Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Presents a Bioneers Network Event, "Celebrating Community Resilience"

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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Presents a

Celebrating Community Resilience

Exploring Solutions Guided by Nature

November 1-3, 2013 | Roosevelt University, Chicago PrintedgreenŽ – carcinogen, toxin and petroleum free.

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Revolution Brewing Bodega Ramos Fine Wines Roland and Darlene Dehne, Chicago Stephanie Leite, Chicago Pam Richart, Chicago


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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago is a local, self-organized Bioneers Group. To learn more about Bioneers, visit

On behalf of the Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Board, our partners and sponsors, we want to welcome you to the second annual Bioneers gathering in Chicago. Many have worked hard to bring you an informative and inspirational experience – one that we hope will motivate you to make a positive difference in our world. Our theme, “Celebrating Community Resilience”, recognizes that we are capable of bouncing back from social, economic and environmental challenges, provided we call upon the myriad of resources that exist, working together to blend new ideas with proven ones, and moving forward agendas and inclusive polices that not only adapt to the limits of our changing world, but also heal and restore our planet. This year we are excited to be partnering with Roosevelt University, whose commitment to transformative learning and dedication to social justice make it an ideal match with the Bioneers movement. The cooperation and support of the University’s staff have been invaluable in bringing this event to fruition. The site of this year’s conference also allows us to appreciate the changing physical and social contexts of our city. During the weekend, we will be hosted in two contrasting facilities: the historic Auditorium Building, with its 19th century splendor designed by architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan; and the 21st century Wabash Building, a 32-story, state-of-the-art vertical campus, certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. Both structures lie on a continuum of what was, is and will be, as we respond to the changing world before us.


Welcome, Bioneers!

Our program format for 2013 is designed to offer a rich experience for both the seasoned practitioner, as well as those who are ready to explore issues and topics new to them. Friday’s intensives have been structured to allow participants to dig deeply into critical areas, share ideas and develop collaborative approaches to solving critical problems. Saturday and Sunday will offer opportunities to hear about a wide range of subjects, interact with local and national experts, and learn new skills important to building resilient communities. And yes, if it is Bioneers, there will be music, poetry, dance and celebration! We must enjoy the work that we are doing and celebrate the visions we have for the future. We hope that you find your experience at Bioneers to be enriching and motivational. In a resilient community there is a place for all of us. Together we can do great things. For the Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Planning Team and Board of Directors, Pam and Lan Richart Eco-Justice Collaborative

Table of Contents Sponsors 2

Sunday Schedule

12 - 13

About the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference 4

Program Descriptions

14 - 27

Acknowledgements 5


17 - 19

Event Information


Sing for the Climate, Do It Now

Friday Schedule


Plenary Speaker Biographies

28 - 29

Speaker Biographies

30 - 34

Saturday Schedule

10 - 11

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About Great Lakes Bioneers Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago (GLBC) is a local, self-organized and self-funded National Bioneers affiliate. The 2013 Great Lakes Bioneers conference is a Bioneers Network Event offering a leadingedge forum where participants can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. As part of an on-going movement, we host an annual gathering, bringing together social and scientific innovators who are focusing on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. These visionaries already are creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world we want to live in – our legacy for future generations and the web of life on which we depend. GLBC’s mission is to promote sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections, and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth’s communities. We do this through a variety of strategies including: • Educating the community on innovative solutions. • Offering a systemic framework, i.e. a way of “connecting the dots” that is holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary. • Linking individuals and networks in order to foster connection, cross-pollination, and collaboration of people and ideas, all focused on positive change. • Advocating for opportunities to heal and restore our damaged and depleted community. • Being an oasis of hope that sparks mass creativity and engagement.

