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2014

Meet Aimee Clinkhammer, Watershed Coordinator for Onondaga Lake
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
7:30 PM
Onondaga Lake
Photo provided by Save the Rain
University United Methodist church 1085 E Genesee St syracuse NY 13210

STATE OF THE LAKE, ONONDAGA LAKE OF COURSE.
The position of Watershed Coordinator for Onondaga Lake was created this year by the Onondaga Lake Partnership as they reached the end of their legislative mandate. A new coalition of groups has begun meeting and calls itself the Onondaga Lake Watershed Partnership(OLWP). Aimee will address progress past, present, and hopefully a bright future as we experience a cleaner, healthier lake.


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, 7:30 PM Meetup and learn about ONEIDA Lake, the other "O" lake so important in our region.

University United Methodist church, 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

THE PAST,PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF ONEIDA LAKE.

James "Randy" Jackson, Associate Director of the Cornell Biological Field Station will speak about Oneida Lake from pre-settlement time to current issues with invasive species, fisheries and the impacts of climate change. Yes, there is another "O" lake we need to help.

Bring your questions for answers.

AND join Randy at our outdoor event on Saturday May 3 to see the story in action at the Cornell Biological Field Station. Check that meetup event here.


Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, 7:30 PM Learn about Gardening For Nature with Native Plants

University United Methodist church, 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

Janet Allen, President of Habitat Gardening of Central New York will help us understand the wonderful positives of native plants in preserving the best world for us and all the pollinators and birds. Think of the bees, butterflies and birds that depend on us. Think of the plants that will have space to thrive in a natural setting. Time to get out of that seed catalogue and learn how, why and where to get the truly native plants (not cultivars) for your garden


Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 7:30 PM Find out what Cortland thinks about Trash for Ash.

University United Methodist church, 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

Activist Pam Jenkins and others from the Cortland area will explain what the proposed Inter-Municipal Partnership between Onondaga County and Cortland County entails for Cortland County. The agreement is still being explored and would require approval of both the Cortland and Onondaga Legislatures, DEC approval, an environmental impact study, and a public comment period. Concerns in Cortland are the aquifer that the landfill will be built on and concerns in Onondaga are the importation of trash. One of the commitments when the incinerator was built was that trash importation would not be allowed. It will take a vote of the County Legislators to change that provision.



Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, 7:30 PM (CANCELLED due to the weather) Documentary: John Muir in the New World

University United Methodist church, 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

Meetup and see the film John Muir in the New World.

This is an inspiring and beautiful documentary set against the magnificent landscapes of the American West. Muir was one of the first nature preservationists in American History. His vision led him to be the first director of the Sierra Club, a position he held until his death.

From the Wisconsin woods of his childhood, to his incredible foot travels through much of America, the California fruit ranch, his family, and the Alaskan wilderness he loved, this film shows the power and advocacy for preservation of nature that helped shape our National Parks.

 

Free and open to the public.

NOTE: If Syracuse Schools are closed for weather the program is cancelled.

 

Park and enter on University Place

Information: 492-4745

 

Extra happenings: Buy a Sierra Club calendar for an office, extra room, club for only $5. A great gift!

Trade a quarter for a Califonia "John Muir" quarter while supplies last!!


2013

 

NOV 20, 2013, 7:30 PM "More than Honey" an award-winning film by Marcus Imhoof What is killing off the worlds bee population at an alarming rate? Without bees, one-third of our food would not exist. In this award-winning film, the director, Markus Imhoof, travels the world observing beekeepers, farmers, and scientists.

Through a point-of-view cinematography we will soar through the air with the bees! Free and open to the public. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210.

 

MAY 22, 2013, 7:30p: How New York State Goes Green. Matt Driscoll, our former Mayer, who started us all thinking about a Green Syracuse, is now President and CEO of NY Environmental Facilities Corporation. EFC lends and borrows for major environmental projects throughout the state. Join us to hear about what has been happening in Green and Sustainability Projects and enjoy the pleasure he has working to improve our environment. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

APR 24, 2013, 7:30p: GreeningUSA: An Overview of the 12 Traits© of Sustainable Communities. 12 Traits© is a rating system and public recognition program for existing cities, counties, towns, and villages achieving exemplary levels of sustainability. Additional information can be found at www.GreeningUSA.org.

