Sunday, June 03, 2012

RENewsletter | June 3, 2012

 

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Opening Salvo: “Will salmon-cyclists destroy Rochester’s chances for greatness?”

Every time I march out this quote by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on transportation, people’s eyes glaze over and their attention starts to wander: “Transportation sources emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. In 2008, transportation sources contributed approximately 27 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”Basic Information | Transportation and Climate | US EPA

I don’t know why it has this effect on folks, as it’s an amazing quote. It says a lot. It doesn’t just say a lot about the way we presently get around—usually by our favorite gas-guzzler on asphalt pavements we get from fossil fuels—it says something profound about our ability to stop (Anthropomorphic Accelerated) Climate Change. With the exception of who we vote for, our transportation choices are our biggest influence on Climate Change.

I know. Your eyes are glazing over, and I should be thankful you’ve gotten this far. But I had to get that out so I can say this: Although Rochester, NY is a small city, not even big enough to support a bike-share program like New York City; it is poised to become a major bicycle-friendly city. There are a lot of reasons to believe our little city will morph into a great active transportation (cycling and walking) kind of town, as I’ve mentioned before: Connecting the Climate Change dots on Rochester’s transportation (And, did you notice, our Genesee River trails have 911 markers for cyclists who get in trouble? In many ways, we are so ready for greatness.)

So what’s stopping us from becoming sustainable and dropping all the transportation weight we’ve gained by a system of paved roads and vehicle options that are undeniably warming up our planet? Hey, I’m not kidding -- the place is really getting hot.

When hitting 400 is not good: Levels of key greenhouse gas pass milestone, trouble scientists - The Washington Post WASHINGTON — The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn’t quite a surprise, because it’s been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395. (May 31, 2012) Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis

The reason why Rochester, NY hasn’t become a major city for bicycling (and thus reducing its carbon footprint ) is simple: Salmon Cycling. I know, it sounds crazy, and what the heck is a salmon cyclist? I stole this term from the NY Times article This Is How We Ride for those “salmon-cyclists who ride against the flow of traffic.”

Now before you fly off your handlebars, let me explain. A couple of years ago in my capacity as Rochester Sierra Club Transportation Committee chair I helped host a meeting with the Rochester Cycling Alliance to produce a successful program on teaching adult bicyclists how to ride safely and legally in Rochester’s vehicular traffic. The Office of Monroe County Transportation Safety taught the class and we learned a lot. One of the things we learned is that the highest mortality rate for bicyclists is when they ride against the flow of traffic, because drivers making a turn don’t expect anyone speeding along the road against traffic. They become invisible for a car looking for vehicles coming the other way.

I know, you’re dumbfounded. How can such a simple thing like bicyclist’s obeying the traffic laws turn Rochester, NY into a major bicycling town?

Of course, I’ve simplified it a little. The reason why hundreds and thousands of us Rochesterians are not leaving our cars at home and cycling for those short distances (under six miles) is not simply because a relatively few bicyclists are spoiling it for the rest of us. Actually, we are all to blame for a traffic climate that tends to discourage active-transportation instead of recognizing how critical active transportation is for our future. The blame is on both sides of the road, even though pedestrians and cyclists don’t spew out greenhouse gases (GHG’s), and they are usually the losers in any kind of encounter.

We need to change this: Car drivers are paying attention to their cell phones instead of pedestrians and bicyclists. The right-on-red law has turned many drivers into those who turn on red without braking. And some drivers just can’t stand the idea of sharing their road with someone who obviously cannot afford a vehicle as neat as theirs. The problem is education and attitude.

And those bicyclists: I was helping out at a recent traffic count recently. Until about 5PM (the time when bicycle commuters start returning from work), most bicyclists that I saw didn’t obey traffic laws or wear a helmet. I see cyclists who take such a crazy zigzag route though our intersections that it would have given Evel Knievel the shakes. Cyclists not stopping for traffic lights, zipping along the sidewalks, and racing against the lights all contribute to drivers being wary of all bicyclists.

