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Welcome to the green scene, a listing of green and environmentally related activities in our communities. One of the goals of the URGE is to unite the small, scattered environmental groups into a cohesive network. Hopefully, this familiarization will lead to the fostering and promotion of even more activities attended by greater numbers of people. The annual Utica Rome Green ExpoTM  will be both the culmination and stimulus for such activities.

Is your group, organization, or company holding a free or nominal charge green event in the next 30 days? We'd be glad to post it free here at the green scene. We are also looking for sponsors for the green scene so, that we can continue to improve its content. Would you like to promote your company or organization and also contribute to helping establish a grassroots network to increase environmental awareness. Call (315) 724-6364 or e-mail to  Get the URGE

March 1st :

  1. MVCC Lecture , "Bite , an Urban Project : Owners of a local bakery and cafe share their experiences at 4 PM in Room 119 at the Plumley in Rome.

February 2nd

February 3rd

  1. NASC Colloquium: Global Mismanagement of Barrier Islands in the Anthropocene: A Fire Island Perspective : Paul Pinet, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Emeritus , will speak. Reception to follow Friday, February 3 at 3:30pm in the Ho Science Center, 101 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
  2. Teaching with Technology Brown Bag - Exploring Google Classroom with Christine Moskell : Google Classroom is a platform for creating, organizing and managing course sites. It includes tools for distributing assignments, providing feedback to students - streamlining communications between students and instructor. In this session, Christine Moskell, University Studies, will share her experience using Classroom as a collaborative course space as an alternative to Moodle (LMS). Friday, February 3 at 12:15pm to 1:00pm in Lathrop Hall, 107 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346 .

February 4th:

  1. Animal Winter Survival : at Green Lakes Park Office 2pm - 4pm . See a PowerPoint presentation about how animals adapt to the harsh winter environment. Then take a walk with wildlife biologists to identify tracks in the snow. Please dress for the weather. 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066 . Free
  2. Ice Harvest Festival : Sat, Feb 4, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Email: info@hanfordmills.org Website: http://www.hanfordmills.org Phone: (607) 278-5744 Take part in a traditional ice harvest, using historic tools and techniques. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides; ice carving, ice fishing, and historic cooking demonstrations; bonfires; hot soup buffet; shop from local farmers and vendors. Kids 12 and under get in free, as do Museum members. Nonmember adults, $9, Seniors, $7 .
  3. Discover Snowshoeing : Sat, Feb 4, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm . Drop in to try out snowshoes for the whole family. Snowshoes available on a first come, first serve basis. Also, enjoy the traditional Oneida outdoor game snow snake, hot chocolate, and stories. Co-sponsored by Rome Historical Society - Friends of the Fort, Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, and Jervis Public Library. Children should be accompanied by adults, and all participants should dress appropriately for the weather including boots, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and heavy socks. Free.

February 5th :

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information

February 6th:

February 7th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. Learning Path: 3D Printing The first of a three part series, this workshop is an overview of 3D printing at Colgate University : The workshop provides step-by-step instruction for accessing, preparing, and printing existing 3D models. Participants will explore 3D model repositories (e.g., Thingiverse), and investigate variety of basic 3D software (e.g., Tinkercad) and printers (e.g., MakerBot). You will learn how to create high quality prints while reducing print times! This workshop is presented by Academic Technologies as part of the Learning Path series. Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm and more dates through February 8, 2017 at the Case-Geyer Library, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346 .
  3. 'Bite - An Urban Project,' : Tue, Feb 7, 2017 2:00 pm, Price: Free Phone: (315) 731-5721 Room 116, Alumni College Center. Bite Bakery and Café co-owners, Douglas and Jason Allen-Leonard, will discuss the overall process for starting a business as well as trials and tribulations they encountered along the way. They will incorporate notes about urban renewal and how their business helped revitalize the Franklin Square neighborhood of Utica.

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February 10th:

  1. NASC Colloquium: Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Treaties, and the Science of Treaty Monitoring : Dr. Charlotte Rowe, Seismologist at the Los Alomos National Laboratory will explore the nuclear testing history, treaties, and the science used today in monitoring for treaty compliance. Co-sponsored by CORE Scientific Perspectives. Reception to follow. Friday, February 10 at 3:30pm Olin Hall, 300 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
  2. Teaching with Technology Brown Bag - Engaging Students With Data Projects : April Baptiste This session features a facilitated discussion of how April Baptiste, Environmental Studies, designs and engages students in data projects. We’ll explore ways these group projects can help students to draw original insights related to course topics, theory, and concepts. April will also share a bit about how she has incorporated data, why she opts to incorporate data and how she structures the assignment in order to best support students. Friday, February 10 at 12:15pm to 1:00pm in Lathrop Hall 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346 .