 

MAR 20, 2013, 7:30p: Creating a Monarch Waystation and a Butterfly-Friendly Yard. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 27, 2013, 7:30p: Tapped-An Award Winning Documentary Film. Witness the unseen world of the industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that never should be a commodity, our water. Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity to be bought and sold? A revelation of the big business of bottled water. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 23, 2013, 7:30p: Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change and Fossil Fuels. This is a presentation by the National Sierra Club. Much of climate change is caused by use of fossil fuels, especially coal and more recently natural gas. Improved efficiency and switching to renewables are the best alternatives. Nationwide, the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal and Fossil Fuels." has helped phase out 125 coal burning plants, and is working with many other environmental and health advocates to hasten the clean energy economy. Come and learn from National leaders how you can make New York a leader in innovation and renewable energy. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

2012

 

NOV 28, 2012, 7:30p (CANCELLED): SU Sustainability Initiatives. Sherburne Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University, details to be announced. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

OCT 24, 2012, 7:30p: Empowered: Power from the People. Join us for a documentary from the cloudiest, least-windy county in NY State. The film features stories of residents as they take the leap into a sustainable future, as one community embraces renewables from solar and wind to veggie oil and geothermal. The film is directed by Shira Golding Evergreen, empoweredthemovie.com. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

SEP 19, 2012, 7:30p (CANCELLED - to be rescheduled in spring): Wildlife on the Edge by Bob Graham. Photos and information gathered from 13 expeditions to many African countries. The focus is on the threat of extinction of the African elephant, the lion, the rhinoceros and the mountain gorilla. Bob is both a well-known wildlife photographer and proponent of saving endangered species. Come to learn and what can we do. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

MAY 23, 2012, 7:30p: Solar Homes. Caitlin Pixley, a Sierra Conservation Associate from the Albany Office, will introduce this National Sierra Club program to promote solar installations to members and supporters. With successful pilot programs in California and Oregon, we are ready to move forward in New York. This is a great opportunity to advance renewables. The program emphasizes leased systems that do not require a large investment or long-term results. All individuals who are interested in home solar should attend to learn the details of this innovative program. There is even a program for homes not suitable for solar or apartment dwellers. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

APR 25, 2012, 7:30p: Litter Discussion. Following up on a litter panel held nearly a year ago, we will again look at litter and discuss progress to date. Panelists will include representatives from various organizations and there will be a comment period to share ideas about solutions. Comments and questions may be sent in advance to: Sierra Club - Iroquois Group, PO Box 182, Jamesville, NY 13078. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 28, 2012, 7:30p: Onondaga Lake Habitat Report. There is a great deal going on in the success story of Onondaga Lake. Honeywell will report on the completion of a barrier wall, preparations for dredging, Geddes Brook remediation and plantings this spring/summer, Nine Mile Creek remediation, Settling Basins 9 -15 visioning and lakeshore work. Come and learn about the continuing process, ask questions and give input. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 29, 2012, 7:30p: Polar Bears out the Window (of a Railroad Car). Danny and Rhea Jezer will share film of their recent trip to the Artic and their remarkable experiences living on the tundra for six days in total isolation in an old Pullman railroad car. This will be the next best thing to enjoying the antics of these great creatures on the tundra ourselves. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 25, 2012, 7:30p: Beyond the Bulb: Advanced Energy Measures for your Home or Business. If you have already replaced your incandescent bulbs and installed insulation in your attic, what else can you do to reduce your energy use (and carbon emissions)? Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager at the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board will talk about simple actions you may have overlooked, as well as advanced conservation measures and renewables like solar electric, small wind turbines, geothermal and micro-CHP that can shrink that carbon footprint even further. In his capacity with NYSERDA, Chris promotes and is actively engaged in the development of clean energy throughout CNY. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

2011

 

NOV 30, 2011, 7:30p: Lake Restoration Update. Onondaga Lake update on successes with habitat restoration, restored wetlands, landscaping of waste beds and how the new pipeline is "green," presented by Honeywell. Our lake is really improved. Come and learn how and what is to come. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

OCT 26, 2011, 7:30p: Unnecessary Risk. Safety issues and disaster potential of the Oswego nuclear reactors and the green alternatives. Steven Penn, Professor of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will describe the ongoing health and safety risks of operating the Oswego nuclear reactors, the potential for a Fukushima level disaster, and how these plants could be replaced by green, sustainable energy sources. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