A salmon-cyclist, a driver indifferent to those not in a car, and a public that doesn’t understand the implications of reducing greenhouse gases are going to keep Rochester from being great—and sustainable. The days of the Wild West are over, and they shouldn’t be reincarnated on the streets of Rochester.

How can we get great? Here some ideas:

· Grant writers write grants for educating drivers and bicyclists on maneuvering safely through Rochester’s streets.

· Make comment by July 1st to make sure the proposed City of Rochester | Intermodal Transportation Center is truly intermodal and accommodates bicycles with racks, long-term bicycle storage, and room for bikes on trains.

· Get a free bus pass for this: ROC Transit Day "The volunteers at Reconnect Rochester invite you to be "CAR-FREE" with us for one day. We're aiming to get 1,000+ Rochesterians to use public transit on June 21. Anyone anywhere can participate. Just leave your car at home and hop a bus with us! But this isn't just a boring old bus ride... there will be plenty of opportunity for fun, prizes, and beer! See Event Details. " from RECONNECT ROCHESTER » Transit Advocates Working Toward a 22nd Century Multimodal Transit Network for Rochester NY

· How about the media kick in a daily short (15 seconds) note about sharing the road, following the traffic laws, wearing a helmet or just stopping at a freaking stop sign.

Sure many cyclists just want to have fun, and many drivers just want all the paved surfaces to be free of anything not burning fossil fuels. But we’re not living in the Wild West anymore. We are living on a planet that is warming (go here http://co2now.org/ for an exact GHG’s count), and changing our attitudes about transportation can make a difference.

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com (Click on my email for feedback)

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NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

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UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]

