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

Session Description
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 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?

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.

 Shore, Debra
Debra Shore 
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Debra Shore was elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006 and re-elected for a second term in 2012. Debra was founding editor of Chicago WILDERNESS Magazine and helped found Friends of the Forest Preserves. She is currently board chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, First Vice-President of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, and serves on the boards of Congregation Sukkat Shalom and the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Sandra Steingraber 
Author and Ecologist 
Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health.

Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.

Patchett, Jim
James Patchett 
Founder and President
Conservation Design Forum

James Patchett, founder and president of Conservation Design Forum, is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the promotion of sustainable land planning and design. Jim applies his training and experience as a landscape architect, environmental planner, hydrologist, and restoration ecologist in the design and development of natural resource-based solutions that integrate state-of-the-art green building and site infrastructure measures to restore historical ecosystem functions in both built and natural environments.

As an Iowa State University alumnus Jim is the recipient of the 2013 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design.

Carroll, Emily
Emily Carroll 
Midwest Regional Director
Food and Water Watch

Emily Carroll is the Midwest Region Director at Food & Water Watch. She works to organize consumers in the Midwest to support commonsense policies that ensure a safe and sustainable food supply. Emily’s work is also focused on protecting Illinois’ water resources by fighting water privatization and hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Her background is in community and electoral organizing. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Emily completed the Green Corps program in environmental organizing and advocacy. In her spare time, Emily volunteers with the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition’s Associate Board where she serves as the Advocacy Chair. Emily graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Environmental Studies.

Kabbes, Karen
Karen C. Kabbes, P.E., D.WRE, CFM 
Kabbes Engineering, Inc.

Karen C. Kabbes is president of KEI, an award winning, watershed and waterway restoration, and sustainability planning and design, engineering firm located in Barrington, Illinois.

Her past positions include program responsibility for various state, county and regional surface water programs.

An Illinois registered professional engineer, Ms. Kabbes is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and President-Elect of the 23,000 member Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

Mike Nowak
Mike Nowak 
The Mike Nowak Show

Mike Nowak has been sharing green and gardening wisdom in the Chicago area on radio for 15 years–first at WGN and now as host of “The Mike Nowak Show” on WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7, and 99.9 FM. He is an award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. Mike co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance and served as president for four years. He is president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper.

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