The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Saturday, May 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. 

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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


  • Tuesday May 31 at 5 p.m. | at the Liberty Pole, East Main Street and Franklin Street in Rochester
    • New York mothers for offshore wind Statewide Campaign Kickoff at Liberty Pole, Tuesday May 31 at 5 p.m.  A kickoff rally for the first Mothers Out Front Statewide Campaign will be held at the Liberty Pole in Rochester, in conjunction with rallies across New York State, for approval of a wind farm off the shores of Long Island.   WHO: New York Mothers Out Front (“Mobilizing for a Livable Climate”) WHAT: Kickoff for Mothers Out Front New York first Statewide Campaign:  “Mothers for Offshore Wind” WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 WHERE: The Liberty Pole, East Main Street and Franklin Street WHY: Wind power can be a crucial tool in breaking away from burning fossil fuels which cause atmospheric warming and disturb the climate.   At the Saturday May 21st Building Power workshop in Keene, New York, mothers decided to kick off the Mothers Out Front New York statewide campaign on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST to coincide with a rally prior to the final Clean Energy Standard (CES) hearing that day in New York City. The Mothers had previously decided the first statewide campaign would be to win approval of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island, as proposed by Deepwater Wind to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).   “More than once (after extreme weather events occur) my daughters have told me "Mom, you were so lucky to have grown up in a world without climate change." Approving this offshore wind farm is one of the best ways to ensure NYS makes a just, swift, and complete transition off of fossil fuels to a clean and renewable energy future for all children." - Neely Kelley, New York State Lead Organizer and Rochester Resident   This decision, made in the last hours of the workshop, is crucial as it provides a catalyst for mothers to move forward and take local action in their communities, making evident the effectiveness of the organization’s model of giving mothers the tools necessary to succeed as community organizers.   “The Organizing Retreat was incredibly useful and inspiring while at the same time, it fostered bonds between the participants from out of town and strengthened those with our existing team members.  The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing and was the perfect time away to help ‘refill my well’ of energy to continue the work!” - Mary Lupien, Coordinator, City of Rochester Community Organizing Team   About  Mothers Out Front: Mothers Out Front Is a group of mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers coming together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore.  We are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy.  


  • Wednesday, June 1st | Boarding Information Rochester: 6: 00 am in Pittsford Park and Ride at St John Fishers College in East Rochester, NY.
    • NYRenews A New York powered by 100% Clean Renewable Energy is a more just New York. JOIN US on JUNE 1st as we DEMAND Albany builds a better New York with safe, healthy communities for all! #NYRenews The time is NOW to demand good jobs, healthier communities, and frontline justice through 100% clean and renewable energy for New York. Join #NYRenews in Albany June 1st and together let’s tell Legislators in Albany that they were elected to represent ALL New Yorkers and that ALL New Yorkers deserve protection from the impacts of climate change. In the meantime, SIGN + SHARE to tell our elected officials to support #NYRenews. Climate change is already devastating our communities, don't let inaction in Albany continue the destruction:  Text NY to 97779 for more updates Organizer Contact: Brittny Baxter 716-381-1438 Bbaxter@workingfamilies.org Reserve your ticket HERE: Boarding Information Rochester: 6: 00 am in Pittsford Park and Ride at St John Fishers College in East Rochester, NY. Syracuse: 8:00 am boarding in the Park and Ride just off of exit 34A.
  • June 3-5th, Red House area of Allegany State Park, NY
    • Allegany Nature Pilgrimage  June 3-5  Red House area of Allegany State Park, NY  For the 58th year, Burroughs Audubon and three other Audubon clubs and the state park work together to plan a weekend of nature activities for participants of all ages. For information. www.bancny.org/    www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • June 9th, 6PM--7:30PM, Crane Library 633 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo , NY 14222  
  • Saturday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd. Victor NY 14564 
    • "Open House and Ice Cream Social"  Saturday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd. Victor NY 14564  In this peaceful place, listen to natural sounds, visit with club members, walk the trails through woods and along a stream, and enjoy a dish of ice cream and a cool glass of tea.  www.bancny.org/    www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm EST | Webinar Online registration is available until: 6/14/2016 
    • Free Webinar | Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits in  Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits in Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (10:30 am -12:00 pm EST) In December 2015, the European Commission announced its new Circular Economy Package, a plan to “end our reliance on the rubbish heap and turn waste into a resource.” By incorporating eco-design, waste prevention, and reuse and recycling into business strategy, the European Commission hopes to save money, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the continent. This PSI webinar will explore how the concept of the “circular economy” emerged, how it is different from concepts we’re all familiar with – cradle to cradle, recycling, and zero waste – and why extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes play such an important role in accomplishing the European Commission’s goals. Those working closely to implement the Circular Economy Package will provide a status update and lay out next steps. Speakers will also offer concrete examples of the circular economy at work, including a deep dive into packaging EPR programs throughout Europe. Lastly, we will explore how we can translate these concepts, case studies, and plans to the U.S., joining Europe in their goal of simultaneously improving the environment and the economy.   
  • Wednesday, June 15 | Online
    • June 15, 2016 Webinar on Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT presented by the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD).  EPA’s Ron Williams will present on his research that is advancing the development and evaluation of air sensor technology and helping communities learn more about their air quality.  Webinar details can be found in the attached flyer.   In the meantime, please visit the EPA ORD Air Sensor Toolbox 


  • March for a Clean Energy Revolution Sunday, July 24 - Philadelphia, PA
    • March for a Clean Energy Revolution SundayOn the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers: Ban Fracking Now Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Stop Dirty Energy Quickly and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Convened by Americans Against Fracking & Pennsylvanians Against Fracking


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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