  • 6/02/2012 - Good article about farming in the Finger Lakes region with Fracking and Climate Change at our tail. Finger Lakes Sustainable Agriculture: The Long View | Happenings A very early European traveler to the Finger Lakes called our home, “the fairest land I have seen in the new world.” And a Jesuit missionary concluded his description of its bounty and beauty with the words, “Such is the terrestrial paradise of the Seneca.” (June 1, 2012) Happenings | the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 6/01/2012 - It’s 2012, the concentration of CO2 at the arctic is 400ppm, but the press still cannot say “Climate Change”. The report SYRACUSE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN can say “The burning of fossil fuels for energy is the single largest contributor to climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.” But the report on the report by the media cannot say why the heck a city like Syracuse, or any other city for that matter, needs a sustainability plan. It’s about Climate Change. If you don’t say the words, the public doesn’t ‘get it’. Read Lofty goals for Syracuse's first sustainability plan | Innovation Trail The city of Syracuse wants to get half its power from renewable energy sources by 2020. That's just one of the targets laid out in a draft version of Syracuse's first sustainability plan [PDF]. (May 31, 2012)Innovation Trail (more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 6/01/2012 -For those who think the Climate Change issue, or anthropomorphic accelerated Climate Change, has just been invented to inconvenience them, they need to get real. It’s been around—just ignored. Roger Revelle's 1980 Discussion of CO2 and Climate Risks - NYTimes.com Roger Revelle, one of the pioneering researchers in the study of the human influence on the atmosphere, carbon cycle and climate, gave a prescient lecture on carbon dioxide, climate and the oceans in 1980 that was recorded by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and now surfaces via the Web site Climate Science TV. Revelle is best known for the comment he added late in the drafting of a seminal 1957 climate paper co-authored with Hans Suess: “Human beings are now carrying out a large scale geophysical experiment of a kind that could not have happened in the past nor be reproduced in the future.” (May 31, 2012) Natural Resources and the Environment - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com
  • 6/01/2012 - Adapting to Climate Change deniers in power will be tough because they’ll want to use historical data, when that has been thrown out the window. North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science | ThinkProgressSome North Carolina GOP legislators want to stop the use of science to plan for the future. They are circulating a bill that would force coastal counties to ignore actual observations and the best science-based projections in planning for future sea level rise. King Canute thought he had the power to hold back the tide (in the apocryphal legend). These all-too-real lawmakers want to go one better and mandate a formula that projects a sea level rise of at most 12 inches this century, far below what the science now projects. (May 31, 2012) ThinkProgress [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 6/01/2012 - The numbers to watch. Out of all the numbers we watch—including stock market quotes and sport scores--that seem to boil down to what we perceive as success and failure, there’s one number that should rise to the top. The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere should be as attention grabbing and critical to our lives as the other numbers we fixate on. At this site you can find out what the present CO2 concentration is and pit that against historical records. It gives, for all the talk from businesses and countries lowering their carbon footprints, the real measure of their efforts. One thing that emerges from watching this number is that the efforts of a few concerned about Climate Change must evolve into the efforts of billions. CO2 Now | CO2 Home "What the world needs to watch | Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases. To help the world succeed, CO2Now.org makes it easy to see the most current CO2 level and what it means. So, use this site and keep an eye on CO2. Invite others to do the same. Then we can do more to send CO2 in the right direction. "
  • 5/31/2012 - Got record-breaking weather in our area? Here’s what we can do about it: NRDC: Record-Breaking Weather in Your Area "The carbon pollution that causes climate change is driving extreme heat, drought and storms that threaten health, damage property and raise business costs. In the last year alone, more than 3,000 rain, heat and snowfall records were broken across the country. Find out how your area was impacted last year and what you can do about it: " Natural Resources Defense Council – The Earth’s Best Defense | NRDC
  • 5/31/2012 - ACTON: Make comment on Rochester, NY’s new Intermodal Transportation Center For the next 30 days (so that’s July 1, 2012) you can make public comment on the City of Rochester | Intermodal Transportation Center. Though there are a lot of design features that tried in a more modern and less spacious way to capture the original Bragdon Station, we are more interested in the final building’s ability to accommodate active transportation—walking and bicycling. more...
