Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Presents a Bioneers Network Event
November 1-3, 2013 * Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

What is Bioneers?
"... The leading edge of the world we want to create".  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

Listen to keynote David Orr's November 1, 2013 interview with Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.


Thank You, Sponsors!
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Radio Interviews
Listen to Mike Nowak's recent interviews with Sandra Steingraber and Albert Bates.

Sandra Steingraber and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois

Who Participated This Year? Take A Look!
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Becka, Jami Evans, Terry Joel Freehling Swenie, Rachel Barkley, Traci Faith, William Ho, Kelvn Kass, AmandaKelsang, Dorje Marre, Elena Medearis, Lisa

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Friday, November 1, 2013
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Session Description
Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to use available resources and to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. What actions should be taken to help our communities adapt to global warming, peak oil and the confounding influence of global-scale resource depletion, pollution and continued economic upheavals?  What do we need to do to ensure excessive poverty and excessive wealth are outside the community norm, and people live with the grace-filled bounty of this planet rather than destroying it?

NOTE: Sessions offered on Friday are participatory, and will focus on themes of food, water, waste, shelter, energy and community resilience. Each includes some of Chicago’s finest practitioners, as well as one of our keynotes. These moderated 2 1/2 hour workshops are being designed to be fun, fast-paced, and end up with an action plan.

Davis, Naomi
Naomi Davis 
President and Founder
Blacks in Green

Naomi Davis is an urban theorist, attorney, activist, and proud granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers. She is author of the 8 Principles of Green-Village-BuildingTM and teaches at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

Martha Boyd
Martha Boyd
Program Director, Urban Initiative (Chicago)
Angelic Organics Learning Center

Martha apprenticed on a Biodynamic CSA near Ann Arbor in 1989.  Since then, she has practiced urban farming and community building in Minneapolis, Santa Cruz, Boston, Chicago, and Guatemala.  She holds a masters degree in land restoration, public health, and environmental justice from UW-Madison. She is passionate about grounding self-reliant communities in and around their ecological infrastructure.

Weigert, Karen
Karen Weigert 
Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Chicago

Karen Weigert serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. She was appointed in 2011. As Chief Sustainability Officer Karen works to guide the City’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the City.
Prior to her appointment Karen served as Senior Vice President of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods. Before her work in community banking Karen was a strategy consultant at McKinsey where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy and land use. Karen began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.

Karen is a producer and writer for the documentary film Carbon Nation which is focused on solutions to climate change. She is also a former board member of CNT, Foresight Design Initiative and Earth School Educational Foundation.
Karen graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School.

David W. Orr 
Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Adviser to the President
Oberlin Collge

An award-winning scholar and leader in the sustainability movement, David is renowned for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and ecological design.

He is the creator of The Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners. The Project’s purpose to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development.

Farr, Doug
Doug Farr, AIA, LEED AP 
President and CEO
Farr Associates

Doug Farr is the founding principal of the architecture and urban design firm Farr Associates.  Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its seventh LEED Platinum building.

Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee – the interdisciplinary group of professionals that created this first-ever rating system for sustainable land development.

Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored the urban planning best-selling book “Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature” in 2008.

Washington, Don
Don Washington, Moderator 
Koan Enterprises

Don has served as a community and political/issue organizer, political and media strategist, campaign director, opposition researcher and field director. He was a stand-up/improvisational comedian and playwright before becoming an activist, advocate and change agent for social justice. Presently his practice includes research, investigative, training, political strategy and public policy/organizational development on issues of human rights, civil rights and labor rights. He is the Front Man for where you can Get Dangerously Informed.

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