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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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  • Sunday, November 29th at 1PM, The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene, 17 Fitzhugh St S, Rochester, NY 14614
    • Local Organizations Unite to Launch The “Rochester March for Global Climate Action” During the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Rochesterians will join forces to urge global action against growing climate problems. Sunday, November 29, 2015- A coalition of concerned nonprofit organizations, churches, and businesses will march through downtown, to coincide with rallies, marches and other actions world-wide. The march is geared to urge leaders at the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.   Supporters are scheduled to meet at The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene, 17 Fitzhugh St S, Rochester, NY 14614 at 1 p.m. Organizers will lead the march to several locations in downtown Rochester relevant to climate change. More fellowship and music by the Dady Brothers will follow.   WHO: Rochesterians concerned about climate change WHAT: “March for Global Climate Action” WHEN: Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. WHERE: The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene, 17 Fitzhugh St. WHY: To urge action from leaders at the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change and to raise awareness throughout the Rochester community. Click here for the Press Release. Click here to sign up on the Event's Facebook page. Click here for the Twelve Days of Climate. Print out and help disperse our event flyer. Maps of the route and lyrics.
  • 30 November | 12 Days of Climate  
    • Day One: MEDIA – Monday, 11/30 Climate change is the crisis of our time, but it doesn’t always make it to the front page.  This is clearly a problem.  On this First Day of Climate, we leverage the power of media, to spread the word about local and global climate action. What you can do: “Become the Media!”  Share photos and posts from RPCC’s March for Global Climate Action and invite your friends to join in on this 12 Days of Climate project.  Also, don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date with local climate initiatives. Encourage the media: Drop a quick ‘thank you’ to media outlets who cover RPCC’s March for Global Climate Action, and/or the Paris Talks.  Let them know we appreciate the coverage, and that this is news people want to hear!  Following the march, we’ll update this page to give you specific information about who to contact. (Sponsored by RochesterEnvironment.com) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming” 


  • 1 December | 12 Days of Climate
  • Wednesday, December 2, 7PM- 9PM, 12 Days of Climate  
    • Day Three: MONEY – Wednesday, 12/2 Divestment is the opposite of investment.  It means getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous.  The purpose of divestment is to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and free up money for reinvestment in “green” businesses.  Examples of past divestment campaigns that succeeded in prompting social change include those waged against the tobacco industry and companies doing business in Darfur and apartheid-era South Africa.  On this Third Day of Climate, we put our money where our mouth is, and ask others to do the same. What you can do:  Sign petitions for these state & local divestment campaigns: NYS Retirement Funds RIT U of R Learn about how divestment can benefit you and the planet! What: At this divestment seminar, Bob Bechtold (President of HARBEC) and Joseph A Cappello (CMFC, CTFA Wealth Manager, LPL registered Representative ESL Investment Services) will share their experience with divestment to help you divest your assets quickly, easily, and effectively. When: Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Where: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street (Sponsored by 350.org – Rochester) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Four: STATE – Thursday, 12/3 New York State can and should lead our county toward a sustainable future!  Fortunately activists and elected leaders throughout our state are working to achieve this, but they need your help.  On this Fourth Day of Climate, we support the efforts of activists and elected leaders from around the state who are working to enact legislation to swiftly transition NYS to clean sources of energy. What you can do: Call your representatives in the NYS Assembly and Senate to ask that they support the 100% Renewable Now legislation: Assembly: Bill number A7497 / Click here to look up your rep Senate:  Bill number S5527/ Click here to look up your rep Attend RPCC’s NY Statewide Strategy Summit with Mark Dunlea of GELF What: Mark Dunlea, co-leader of NYS’s 100% Renewable Now Campaign, will present a vision for building a statewide strategy and solicit feedback on how to coordinate and develop this movement.  Breakout sessions will be focused on generating concrete next steps.  Community members and organization representatives interested in creating a renewable energy infrastructure by 2030 are strongly encouraged to attend!  Let’s be sure Rochester has a voice! When: Thursday, December 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave For more information contact suehughessmith@gmail.com (Sponsored by RPCC) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015  6:30PM  | Science Museum 657 East Avenue Rochester NY, 14607 Information: 585.271.4320