  • 5/31/2012 - A great chance for you and your kids to get outside and connected to our environment: Great American Backyard Campout - National Wildlife Federation Join Great American Backyard Campout on June 23, www.backyardcampout.org, and spend an evening under the stars, while raising much-needed funds for NWF programs that help get American kids back outdoors and back into a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • 5/31/2012 - Will the entirety of human existence come down to one number? And will that number be the parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere? Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Dangerous Level | InsideClimate News The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn't quite a surprise, because it's been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395. (May 31, 2012) | InsideClimate News [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 5/31/2012 - A chance to learn more about Climate Change from Greentopia Festival | Rochester, NY ‘s Greentopia | FILM. On Thursday, July 19 at 7PM, The Little Theatre will be showing “The Island President”. A panel (yet to be determined) discussion will follow the film with Q&A. We will update you as soon as we know more, but in the meantime here’s the Synopsis“Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.”
  • 5/30/2012 - Join in efforts to preserve Nature locally: "Family Volunteer Opportunities at Cobb's Hill Park Be a volunteer to help restore a beautiful old growth oak/ hickory forest. The City of Rochester is removing invasive Norway maples and other species that have been threatening to take over this amazing forest located right in the City. This forest includes some of the largest trees of their kind in the Eastern USA. The Friends of Washington Grove is a group of volunteers who support the City by reducing brush from downed trees, removing invasive plants, and planting native species. This year, the following dates have been set. Please join others in preserving this amazing forest for future generations. A range of work is available to suit everyone's ability and stamina. For more info, contact the Friends of Washington Grove at washgrove@gmail.com. June 9, July 14, July 26th, August 18th, September 11th, Oct 13th, October 26th, November 17th "
  • 5/30/2012 - One way to get more bang for your buck, energy for less, is to conserve energy. Much of your own money can be saved and unnecessary energy waste prevented by using what energy we have wisely. Save bucks, and address Climate Change, and live sustainably. Check out this free energy workshop: a free home energy workshop Want to Save Up To $700 on Your Energy Bills and Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable? Homeowners in Ontario County are encouraged to register for a free home energy workshop (at www.RenewOntarioCounty.org or 1-866-495-2959) to be held on June 6th, 2012 at the Cornell Cooperative Ext. Ontario County 480 N. Main Street Canandaigua NY 14424 . Attendees will learn about the different energy efficiency incentive programs available to them through local utility companies , non-profit organizations (Pathstone) and NYSERDA. The first 50 attendees will receive a free CFL light bulb, and all others will also learn about how they can sign up for a free/reduced cost energy audit for their home. Come talk to energy-efficiency specialists and renewable energy contractors about your home’s energy needs!
  • 5/30/2012 - New trail ready for active transportation in Rochester on June 2nd. | El Camino Trail Ribbon Cutting at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Description: Celebrate the official opening of the El Camino Trail! There will be refreshments, music, activities and more! Ribbon cutting with Mayor Thomas S. Rich...ards at 2 pm Location: Conkey Corner Park Conkey and Clifford AvenuesMap City of Rochester | El Camino Trail, Conkey Corner Park Highlight City-Community Partnership "The City of Rochester frequently collaborates with non-profits, neighborhoods, agencies and organizations, and even individuals to improve the city's quality of life. One shining example of such collaboration is the Genesee Land Trust's work with the City to establish the El Camino recreational trail in the northeast quadrant of the city, and a complementary neighborhood parkat the corner of Conkey and Clifford Avenues. "
  • 5/30/2012 - ACTION: Learn about extreme heat and how that relates to public health as we experience more Climate Change. Learn how to take action on that locally.NRDC: Killer Summer Heat "Death Toll in U.S. Cities from Rising Temperatures Due to Climate Change Climate change is literally killing us. According to NRDC's "Killer Summer Heat" report, more than 150,000 Americans could die by the end of this century due to the excessive heat caused by climate change. And that estimate only covers America's top 40 cities. Why will climate change cause so many casualties? Illnesses that are caused or made worse by extreme heat -- including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease -- currently lead to hundreds of deaths each year. " from Natural Resources Defense Council – The Earth’s Best Defense | NRDC
  • 5//30/2012 - What is pristine Nature? In my readings recently I came across The Wilderness Act of 1964 and began pondering about the meaning of wilderness—or pristine Nature. The more we find out about the history of North and South America, the more we learn that Columbus did not come to a land unchanged by humans. There had been large urban areas, pervasive agriculture, frequent forest burning, and much predation on wild animals. In the future, as we try and determine what a pristine state of Nature is so we can preserve it, it may prove more difficult than previously thought. more...
  • 5/29/2012 -Stay up to date with banning Fracking in New York State: action, news, events, and more: New York <i>Ban Fracking Now</i> Action Center "We've got so much going on in New York's campaign to Ban Fracking Now for you to be involved with. Take a look at all the events and volunteer opportunities! Sign up to be involved and we'll be in touch. And don't forget to share this page with your networks by using the buttons to the right. Every bit of outreach we all do helps to grow the movement to Ban Fracking Now! " from Food & Water Watch
