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Updated Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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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

February 2017

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Where: Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York
    • ColorBrightonGreen.org Film Screening and Discussion: In Defense of Food  “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and exploring the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy? When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Where: Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York More Info: Visit the website of In Defense of Food
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017. Sign in at 9:30 am. Program 10 am to 2:30 pm. Where:  Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester, NY
    • Where On Earth Are We Going? And What Can We Do About It? These are two of the questions at the heart of the symposium: Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision...bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information and inspiring multimedia, you will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective. You will connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. When: Saturday, February 25, 2017. Sign in at 9:30 am. Program 10 am to 2:30 pm. Where:  Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 More Info: Sponsored by Pachamama Alliance. Link for free online registration; Questions? Contact Lee Welles at 607-542-9781. Further information on the Pachamama Alliance website. 
  • Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm | Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564
    • NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG A FUNDRAISER FOR THE WATER PROTECTORS! offered by The Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm and Aperçu Coaching in Partnership with Friends of Ganondagan What: Presentation of the film, “Neither Dog nor Wolf” When: Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm Where: Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564 Admission: $10 - for tickets, send a $10 check made out to Sanctuary and mail to Steve Aman - 2480 Zurich Norris Rd - Newark NY 14513. Please, include your name and address! Note: Although tickets may be available at the door, Get your tickets now - There is only room for 175 people! More Info: Contact Steve at 315-945-5559 or Bruce at 585-530-2308. Film trailer:  Come join us on February 26 at 2 p.m. for the showing of “Neither Wolf nor Dog” at Ganondagan Historical Site.

March 2017

  • Tuesday, March 7. at 7 p.m. Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue.
    • Transforming through city farming The Community Design Center of Rochester will present "Growing Food, Jobs, and Engagement: The Benefits of Urban Agriculture," a lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. David Vigil, director, and Jannatul Rahman, outreach coordinator for East New York Farms! will share the story of this model of urban farming and community development in Brooklyn. The farm has improved neighborhood access to healthy and nutritious food, provided youth internships, and supported a large network of neighborhood gardens. The event will be held at Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue. General admission: $15. Information: www.rrcdc.org. (From Rochester City Newspaper, Urban Action
  • March 8, 9 AM, Irondequoit Bay Outlet
    • "Late Winter Ducks"  March 8, 9 AM, Irondequoit Bay Outlet, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club A variety of over-wintering and returning ducks gather in the Irondequoit Bay Outlet in March. Long-tailed ducks, mergansers, scoters and even loons may be present. Meet in the parking area on the Irondequoit side of the outlet, bring binoculars, and wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear. Facebook
  • Thursday, March 9: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus (Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science building (76-1125) - Carlson Auditorium), Rochester, Monroe County.  The meeting is co-hosted by RIT and the Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board.
  • March 10, 7:30 PM  St. John's Meadows, Briarwood Bldg., 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (14620)
    • "Warner Castle Gardens Reinvented"  March 10, 7:30 PM  St. John's Meadows, Briarwood Bldg., 1 Johnsarbor Dr. (14620) Burroughs Audubon Nature Club   Since 2012, the Rochester Civic Garden Center has been in the process of reinventing the historic Warner Castle Estate Gardens. Milli Piccione explains the principles that guide this work, such as selecting a variety of plants that are not only beautiful, but also appeal to pollinators and resist disease and pests. Facebook 
  • 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Clubhouse at Durand Eastman Park Golf Course, 1200 Kings Highway North, Rochester, NY, 14617.
    • The March 2017 Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Clubhouse at Durand Eastman Park Golf Course, 1200 Kings Highway North, Rochester, NY, 14617.  A Public Workshop on Shared Use Trails in Tryon Park will be held at the March meeting, which will include a presentation by Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists (GROC) and opportunity for public input/discussion.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017:6:30pm.| Brighton Memorial Library in the Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY.
    • Wednesday, March 22, 2017: “Merchants of Doubt” Merchants of Doubt is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. The film traces the use of public relations tactics that were originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect their business from research indicating health risks from smoking. The most prominent of these tactics is the cultivation of scientists and others who successfully cast doubt on the scientific results. Using a professional magician, the film explores the analogy between these tactics and the methods used by magicians to distract their audiences from observing how illusions are performed. For the tobacco industry, the tactics successfully delayed government regulation until long after the establishment of scientific consensus about the health risks from smoking. As its second example, the film describes how manufacturers of flame retardants worked to protect their sales after toxic effects of the retardants were discovered. The central concern of the film is the ongoing use of these tactics to forestall governmental action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in response to the risk of global climate change.
  • 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

  • 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 at 1 PM - 4 PM
    • Sierra Club Annual Forum: President Aaron Mair speaking @ Sierra Club Annual Environmental Forum (time, location, tabling , tbd ...soon)
  • April 21, 2017 The Links, East Syracuse, New York
  • 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 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.

 

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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