February 11th:

  1. Restoring the Bald Eagle: A 40-Year Journey : Free Public Presentation Followed by Audubon-Led Birding Walk The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is hosting “Restoring the Bald Eagle: A 40-Year Journey,” a presentation by Mike Allen, a retired wildlife technician and biologist involved with the Bald Eagle program in New York State.

    After the presentation, an Audubon naturalist will lead a birding walk along the Onondaga Creekwalk, a popular Bald Eagle viewing location. Founded in 1976, the New York State Bald Eagle Restoration Project was developed to re-establish a Bald Eagle population in New York State. Over a 13-year period, 198 nestling Bald Eagles were collected from Alaska and the Midwest states, transported and then released in New York. The Bald Eagle project accomplished its goal of establishing 10 breeding pairs by 1989. This success story has resulted in more than 250 pairs breeding around New York and two to three dozen regularly spending the winter at Onondaga Lake, a priority Audubon Important Bird Area.

    Interested community members are asked to RSVP to Montezuma Audubon Center at Montezuma@audubon.org with the subject line “Onondaga Lake” or call 315.365.3588 by February 3. The event is hosted by the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed. To learn more about the Corps or participate in future activities, please contact montezuma@audubon.org or call 315.365.3588. To access the Skydeck: use elevators in front of Victoria’s Secret and AT&T on the 1st floor and Kay Jewelers and Hannoush Jewelers on the 2nd floor. Destiny USA Skydeck - 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse, NY 13204 . From 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  2. Snow Drawings : Sat, Feb 11, 2017 11:00 am With artist Sonja Hinrichsen. Part of Cazenovia’s Winter Fest. The drawing will take place on Cazenovia Lake (weather depending). Tickets to participate in this one of a kind public art making event are $5 for adults and include a free pint from Empire Farm Brewery for those 21 and older. Snowshoes will be available to rent. All ages and abilities welcome. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets, go to http://sqhap.org/snowdrawings/ or call the office at 315-655-3196. Sports Outdoors Stone Quarry Hill Art Park 3883 Stone Quarry Road Cazenovia, NY 13035.
  3. Positively Rome will host its third annual Moonlight Trail Night at Delta Lake State Park : The family friendly event will kickoff at 5 p.m. and include candle-lit trails for snowshoeing, walking, cross-country skiing, and fat-tire mountain biking. Roger Maclaughlin will also be on site with horse-drawn sleigh rides through the state park. The event is $5 for adults to attend, children age 12 and under, veterans, and active service members are free. The Moonlight Trail Night will also feature local food trucks, giveaways from Don’s Subaru, and hot chocolate and coffee served by the Troop 40 Boy Scouts. Those attending the event are asked to dress for the weather, and to only bring leashed, well-mannered dogs. Organizers are asking attendees to meet at Woods Valley after the event to experience music and an announcement of how much money was raised for the Veterans Outreach Center and Magnanti.

February 12th :

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. Nurture in Nature : Stop in and grab a cup of hot cider to enjoy while you stroll through our fragrant Greenhouse. Browse the booths of local vendors whose products and services focus on making you look and feel better! Watch professional chefs prepare healthy food with tastings and recipes to share and so much more. Enjoy a day of pampering YOU! Carol Watson Greenhouse - 2980 Sentinel Road, Lafayette, NY. From 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM . Free
  3. Solar Presentation Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm : by Tim Reger, Apex Solar Power. Information about tax incentives and grants. Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica at 10 Higby Rd Utica, NY 13501.

February 13th:

  1. 4:00 p.m. Monday, Taylor Science Center G027 Kennedy Auditorium Laura Schoenle, PhD Candidate and Interfaces of Global Change Fellow at Virginia Tech, will speak on Disease Ecology in Red-Winged Blackbirds.

February 14th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. 'Changing the Way We Eat in a Changing Landscape' : Tue, Feb 14, 2017 6:00 pm. Price: Free . With Carl Mierek, owner of The Local Farm to Table Restaurant. In the Dining and Community Hall, Room 150, Plumley Complex. Speaking on his experience growing up on a family farm and starting The Local Farm to Table cafe in Utica, Mierek will explore the factors that have changed the way food is produced and the impact this change has had on local ecosystems, economies, and the communities that rely on them. As economic and environmental factors continue to pressure local farms, what must farmers of do to remain viable and communities do to ensure a secure food supply?

February 15th:

  1. MVCC Lecture on Changing the Way we Eat in a Changing Landscape : Owner of local farm to table restaurant will speak at 2 PM in Excellus Room 225 in the Information Technology Building.