SEP 28, 2011, 7:30p: OCRRA's Future. What is the future for OCRRA when the waste-to-energy plant becomes privately owned? Get thoughts and news from Jake Barrett, President of the OCRRA Board, on the upcoming transition. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

MAY 25, 2011, 7:00p–9:30p: Hydrofracking News from Around the State. A presentation by speakers providing an update on the economics, safety, and health issues of this process. Economists, researchers and doctors will present the latest in facts and figures from Southern Tier and Pennsylvania. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

APR 27, 2011, 7:30p: The Case for Redistricting (Co-Sponsored with League of Women Voters). The decennial census is complete, and now it's time for legislative and congressional redistricting. Much of our work involves reaching out to our representatives for legislative issues so this is an important opportunity that comes only once every 10 years. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 23, 2011, 7:30p: A Litter Roundtable. Please join us for a roundtable discussion with city and community representatives on the topic of litter. Ideas and suggestions from all will be welcome. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 23, 2011, 7:30p: Save the Rain. A report on the ambitious County public campaign to remove 250 million gallons of rain water from the sewer system–will include the projects completed in 2010 and the more than 50 green infrastructure projects for 2011. Get updated and learn how to do your part in this important campaign. From rain barrels, to green roofs, to wet-lands, we all are part of this effort. It can prevent the building of more sewage treatment plants and enhance our lives. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745 .

 

JAN 26, 2011, 7:30p: Onondaga Lake Habitat Restoration. Craig Milburn (Honeywell) will talk about the Onondaga Lake habitat restoration process and bring along local habitat experts to share ideas and answer questions. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 424-1454; 492-4745 .

2010

 

NOV 17, 2010, 7:30p: Now That Everyone Is Elected. With elections behind us, what's next? Roger Downs, Conservation Program Manager, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, will talk about hydrofracking, the EPA, and other legislative issues. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

OCT 27, 2010, 7:30p: Significant Changes Ahead For Recycling. Learn about new electronic waste regulations, zero waste initiatives, and changes in recycling (#5!) at a session with representatives from OCRRA. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

SEP 29, 2010, 7:30p: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. For 63 days this summer, Jack Ramsden was back at work with the National Park Service in Alabama dealing with the Deepwater Horizon (MC252) Oil Spill. He will share some thoughts on his experience and answer questions about his assignment. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

MAY 26, 2010, 6:00p - 9:00p: Environmental Forum - Green Infrastructure. When stormwater flows into combined sewers they may become overstressed and discharge sewage and other pollutants to local water bodies severely degrading their quality. One way to tackle this problem is to convey the overflows to regional facilities for treatment. Onondaga County decided to forego this expensive gray infrastructure method in favor of green infrastructure, a key component of which is to educate community members about reducing runoff from their property. Our Forum on that topic is a panel discussion, chaired by Samual Sage, President of Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF) and joined by Alex Sisler (ASLF), Matt Marco (CH2MHill), Meredith Perrault (Onondaga Environmental Institute). Learn how this challenging initiative is progressing and how to get involved. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Click here for the forum schedule.

 

APR 28, 2010, 7:30p: Hydrofracking 202. If you've learned some basic information about hydrofracking, Jack Ramsden's presentation will help you move beyond the basics and respond to some comments by the industry spokespersons. The approach is akin to a teacher's lesson plan that we hope will stimulate a deeper discussion than at other public programs. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

MAR 24, 2010, 7:30p: Nicotine Bees. This is a new film on the plight of the bees and why they are disappearing. Janet Allen of Habitat Gardening will introduce the issue and moderate a question and answer period after the film. Without pollinators our food supply is in danger. This is an opportunity to learn what must be done and why. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

FEB 24, 2010, 7:30p: Mountaintop Removal. Dave Cooper, Sierra Club Group Chair from Lexington KY, will show a new film The Great New Mountaintop Removal Road Show to further our understanding of this issue. The film is 35 minute long with plenty of time for questions. Find more information at: Ilovemountains.org. Remember there is no such thing as Clean Coal. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

JAN 27, 2010, 7:30p: Syracuse First. “Think local, buy local, be local” is a presentation by Chris Fowler, on the many advantages, both monetarily and environmentally, of supporting local businesses. “Local business” means it is based here and is not a local store of a large chain. Learn why independent businesses retain $73 in the local economy for every $100 spent, while chains retain only $43. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

JAN 7, 2010, 7:3op: Split Estate. Join us to see this film, an eye-opening examination of the consequences and conflicts that can arise between surface land owners in the western United States and those who own and extract the energy and mineral rights below. This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy while preserving the priceless elements of cultural heritage, private enterprise above-ground, and the precious health not only of people but the land itself. The film foretells the future of CNY if the method of gas drilling known as "Hydrofracking" is allowed in New York State.  Iroquois group sponsors this film at Artrage Art Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse. The film is one hour 15 minutes, Q & A following.  All are invited to attend.

