The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Monday, December 05, 2016

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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. 

To add your event, e-mail it to Frank J. Regan.

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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


  • December 5-6 | online
    • 24 Hours of Reality "We are at an important moment in the climate movement. As the first truly global accord, the Paris Agreement was monumental. And yet with it came numerous questions about how each nation – and each of us individually – can create the continued change that is required. The inflection point at hand is about the transition from debate and denial, to action and sustainable growth for all. Join us on December 5-6, 2016 for our sixth annual live-streamed multimedia show where we will travel around the world highlighting the top 24 carbon dioxide emitting countries."
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - online
    • Dec. 7 Webinar on Climate Change and Public Health for Climate Smart Communities CSC Webinar: Climate Change and Public Health - What Can Municipalities Do? Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Climate change has increased the frequency of extreme weather events. Extreme weather like heat waves and severe flooding have serious impacts on public health. Last year, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released the Climate and Health Profile report which discussed health impacts like heat-related illnesses and deaths, allergies, respiratory distress, and water-borne diseases, among others. Attend this Climate Smart Communities (CSC) webinar on December 7th to hear speakers from DOH describe the prognosis for New York State and their research on heat vulnerability and cooling centers. Speakers will provide examples of what municipalities can do to help protect their communities from the health impacts of climate change. Please provide us with your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we cancel or postpone this webinar, respondents will be notified.
    • The REAL Political Revolution Comes to Rochester - Please distribute widely! "Are you frustrated by the current state of American politics?  Angry?  Scared?  Feeling powerless?  Well, prepare for a bold alternative to complaining to your friends over drinks or speeding up the QEW towards Toronto.    Soon you'll have an opportunity to channel your emotional energy towards major political reform. On Saturday December 10, 2016, Democracy Spring, an organization embracing the non-violent methods of MLK and Gandhi, will offer a one-day training session for those motivated to join the democracy revolution.  The immediate organizational goal is to achieve enactment of this suite of democracy enhancing legislation. DEMOCRACY SPRING TRAINING, DECEMBER 10, 2016, 9 AM - 6:30 PM, FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF ROCHESTER, 150 SOUTH CLINTON AVE., ROCHESTER, NY 14604. | Excited?  Hopeful?  Please register online here.  Now. The training will be free of charge. Those who can are asked to make a small donation to help defray the facility charge and cost of refreshments (lunch will be served). One-Day Training Agenda: 8:00 am Trainer Setup, 9:00 am Registration, 9:25 am Welcome, Facing the Problem, Break, Story-sharing & Resonating, The Theory of Change, 1:00 pm Lunch, Our Strategy, Democracy Spring Principles, Decision Point, Break, Act, Recruit, Train Cycle, Action Planning, Break, Nonviolent Discipline, Building Local Teams, 6:30 pm Closing. Post training we will come together as a group to get to know each other better and begin to build the mutual trust necessary to successfully employ tactics that will likely result in some of us being arrested.  Please do not be discouraged if your current responsibilities do not allow you to be arrested.  There will be roles for everyone who feels the urgency to act.  Register now.”
  • Tuesday, December 12th 5-8:30PM | Downtown United Presbyterian Church 121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester NY
    • The 17th Annual Celebration of UN International Human Rights Day | Water: RightorCommodity? Rochester’s Future Water & Around the Globe | Our featured panelists will speak to issues on the quality of water for our school children, the impact on poverty and living conditions and international programs teaching the building of sanitation systems in countries without the right to clean water. Potluck Dinner 5:30 to 6:30 Panel & Community Discussion 6:30 to 8:30 PM* *For more information call (585) 271-4796
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 - 02:30 PM | 259 Monroe Avenue  Rochester, New York 14607
    • Grappling with the Challenging Issues of our Times Mondays, November 28—December 12, 2016 12:00 - 02:30 PM 123 . Where on earth are we going?  And what can we do about it?  What kind of world are we creating? -  and will it work for everyone?  Our world is facing challenges beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our history.  We face environmental degradation and social injustice, with a cultural sense of emptiness and lack of purpose.  Many are feeling hopeless and powerless to make changes, yet we all agree that we want to create a world that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and fulfilling for all.  This is a bold vision and it is up to us to help make it happen!  How can we each become an agent of change to heal our world?  This course will use inspiring multimedia, leading edge information, and dynamic group interactions to explore the current state of our lives on this planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. Instructors: Sue Staropoli and Tony Perri; $ 45.00; 3 Sessions; To register see www.oasisnet.org/Rochester  (course #123)
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  400 East Ave, Rochester, New York 14607
    • Years of Living Dangerously Holiday Watch Party This December, an episode of the acclaimed National Geographic Series Years of Living Dangerously will feature the incredible work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers. Please join CCL and the Rochester People's Climate Coalition for a Watch Party, where we will enjoy the episode and celebrate CCL’s successes! The episode will be preceded by a special introduction from Years cast members Bradley Whitford, Don Cheadle, and climatologist Katherine Hayhoe. This Watch Party will also be a Holiday Party.... Dessert! Discussion! Climate Solutions!  All are welcome... bring a friend! Parking Info: - Parking is in the rear of the building, accessed from Prince Street. See map - Coming from East Ave, turn onto Prince and take the first left into the Pathstone parking lot - Walk up the long brick sidewalk to 400 East Ave (not 404!) , Mary Hanson Room entrance

January 2017

  • evening of Inauguration Day, January 20 | Details of time and location will be available soon.
    • Save the date to help Inaugurate Hope in Rochester! We can no longer wait for Washington to be our source of hope.  These times compel us to unleash a powerful, positive grassroots movement of hope together right where we live.  On the evening of Inauguration Day, January 20, all of those who want to create positive change in our community and our world are being invited to come together to explore ways to embody contagious hope wherever we work, live, volunteer, and interact.  When we come together to inspire, energize, support, and empower each other, we can create the world that needs to emerge, from the ground up.  Details of time and location will be available soon.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Rochester Pachamama Alliance, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church and the Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition.  We invite other organizations to join us in co-sponsoring and spreading the word about this “Inaugurating Hope” event! (Contact Sue Staropoli suestar1@rochester.rr.com or 585-734-2816 to co-sponsor or for more information).


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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