The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Saturday, March 28, 2015

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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

March 2015

  • Sat. Mar 28, 2015 1:00 pm to Sat. Mar 28, 2015 5:00 pm | 929 South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608, USA
    • Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Where on Earth are we going? And what CAN we do about it?  Join us in exploring a bold, empowering vision to create an  environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling society  Experience an inspiring interactive multimedia event acclaimed in 82 countries: The Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium Location: M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence 929 South Plymouth Ave. Rochester, NY Saturday, March 28th 1-5 PM. (12:45 check-in so we may start promptly) Light refreshments will be provided. FREE, but pre-registration required here.  Learn more see flyer
  • March 28th 9-Noon Webster 1350 Chiyoda Dr. Webster, New York, 14580
    • Solarize Rochester First Seminar March 28th 9-Noon Webster 1350 Chiyoda Dr. Webster, New York, 14580 Second Seminar Sat April 11th Penfield 3100 Atlantic Ave 9-Noon visit us on facebook or our website www.solarizerochester.com "Solarize is a community based movement intended to spur adoption of solar energy by bundling community solar systems into a bulk discount while highlighting local labor that pays a living wage. All companies are screened by the sponsors for quality of work, warranty, financing plans, hire local people, and are based in Rochester New York. This will make solar affordable and more accessible than ever. "