2009

 

DEC 7, 8, 2009: Hydrofracking?Once again Iroquois Group will partner with Onondaga Nation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment to explain the hydrofracking process and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This information together with details of how to comment to DEC before December 30, the end of the comment period, will help us get our input on record for consideration. The meetings are in two different locations and times to make it easy for everyone to attend. Monday December 7, from 7 to 9PM at Artrage Gallery Syracuse, 505 Hawley Ave. Park at 408 and 414 Lodi. Tuesday December 8, from 4 to 6PM at the Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St. Speakers include Joe Heath, Jack Ramsden, and a message from Assemblywoman, Joan Christensen. There will be question and answer period and handouts that tell you how to contact the governor and your legislators with your concerns about hydrofracking. This could be the largest state wide environmental issue we have faced since the building of the Erie Canal. Remember it is not just the Southern Tier, there are thousands of leases here in Onondaga County. Try to attend at least one session, as the comment period ends December 30.

 

DEC 2, 2009, 7:30p: Whither I-81? James D’Agostino and Meghan Vitale will brief us on I-81: Up, Down, Under or Around? We’ll learn why Interstate 81 doesn’t meet current safety standards and why it can’t stay the way it is. There will be reports on the progress of this important change. We will have an opportunity to express our concerns. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

OCT 28, 2009, 7:30p: Green Towns. Eileen Clinton, Sustainability Committee Chair from the Town of Dewitt, will present “How to Turn Your Town Green." Your town can go green with LEED options and more. Learn how Town and Planning Boards can save money by saving energy. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

SEP 23, 2009, 7:30p: From Hairy Willow to Wood Nymph. A presentation by Matt Perry, naturalist and director of the Spring Farms Nature Center in Clinton, N.Y. View and learn about some of the hundreds of Flora and Fauna of this huge restoration project. Included will be some non-lethal methods of coping with invasive species. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745, 446-1273.

 

MAY 27, 2009, 6:00p-9:00p: Environmental Forum. The Sierra Club Iroquois Group and the People’s Environmental Network of New York will convene a forum. The program details are here (note that the date is Wednesday 5/27, not 5/29 as stated in the Iroquois Messenger).University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

APR 22, 2009, 7:30p: Reduce Runoff. Runoff from our roofs and yards is such a problem, that if we can reduce it, we can avoid having to pay for another sewage treatment plant. Amy Samuels of Cornell Cooperative Extension will explain how various attractive water management techniques can reduce runoff from your property. Small changes can have a big impact. You’ll see slides of a variety of rain barrel and rain garden designs and receive how-to literature to get you started. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

APR 17, 2009, 7:30a-4:00p: Energe Symposium. The Annual Symposium, Energy in the 21st Century, will be held at Cazenovia College from 7:30AM to 4:00PM. Speakers will include Cong. Michael Arcuri, NYS Compt.  Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Exec Tom Suozzi, Rich Kassel of NRDC discussing Smart Growth and Transportation, Solutions and Options For Energy Conservation. The symposium is presented by Cazenovia College, the Gifford Foundation, Syracuse Center of Excellence, and the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University and and organized by Rhea Jezer of the Sierra Iroquois Group. Registration and information at http://www.cazenovia.edu/energy and 315-727-0123.

 

MAR 25, 2009, 7:30p: Nukes in NY. Jean Kessner of Peace Action and a former TV investigative reporter will inform us about the current status of nuclear power in our area. Are permits moving ahead? Are there problems? What actions are environmental groups taking and where does the current administration stand on the proposed plants? Bring your questions and opinions for an informative lecture and discussion. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

MAR 6, 2009: State Lobby Day. Visit your Legislator without going to Albany. This is a first-time opportunity to learn how to present your opinions to your state representatives both as an individual and as a member of the Sierra Club Iroquois Group. Our focus will be the Economic Stimulus Package and how it should be spent wisely on projects that create jobs, and protect our air, land, and water. You must bring a photo ID for security. We’ve set up the following schedule to take place at the State Office Building on 333 E. Washington St.

