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RENewsletter | July 29, 2012

 

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Opening Salvo: “Towards a more realistic baseline for sound actions on Fracking”

As the deadline for lifting the New York State moratorium on Fracking (horizontal Hydraulic fracturing) looms, the news, rallies, and articles are getting more strident. There’s a hullabaloo over a recent study on Fracking that has critics questioning the motives of the study Local watchdog group blasts Texas university fracking study - The Buffalo News and there’s criticism on the other side that the anti-fracking groups are cherry-picking the science to push their agenda Some experts fault fracking critics’ science. Bringing everything to a fevered pitch is the Stop the Frack Attack rally this weekend at the capital: Fracking protesters to storm national Capitol Saturday - MPNnow

Hard to imagine that anyone in New York State doesn’t know about the Fracking controversy by now, but I suppose there are. And, I’ll bet there are many who still don’t care. As long as the quiet majority in our state think they might get a job, free our energy security from other nations, get a windfall by signing a lease on their property for drilling rights, or not get sidetracked from the fun stuff they’re doing by this issue, they will remain mum. As our species tends to do, far too many will sit back and think this environmental issue has nothing to do with them.

One person at least who isn’t remaining quiet is NYS Senator Avella-- , Ranking Minority Member, Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation. Hold on to your hat and listen to Senator Avella speak about Fracking on this 11 minute video: Sen. Avella on Fracking Forum.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it does threaten to be the biggest environmental story in our state since Love Canal. If Fracking comes there will be change, which brings up many questions. Are local moratoriums, like the one just passed in Rochester, NY, going to hold or will Home Rule be gutted by the gas industry, making us second class citizens in our own state? (In Pennsylvania, their weaker home rule law was upheld: Court Rejects a Ban on Local Fracking Limits - NYTimes.com) Is the New York State Department of Conservation going to have enough employees to monitor the new Fracking wells: Regulation: How many wells per inspector? In some states, answer is elusive -- 07/25/2012 -- www.eenews.net.

But the question that all of us, no matter where we stand on this issue, should be asking is whether we have a realistic baseline for sound actions on Fracking at all? In other words, do we know the state of our water and our public health well enough so that when there is a drilling accident, we’ll be able to identify damage due to gas drilling? One group is not waiting for the state to chase their tails over this issue and is on it:

Water monitors prepare for fracking in New York | Innovation Trail On a humid Wednesday in July, Kathy Cronin crouched in Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. The creek empties into the Susquehanna River just upstream from the city's water treatment plant. Houses line the creek banks and the sounds of the freeway drown out the urban waterway's churn. Cronin, who lives in Binghamton, dipped a small, electronic meter into the water. Another local resident, Scott Lauffer, stands just downstream, waiting to hear Cronin read off results. (July 24, 2012) Innovation Trail

Over the last 10 millennia, as humans developed agriculture, burned forests, killed top predators, or decimated and brought to extinction many other species, it never occurred to our brainy species to assess whether or not our actions would irrevocably change our environment—maybe even cause it to collapse. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are supposedly smart enough to do that before we chase headlong into some fantastic venture. Our scientific discoveries for the last hundred years have given us a great wealth of knowledge about our environment and revealed many of the repercussions of our actions on our environment. For example, our agricultural practices contributed to the greatest man-made environmental disaster to date on this continent, the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.

What’s the point of finding all that out, educating all those environmental experts, if we aren’t going to use that knowledge before we do something crazy—instead of after? There is no getting around this fact: we can and do change our environment, our climate, our water quality, and much, much more—and usually not in a good way.

Here’s a great quote by Steve Nicholls, author of Paradise Found – Nature in America at the Time of Discovery:

“Part of the reason for writing this book is to illustrate the sheer abundance of nature just a few centuries ago, to give a more realistic baseline against which to judge our current actions.” (Page 42)

It’s worth pausing and thinking about this statement before we rush off and radically change our New York State environment with Fracking. Do we know the state of our environment well enough before we start Fracking, or are we so blinded by our immediate wants that we’ll continue to act the way we have in the past?

Too often we evaluate the impact of our solutions for on the shifting baseline of our own experiences, our religious views, whatever constitutes conventional wisdom at any given time, our prejudices, on the lack of research, and our notion of economics—which by the way has always treated our environment as an externality, a magical resources generator and our collective toilet. We’ve been irresponsible stewards of our environment for a long time and much of it is due to an economic theory that is oblivious to Nature. Why not start thinking about our environment (our very life support system) as an intelligent species would do—look before you leap.