February 16th:

February 17th:

  1. Winter Stars at Green Lakes Park Office from 7:00pm - 9:00pm . See the winter skies at their finest! Venus attains its greatest brilliance on February 18th and has swollen to almost four times the size it had appeared back in July 2016. The area around the constellation of Orion has more bright stars, nebulae, and clusters than any other part of the sky. If it is cloudy on February 17th we will reschedule for Saturday February 18th. This event is FREE and open to the public. Green Lakes State Park - 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066 .
  2. Utica Zoomobile Ineractive Exhibit : 4 PM in Room 116 at the Alumni College Center.

February 18th:

  1. 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, Open to the Public at Taylor Science Center G027 Kennedy Auditorium at Hamilton College. Fred Breglia, executive director of the Landis Arboretum, presents "Ancient Forests and Champion Trees of New York State and Beyond." Breglia will highlight many of the old growth gems that exist throughout New York State. He has spent the past 15 years searching for, exploring, and documenting ancient forests and his presentation will highlight and feature what he has found. He will explain how to recognize the characteristics that make up old growth forests as he presents a virtual tour of the largest and oldest trees in the northeast. Breglia is a certified arborist with more than 26 years of experience in the green industry. He is a nationally known, award-winning arborist, frequent speaker and educator.

February 19th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information

February 20th:

  1. Kirner-Johnson 236 on Hamilton College Campus at 8 pm. Spoon University is an online food publication written by college students and for college students. We host a weekly meeting to talk about our articles and brainstorm.
  2. Ithaca Loves Teachers! Museum Tours February 20 - 24, 2017 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm daily : Teacher cost: Free admission for teachers, half-off admission for teacher’s family Public cost: Included with regular admission; Free for members Ithaca Loves Teachers (ILT), and so does the Museum of the Earth! ILT is a celebration of pre- through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the Ithaca region. Join us in celebrating our local educators and Winter recess with daily tours, where you will have a chance to explore and discover the Museum and life on Earth in different ways.

    Each tour covers topics our education programs cover: Reef and Coral Evolution, Plant Evolution, Dinosaurs, Ice Age and Glaciers, and Fossils & Strange animals that once lived on Earth. Teachers get in free! Feb 20: Reef and Coral Evolution: Walk through the history of reefs on Earth and discover how corals and reefs change with time and climate. Feb 21: Botany through the Ages: How did plants change as the world changed? What influences did plants have on animals through time? Discover why the bottom of the food chain is so important to life on Earth. Feb 22: Dinosaurs Rulers of the Mesozoic: Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the middle part of Earth’s history. Why then does NY not have any Dinosaur fossils, at least no bones? What made them so dominant and what lived alongside the Dinosaurs? Feb 23: Ice Age Life: What was the climate and animals like in New York during the Ice Age? Find out about climate changes through time, what the glaciers did to Central NY, and the animals that lived around them. Feb 24: Fossils — Huge, Scary, Hairy: What kinds of weird animals and plants lived on Earth? Travel through time to learn about the strange creatures that inhabited the Earth.

  3. Museum of the Earth - 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM . Cost $1-10.

  4. Farmers Market on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm : Fairs and Festivals Food Court Kids and Family Learning Shopping Around at Dunham Public Library 76 Main Street Whitesboro, NY 13492.

February 21st

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. Snow Celebrations at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center : Join the fun at one of the Snow Celebrations at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center over winter break. Visit on either Tuesday or Thursday, February 21st or 23rd from 10 a.m. to noon, for this family-oriented program. Participants will explore the science of snow with simple experiments and crafts, and enjoy a snowshoe walk through the woodlands. Pre-registration is suggested to assist in the celebrations' coordination. There is a program fee of $4.00 per person or $12.00 per family, and children under three are free. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers. Outdoor footwear or winter boots that can be strapped into a snowshoe should be worn. Sneakers and fashion boots with heels do not fit in the straps and will make walking very difficult.

    Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located on State Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in eastern Oswego County. For information about the facility and its programming, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Office at 315 963 7286. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center - State Route 183, Amboy, NY 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Cost $4.

  3. Snowflake Stamping Tue, Feb 21, 2017 10:30 am : Make a picture using snowflake stamps made from pipe cleaners. For ages 8-15. Kids and Family Utica Public Library 303 Genesee Street Utica, NY.

February 22nd

  1. Art & Art History Lecture: Grayson Earle, "Hacking the Urban Landscape" : Urban space is fraught with thousands of advertisements intended to provoke a consumer response. This inundation is the result of an undemocratic process which determines who gets to occupy visual space. Advertisers pay top dollar for this privilege, while everyday citizens and grassroots activist groups are mostly barred from participation. The Illuminator is an art collective which monkey wrenches that dynamic by intervening on public space via large scale video projections. "Black Lives Matter" and Edward Snowden holograms are among the content the group puts into urban spaces. This talk will give an introduction to the groups formation and actions, which date back to Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Funded by the Colgate Arts Council with additional support from FMST, A&AH Wednesday, February 22 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.