Acknowledgements Core Planning Team Pam Richart Carolina Cifuentes Stephanie Leite Lan Richart Elizabeth Wenscott Julie Peterson

Outreach Carolina Cifuentes, Chair Patricia Diamond Julie Peterson Lauren Block Brock Janikowski Christine Wellman Marina Santaella Beth Carleton Noemi Kopp-Tanaka


Program Pam Richart, Chair Julie Peterson Amy Coffman Phillips Nance Klehm

Noemi Kopp-Tanaka Stephanie Leite Tim Mangar Carolina Cifuentes Lauren Block Blake Davis Lan Richart Brock Janikowski Marketing Stephanie Leite, Chair Carolina Cifuentes Pam Richart Fundraising and Logistics Lan Richart Pam Richart Paul Dickenson Food Julia Garfield Lan Richart Pam Richart

Volunteer Elizabeth Wenscott, Chair Consultants Isabel Schechter, Attention to Detail Event Productions Sas Stark Special Thanks to Roosevelt University Staff Michael Bryson, Sustainable Studies Program Bridget Collier, Student Affairs Robert Firszt, Campus Planning and Operations Susan Lamparter, Instructional Technology and Multi-Media Services Paul Matthews, Campus Planning and Operations Kathleen Mordecai, Catering Carol Pyron, Administrative Services

Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) is serving as lead organizer for this year’s event. EJC advocates for a future based on sufficiency and a respect and care for all who inhabit this planet.


Our Partners

The Pierce Family Foundation’s primary focus is on nonprofits working in housing and homelessness. Principals of the foundation believe in the core mission of Bioneers and are helping underwrite this event.

Peace Productions, an Illinois non-profit, is serving as fiscal sponsor. This organization is dedicated to making films that speak to the injustices of the human condition.

Roosevelt University, host of this year’s gathering, is an urban, independent university committed to student success, academic quality, and social justice.

thank you


for bringing the best and the brightest together. Let’s have a great weekend.



Event Information Friday Evening Reception

with Dr. Sandra Steingraber 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join us in the historic Fainman Lounge as we enjoy gourmet appetizers, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Listen to pianist Rhapsody Snyder and talk with our keynote speakers, including Dr. Sandra Steingraber. Socialize with friends and colleagues, then move to Congress Lounge, where Dr. Steingraber will give her kenyote address. Tickets for the reception/keynote or keynote only are available at the registration desk: Reception / keynote address: Keynote address only:

$30.00 $15.00

Sunday Breakfast

with Albert Bates and John Michael Greer 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM This is your chance to meet two of our keynotes in an informal setting and enjoy a healthy and scrumptious breakfast. Albert Bates, author and Director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and John Michael Greer, author and scholar of ecological history and human ecology, will join us in the historic Spertus Lounge. This is a unique opportunity to converse with two nationally-renowned experts about important issues of our time. Please note that this is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are available at the registration desk for $25.00.

Lend your Talents and Make a Statement

Bioneers Chicago participants are invited to contribute to a “No Fracking” banner on the sun deck, outside Fainman Lounge. We’ll unveil this work of art on Sunday at our afternoon celebration in Congress Lounge, which begins at 5:30 pm.


Dan Godston, Director, the Borderbend Arts Collective, will lead us in a project that will have utility beyond Bioneers. Dan teaches and lives in Chicago, and is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in Teachers & Writers Magazine, Teaching Artist Journal, and The English Record; and poems that have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours Drunken Boat, The Smoking Poet, and other print publications and online journals.

The Borderbend Arts Collective is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts by giving artists opportunities to collaborate and show their work to a variety of audiences.

Close Your Waste Loop

Please help us keep our event space and common areas free from debris. You’ll notice there are recycling bins placed at strategic locations throughout the campus for your convenience. Our lunches will be served on china, and any other compostable materials used for refreshments during the day will be composted on site. Roosevelt University grinds and dehydrates its waste on site. Each week, approximately 1,000 pounds of this partially-dehydrated pulp is picked up by the Resource Center, who grinds the matter down further, adds wood shavings and other carbonrich materials, and then lets it decompose. When finished, the composted material is delivered back to the Wabash Building and Schaumburg Campus garden sites so Roosevelt can close its own sustainability loop. _________________________________________

Social Media

Don’t forget to share your photos and comments about the event • Our Twitter hashtag is: #chibioneers • For the GLBC Facebook page go to: _________________________________________

Finding your way

Our conference takes place in two general areas of Roosevelt University’s Loop campus. Directional signs and volunteers will be on-site to assist.