    • Is climate change real or is it just a myth? Chiara Borrelli Thursday, December 3, 2015 Today, it’s common to read news articles that involve climate change. But is this “climate change” real or is it just a myth? Has Earth ever experienced climate changes in the past — and if so, over what timescales have these changes occurred? What is the role of anthropogenic activities in driving these changes today? During this seminar, we will discuss the science behind the headlines, the common misconceptions of global warming, and the impact that a changing climate is having on the local and global environment, as well as economy and society. [not free, must register]
  • December 3rd, 7-9PM, St Thomas'EPISCOPAL CHURCH  2000 Highland Avenue | Rochester, NY 14618
    • Climate Leaders Summit, Mark Dunlea of Great Education and legal Fund (GELF)will be in town to facilitate a meeting about a statewide bill  for a 100% renewable by 2030 and community level strategies
  • December 4th 2015 |  12 Days of Climate 
    • Day Five: EDUCATION – Friday, 12/4 Knowledge is power!  To effectively advocate for the planet and its inhabitants, we first need to understand what’s going on.  On this Fifth Day of Climate, we educate ourselves about climate science and solutions. What you can do: Learn about the inner workings of the Paris Talks.  Watch this video and share!  Attend “Right Here Right Now: What Should we be Doing About Climate Change?” What: Modeled on the the Paris Climate Talks, Grassroots wil be holding a panel discussion to address what our generation should be doing about climate change right now. Panelists will include John Kessler, David Hursh and others to be announced. Talks will conclude with a catered reception. When: Friday, December 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Where: University of Rochester, The May Room of Wilson Commons.  Stop by the information booth as you enter campus for a parking pass and directions. For more information, email grassrootsur@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page (Sponsored by Grassroots)  *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • December 5, 2015 |  12 Days of Climate 
    • Day Six: HOPE – Saturday, 12/5 Today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards of the Earth.  Children are our future and they deserve to inherit a livable planet.  Because young people have the most at stake in this climate crisis, their voices should be heard and they should have the opportunity to engage in meaningful climate action.  On this sixth day of climate, we support youth who are working to protect their inheritance. What you can do: Learn about and pledge to support Our Children’s Trust. Attend (or encourage your students/children/young friends to attend) our Youth Climate Leaders Summit. What: The purpose of this summit is to bring student leaders from area schools together to make connections and discuss ways to take action and collaborate in the face of climate change.  The summit will be led primarily by students, who will present information on the basic science of climate change, impacts of climate change, approaches to climate activism, and examples of youth leadership on climate.  The event is open to all, but 7-12 grade students (and teachers) who are interested in environmental issues and climate activism are especially encouraged to attend. When: Saturday, December 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Where: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street For more information, contact Terry Smith (tsmith@harleyschool.org) or Abigail McHugh-Grifa (abigailmchugh@hotmail.com) (Sponsored by Rochester Climate ActionMothers Out Front, and The Harley School) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming” *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • December 6, 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Seven: FAITH – Sunday, 12/6 Faith leaders here in Rochester and around the world are calling for action on climate.  Pope Francis is perhaps the most prominent example of this, but did you know that 11 of RPCC’s 56 members are religious organizations?  That’s impressive, but let’s not stop there.  Climate change is a moral issue, so we need every religious and spiritual group to get on board!  On this Seventh Day of Climate, we ask our faith leaders to truly take the lead on fighting climate change. What you can do: Contact the leaders of your faith community (priest, rabbi, imam, board members, etc.) and ask them to take Interfaith Power & Light’sParis Pledge on behalf of your congregation.  By doing so, they commit to significantly reducing your congregation’s carbon pollution.  (And while you’re at it, please ask them to join RPCC as well!) You can also take the Paris Pledge as an individual.
  • December 7, 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
  • Date: Tuesday, December 8 Time: 7 - 9 pm Place: Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Rd, Henrietta Open to the public - all are invited!  