  • 5/29/2012 - For those not really following Climate Change, it’s not just about warming. Ocean acidity is a critical aspect of this issue: Oceans could be 150% more acidic by 2100 | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Most of the cliffs that you see bordering the south of England and the Normandy coast were built by deposition of sediments of shellfish that have grown in steady conditions of carbonate and CO2 available in the oceans at geological scale. It is supposed that this should still continue, as carbon is trapped in the shells of mollusks in a permanent and stable manner, but we suspect that the future will be different. (January 23, 2012) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • 5/29/2012 - Learn about Rochester, NY’s nature and get healthy too: City of Rochester | Flower City Looking Good Series -- Outdoor Wellness Activities Explore nature and the city’s amazing historic parks and neighborhoods by bike, on foot or in canoes by participating in MVP Health Care Tuesday and Thursday Nature Nights, and more! Walks, jogs and rides are leisurely with slight grade changes, mostly on paths or sidewalks. Call 428-6770 for more information. Read on for the (very) full schedule!
  • 5/29/2012 - Climate Change and politics Obama silent on climate change in big Iowa energy speech | Grist A version of this post originally appeared on Climate Progress. Last month, the White House edited climate change from Obama’s Earth Day 2012 proclamation. That was after the president omitted any discussion of climate change from his State of the Union address. (May 28, 2012) Grist | Environmental News, Commentary, Advice
  • 5/29/2012 - Bike event coming up, learn the biking basics: Brighton Farmers Market Sunday June 3 - Bike Rodeo and Bike Day - Rochester Cycling Alliance | Google Groups On Sunday, June 3, 9AM - 1PM at the Brighton Farmers Market, located on Winton Road at the 12 Corners, in the parking lots of the Brighton School District's Middle School and High School parking lots, with be a bicycle rodeo and the Farmers Market. R. Community Bikes will be collecting donated bicycles at the Farmers Market. Rochester Cycling Alliance will have a table at both events. Please stop at the RCA table and spend a little time talking 'bicycle' with visitors. Elinor Freer will be at the rodeo and Richard DeSarra will be at the Farmers Market.
  • 5/28/2012 - Going to try and get myself educated on the Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development on June 22, but it’s going to be tough unless I go to new sources around the world. Despite Climate Changes affect on the entire planet, Rochester media doesn’t know what the Rio+20 is and never mentions it and the United States just as soon everyone at the summit shut up about Climate Change. So, I’ll have to nose about the Internet for what is going on. Got ideas of good news coverage on this major world-wide event? Report questions NZ's environment action - Environment - NZ Herald News New Zealand can "hold its head up high" at next month's Rio Earth Summit, Environment Minister Amy Adams says, despite a report saying the country has failed to meet environmental commitments. A World Wildlife Fund report claims New Zealand has failed to meet any of the major commitments agreed to at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years ago. New Zealand was among 178 countries at the summit which committed to cutting greenhouse gas emission, improving water quality and protecting biodiversity. (May 28, 2012) NZ Herald: New Zealand's Latest News, Business, Sport, Weather, Travel, Technology, Entertainment, Politics, Finance, Health, Environment and Science
  • 5/28/2012 - If you have heard of the brouhaha over the XL Keystone pipeline issue, you may know it only as a political firestorm--see Keystone XL: Obama Defends Handling Of Pipeline Decision. But in terms of Climate Change why does it matter so much that we don’t burn tar sands oil? Exclusive Interview: Why Tar Sands Oil Is More Polluting and Why It Matters | InsideClimate News Adam Brandt, global expert on the carbon footprint of fuels, explains why oil sands' 20% greater greenhouse gas emissions are significant. The debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline heated up again last week after the Congressional Research Service issued a report saying the project could raise U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 21 million metric tons a year—the equivalent of adding 4 million cars to the road. (May 22, 2012) | InsideClimate News [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 5/28/2012 - If Germany’s solar power can provide 3rd electrical needs on a hot work day so can NYS that gets more sunlight. Germany sets new solar power record, institute says | Reuters (Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said. The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. (May 26, 2012) Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com
  • 5/28/2012 - Will subscription fees keep public informed on critical environmental news? It finally happened. I couldn’t read an article on a major Rochester, NY online media source because I didn’t pay the new subscription fee. Of course, I could pay the subscription fee but then why should I? (I know, to a free market fundamentalist just thinking this is heresy.) Yet, why should I pay for a subscription to a local media when I can get all the available environmental information that this media, or any local media, puts out by surfing to the same places they do--more...