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February 24th:

February 25th:

  1. Herkimer County Frozen Fire & Lights Fern Park & Arrowhead Park, Inlet : Bonfires, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, cardboard sled race, 120cc races, Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop, face painting, fireworks, wine & chocolate! Fern Park - 11 Loomis Road, Inlet, NY 13360 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM . Cost is free . www.frozenfireandlights.com
  2. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Oneida Community Mansion House : Fri, Feb 24, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm . Additional Times Sat, Feb 25, 2017 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Sat, Feb 25, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm . Discover what’s behind closed doors with curator of education, Molly Jessup. Participants will visit attic spaces, basements, and towers of the historic landmark and see materials in the Oneida Community Mansion House collection. Tickets are $5 for members of the Oneida Community Mansion House, and $15 for non-members. Students (ages 8 & up) are $10. Proceeds will benefit the educational mission and preservation of the Mansion House. Oneida Community Mansion House 170 Kenwood Ave Oneida, NY 13421 .
  3. Adirondack French Louie Lecture : Sat, Feb 25, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm . Oneida County History Center 1608 Genesee St Utica, NY 13502 "French Louie,” born Louis Seymour, is a well-known character in Adirondack folklore. Louie, an eccentric hermit who resided in the wilderness of the West Canada Lakes region during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spent most of his life as a guide, trapper, and woodsmen, and only came to town once or twice a year. Regional historian Peter Hemmerich will discuss Louie’s life and travels. Free
  4. Beginning Snowshoeing Short Full Moon Excursion : Sat, Feb 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Meet at Rome Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in time to sign the permission slip. Arrive at least 20 minutes early if borrowing snowshoes, which are available on a first come, first serve basis. This short guided snowshoe excursion follows the canal, out and back on the trail. Cross country skis are also welcome on this trek, but are not available to borrow. If there is no snow, this will be a hike. Co-sponsored by Rome Historical Society - Friends of the Fort, Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, and Jervis Public Library. Children should be accompanied by adults, and all participants should dress appropriately for the weather including boots, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and heavy socks. Free.

February 26th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information

February 27th:

  1. Lecture at 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 27 : Open to the Public at Taylor Science Center 3024 Classroom on Hamilton College campus. Dr. Yun Chen, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, will speak on "3D bio-printing organoids of physiological geometry at micron resolution".
  2. Lecture on Effects of global change on trait variation in a woodland salamander : It is widely known that global environmental change can have negatively ecological effects on wildlife populations, but species can also exhibit evolutionary responses to global change. How landscape modification and climate change have shaped behavioral and morphological variation among populations of red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). Donahue Auditorium on Utica College campus at 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13413 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM. Cost is Free.

February 28th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information

January 29th:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. Sled Dog Team from 12:00 – 2:30pm Park Office (315) 637-6111 . Meet & Greet experienced musher, breeder and exhibitor Jo Lynn and her Kindred Moon Siberian Huskies of Camden, NY. Learn and interact with the dogs, dog truck and equipment. Free and open to the public. *Demo only* Green Lakes State Park - 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM . Free

January 30th:

  1. 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 30 Open to the Public in Kirner-Johnson 127 Red Pit at Hamilton College. Juan Leyton, Executive Director, and Andrew Seeder, Data Systems Manager, from the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, will speak on “Development without Displacement in Dudley,”

January 31st:

  1. Green Local 175 LIVE: is an environment and sustainable economic development focused broadcast. After many years on FM radio we've responded to popular demand to podcast our shows. New shows start 7 P.M. every Tuesday night. Afterward the shows are then available via podcasts 24/7 on our web site.Click on the LIVE Radio & Internet Button for More Information
  2. Exhibition Opening Reception, Earth to Fire: Pottery Technologies Around the World : The Longyear Museum of Anthropology announces a new student-curated exhibition, Earth to Fire: Pottery Technologies Around the World. The exhibitions includes pottery from South Africa, Nigeria, China, Thailand, Panama, Peru, and Native American nations to explore the entire process of pottery manufacture, including material selection, clay shaping, surface treatments, and firing. Tuesday, January 31 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Alumni Hall 2nd Floor 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
  3. Documentary - 'Food Choices' Tue, Jan 31, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets & Contact Information Email: boxoffice@mvcc.edu Website: http://www.mvcc.edu/tickets Phone: (315) 731-5721. In Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building. Cost: $5. Not rated. This film is about the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet, and on the lives of other living species.



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