 

10:30a: Ed Thater, aide to Rep. William Magnarelli
1:00p Chuck Murphy, aide to Sen. John DeFrancisco
1:30p: Sen. David Valesky

And the following to take place at 4317 E. Genesee St in DeWitt.
2:30p: Rep. Joan Christensen

 

To join us for any of those 30-minute meetings, contact Linda DeStefano 315-488-2140 ldestefano3@twcny.rr.com or Sarah Pralle sbpralle@gmail.com. If you cannot participate at the scheduled times, please drop off a letter or sign a guest book, at your convenience. Let's get hundreds of Sierrans out for Lobby Day!

 

FEB 24, 2009, 7:30p: African Wildlife. Dick and June Brickwedde will give a presentation about their 18 day journey through Southern Africa: two days in Johannesburg and then four tent camps on safari in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. We’ll learn about the devastation caused by the overabundance of elephants and the political problems inherent in dealing with this issue, plus hi-tech solutions to rhinoceros poaching, and more. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

 

JAN 28, 2009, 7:30p: Local Nuke Issues. Jean Kessner of Peace Action and a former TV investigative reporter will inform us about the current status of nuclear power in our area. Are permits moving ahead? Are there problems? Bring your questions and opinions for an informative lecture and discussion. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public.

2008

 

DEC 3, 2008, 7:30p: Yellowstone. Martin Sage will show slides of hauntingly beautiful Yellowstone National Park and explain the importance and underground mysteries of the largest and least disturbed geyser basin left in the world. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 727-0123.

 

NOV 19, 2008, 7:00p: Green the Holidays. Celebrate with the planet in mind with Marth Loew of Sierra Club. Liverpool Library Carmen Room. More information: 475-0310, ext. 153.

 

NOV 8-9, 2008: Go Green Expo. Peruse the exhibits and seminars at the New York Going Green Expo, running all weekend at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The Results Group: 425-8741.

 

OCT 29, 2008, 7:30p: Bhutan Travels. Rhea and Danny Jezer will show slides and share insights — including a meeting with Secretary of Homeland — from their trip to Bhutan. Learn how this tiny Himalayan kingdom can harness enough hydropower for 100% of its needs with excess to export to India. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 727-0123.

 

OCT 6, 2008, 10:30a: Nature Conservancy. Take a virtual tour of CNY Nature Conservancy with Jim Howe, CNY director, at 10:30a at the Cavalry Club in Manlius. Reservation and information: 682-7333. Onondaga Garden Club.

 

SEP 24, 2008, 7:30p: Forum on Green Trends: Sustainability in the Paper and Printing Industries. Guest speakers are Tony Harris, Vice President of Sales and Marketing - Monroe Litho, Jean Sharkey - Sales Representative, RIS, the Paper House, Melanie Stopyre - Director of Purchasing and Business Operations for the Office of Publications at Syracuse University. They will discuss sustainable paper and printing options for "greening" newsletters and other publications. This event will be of interest to anyone involved with publications for a group, organization, institution, or business of any size. Table space will be provided to display publications or paper information. Both the state Chapter and local Group of Sierra Club have passed resolutions setting goals of 100% sustainable paper use. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 445-3750 or 492-4745.

 

JUN 25, 2008, 7:30p: Climate Change in our Backyard, presented by WSYR NewsChannel 9 Chief Meteorologist Dave Eichorn. Learn how climate change affects Central New York by joining us for this informative presentation. Globally, the climate is changing, and it's doing so faster than many had expected. The program will cover how this is happening both on a global scale, and on a local level and why the evidence is so strong that human influence is accelerating the rate of climate change. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 449-2603 or 492-4745.

 

MAY 28, 2008: Environmental Forum. Sierra Club and People's Environmental Network of New York will convene a Forum on Wednesday, May 28 from 6p to 9p at the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse. This year we focus on coal gasification and the challenges citizens face when developers want to locate these dangerous refineries near residential areas. Among other activities, there will be a presentation "The Swarm versus Big Coal: Recent Victories for Ordinary People and Mother Earth" by Ted Nace is the director of coalSwarm, a San Francisco based group mobilizing nationwide support for the movement opposing new coal plants and supporting renewable energy and conservation. A former community organizer and entrepreneur, he founded Peachpit Press, a leading computer book publisher. He is the author or co-author of four books, including Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy. In this talk, Ted Nace will describe the instrumental role played by a loose coalition of grassroots groups in blocking 59 proposed coal plants in 2007, why this powerful movement went largely unnoticed in the national media, and the factors that hint at even greater success for the movement in the coming years. Following Ted's presentation, Dr. Kestas Bendinskas, Professor at SUNY Oswego and spokesperson for the Coalition of Responsible Citizens (opposed to TransGas in Scriba). and Sally Rock-Blake, graduate student at SUNY ESF, and Chair of JamPAC. (opposed to TransGas in Jamesville) will join him to discuss the status of the two Transgas power plants. Speakers will then answer questions from the audience.