    • Two climate groups, Rochester People's Climate Coalition (RPCC) and Mothers Out Front, will be the focus of the meeting. Members of both groups will be present to talk about their organizations and how others can get involved.   Rochester People's Climate Coalition (RPCC) was formed as an outcome of the Sept. 21, 2014 People's Climate March in New York City.  After sending about 100 people from Rochester to the March with the support of 30+ organizations, it was apparent that Rochester citizens were ready to keep the climate change action momentum going, so RPCC was formed.  RPCC currently has 57 local member organizations, and is growing all the time.  RPCC's mission is all about climate change and local action: education on the issue, building a strong voice to get legislators to lead a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, encouraging local leaders to take steps to prepare us for climate change effects and improving climate change coverage by local media.  RPCC is currently helping to coordinate the Rochester March for Global Climate Actionon Nov. 29, and is bringing the Twelve Days of Climate: Paris Talks, We Act (Nov. 30-Dec 11, coincident with the Paris talks) to Rochester.  Volunteers with Mothers Out Front will talk about this relatively new climate change organization,  active in Rochester for one year (since Nov. 2014).  Mothers Out Front is building a movement of mothers, grandmothers and allies who use their collective energy and voice to convince elected officials and business leaders to push for a swift, just and complete transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
  • December 8, 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Nine: SAFETY – Tuesday, 12/8 Explosive oil trains travel through Rochester and surrounding suburbs every day – past schools, homes, and through town centers.  They are carrying an extremely combustible type of crude oil that is obtained by fracking the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.  This process and the resulting oil are more toxic and harmful to health, safety, the ecosystem, and the climate than regular crude.  A train derailed and exploded in Quebec in 2013 resulting in 47 deaths and the near-total destruction of the town.  There have been six derailments so far in 2015.  This level of risk is simply unacceptable. On this Ninth Day of Climate, we demand that our leaders keep us safe! What you can do: Find out if you live, work, or attend school in or near the blast zone: http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org/. Sign Mothers Out Front’s Bakken petition. (Sponsored by Mothers Out Front)
  • December 9 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Ten: COMMUNITY – Wednesday, 12/9 No one can solve the problem of climate change alone.  We need to work together, and we need to act in cooperation with others around the world.  Our success or failure will depend on how well we can find common ground and coordinate our efforts as communities both large and small.  On this Tenth Day of Climate, we find out how things are going at the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris to connect with the global community. What you can do:  Environmental leader Belén Páez of Pachamama Alliance will host a conference call live from Paris, to share news and stories from the Conference of the Parties, COP21. Join this call (either from home or with a local group of concerned citizens) to be inspired by and learn about the international community efforts to bring about real change in protecting our planet.  The call begins at 1 p.m. Listen from home.  Click here to register for the call online.  (Note: you do not need to be a Pachamama Facilitator to join the call). Listen with a community of like-minded locals: Where: 506 Panorama Trail, Rochester 14625, home of Sue S. When: Arrive between 12:30-12:45.  Optional discussion will follow the call. RSVP appreciated, but not required.  To RSVP or get more information, contact Sue at suestar1@rochester.rr.com or 585-734-2816. (Sponsored by the Pachamama Alliance) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • December 10, 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Eleven: ENERGY – Thursday, 12/10 Reducing your household’s fossil fuel use does not mean you’ll have to sit around in the dark, shivering under a pile of blankets this winter!  By taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency and purchasing energy from renewable sources, you can support the clean energy industry and “be the change you want to see in the world.”  In some cases, it may even reduce your energy costs!  On this Eleventh Day of Climate, we power our homes while protecting the planet. What you can do: Switch your energy provider to Ethical Electric through Mothers Out Front’s switch campaign.  Click here to get started. Attend our Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology Fair. What: Come talk with experts in the home energy fields.  Learn how to switch your electric supplier to clean energy in partnership withMothers Out Front.  Discuss energy conservation with Airtight Services.  Explore funding options with Pathstone Corp.  And see a solar PV system installed as part of ROCSPOT‘s Solarize Rochester campaign.  Then decide which option works best for you! When: Thursday, December 10, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Where: 246 Castlebar Road, home of Melissa C. (Sponsored by Mothers Out FrontAirtight ServicesPathStone Corp., and ROCSPOT) *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming
  • December 11, 2015 | 12 Days of Climate
    • Day Twelve: LOVE – Friday, 12/11 Love is the energy that will power us toward a truly sustainable future!  On this Twelfth and Final Day of Climate, we consider how we express our love for each other and the planet. What you can do… Give Earth-friendly gifts from Metro Justice’s 34th Annual Alternative Fair to show your loved ones how much you care. What: An opportunity to align your consumer power with your values!  This fair features thousands of unique fair-trade, eco-friendly, and locally produced goods.  By purchasing gifts for family and friends at the fair, you support a strong local economy and promote a just and sustainable world. When: Friday, December 11, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd For more information visit Metro Justice Alternative Fair  Attend “Call to Care” event and Candlelight Vigil What: The Christ Church youth group is teaming up with members of Rochester’s Pachamama Alliance to present a joint-led symposium that will explore how we can help others in living lives that are socially just, environmentally sustainable, and grounded in faith.  The symposium will be followed by a candlelight vigil on the church’s front lawn, which will serve as the closing ceremony for the entire 12 Days of Climate project. When: Friday, December 11, Symposium from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Vigil at 9:00 p.m. Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave. *Read D&C article: “12 Days of Climate bring awareness to global warming


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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