathering to cultivate the seeds of change that we carry in us. We’ll meet 1:30-3:30 pm on Sunday, April 2nd, in the red brick building immediately to the west of Asbury United Methodist Church. (The building’s own address is 1010 East Ave.)              Our intention is to inspire, support and empower each other as we become the change needed to co-create the environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling world our hearts imagine possible.              This month we'll share a powerful tool developed by Dr. Ron Kraybill, who contributed to the Truth and Reconciliation efforts in South Africa. The Cycle of Reconciliation process offers a map for healing relationships on multiple levels and can help us bridge the gaps and heal the suffering of division.  This process of healing, empowerment and reconciliation works not only for our personal relationships, but also for our relationships with people we don’t agree with politically, and with our relationships to organizations, structures, and the current political climate.                This is an open-ended/drop-in group.  No ongoing commitment is necessary.  Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested.  And if you plan to attend, please email Dave Inglis at dri.inglis@gmail.com so we can plan accordingly. Let’s keep those seeds of change growing!   Dave Inglis
  • Monday, April 3, 2017 St. Thomas' Episcopal Church of Rochester, NY 2000 Highland Ave, Rochester, New York 14618
    • New York State of Climate Action | The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition will kick-off a climate-focused Earth Month with this forum that brings two New York State experts to town. To Change Everything, We Need Everyone! This was the rallying call of the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City, and it continues to inspire the climate movement across the United States. In New York State, Governor Cuomo was influenced by tens of thousands of NY residents who spoke out against “fracking” for natural gas, such that he and the Department of Environmental Conservation made it illegal in our state in Dec. 2014. “We need everyone” to speak out for renewable energy and the jobs that it will create, and against the public health hazards and clima...See More
  • Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 pm Otto Shultz Community Center, Nazareth College, 1425 East Avenue, Rochester NY
    • Contemplation and Ecological Action 7:00 pmOtto Shultz Community Center, Nazareth College, 1425 East Avenue, Rochester NY This is the first in a 2-part forum at Nazareth College, "Contemplation and Ecological  Action: Tenderness and Justice in "Laudato Si."  Presenter Christine Z. Peppard  is an expert on the ethics of fresh water and problems of climate change, social justice and sustainability. She is a science and ethics professor at Fordham, the author of many books on the subject and has lectured widely. This forum is part of Nazareth College's 2016-17 William Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies series of lectures. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Friday, April 7th, 1:30 pm Linehan Chapel, Nazareth College, 1425 East Avenue, Rochester NY
    • Forum - Fresh Water is a Human Right 1:30 pmLinehan Chapel, Nazareth College, 1425 East Avenue, Rochester NY Christina Z Peppard presenting "Fresh Water is a Human Right." This is the second in a 2-part forum at Nazareth College, "Contemplation and Ecological  Action: Tenderness and Justice in "Laudato Si." Christine is an expert on the ethics of fresh water and problems of climate change, social justice and sustainability. She is a science and ethics professor at Fordham, the author of many books on the subject and has lectured widely. This forum is part of Nazareth College's 2016-17 William Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies series of lectures. The event is free and open to the public.
  • April 7,  7:00 PM, Owl Woods, Manitou Beach Rd., Greece
    • "Woodcock Courtship Display"  April 7,  7:00 PM, Owl Woods, Manitou Beach Rd., Greece   Hear one of nature's unusual spring sounds ~ courting woodcocks. Join BANC and the Rochester Birding Association to possibly see these birds display their courting behavior. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot across from Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Raod, just north of the Lake Ontario State Parkway. The parking lot is on the right, very soon after you turn onto Manitou Beach Rd. Facebook
  • Thursday, April 20th from 7-9 PM at the New Bethel CME Church located at 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605.  
    • The 19th Annual Environmental Forum Intersectionality and Building a Strong Climate Movement Sierra Club Annual Forum: This year, your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is bringing a distinguished advocate for environmental justice to Rochester. He is Aaron Mair, the President of the Sierra Club and a powerful speaker that can inspire our community. Aaron will be in Rochester to give his presentation on Thursday, April 20th from 7-9 PM at the New Bethel CME Church located at 270 Scio Street, Rochester, NY 14605. Come early to visit tables of local environmental groups to find out what they are doing in our area from 6-6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. He will also be addressing classes at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. You can find a schedule on our Facebook page early April. We are very excited the opportunity has arrived to join forces with the communities of color on the issues that affect us all. Please join us. more ...
  • April 21, 2017 The Links, East Syracuse, New York
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2017 9:00 am at Wadsworth Square (at the end of Marshall Street, off of Monroe Avenue). Step off is at 10:00 am.
    • The Rochester Earth Day Parade will kick off our Earth Day Grand Opening events as a celebration of our cooperative’s commitment to sustainability, real food, and making sure we don’t destroy our planet for generations to come. The parade will gather at 9:00 am at Wadsworth Square (at the end of Marshall Street, off of Monroe Avenue). Step off is at 10:00 am. Come support this inaugural Earth Day parade for Rochester so that we can create a new annual tradition to celebrate the many nonprofits and businesses here that are working to promote and safeguard more sustainable ways of living.
  • Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day, in Rochester (infor being update for time and exact place)
  • Earth Day April 22, 2017 Earth Day | Washington, DC
    • The March for Science is Set to Happen on Earth Day Scientists officially have a date where they’ll be taking to the streets. The March for Science has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in Washington, D.C. A growing constellation of marches are also scheduled for that day in cities across the U.S. What began as a Reddit conversation has grown into a movement of scientists and science lovers standing up for evidenced-based policy making and inclusivity in the science community.   The date of the march isn’t just an average Saturday. April 22 is Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970. The original Earth Day is seen by many as a turning point in the environmental movement. The year itself also marks a major turning point for the U.S. government and environmental policy. In 1970, Richard Nixon signed the Environmental Protection Agency into existence and it began operating that December. (February 1, 2017) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • APRIL 28, 8:30AM-10:45AM, University at Buffalo, Davis 101, North Campus, Amherst.
    • APRIL 28, DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump - By Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Scientist and Author of 'The Madhouse Effect' illustrated by cartoonist Tom Toles. 8:30AM-10:45AM, University at Buffalo, Davis 101, North Campus, Amherst. Free & Open to the Public. [LINK]
  • April 28 – April 30 Apr 28 at 6 PM to Apr 30 at 3 PM | Braddock Bay Park
  • April 29th, @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave. S.  Rochester, NY 14604
    • Climate March – Rochester April 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm In solidarity with the Climate March in D.C., join in a peaceful gathering/march to help bring awareness, educate, and ultimately combat global warming. DETAILS Date: April 29 Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Website: Facebook. VENUE Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave. S.  Rochester, NY 14604  [info will be updated continually]
  • April 29th, 2017 | Where: Washington DC  
    • New year, new resolve. Time to mark your calendars for April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Sign up to be part of it here, and connect with others near you who will be taking action in the run-up to April. We believe that in this moment of division, turmoil, and fear, it's important to put forward an alternative vision that inspires and connects. If we don't put forward our own vision -- of an economy built on justice and powered by clean, renewable energy -- then we let fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred win. We need to show that more people still believe in our shared vision for the future than in Donald Trump's. That's where you come in: The only way this mobilization will work is if it’s driven from the bottom up by people like you. That's why we want to get you involved with the People's Climate Mobilization starting today -- whether you've helped organize a dozen marches before, or if you're a first-time participant.