An analogy: Before you start downloading and installing a beta program that tells you it has not been completely tested and is probably full of bugs, wouldn’t you create a restore point on your computer’s hard drive? A restore point is a spot along a continuum of your operating system’s history, that point just before you start downloading that iffy program, so when everything goes haywire, you can just bring your operating system back to the place before you tried installing that program.

In other words, because Fracking includes an industry reluctant to divulge what chemicals it’s using, and a state reluctant to make them divulge that information, shouldn’t we find out for ourselves what the place looked like before they meddled in it?

Shouldn’t New York State do a comprehensive monitoring of our environment and find out how it is behaving before we launch thousands of Fracking sites? Why is the state sitting on its butt while concerned citizens have to go out and do their job? Why isn’t the state monitoring our water now so we’ll know what we are risking? Because once we allow Fracking, we’ll be another state than the one we are now.

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

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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.]

  • 7/28/2012 - Seeing Climate Change is believing: Flash Drought in U.S. Explained in 14 Seconds | Climate Central This animation shows the rapid progression of the U.S. drought during the late spring into mid-summer, based on U.S. Drought Monitor maps. (July 24, 2012) Climate Change | Climate Central
  • 7/28/2012 - I often get requests to solve issue with wildlife encounters. Sure RochesterEnvironment.com provides a lot of information, but how to handle a bear or a coyote should be left to the experts: Nuisance Species - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "It is a different matter when a skunk is in the woods compared to when a skunk is under the porch or digging up the yard. Encounters with wildlife have become more numerous as a result of urban growth into an animal's natural habitat. Information on this page is intended to help landowners learn some best practices for preventing negative encounters with wildlife. Need a Professional to Help? Contact a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator "
  • 7/28/2012 - Critical, getting baseline information about our environment before our planet warms more. Besides this (see story below) startling discovery that Climate Change may be destroying the ozone layer over the US, is this, “there are no historical data about how much water vapor has been moved upward by such storms over time.” As scientist look more deeply into how Climate Change is going to change our environment they are doing to come across items like how warming affects our planet’s ozone layer and when they do there won’t be the information they need to nail this down. Increasingly, I believe, because we don’t have an idea of what a healthy environment actually looks like, a baseline from which to measure change against, we will be hampered severely in our attempts to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. more...
  • 7/27/2012 - For those who do ‘get’ #climatechange and feel despair, maybe it’s too early for that. Some efforts work: What the Beijing Olympics could mean for climate change | Innovation Trail As the 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this weekend, the world's attention will be focused on London. But a team of scientists has recently been keeping a very close eye on the city that hosted the games four years ago: Beijing. They've discovered that China's efforts to cut back on traffic and clean up its air during the 2008 Olympics could have big implications for curbing climate change. (July 26, 2012) Innovation Trail
  • 7/27/2012 - Public official linking #climatechange with present drought in an election year? Oh no, I don’t think so, it’s too toxic. Activists Call on Agriculture Secretary to Discuss Links between Drought and Climate Change FoodDemocracyNow! and Forecast the Facts In light of the crushing drought currently sweeping the nation, more than 10,000 Americans are calling on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to directly address the massive implications of manmade climate change for our entire farming sector. Scientists are clear that climate change is already leading to more extreme weather, such as longer and more severe droughts. But in multiple press appearances last week, Secretary Vilsack dodged questions about what drought-stricken farmers need to know about climate change, saying that he’s “not a scientist,” and the department is focused on the “near term.” (July 26, 2012) EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement
  • 7/26/2012 - Interesting speculation about whether a local politician is a climate change denier, but the critical issue this election year is whether Romney or Obama are. Might be good for our mainstream media to get on that. U.S. Rep. Buerkle — sweltering, yes, but still doubting? | 520 – An Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle As my colleague Jessica Alaimo noted in a blog Tuesday, the League of Conservation Voters has denounced U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga, for being a global-warming denier. The nationwide group placed the first-term congresswoman among its “Flat Earth Five” because of statements she made two years ago casting doubt on whether the climate is, indeed, changing. “Rep. Buerkle’s extreme views put her at odds with scientists, the Pentagon and her constituents,” the group’s president said in a statement. (July 