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.


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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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kathy-kelly Amy Coffman Phillips, The B-Collaborative Randy Neufeld Mike Nowak, The Mike Nowak ShowShore, Debra Rohlfing, Colin Kelleher, Dennis Kelly MitchellRevBilly(3)_-_Copy D Savitri Davis, Naomi Farr, DougHickey, Michelle 1Zelechowski, Elise  Weigert, Karen King, WesArbaugh, Steve Wasserman, Kim Klehm, Nance Nathan Kipnis Boyd, Martha Johnson, Mike Clair, Joseph Wenscott Katy Hogan Blake Davis Hatley, Earl Kabbes, KarenPonce, Jamie Albrecht, Lisa Edel, John Tabitha Tripp Patchett, Jim Williams, Orrin Duffy, Kathleen Don WashingtonHoel, Robert Viands, Angie Dolan, Brian Trendler, Jodi Michaud, Debra Stainsby, Macdonald Rau, Bill Carroll, Emily Eng, Monica Oppenheimer, Lara William Buccholtz, Playing from Spirit Repkin, Mike Leki, Pete Walker, Naomi Southorn, Debbie Richart, Lan
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
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Session Description
Coal, oil, and gas predominated the 20th century as sources of fuel, and allowed human productivity to increase exponentially. Yet these same resources are now polluting the atmosphere and destroying our planet, on which we depend for human survival. The transition away from fossil fuels is not one of convenience, but one of moral and ecological necessity. What are the barriers to moving towards a reliance on clean, safe, renewable energy sources?  What steps should we take to substantially reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, before it is too late?

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.

Nathan Kipnis
Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED BD+C
Founder and Principal
Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Nathan Kipnis, AIA, is the principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning, recognized as one of Chicago’s premier sustainable architectural practices. Mr. Kipnis lectures extensively on topics related to green architectural design, historically based climatic architectural design, and renewable energy.As a board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Mr. Kipnis was instrumental in moving conceptualizing the idea of an offshore wind park in Lake Michigan adjacent to Evanston.

Johnson, Mike
Mike Johnson
Senior Analyst

Mike brings ten years of energy-related experience and formal environmental management training to his role at Greenpeace, including energy reliability and renewable energy planning as well as greenhouse gas inventory and sustainability plan development for state and local governments.Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from IIIEE at Lund University in Sweden and an BA in Political Science from Augustana College. He previously served as Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

Albert Bates
Albert Bates
Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology

Albert is author of The Biochar Solution, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide, and ten more books on energy, environment and history. He is the cofounder of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and the Global Ecovillage Network.Current projects include a peace-through-permaculture project in Palestine and the Sail Transport Network, moving fair trade goods along coastal routes. In 1980 Albert shared the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel”) for work in preserving indigenous culture. When not tinkering with pyrolizing cookstoves, he teaches permaculture and climate farming at The Farm in Summertown, Tennesse

Wasserman, Kim
Kim Wasserman
2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

Little Village Environmental Justice OrganizationKim Wasserman won the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in closing Chicago’s two aging coal plants as mom and coordinator of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization.Wasserman worked with neighborhood organizations to form a strategic alliance with faith, health, labor, and environmental groups. After a long stall in Chicago politics, the communities’ efforts to shut down the plants gained new momentum in 2010 with the creation of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition and then in 2012 after the election of a new mayor and a new class of aldermen on the City Council. Both plants were closed in the fall of 2012, ahead of schedule.

Albrecht, Lisa
Lisa Albrecht
Renewable Energy Specialist
Solar Service

Lisa is a Renewable Energy Specialist for Solar Service, a local solar installer with over 2,000 PV and thermal systems. She is responsible for residential and commercial sales throughout Chicago.Lisa is on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) and chairs the Policy Committee, aimed at increasing solar statewide through public policy initiatives.

She can be found Sunday Mornings on The Mike Nowak Show, an environmental and gardening radio program (

Medearis, Lisa
Lisa Medearis
Clean Energy Advocate
Illinois Chapter, Sierra Club

Lisa serves as a Clean Energy Advocate for the Illinois Sierra Club. Her work includes advocacy for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the state and local levels. Prior to the Sierra Club, Lisa worked as a policy analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Her expertise includes financial energy markets and climate policy.Lisa earned a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Katy Hogan
Katy Hogan, Moderator
Political Activist and Co-Host
Live from the Heartland

Katy Hogan is a political activist, host of WLUW’s Live from the Heartland, and former co-owner of Heartland Cafe in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. The cafe first opened its doors in 1976 and, over the ensuing years, became a community center in practice, offering people to come together to share political views, gathering forces against the status quo for positive change.Katy and cofounder Michael James continue to host the Live from the Heartland radio show, keeping the spirit and richness of this neighborhood institution front and center with their weekly broadcasts that showcase Chicago’s change makers.

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