Historic Auditorium Building

Enter at 430 S. Michigan Avenue • First Floor - Registration and AUD 178 • Second Floor - Reception, Congress Lounge, Exhibitor’s Area and Bookstore • Third Floor - Friday Lunch and volunteer room

Gold LEED Wabash Building

Enter at 425 S. Wabash Avenue and connect via 2nd floor of Auditorium Building • Second Floor - Cafeteria, Elevators to classroom floors • Floors 3 through 11 - Workshop and Intensive Classrooms

NOTE: Registration is in the Auditorium Building. If you enter the campus from Wabash, a volunteer will direct you back outside and around the corner to the Michigan Avenue Entrance. See pages 17, 18 and 19 for a detailed maps.


If you have any questions or require assistance, please come to the registration desk located on the first floor of the Auditorium Building. For immediate emergency assistance dial 911.

Set Your Clocks Back!

Daylight savings ends on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 2 a.m. So what does this mean for all of you Bioneers? Set your clocks BACK one hour when you go to bed, and you will arrive on time and fully-refreshed on Sunday morning! _________________________________________


Our food is being prepared and served by the staff of Roosevelt University. All meals offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and, where possible, are locally sourced and organic. A limited number of meal tickets have been reserved for those who did not register in advance and can be purchased at the registration desk.

Friday Lunch

Enjoy choice of tacos (blackened tilapia; crimini mushroom and poblano peppers and roasted tomato pico de gallo) with shredded napa cabbage and queso fresco on the side. Includes grilled corn salad; homemade tortilla chips with salsa; and mini cinnamon churros. Lunch will be served on china plates and linen table cloths. Enjoy time to network with peers. Room 320.

Saturday Lunch

Build your own sliders (vegan & pulled chicken). Includes country-style mac and cheese; candied pecan and fresh apple salad with cheese crumbles (green goddess dressing on the side)’ and fruit salad. Catered in Cafeteria.

Sunday Lunch

Build-your-own salad and sandwich bar, with assorted baked breads, hearty grilled vegetables (including large portabellas), and turkey and tuna salad, with assorted mixed greens and vegetables,

provolone cheese, and pesto mayo, hummus, yellow mustard and choice of salad dressings. Includes homemade kettle chips and assorted fresh-baked cookies. Catered in Cafeteria.


There is a refreshment station on the 2nd floor in Fainman Lounge. Please help yourself to water, coffee and tea throughout the day.


Event Information



Roosevelt University does not own a parking structure or lot at the Chicago Campus. Your best bet is public transit, but if you must drive there are several options within close proximity of the University.

Park One 434 S. Wabash

Parking Validation from Roosevelt University for these rates is required and can be provided from the security post at either the Auditorium or Wabash entrance. Time Rate 1 hour or less $8.00 1 to 2 hours $10.00 2 hours to midnight $14.00 Evening after 4pm $8.00

Park One 525 S. Wabash

Parking Validation from Roosevelt University for these rates is required and can be provided from the security post at either the Auditorium or Wabash entrance. Time Rate 1 hour or less $6.00 1 to 2 hours $8.00 2 to 4 hours $11.00 4 hours to midnight $12.00 Evening after 4pm $8.00 Other lots are at the following locations (rates are listed on our website: Grant Park Garage 325 S. Michigan Ave. Loop Auto Parks 524 S. Wabash Millennium Park Garage 5 S. Columbus Drive



Friday Schedule GROUP EVENTS

8 am




Bill Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit; Dr. Douglas Knerr, Executive Vice President and University Provost and Professor of History; Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative Congress Lounge

9 am

10 am


Professor David Orr, Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College Congress Lounge

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM BREAK 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM SHELTER – Interactive Workshop FEATURING: 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 Wabash Building 317

WASTE – Interactive Workshop

FEATURING: 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 Wabash Building 418

ENERGY – Interactive Workshop

12 pm



2 pm

Auditorium Building 320

FEATURING: Nathan 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 Auditorium 178

2 pm


INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM FOOD – Interactive Workshop


Friday Schedule

FEATURING: 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 Wabash Building 317

WATER – Interactive Workshop

FEATURING: 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 Wabash Building 418

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE – Interactive Workshop

FEATURING: Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chicago Doug Farr, Farr Associates Martha Boyd, Angelic Organics Learning Center David Orr, Keynote Don Washington, The Mayor Tutorial, Moderator Auditorium 178