25, 2012) [more on Climate Change in our area] 520 – An Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 7/26/2012) - There are those who think #cliimatechange is a future issue only dealing with polar bears and Arctic ice melt, but this one will hit you in the stomach: Food Prices to Rise in Wake of Severe Drought - NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — Scorching heat and the worst drought in nearly a half-century are threatening to send food prices up, spooking consumers and leading to worries about global food costs. On Wednesday, the government said it expected the record-breaking weather to drive up the price for groceries next year, including milk, beef, chicken and pork. The drought is now affecting 88 percent of the corn crop, a staple of processed foods and animal feed as well as the nation’s leading farm export. (Jult 25, 2012) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 7/26/2012 - How does New York State stack up on state’s ability to monitor Fracking? Does NYS have enough inspectors for wells that are going to be drilled? Regulation: How many wells per inspector? In some states, answer is elusive -- 07/25/2012 -- www.eenews.net Figuring out the number of wells each oil and gas inspector must handle in North Dakota is pretty simple. In Pennsylvania, easy. In Oklahoma? Not so much. A recent overview of state shale gas regulations showcases major gaps in data available to compare, state by state, the force of oil and gas agencies. Oklahoma, for one, doesn't know how many producing wells it has. (July 25, 2012) E&E Publishing -- The Premier Information Source for Professionals Who Track Environmental and Energy Policy.
  • 7/26/2012 - Maybe there are more benefits to bicycling than reducing greenhouse gas emission and increasing your health. Check this out:Bicycle Benefits ®"Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community. The program's continual growth decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists' safety and health by putting more people on bikes. This site has all of our Bicycle Benefit Business Members that can be found by clicking the links to the left (including their discounts/rewards, addresses, and maps to get there). Get your helmet sticker at any of the participating Bicycle Benefits Business Member locations or become a participating Business Member today and start experiencing Bicycle Benefits! "
  • 7/26/2012 - Thinking of a green career? Could be good for you and the planet: Getting a Green Education : Sustainability Majors | College Stats.org According to USA Today, over 100 majors, minors, and focuses in sustainability-centric programs were added to the collegiate roster in 2009. And with increasing interest in climate control, eliminating paper trails, and reducing our carbon footprints, the number has only grown since then. Going green is a hot topic, with many major companies making efforts to incorporate eco-friendly rituals into their businesses. Starbucks has embraced recycled coffee sleeves, McDonalds has opened “green” restaurant prototypes that use 25% less energy than other branches in the chain fast food joint, and dozens of automotive companies are designing hybrid cars that utilize significantly less gasoline, thereby reducing traffic pollution. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that college students are looking to garner wisdom in the field. (July 12, 2012) College Stats.org: University & College Data, Statistics, Facts, Maps
  • 7/26/2012 - Is this the epicenter of Climate Change: Dramatic Greenland Ice Melt - YouTube Scientists capture dramatic footage of Arctic glaciers melting in hours Scientists have captured dramatic footage of massive lakes in the Arctic melting away in a matter of hours (July 19, 2012) Scientists capture dramatic footage of Arctic glaciers melting in hours - Telegraph
  • 7/26/2012 - Connecting the present drought and heatwaves with Climate Change: What's the Science Behind the US Drought? : While climate change can be cited for making events like recent US heatwaves and the ongoing extreme drought more likely, what's the science behind the current drought conditions? (July 25, 2012)
  • 7/25/2012 - Baseline data on our Water Quality before you begin Fracking, not after. One has to wonder why private groups and not the NYS DEC is conducting baseline data before Fracking passes in NYS? Before a state like New York does something so potentially threatening to our fresh water (and our public health for that matter) by lifting the moratorium on Fracking, shouldn’t we know the state of our water before trouble arises? Water monitors prepare for fracking in New York | Innovation Trail On a humid Wednesday in July, Kathy Cronin crouched in Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. The creek empties into the Susquehanna River just upstream from the city's water treatment plant. Houses line the creek banks and the sounds of the freeway drown out the urban waterway's churn. Cronin, who lives in Binghamton, dipped a small, electronic meter into the water. Another local resident, Scott Lauffer, stands just downstream, waiting to hear Cronin read off results. (July 24, 2012) Innovation Trail
