The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014

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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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Events listed below are in order & this format: When Where | What

October 2014

  • OCTOBER 30, 2014 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET | online 
    • We haven’t really talked about Climate Change and the connection to public health in the Rochester region, so this webinar would be a good opportunity. Attend Via Web Conference | Attend in Person OCTOBER 30, 2014 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 A MATTER OF DOLLARS & SENSE | Attend Via Web Conference | Attend in Person OCTOBER 30, 2014 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 Climate change impacts are anticipated to extend beyond ecosystems to include human health. One of the most significant will be through deteriorating air quality. While understanding of climate change continues to grow, awareness of the connection between climate change and public health is relatively new. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft carbon pollution standards that will confront climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The same power plants that produce carbon dioxide emit other pollutants detrimental to health and the environment. This Climate Explorations event will explore the current state of climate change and beliefs held about this issue by the American public. It will outline the link between climate change and U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon standards and examine the potential health benefits. Finally, economic impacts of greenhouse gas mitigation options will be offered in considering the question of whether public health improvements need come at the expense of the economy. BYRD POLAR RESEARCH CENTER 108 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Rd. Columbus, OH 43210

November 2014

  • November 4, Rochester NY:  Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Corinthian Room,  7:30-9 pm
    • Learn about ‘community-owned wind investment.’ in Rochester, NY. I’m on a learning curve here. This is what Wiki says: “Community wind projects are locally owned by farmers, investors, businesses, schools, utilities, or other public or private entities who utilize wind energy to support and reduce energy costs to the local community. The key feature is that local community members have a significant, direct financial stake in the project beyond land lease payments and tax revenue. Projects may be used for on-site power or to generate wholesale power for sale, usually on a commercial-scale greater than 100 kW” However it works, it beats the crap out of Fracking, trekking tar sands oil across our state on tanker cars not built for that, and burning any fossil fuel for energy.  To find out more check out this information session tonight: October 21, Rochester, NY:  Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Corinthian Room,  5-6:30 pm by Black Oak Wind Farm “New York State’s First Community-Owned Wind Farm”. Here’s what they say: “The Mission of Black Oak Wind Farm LLC is to give New York residents the opportunity to own wind energy assets, providing clean energy to the grid and financial returns to our investors. Our Vision is to develop, own, and operate an 11.9 megawatt wind farm in western Tompkins County, New York. There will be seven GE 1.7 megawatt turbines, planned to start construction in late 2014.” If you cannot make tonight’s talk, there another in Rochester: November 4, Rochester NY:  Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Corinthian Room,  7:30-9 pm
  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 01:00pm - 05:00pm Rochester, Monroe County
    • Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 01:00pm - 05:00pm Rochester, Monroe County The Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop provides local policymakers with the basic strategies and best practices used to develop a regulatory framework to support a growing solar market. Participants in this half-day event will learn how to take advantage of economic development opportunities offered by solar development through smart policies and local programs. The workshop will review nationally accepted planning and zoning best practices, strategies to reduce administrative burdens through transparent and streamlined permitting processes, and programs that expand financing options and drive adoption of cost-effective solar projects. Policymakers that complete this course are eligible to receive free one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their jurisdiction.
  • November 5, 2014 Radisson Conference Center, Rochester, NY
  • Wed., Nov. 5, 7:00 pm, Bath, NY  in the Great Hall at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath.
    • Local Solar and Wind Owners Discuss Experiences, Wed., Nov. 5, 7:00 pm, Bath, NY A panel of local solar and wind project owners will discuss their experiences using renewable energy next Wed. Nov. 5 in the Great Hall at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath. The discussion is sponsored by the Bath Peace and Justice Group and will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The forum will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm. Tom Tomsa, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, will speak about Cooperative Extension program priorities for local renewable energy, including biomass systems and other residential and community-scale renewable energy options. He will also share his own experience with solar and wind energy and his plans to adopt additional renewable energy sources to power his off-grid home. Jeff and Jodi Andrysick from Pulteney will share their 20 year journey into sustainable energy and building. With the perspective of working with a peasant budget and just doing it, Jeff and Jodi will discuss their off-grid market, Harvest and Artists Market on the west side of Keuka Lake and their numerous off grid homes. Tips will be provided on how to out-fox the fossil fuel industries. "There are many things one can do to be more energy efficient and save money," Jeff says. "One doesn't have to be a Rockefeller to get started. Even peasants like ourselves have made a way." Peter Gamba from Jerusalem will discuss his family's experiences with their 5000 kilowatt photovoltaic solar system, and how it fits with their focus on using less energy over all. Their system was installed six years ago by ETM Solar from Endicott NY.  Peter’s background is in engineering and program management in the areas of electrical, industrial and systems engineering. Before retiring, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, IBM and Lockheed Martin. He is President of the Penn Yan Library board and a founding member of the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes. Discussion and questions will follow the presentations. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 607-569-3564 or visit the group's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bath-Peace-and-Justice-Group/346966388802313