 

Forum Schedule: 6:00 — doors open 6:10 — networking and exhibits 7:00 — speaker: Ted Nace 7:45 — question time 8:15 - visit displays and network 8:45 — take down tables for 9:00p close.

APR 30, 2008, 7:30p: China Travelogue. Learn about China and its environmental issues from Dr. Gail Tooker, faculty member at SUNY Cortland. Her PowerPoint presentation will focus on her trip to China in June 2007, including observations of a second grade science class and an environmental center in the Beijing area during an academic tour to Capital Normal University in Beijing. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. Table space is free but limited, so RSVP by May 15, to reserve space for your organization. Individual signups are also accepted. Martha Loew: mloew@twcny.rr.com or 492-4745. Vicki Baker: vbaker002@twcny.rr.com or 469-5347. Mail to FORUM, PO Box 182, Jamesville, NY 13078.

 

APR 11, 2008: Energy Symposium. The Fourth Annual Symposium Energy in the 21st Century at Cazenovia College will be held Friday, April 11, from 7:30a to 4:00p. Speakers include Tom DeNapoli, Pete Grannis, Kit Kennedy, and other experts on carbon trading, environmental audits, RGGI, photovoltaic research, ethanol. There will be trips to Wood Chip Ethanol Process, Fenner Wind Farm, Morrisville College Biodigester, and Fitzpatrick Nuclear Facility. Breakfast and lunch are included in this free package. The symposium is sponsored by Cazenovia College and arranged by Rhea Jezer of the Iroquois Excom. Registration and information at http://www.cazenovia.edu/energy.

 

MAR 26, 2008, 7:30p: Honeywell on Onondaga Lake. Much has happened since the approval in 2007 of the Honeywell cleanup plan for Onondaga Lake. Honeywell scientists will give us updates on: removal of contamination at the sources, recycling of mercury, 45-foot barrier wall and remediation of the trapped water, habitat restoration, dredge and cap. Come, learn and find out how to be part of our lake's restoration. Public participation is part of the plan. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 27, 2008, 7:30p: NY Solid Waste -Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We're all familiar with the 3R's, but can they lead to zero waste? Mark Naef, President of Naef Recycling in Syracuse, will talk about New York State's Solid Waste Strategy. We'll learn how Dual-Stream Recycling maintains and strengthens the entire recycling system at a sustainable level, and how it helps to create the mindset of environmental stewardship. Also learn about his Go Green Initiative and ideas on how to improve the market for recyclables. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 20, 2008, 1:00p: Every Cloud has a Quicksilver Lining: the Ecological Effects of Mercury Pollution. Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor at Syracuse University and co-author of Acid Rain Revisited (2001) will present. Professor Driscoll is a leader in the emerging field of environmental systems engineering. His recent research has raised the question of whether OCRRA's nearby incinerator might be contributing to rising mercury levels found in Clark Reservation's Glacier Lake. The location is the Jamesville Fire Station, on Route 173 in Jamesville. Please enter and park in the rear. Free and open to the public.

 

JAN 30, 2008, 7:30p: Solar Design. Can solar energy really work in Central New York? Is solar electric right for you? Join Art Weaver, President and Project Designer from Renovous Energy, for his interactive and informative presentation on solar design. We're all looking for ways to use less fossil fuel, so come with your questions about solar generation systems and how they can work as alternative means of energy production. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

2007

 

OCT 24, 2007, 7:30p: Zero Waste (or Pretty Darn Close). Presented by Chris Burger, Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club's Solid Waste Committee. One of Sierra Club's goals is zero waste and this presentation includes suggestions from a family that has been reducing its waste for 36 years and now produces less than 3/4 pound per person per year for more than 15 years! University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 488-2140.

 

OCT 24, 2007, 10:00a - 4:00p: A related event - Campus Sustainability Day on the SU campus.

