The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Monday, October 16, 2017

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Rochester Environment 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

October 2017

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017  from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at 425 Paul Road in Chili.
    • Free Community Shred Day: Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Classified Scanning & Shredding, a division of Lifetime Assistance, in partnership with Crime Stoppers and Senator Joe Robach, will be hosting a free community shred day on Tuesday, October 17, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at 425 Paul Road in Chili. Local residents will have the opportunity to dispose of confidential documents in a safe and secure manner. Limit 3 file boxes per person. The first 300 attendees will receive a free RFID credit card protection sleeve.For more information, contact Lou Ann Owens at 756-2233 or info@classifiedshredding.com.
  • October 17, 2017 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET | Webinar
    • EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: EnviroAtlas October 17, 2017 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET   EnviroAtlas is a web-based decision support tool that combines maps, analysis tools, downloadable data and informational resources that states, tribes, communities and individuals can use to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where people live, learn, work and play. EnviroAtlas contains two primary tools: An Interactive Map, which provides access to 300+ ecosystem-related maps developed by EPA researchers and an Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which displays evidence from hundreds of scientific publications on the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health.   The EnviroAtlas Interactive Map provides data for multiple extents for the U.S. and was created to help inform decisions, research and education. EnviroAtlas has been used in a range of research and planning projects, including community Health Impact Assessments, green infrastructure projects, restoration planning, brownfield redevelopment and others. EnviroAtlas resources are also being used in K-12 to undergraduate classrooms: a provided EnviroAtlas educational curriculum helps guide educators on potential uses. EnviroAtlas has been publicly available since May 2014 and was updated in June 2017 to include a new, more user-friendly version of the Interactive Map.   Who should attend? Local governments, communities, planners, researchers, educators, state environmental and health agencies, tribes, stakeholders and others interested in learning about how to use EnviroAtlas in real-world contexts   To join the webinar, please register: If you are unable to listen through your computer speakers, please dial: 1-866-299-3188. Access Code: 202-564-6669. Please note telephone lines are muted during the webinar.
  • Saturday, October 21 at 8:45 AM | 1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623-5603, United States
    • 2-Day Hands-on Passive House Workshop Join us for this unique opportunity in western NY to get in-depth, hands-on training in the exciting field of Passive House Design and Construction! This intensive 2-day course will provide participants with: • a strong foundation in Passive House Principles,  • an understanding of common construction materials used, and  • hands-on experience with airtight, thermal-bridge-free construction.  Participants will leave with an understanding of what unique aspects make a building a Passive House and will have contributed to the building of an actual Passive House structure on campus! Presenter: Bill LaBine is a certified PH designer/consultant/tradesman (US and International) and has extensive experience lecturing and designing low energy homes in western NY. Class Size: The class size will be limited to 12 participants, 6 students and 6 community members Cost: Students: $25, Community members: $295, $195 for early registration by Oct. 10. Registration: Due to the limited class size, please email bill@airtightservicesinc.com to insure that there are still slots available before sending payment. AIA Continuing Ed Credits pending...
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6 to 8 PM, St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611. RSVP at Event Website  More Info: Contact Sue Starpoli via email at suestar1@rochester.rr.com or by phone at 585-586-4007. 
    • Introduction to Draw Down Ever wondered how you can play a role in the reversal of global warming? This informal introductory course presented via video by Paul Hawken will uncover the latest research on how global warming can be reversed by 2050. This is based on the book "Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming" which is edited by Paul Hawken. In this event you will learn 80 solutions that can be worked toward, explore those solutions that call to you the most, and work with others to combine those solutions. Along with solutions, the Drawdown approach teaches how to shift one’s view to one focused on optimism and agency. Yes, we can all make a difference in the fight to reverse global warming! Sponsored by Pachamama Alliance.     When and Where #1: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY. RSVP at Event Website When and Where #2: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6 to 8 PM, St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611. RSVP at Event Website  More Info: Contact Sue Starpoli via email at suestar1@rochester.rr.com or by phone at 585-586-4007. 
  • Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30pm, SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester - across the street from the RTS Transit Center”
    • ACTION: Considering the importance of public transportation during Climate Change, Rochester’s attempts to redesigning our bus system are welcomed. People in all walks of life, for all the reasons we must get around, it’s really important that we have a varied transportation system that suits all—and also be resilient and robust enough for the challenges the Climate Change brings. Transportation accounts for 27% of greenhouse gases and so taking public transportation, walking and bicycling must be real options for getting around and lower our carbon footprints. Get involved inReimagine RTS Information Session, Learn about the study and share your ideas on how we can improve public transit in Rochester—together. A formal presentation will be held followed by topic/activity stations. Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30pm, SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester - across the street from the RTS Transit Center”
  • Saturday, October 28th at the Harley School in Rochester, NY!
    • We invite you to join us at the NY Climate Solutions Summit on Saturday, October 28th at the Harley School in Rochester, NY! The climate summit aims to build a larger movement across NYS that is prepared to take action to implement effective climate solutions. We seek to provide an opportunity for clean energy and climate organizers from communities across the region to come together to share projects, case studies, resources, experiences and skills to tackle climate change and implement solutions. The Climate Solutions Summit will offer:  Case studies and workshops in renewable energy (solar, wind, renewable heating and cooling- ground (geothermal) and air source heat pumps), energy efficiency, electric vehicles, clean mass transit, sustainable land use, environmental justice, technical skills, movement building skills and networking with members of the climate movement. Register here:  For more information, go to NYClimateSummit.org For comments, questions or to add your group as a supporter of the Summit, contact us at info@nyclimatesummit.org. The NY Climate Solutions Summit is brought to you by Rochester People's Climate Coalition, ACE NY, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Mothers Out Front, NY-GEO & the Alliance for a Green Economy. 

November 2017

  • Saturday, Nov. 4  9 AM- 12 noon. Meet at the Nunda entrance off of Cobbs Hill Drive. 
    • Friends of Washington Grove Volunteer Request: Spread the word and Help them Spread the Chips!    Saturday, Nov. 4  9 AM- 12 noon.  Friends, volunteers and those you might be first time volunteers in the Grove:   We need your help for our last volunteer day in the Grove- a very important one.  This is one of our most important workdays, protecting the trails.  People love the Grove and are using it more every year, and the trails take a beating.  Wood chips go a long way to helping stabilize trails against erosion.  Your help will make a big difference over the next year.  We will have wheel barrows to move the chips to the most needy trails, shovels to get them into the wheelbarrows, and rakes to spread them out.  You can choose any task, or switch from time to time. We will also have donuts, and cider to fuel you up.   It is good healthy exercise with great folks.  So please mark your calendar and plan to join us. Wear layers you can shed as you warm up.  Long pants you can tuck into your socks.  Gloves if you have them, otherwise we have extras.   Meet at the Nunda entrance off of Cobbs Hill Drive. 
  • Tuesday, November 14 7:00 PM–8:00 PM Wood Library — Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424
    • Finger Lakes Land Trust Information Session Tuesday, November 14 7:00 PM–8:00 PM Wood Library — Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424   Learn about the Land Trust’s conservation plans for 2018 in Canandaigua and across the region. Director of Land Protection Zack Odell will provide a brief overview of the non-profit organization and discuss upcoming conservation projects, including efforts to protect water quality. There will be light refreshments and plenty of time for questions.   No registration required – free and open to the public. Questions? Call (607) 275-9487 or visit fllt.org/events


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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