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

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Friday, November 1, 2013

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.

Start End Room #  Activity
 7:30 AM  8:15 AM Fainman Registration and Continental Breakfast
 8:15 AM  8:30 AM Congress Opening and Welcome
Bill Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit;
Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
 8:30 AM  9:30 AM Congress Keynote Address, Professor David Orr
Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College
 9:30 AM  10:00 AM BREAK
 10:00 AM  12:30 PM WB 317 SHELTER – Interactive Workshop
Most of our buildings were built at a time when fossil fuels were plentiful and cheap.  But today’s challenges of climate change and resource limits mandate a new way of thinking and acting. Can we create dwellings that generate their own energy, process their own waste, grow their own food and, at the same time, are affordable? If so, what are the barriers that keep us from achieving these goals, and how might we overcome them?


  • Colin Rolfing, HOK
  • Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Joseph Clair, IIT
  • Brian Dolan, Living Building Challenge
  • Joel Freehling, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure
  • Amy Coffman Phillips, The B-Collaborative, Moderator
10:00 AM  12:30 PM WB 418 WASTE – Interactive Workshop
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?


  • Elise Zelechowski, Rebuilding Exchange
  • John Edel, The Plant
  • Nance Klehm, Social Ecologies
  • Michael Repkin, Executive Director, Urban Habitat Chicago
  • John Michael Greer, Keynote
  • Naomi Walker, National Engagement Coordinator, ITVS, Moderator
10:00 AM 12:30 PM AUD 178 ENERGY – Interactive Workshop
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?


  • Nate Kipnis, Nathan Kipnis Architects, Inc.
  • Lisa Medearis, Sierra Club
  • Mike Johnson, Greenpeace
  • Lisa Albrecht, Solar Service Inc. / Mike Nowak Show
  • Kim Wasserman, 2013 Goldman Prize winner
  • Albert Bates, Keynote
  • Katy Hogan, Live from the Heartland, Moderator
 12:30 PM  2:00 PM AUD 320  LUNCH / NETWORKING
2:00 PM 4:30 PM  WB 317 FOOD – Interactive Workshop
Food nourishes and sustains us. It connects the urban to the rural, both locally and globally. Yet challenges mount: soil health, fuel & fertilizer availability, pollution, a growing population (eating more meat), inter-connected global markets, climate change, equity/food security and food safety. How will the Chicago region feed itself? What efforts are under way and what steps are necessary to create a food system in nature’s image, accessible to all? What are the obstacles to broadening and accelerating the Food Movement?


  • Wes King, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • Michelle Hickey, The Resiliency Institute
  • Blake Davis, IIT / The Plant
  • Orrin Williams, Center for Urban Transformation
  • Gunther Hauk, Keynote
  • Monica Eng, WBEZ, Moderator
2:00 PM 4:30 PM WB 418 WATER – Interactive Workshop
A changing climate has taxed Chicago’s infrastructure with record floods. During increasingly more frequent record rains, the locks and sluice gates are opened, allowing millions of gallons of raw and partially treated waste to flow into Lake Michigan, the region’s water supply for 7 million people. Meanwhile, toxic wastes are being dumped into Lake Michigan each day, and budget crises threaten the privatization of our most precious commodity.  What actions can be taken to ensure that all people have access to affordable, clean water to meet their basic needs, and governments are held accountable by their residents to manage essential resources sustainably?


  • Emily Carroll, Food and Water Watch
  • Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum
  • Debra Shore, Commissioner, Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Kabbes, Kabbes Engineering
  • Sandra Steingraber, Keynote
  • Mike Nowak, Mike Nowak Show, Moderator
2:00 PM 4:30 PM AUD 178 COMMUNITY RESILIENCE- Interactive Workshop
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?


  • Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green
  • Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chicago
  • Doug Farr, Farr Associates
  • Martha Boyd, Angelic Organics Learning Center
  • David Orrr, Keynote
  • Don Washington, The Mayor Tutorial, Moderator
4:30 PM 5:00 PM BREAK
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Fainman RECEPTION
Meet this year’s keynotes and connect with peers.
Enjoy Rhapsody Snyder at the piano, with music ranging from classical, jazz to rock
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Congress Keynote Address, Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Acclaimed Author and Ecologist
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Fainman Book Signing
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