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EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.] If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.

June 2012

  • Sunday, June 3, 9AM - 1PM at the Brighton Farmers Market, located on Winton Road at the 12 Corners, in the parking lots of the Brighton School District's Middle School and High School parking lot
    • Brighton Farmers Market Sunday June 3 - Bike Rodeo and Bike Day - Rochester Cycling Alliance | Google Groups On Sunday, June 3, 9AM - 1PM at the Brighton Farmers Market, located on Winton Road at the 12 Corners, in the parking lots of the Brighton School District's Middle School and High School parking lots, with be a bicycle rodeo and the Farmers Market. R. Community Bikes will be collecting donated bicycles at the Farmers Market. Rochester Cycling Alliance will have a table at both events. Please stop at the RCA table and spend a little time talking 'bicycle' with visitors. Elinor Freer will be at the rodeo and Richard DeSarra will be at the Farmers Market.
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. EDT | online Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Exposure Analysis
    • "PBIC Offers Free Webinar on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Tools and Analysis CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the next free Webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series: Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Exposure Analysis Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. EDT To register, visit: Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Exposure Analysis. Learn about the best tools for evaluating pedestrian and bicycle safety. Researchers at the UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC) will describe several tools that are available to evaluate pedestrian and bicycle safety. "
  • June 6th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM| at the Cornell Cooperative Ext. Ontario County 480 N. Main Street Canandaigua NY 14424
    • free energy workshop: a free home energy workshop Want to Save Up To $700 on Your Energy Bills and Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable? Homeowners in Ontario County are encouraged to register for a free home energy workshop (at www.RenewOntarioCounty.org or 1-866-495-2959) to be held on June 6th, 2012 at the Cornell Cooperative Ext. Ontario County 480 N. Main Street Canandaigua NY 14424 . Attendees will learn about the different energy efficiency incentive programs available to them through local utility companies , non-profit organizations (Pathstone) and NYSERDA. The first 50 attendees will receive a free CFL light bulb, and all others will also learn about how they can sign up for a free/reduced cost energy audit for their home. Come talk to energy-efficiency specialists and renewable energy contractors about your home’s energy needs!
  • June 14-16 | Alfred University
    • Important sustainability conference coming up in June at Alfred University: Sustainability Conference: Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability "Sustainability Conference – Register now for $180 June 14 to June 16, 2012 Register Now Conference Schedule Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together technical education practitioners and scholars to present cases, concepts, or ideas that advance, or have the potential to advance, sustainability through innovative educational practice. This includes presentations and tours on these subjects including the following: · Sustainable Community Development in the Finger Lakes Region · Providing Under-represented Students with Access to Sustainability ·Global Energy Management ·Funding Sustainable Education Initiatives · Partnership Approaches to Renewable Energy and Sustainability Education · Implementing Clean Energy Training into Existing Programs at Community Colleges and Industry Apprentice Programs "
  • June 7, Thursday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Spring Bird Walk Join us for a serendipitous nature walk for stay-at-home moms/dads, retirees and people with flexible schedules. Participants will hike around the woods, grasslands and wetlands searching for spring waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee*: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Space is limited. Registration 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 *Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount
  • June 9, Saturday, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Nature of Montezuma Lecture: NYS Purple Martin Project The MAC is pleased to welcome Rick Marx from the New York State Purple Martin Project for a lecture and monitoring activity. The New York State Purple Martin Project is a collaborative effort of partners educating citizens in the conservation of Purple Martins, with the goal of increasing the declining Purple Martin populations throughout New York State. Following an informative presentation, Mr. Marx will demonstrate how to monitor Purple Martins housing units. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Space is limited. Registration 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
  • June 16, Saturday, 1:30 PM-4:30PM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Birding and Boating Series We continue our series exploring the Montezuma wetland waterways. Enjoy the last bit of spring birding on a leisurely canoe paddle. We’ll be listening closely for the song of the cerulean warbler, a vulnerable species and one that nests at Montezuma. Take part in the monitoring this important bird! Fee: $7.50/child without boat rental; $12.50/adult without boat rental; $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Space is limited. Registration 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
  • June 21 | all day | don't drive to that short destination
  • June 21, Thursday, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Howland’s Island Bird Walk Howland’s Island is 3,500 acres of state land located in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. It offers countless recreational opportunities and it provides excellent habitat for many types of birds. We’ll hike around the island and identify the birds we see on the way. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Fee*: $3/child; $5/adult; $15/family. Space is limited. Registration 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 *Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount
  • June 23, 2012 all night | register online
  • June 23, Saturday, 8:00 AM—11:00 AM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Montezuma Birding Van Tour Breeding season is upon us and adult birds are busy caring for their young. Hop in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hotspots where waterfowl, raptors and songbirds can bee seen and heard! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and binoculars. Expect to walk up to 3 miles. Fee: $7.50/child; $10/adult, $30/family. Space is limited. Registration 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
  • June 27, Wednesday, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Dragons of Montezuma Dragonflies and damselflies are known to scientists as Odonates and observing these beautiful insects has become a popular pastime called “oding”. Become an “oder” as we learn how to identify some of the many species that live at Montezuma. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. Fee*: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Space is limited. Registration 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 *Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount
  • June 28, Thursday, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
    • Shade Grown Coffee House and Open Mic Night The Montezuma Audubon Center hosts a coffee house/open mic featuring local music and talent. Come relax and enjoy the music or sign up to perform. The coffee house will feature a brief presentation on grassland bird conservation. Fee: FREE! Space is limited. Registration 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