 

NOV 28, 2007, 7:30p: Indoor Environmental Quality Research Conducted at the Syracuse CoE - Implications for Home and Office Environments. Presented by Lisa Cleckner. Learn about the SCoE's environmental initiatives, including the three key areas of clean & renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 449-2603.

 

SEP 26, 2007, 7:30p: Blue Bin update-the Road from Here. An upbeat presentation by Andrew Radin, Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction, for OCRRA. Bring your questions: why this and not this? What happens to the bottles? Learn how your filled blue bin saves you money, helps the environment and more. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

MAY 30, 2007, 6:00-9:00p: Annual Environmental Forum: Beyond Fluorescents - Creating Carbon-free Comfort. Presented by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group and People's Environmental Network of New York. Exhibits by local environmental groups and speakers to explain a combination of technologies in your home can help eliminate greenhouse gasses. The speakers are John D. Manning, President of Earth Sensitive solutions, and Mike Wells of True North, a builder of LEED homes. University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

APR 25, 2007, 7:30p: Coexisting with Beavers. At the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Sharon Brown of The Beaver Sanctuary (founded by Dorothy Richards, aka Beaver Woman) will help us walk the tightrope between allowing beavers to destroy our wetland environments and allowing humans to destroy beavers. This is especially topical in light of the recent beaver damage to Green Lakes State Park. Free and open to the public.

 

MAR 31, 2007, 12:30p: Who Killed the Electric Car? and An Inconvenient Truth. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool. This is the last event in the Sierra Club Energy Filmfest. This final double feature will be accompanied by popcorn and soda. "Who Killed the Electric Car?" - this documentary investigates the birth and death of the electric car and the role of sabotage, corporate greed, and conspiracy that killed this car. It calls to task the accomplices: government, car companies, and Big Oil. This is a look at the death and resurrection of the electric car as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country¹s future. "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown at 2:30 p.m. The Oscar award winning film by Al Gore birthed a new wave of Global Warming consciousness. All films are free and open to all. Information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 28, 2007, 7:30p: Too Hot Not to Handle and The True Cost of Food. At the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 10, 2007, 1:30p: Rising Waters. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. A film that puts a human face on the climate change debate through personal stories of Pacific Islanders. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 10, 2007, 1:30p: Appalachians. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. A film that features a powerful segment about the mountain-top removal in the Appalachian Mountains. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 10, 2007, 1:30p: Bringing Down the Mountains. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. A short film produced by 3 high school students that introduces viewers to mountain-top removal mining and its effects. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 28, 2007, 7:30p: Wind Over Water. At the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A film documentary that chronicals the fight over America's first offshore windfarm. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 28, 2007, 7:30p: Vineyard Energy Project. Aat the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A film that portrays Martha's Vineyard's successful effort to implement sustainable energy solutions via solar power. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 17, 2007, 2:00p: Too Hot Not to Handle. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. An HBO film documentary featuring leading scientists and showing how many are taking positive actions to reduce global warming emissions. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

FEB 7, 2007, 7:00p: Oil on Ice. At LeMoyne College, Grewen Hall (the main building with the clock on it) room 137, 1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse. A film portrayal of the native Gwich'in Indians taking on powerful global energy interests to prevent invasive oil operations in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 31, 2007, 7:30p: French Fries to Go. At the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A funny and hopeful short film that documents the origins of Telluride's biodiesel project. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 31, 2007, 7:30p: Kilowatt Ours. At the University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A film that takes viewers on a journey from coal mines to solar panel fields, and shows solutions to America's energy problems. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

JAN 27, 2007, 2:30p: Out of Balance. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. A film showing the influence of ExxonMobil on governments, media, and citizens, and what can be done about global warming. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

2006

 

NOV 29, 2006, 7:30p: A World Without Monarch Butterflies? At University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. How you can help save the monarch by creating Monarch Way Stations along their route? Presenter Janet Allen is certified by Monarch Watch. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

NOV 18, 2006, 1:00p: Earth to America. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. A global warming comedy special. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

OCT 19, 2006, 7:00p: Living with Coyotes. At the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Robert Chambers, Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Forest Biology at the School of Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a slide show and talk on the history and presence of coyotes in NY state, and Jean Soprano, wildlife rehabilitator, will talk about how to peacefully resolve coyote-human conflicts in suburbia. Free and open to the public. More info: 488-PURR(7877) or 492-4745.