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Wednesday February 8, 2023
10:00 AM
Contact  Office of Climate Change
Location  Online / Virtual

Notice of Pre-Proposal Webinar

Update to Part 494 Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will host an informational webinar to provide the public the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the rulemaking to update to 6 NYCRR Part 494, “Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting.”  The goal of the updated regulation will be to further reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerants, foams, and aerosol propellants per the recommendations of the climate change Scoping Plan and following the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Chapter 106 of the Laws of 2019). The webinar will be offered on two dates.  Attendees can follow the links below to join each webinar.

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EST
Link for Attendees: 

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. EST
Link for Attendees:

1:30 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Learn about the natural world with a Friends naturalist. Preregistration is required. For detailed information, including fees, or to register, visit and look under the “Education Programs” tab for “Talk and Trek.”

Growths Called Galls: Search for galls to learn where and how they form, and what treasures they hold. Wednesdays, January 25, February 1 and 8 (rain date Feb. 15), from 1:30–3:00 PM   

4:30 PM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Together, kids and their caregivers can enjoy a fun, hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.


  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

6:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Community Meeting on Community Air Monitoring Initiative Progress

Opportunities for Public Input and Review of Work Underway in Rochester
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a meeting to provide progress updates for communities participating in the 2022-23 Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative. Mobile air monitoring began in September 2022 in Rochester. This first round meeting will help DEC gather community input to target emission sources and future strategies to reduce air pollution in the community, including the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. 
At the meeting, DEC staff will provide an overview of the initiative and present a preliminary overview of the first quarter of air monitoring results specific to each community. Information presented will include how and where the air monitoring is conducted on the street level and how DEC will compile and analyze the data to identify potential contributors of emissions for each pollutant being monitored. Preliminary data collection is now underway and results will be provided once additional information is compiled. 
DEC will also provide an update on progress of establishing community advisory committees to engage with local stakeholders throughout this initiative. DEC will continue to hold regular meetings over the next year to update the community on the progress of the air monitoring and to provide a forum for input. Staff from DEC's Division of Air Resources and the Office of Environmental Justice will be available to answer questions and respond to feedback. 
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at 6 p.m.  
Meeting Number: 161 755 3221 
Meeting Password: RochesterCAMQ1 
Call In Number to join by phone only: 518-549-0500 
For more information about the Community Air Monitoring Initiative, visit the DEC website at   
Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, and translator services shall be made available to persons with limited English proficiency, at no charge for either service, upon written request. Requests should be received 10 calendar days before each meeting, but DEC will make every effort to fulfill requests received closer to the meeting date. Requests can be directed to the NYSDEC Office of Communication Services, either by mail (address: NYSDEC, Office of Communication Services, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4500), by telephone (518-402-8044) or by e-mail ( 

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