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm  at the Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
    • Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Toy Shopping!  Choosing safer, environmentally friendly toys    Monday, November 10, 2014 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm  at the Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607   Join us for a free workshop where you will learn what to avoid and look for when purchasing all kinds of toys, including those made from wood and plastic, arts and crafts supplies, and stuffed animals.   Attendees will leave knowing how to navigate toy labels and information to choose eco-healthy toys.   Learn how to:  Choose safer, environmentally friendly toys for children  Identify sources for toy testing & product recalls  Purchase used toys safely  Find eco-healthy toys at popular toy stores Registration is FREE! The first 50 people to register will be entered in a raffle to win a gift basket full of eco-healthy products for mothers and children!*   Register here: p2itoyworkshop.eventbrite.com    PLUS!! Each attendee will receive a free full size 10oz bottle of Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash!   Contact NYSP2I at nysp2i@rit.edu or 475-2512 with questions *Winner must be present at workshop to claim gift basket
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – Noon – Online.
    • Learn about Micro-grids and how they might work to lower our carbon footprint in New York State. Webinar: a Climate Smart Communities (NYS program to address Climate Change) for “innovative models for energy purchase and management” Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – Noon – Online. Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Micro-grids and Community Choice Aggregation Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – Noon     What if communities could design energy policy according to their own priorities, providing local choice and local benefit….all without placing financial demands on municipalities or taxpayers? This is true today in many states where communities have designed strategies to save residents money on energy costs, while financing renewable generation, creating more reliable electricity grids, and earning residents’ money in demand management markets.   This second webinar in our two part community energy options series will introduce innovative models for energy purchase and management that are being explored nationally, internationally and, now, locally. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), allows municipalities to pool the purchasing power of their residents and businesses, enabling alternative energy purchase as well as innovative financing mechanisms for efficiency and renewable supply. Micro-grids have the power to create unified and optimized grid assets from the disparate resources at the “edge of the grid.” In so doing, micro-grids provide superior information, control and value to grid operators and communities alike. (October 22, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Saturday, 11/15/14, 9 AM 5 PM | Textor Hall, Ithaca College
    • Saturday, 11/15/14, 9 AM 5 PM (Ithaca) COLLATERAL DAMAGE FROM FRACKING: Preventing Impacts on Communities An action oriented conference: Learn what you can do about fracking Infrastructure, air pollution, waste disposal, transportation Textor Hall, Ithaca College Opening speaker: David Slottje, Esq., Community Environmental Defense Council More info and registration here: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c14db32ebd0e8d4e4aef4e85d&id=94542d13c4&e=dfae976fcb
  • Friday November 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  | Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center 300 Pulteney St. Vandervort Room Geneva, NY 14456 
    • 2014 Finger Lakes Research Conference November 21, 2014 Conserving the Finger Lakes: Invasive Species, Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Influences This year’s program will focus on threats to the Finger Lakes and showcase research and strategies to combat them. Presentations will be made on emerging contaminants, invasive species, nutrient management and more. A poster session will also be held with prizes awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate poster. 


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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:

  • DEC Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Camp Program Registration Begins January 22, Camp Begins June 29 Trapper Education Course Offered at Two Camps This Year The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program starting January 22, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The 2014 camp season begins June 29. "For more than six decades, DEC's environmental education summer camps have nurtured New York's youth to become stewards of our state's natural resources," said Commissioner Martens. "Campers explore the outdoors under the guidance of caring camp staff, learning about the natural world and their place in it. We're looking forward to another great summer of welcoming youth to our facilities and sharing a love and respect for the outdoors." (January 22, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • 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