  • 7/25/2012 - Water privatization: The Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club did a presentation on water privatization at their 14th Annual Environmental Forum Our Water’s Fragile Future: Hydrofracking, Climate Change, & Privatization –You can see the whole presentation on the video at site Rochester NY Regional Group Sierra Club | Sierra Club—because this issue is not going away: Who’s water? Our water!: Maps spark concern over corporate water grab | Reuters Maps spark concern over corporate water grab | Reuters LONDON, July 24 (AlertNet) - As competition for clean water grows, some of the world's biggest companies have joined forces to create unprecedented maps of the precious resource that flows beneath our feet. The Aqueduct Alliance, which allows users to create maps by combining hydrological data with geographically specific details, gives companies and investors unprecedented detail of water availability in some of the world's largest river basins. (July 25, 2012) Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com [more on Water Quality in our area]
  • 7/25/2012 - Yesterday, I biked over to the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge that was just officially opened for the public and take some photos for ya’ll. This bridge is really an amazing addition to active transportation in the Rochester, NY area, especially for UR and RIT college folks who can now easily use bike trails to go directly to the downtown from their campuses. But, UR did a better job at taking photos of the refurbished bridge than I did, so I’m linking to them. University, City Celebrate Opening of "Rails to Trails" Pedestrian Bridge :: Photo Essay :: University of Rochester "President Joel Seligman joined Mayor Thomas S. Richards, City Councilmember Elaine Spaull, and members of the Rochester community to celebrate the official opening of the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge. The newly renovated railroad bridge, which is now open to walkers, joggers, hikers, bicyclists, and more, spans the Genesee River approximately 1.5 miles south of downtown Rochester, linking the east and west banks of the trail and establishes a new access point between the University's River Campus and Southwest Rochester neighborhoods. "University of Rochester
  • 7/25/2012 - ACTION: Learn about Plan Bv7 – a new approach to regulation of water levels and flows on the Great Lakes from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River | The Nature Conservancy and Restore Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River - Citizens Campaign for the Environment and sign the petition online. Save the River - Water Levels Petition "Support a Healthy Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River! The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently released water levels management plan – called Plan BV7 – for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The new plan will make significant progress in protecting the health of the River and Lake, while providing greater economic opportunities for industry and continuing to provide protection for shoreline property owners from erosion and flooding. "--from Save the River - Riverkeeper of the Upper St. Lawrence River
  • 7/24/2012 - New book on Climate Change gets published. Looks interesting: Times Review: ‘Global Weirdness’ is a Winner | Climate Central As Climate Central’s first book project, “Global Weirdness,” hit the bookstores on Tuesday, it might not meet the approval of Nostradamus, but it did get an endorsement from an even bigger force in the universe (of books, anyway): a New York Times book review. (July 24, 2012) Climate Change | Climate Central
  • 7/24/2012 - Blame for #climatechange has what to do with Climate Change? What interested me most about this article Who’s ‘Most to Blame’ for Global Warming? - ABC News was not the result that the United States was the main culprit for most of the anthropomorphic greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, but where this story came from - ABC news. Most of us following this crisis already knew that. As we try to negotiate Climate Change from the top down, that is from governments agreeing on policies that will have enough widespread authority and synergy with other governments so they are all on the same page instead of working against each other, it will be important to assess what countries have put the most GHGs up into our atmosphere and who needs to do the most to get it out of our atmosphere. I agree with that. more...
  • 7/24/2012 - Active transportation, walking and bicycling, have moved a giant step forward for Rochester, NY with the opening of this new “Rails to Trails” bridge over the Genesee River. New pedestrian bridge opened | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com A ribbon cutting Monday morning officially opened a new “Rails to Trails” bridge over the Genesee River, connecting the University of Rochester and the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood. The $1.8 million Erie Lackawanna bridge sits atop a bridge deck originally constructed in the 1850s and enlarged nearly 100 years ago. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the city also was presented the 2012 Champion Award from the New York state Bicycle Coalition. (July 24, 2012) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Transportation in our area]
  • 7/23/2012 - Some interesting and informed ideas on how communities might address Climate Change. Looks like tackling apathy will be a major concern: Round up: tackling climate change | Local government network | Guardian Professional We've collected all the best advice from our live discussion on how councils should approach climate change. Let us know your tips in the comments below (July 21, 2012) Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian
  • 7/23/20120 - On Climate Change from PAUL KRUGMAN (In 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.) Loading the Climate Dice - NYTimes.com A couple of weeks ago the Northeast was in the grip of a severe heat wave. As I write this, however, it’s a fairly cool day in New Jersey, considering that it’s late July. Weather is like that; it fluctuates. And this banal observation may be what dooms us to climate catastrophe, in two ways. On one side, the variability of temperatures from day to day and year to year makes it easy to miss, ignore or obscure the longer-term upward trend. On the other, even a fairly modest rise in average temperatures translates into a much higher frequency of extreme events — like the devastating drought now gripping America’s heartland — that do vast damage. (July 22, 2012) Editorials, Columns, Op-Ed, Letters, Opinionator and More Opinion - The New York Times
  • 7/23/2012 - Read the lastest Climate Change report: The Heat Is On: U.S. Temperature Trends by Climate Central: “Global warming isn’t uniform. The continental U.S. has warmed by about 1.3°F over the past 100 years, but the temperature increase hasn’t been the same everywhere: some places have warmed more than others, some less, and some not much at all. Natural variability explains some of the differences, and air pollution with fine aerosols screening incoming solar radiation could also be a factor. Our state-by-state analysis of warming over the past 100 years shows where it warmed the most and where it warmed the least. We found that no matter how much or how little a given state warmed over that 100-year period, the pace of warming in all regions accelerated dramatically starting in the 1970s, coinciding with the time when the effect of greenhouse gases began to overwhelm the other natural and human influences on climate at the global and continental scales.” (June 2012) Claudia Tebaldi, PhD, Dennis Adams-Smith, Nicole Heller, PhD (collaborator) The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends | Climate Central
  • 7/23/2012 - The heat is on, it’s measurable, and it’s uneven. The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends | Climate Central Global warming isn't uniform. The continental U.S. has warmed by about 1.3°F over the past 100 years, but the temperature increase hasn’t been the same everywhere: some places have warmed more than others, some less, and some not much at all. Natural variability explains some of the differences, and air pollution with fine aerosols screening incoming solar radiation could also be a factor. (July 23, 2012) Climate Change | Climate Central
  • 7/23/2012 - Two surveys on how American’s are viewing Climate Change with two different results: Climate Change? Most Gen Xers Not Concerned ANN ARBOR, Michigan, July 19, 2012 (ENS) - Gen Xers, born from the early 1960s through the early 1980s, care less about climate change now than they did just three years ago, finds a new University of Michigan report. Partisan affiliations predicted attitudes in the Gen Xers studied, who are now between 32 and 52 years of age, with nearly half of liberal Democrats alarmed or concerned compared with zero percent of conservative Republicans. (July 19, 2012) Environment News Service| Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70% - Bloomberg A record heat wave, drought and catastrophic wildfires are accomplishing what climate scientists could not: convincing a wide swath of Americans that global temperatures are rising. In the four months since March there has been a jump in U.S. citizens’ belief that climate change is taking place, especially among independent voters and those in southern states such as Texas, which is now in its second year of record drought, according to nationwide polls by the University of Texas. (July 18, 2012) Bloomberg - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

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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.

August 2012

  • Saturday August 4 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm for a presentation about his conservation work with grassland and shrubland birds and their habitats. Space is limited. Registration required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center please call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org
    • Nature of Montezuma Lecture and Hike: Conserving Our Most Imperiled Grassland Birds The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome Mr. Andrew Hinickle, Conservation Biologist with Audubon New York, on Saturday August 4 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm for a presentation about his conservation work with grassland and shrubland birds and their habitats. The talk will provide landowners a chance to learn about the habitat needs of New York’s grassland and shrubland birds like the American kestrel, bobolink, short-eared owl and golden-winged warbler, hike through one of Montezuma’s most extensive grasslands and learn about what land owners can do to improve habitat for these birds. As Audubon New York's Conservation, Mr. Hinickle works closely with agencies and organizations to engage landowners in cost-share or other incentive programs, drafting conservation and management plans for project sites, and monitoring the bird response to management activities. Andrew comes to Audubon from the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where he was employed as a Wildlife Biologist. Previously, he held positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, restoring wetlands and grasslands on public and private lands. Andrew has degree in Environment Science from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. 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 email montezuma@audubon.org. Photo captions: Bobolink courtesy USFWS American kestrel courtesy USFWS
  • 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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