July 2012

  • Thursday, July 19 at 7PM, The Little Theatre 240 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604 webmaster@thelittle.org
    • A chance to learn more about Climate Change from Greentopia Festival | Rochester, NY ‘s Greentopia | FILM. On Thursday, July 19 at 7PM, The Little Theatre will be showing “The Island President”. A panel (yet to be determined) discussion will follow the film with Q&A. We will update you as soon as we know more, but in the meantime here’s the Synopsis “Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.”

August 2012

  • Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm | Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford
    • Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Spokes and Ink at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education Saturday, August 25, 2012 Noon to 6pm Monroe Avenue at Oxford/Rutgers Spokes and Ink is a new festival in Rochester that brings bicyclists and artists together. This event on Monroe Avenue showcases the diversity of both groups – avid cyclists, recreational riders, the environmentally aware, letterpress printers, graphic designers and talented artists of all sorts! There will be poster art, food and merchandise for sale, live music and activities to attract a crowd. In the inaugural year of 2011, Spokes & Ink drew 600+ guests. 2012 is expected to be bigger and better! If you are interested in reaching this wide-ranging demographic who are into bicycles and art or just want to support this activity for others, please consider a sponsorship. Your business or organization could benefit from the exposure that is possible at Spokes and Ink. What: Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Where: Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford When: Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm Proceeds from the event will benefit the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education and R Community Bikes. The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is a community-based 501(c)3 organization that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. We have 40+ years of experience in serving the Rochester community with great arts programming including classes, exhibits, studio access and special events. R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Their mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. If you have any questions about the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education or about Spokes and Ink, please call the office at 585-244-1730. We look forward to hearing from you!

September 2012

  • September 10th - 16th - High Falls region, Rochester, NY
    • Greentopia 2012 Greentopia 2012 is a week-long celebration of inspiration through art, music, organic and locally grown food and beverages, ideas and activism. The expanded event will contain four programmatic aspects, which include Greentopia Innovation, Greentopia Film, Greentopia Music and Greentopia EcoFest. In its first year the event drew between 18-20,000 people to the historic High Falls district. Through how-to workshops and cutting-edge films, visitors learned about big green ideas and how to apply them creatively in everyday life. There are special family activities, a community recycled art installation, mouthwatering organic and local food and beverages, and all kinds of live music. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help to restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money.

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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.

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AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]

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