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
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Session Description
We are the only species that generates waste as a byproduct that either can’t be – or just isn’t- turned into a resource.  We are dumping industrial wastes into our waterways; incinerating our waste streams, sending toxic pollution into our air; and burying it in landfills located near communities of color.  We are filling in wetlands where pollution of groundwater is a concern. What actions can we take to reduce our waste streams, and protect our communities and environment, implementing closed loop systems that turn our waste streams into resources?

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.

Edel, John
John Edel
Executive Director
Plant Chicago

John Edel is both an eco and social entrepreneur. His most recent endeavor, The Plant, combines adaptive industrial reuse and aquaponics to create the nation’s first vertical farm. Located in a former meatpacking facility in Chicago’s historic Stockyards, The Plant will be powered entirely by the waste of neighboring businesses.John also is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator with a photo of Edel’s daughter Zoe rendered in 9,600 sedum plants, each of which is a pixel in her image, on its roof. In previous careers, Edel has taught computer graphics, designed sets for broadcast television, art directed video games and worked as a chef on private railroad cars.

Zelechowski, Elise
Elise Zelechowski
Founder and Executive Director
Rebuilding Exchange

Elise is founder and executive director of Rebuilding Exchange, a social enterprise with a mission to transform the waste paradigm; turning would-be liabilities into assets, creating new markets and forging a sustainable regional economy.

Klehm, Nance
Nancy Klehm
Social Ecologies

For over two decades she has designed, taught and built ecological landscapes and regenerative soil and water systems both in the U.S. and abroad. She is the founder of Social Ecologies, which seeks to encourage holistic, systematic thinking through varying levels and degrees of project participation by existing communities. She is respected internationally for her work on land politics, revisioning waste systems and soil fertility.

John Michael Greer
John Michael Greer
Author, Visionary, Blogger
Archdruid Report

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report,” has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society.He is the author of more than 30 books including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent. As well as being a certified Master Conserver and devoted organic gardener, Greer continues to practice a myriad of skills honed during the appropriate tech movement of the 1970s. He has been active in the contemporary nature spirituality movement for more than 25 years.

Repkin, Mike
Michael Repkin
Executive Director
Urban Habitat Chicago

Michael is an experienced ecological designer specializing in biological resource recovery and sustainable food production. Previous to his work with Urban Habitat Chicago, he held laboratory positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.He is President of Repkin Biosystems, Inc., “dedicated to enabling customers with the tools that are needed to provide human life support utilizing biological processes, and methods that are compatible with living systems”.

Walker, Naomi
Naomi Walker, Moderator
National Engagement Coordinator
ITVS Community Cinema

Naomi Walker has been with ITVS since 2006 as coordinator of the Community Cinema program at the Chicago Cultural Center.She formerly served as outreach director for Cinema/Chicago, expanding their education program to include a monthly film screening series for Chicago public high schools. She has created the Teachers Institute for Media Studies; served as director of the Future Filmmakers Festival, which showcased the work of filmmakers under 20; and has taught at Columbia College’s Doc Center on Outreach and Engagement Strategies for the Documentary.

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