April 2015

  • Wed, April 1, at 7 PM, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath, NY
    • Transitioning Towns Wed, April 1, at 7 PM, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath, the Bath Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a presentation by Bill Sharp on the Transition Town movement, which seeks to prepare communities to transition from a petroleum-based lifestyle to one that is more sustainable. Bill Sharp is a founder of the Transition Centre in Centre County, PA . Transition Centre was formed in 2010 to promote the best practice model of Transition Towns in central Pennsylvania. The event will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For further information call 607 569-3564.
  • Wednesday, April 1st at 7 p.m. at The Muller Field Station, 6455 County Road 36, Canadice, NY.
    • “The Nature of Our Lake,” Talk will focus on recent studies of Honeoye Lake Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will present findings of recent research projects on Honeoye Lake. Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will present findings of recent research projects on Honeoye Lake during a talk at Finger Lakes Community College’s Muller Field Station on Wednesday, April 1. Gilman will present the findings with Terry Gronwall, chairman of the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force. In the summer of 2014, Gilman and Gronwall led research projects on the lake on submerged aquatic plant communities and the invasive zebra mussel population, which lake property owners said appeared to be dwindling. (March 21, 2015) Fairport-East Rochester Post [more on Honeoye Lake in our area]
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. Crane Branch Library (Upstairs) - 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
    •  "Ban the Bomb Trains: WNY Drilling Defense Meeting Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. Crane Branch Library (Upstairs) - 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo Every week trains loaded with volatile crude oil “fracked” in North Dakota's Bakken shale travel through Buffalo and Erie County. With very little public awareness and no study of environmental impacts, the gas & oil industry has made our region a dangerous hub for highly flammable oil using these “bomb trains.” Rail lines snake from the oil fields of North Dakota through Buffalo and to refineries on both coasts. The rail system was never built for this kind of dangerous cargo, yet these trains travel through population centers and next to schools, homes, and businesses. Rail safety standards for crude oil are weak and emergency responders are not equipped or trained for accidents. Bakken crude oil carried by rail is more toxic and more volatile than conventional crude oil, and each car carries the explosive equivalent of 2 million sticks of dynamite. Crude oil is also more carbon intensive which further exacerbates climate disruption and extreme weather. According to the Wall Street Journal, Erie County sees about 27.5 trains weekly carrying Bakken crude oil. Oil trains are more than a mile-long with 100+ cars, which only concentrates the risk of an accident. This means that at least 2,750 cars full of crude oil travel through Buffalo and Erie County in a week, presenting an immediate danger to our public health and natural resources. Unfortunately, this issue does not seem to be going away, as oil train traffic has increased more than 4,000% in the last five years. This increase is largely due to the gas & oil industry's efforts to evade regulations and costs associated with building new pipelines to ship crude oil. What's worse is that the dangerous DOT-111 cars, which make up the majority of U.S. oil tanker trains, are defective and prone to puncture during derailments. It seems each month another city or town is facing a terrifying oil train derailment, poisoned drinking water, or a deadly explosion. One of the most tragic incidences was the explosion of crude oil cars in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in 2013, which incinerated 47 people and destroyed the downtown area. The legally responsible parties declared bankruptcy and left the taxpayers to foot the bill. The same thing could happen here, to us, to our families and to our neighborhoods! Now is the time for us to get involved! This meeting is open to all! More information on Crude oil trains: Ban-The-Bomb-Trains-Traveling-Through-Buffalo-Erie-County#scribd | explosive-crude-by-rail.org | projects.propublica.org/graphics/oil-trains | .wsj.com/articles/oil-trains-hide-in-plain-sight-1417663983 | .priceofoil.org/rail/ Help spread the word by RSVP-ing on Facebook & inviting friends! facebook.com/events/ "
  • Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 PM  |  Albright Auditorium, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 334 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30 a.m. – Noon | online webinar
    • Webinar: Reducing Community Transportation Emissions - April 9, 2015  Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30 a.m. – Noon   his webinar will examine ways communities can reduce their emissions from transportation through implementing transportation demand management (TDM) programs, traffic signal optimization, complete streets policies, providing electric vehicle charging stations and supporting and encouraging bike/pedestrian projects and car sharing programs.  Alternative transportation options and operational practices that reduce VMTs will also be discussed. (See attached agenda) (March 24, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 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
  • April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto Schults  Center,  Nazareth College  FREE, but please register
    • Celebrate Earth Week 2015 and  discover the hope, connections and creative potential in these troubling times.   Attend  Awakening the Dreamer-Changing the Dream Symposium: an experience to inspire action toward the more sustainable, just and fulfilling world our hearts know is possible. This  symposium is in our area:  April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto Schults  Center,  Nazareth College  FREE, but please register at: Here. Questions? Contact Nancy at (315)-587-9349
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30pm. The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623.
    • Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015  DR. JAMES HANSEN : CLIMATE, ENERGY, AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE When: Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm Where: The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623 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. Former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at the local Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College.  Please spread the word! Send the links around. Also, please consider posting this flyer about the even in places where allowed.
  • April 24-26, 2015 | at Braddock Bay Park, on East Manitour Road, Greece, NY  
    • Bird of Prey Days 2015 Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is proud to present our 27th annual Bird of Prey Days, to be held at Braddock Bay Park, near Rochester, New York. This park, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, lies right in the path of 17 species of raptors and vultures as they travel from their wintering grounds to their spring nesting areas.  Each spring, this location is witness to huge kettles of Broad-winged hawks, Turkey vultures, and Sharp-shinned hawks.  Each season, our official counter tallies hundreds of Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks, our licensed raptor banders capture hundreds of Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, and our volunteers troll the woods counting Northern Saw-whet and Long-eared owls at this “rest-stop” before continuing their migration All detail are on this flyer.
  • 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."

May 2015

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY
    • MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER SEEKS VENDORS AND EXHIBITORS FOR 9th ANNUAL WILDLIFE FESTIVAL   The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY, is looking forward to spring and its 9th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to spread the word on the likely impact of climate change on birds and provide a suite of personal actions that can be taken to help protect birds and decrease carbon emissions.   Highlights at the Wildlife Festival will be live animal presentations, delicious food, live music, children’s games, crafts and activities, guided bird watching hikes and canoe trips, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, and over 40 vendors and exhibitors.   The MAC invites all art and craft vendors and exhibiting community-based organizations to be a part of this exciting day by participating with their special interest in the outdoors and conservation. The Wildlife Festival provides an opportunity for vendors and exhibitors to enhance their visibility and share their expertise with 1,000 people.   Vendors and exhibitors can choose between indoor and outdoor locations. Pop-up tents, tables, and chairs are available to rent. Site selection is on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline to register as a vendor or exhibitor is April 10. Registration forms can be found on the MAC’s website. The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the National Audubon Society.


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On-going programs with multiple dates

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  • 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