May 2017

  • Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 6 pm. | Peacework Farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher,
    • May 6 May Day Party at Peacework Farm - Tour an Organic Farm May Day Celebration at Peacework Farm   Please join the festivities at Peacework Farm, Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 6 pm. We are having a May Day Celebration that is open to one and all!  Peacework Farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher, but that is a private home so use our marked parking areas).  At 2 pm, farmer Ammie Chickering, on her valiant nag, will lead us in dancing around the May Pole. No previous dance experience necessary. Next we will take a wild flower walk in the woods of the Kraai Preserve, a nature preserve open to the public. Then, we will have tours of Peacework Farm and the Johnson Brothers Food Forest.  At 4:30, we will have a potluck supper.  Please bring a dish to pass, a place setting and folding chairs.  The farm will provide beverages.  All are welcome!   If you would like to join in Community Supported Agriculture and get a share of Peacework produce every week from June 1 through November, you can sign up at the farm. The Peacework farmers grow over 200 varieties of 70 crops to supply weekly packets for families in Wayne County and the greater Rochester area. The farm is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY. You can also sign up on line at www.peaceworkcsa.org. Joining the CSA is a good way to save money if you want to feed your family organic produce at a reasonable price. As a CSA member you are more than a consumer: you become an invested shareholder with an active role in building cooperative, ethical, and sustainable communities. The impact of investing in a CSA share is high.  You simultaneously support

June 2017

  • JUNE 10TH | 9:30am-3:30pm in Mendon Ponds Park
    • Outdoor Expo 2017 WORKSHOP Wetland Variety & Ecology in Mendon Ponds Park Come with naturalist and Sierra Club member Peter Debes to learn about the surprising, vital and interrelated life in the wetslands of Mendon Ponds Park. The event schedule is coming soon. Visit adk.org and sierraclub.org/atlantic/chapter for updates and presentation time.


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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