4 pm

5 pm

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM BREAK 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM RECEPTION

Meet this year’s keynotes and connect with peers Enjoy Rhapsody Snyder at the piano, with music ranging from classical, jazz to rock Fainman Lounge

6 pm 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Keynote Address, Dr. Sandra Steingraber Acclaimed Author and Ecologist Congress Lounge

7 pm 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Book Signing Fainman Lounge



Saturday Schedule 9 am



9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening and Welcome

Bill Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit; Michael Bryson, Sustainability Studies Program Director; Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative Congress Lounge

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Alex Yoffe and the Art of Javanese Gamelan Congress Lounge

10 am 11 am 12 pm 1 pm

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Address, Albert Bates

Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology Congress Lounge

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote Address, John Michael Greer Author and Visionary Congress Lounge

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Book Signing Fainman Lounge

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH Cafeteria

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Reverend Billy Talen

Church of Stop Shopping Congress Lounge

2 pm

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM BREAK

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Workshop: Using Creative Methods of NonViolent Direct Action as a Tool for Change Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Non-Violence Rev. Billy Talen, Church of Stop Shopping Kelly Mitchell, Greenpeace Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Moderator Wabash Building 1016

Workshop: Workplace Democracy Kathleen Duffy, Board Member, Center for Workplace Democracy Dennis Kelleher, Executive Director, Center for Workplace Democracy Wabash Building 612

Workshop: Voices from the Frontlines: Extreme Energy Expansion andAlternatives to Hydraulic Fracturing & Silica Sand Mining in Illinois Angie Viands, Rising Tide Tabitha Tripp, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment Bill Rau, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University Terry Evans, Terry Evans Photography Wabash Building 1111


2 pm


BREAKOUTS 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CONTINUED The Great Reskilling: The ABC’s of Time Banking – An Alternative Economics Practice Jami Becker, Chicago Time Exchange Lara Openheimer, Chicago Time Exchange Wabash Building 611


Saturday Schedule

The Great Reskilling: Sustainable Local Fuel Blake Davis, IIT, The Plant

The Power of Mushrooms and How to Grow Them Rachel Swenie, The Plant Wabash Building 418

3 pm

National Bioneers Plenaries

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM BREAK

100% Clean Energy For and By the People Re-imagining Citizenship, Democracy and Nature Wabash Building 911

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Workshop: Dismantling Barriers to Ecological Plans, Places and Buildings

4 pm

Doug Farr, Farr Associates Wabash Building 1111

Workshop: Biking to Soccer Practice, Groceries and the Hair Salon: What’s the Real Potential for Replacing Car Trips in the Midwest Randy Neufeld, SCARM Cycling Fund Jane Blew Healy, Cycling advoate Robert Hoell, Cycling advocate Wabash Building 1016

Workshop: Working the Cosmos Underfoot: Bioremediation Strategies for Our Cities Nance Klehm, Social Ecologies Wabash Building 611

The Great Reskilling: Tai Chi – Health, Meditation and Self-Defense

Elizabeth Wenscott, Tai Chi Center of Chicago

The Permaculture Toolbox: Sensible Strategies for Senseless Times

William Faith, Chicagoland Permaculture Guild Wabash Building 418

The Great Reskilling: You Don’t Have to Be White

5 pm

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM BREAK 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Closing: Sing for the Climate

Led by Wellington Avenue UCC’s Peace and Justice choral group. Will be filmed and posted on Aimee Bass and SheBoom – Chicago’s all-woman percussion ensemble Congress Lounge

Pete Leki, Riverbank Neighbors Wabash Building 612

Strategy Session: Take Action to Protect Ilinois from Fracking & Silica Sand Mining

Kelvin Ho, Chicago, Moderator Angie Viands, Rising Tide Tabitha Tripp, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment Bill Rau, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University Terry Evans, Terry Evans Photography Wabash Building 911



Sunday Schedule GROUP EVENTS

8 am 9 am


7:30 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast with Keynotes Albert Bates and John Michael Greer Separately ticketed event (see page 6) Spertus Lounge

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening and Welcome

Bill Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit; Paul Matthews, Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning and Operations; Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative Congress Lounge

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM International Capoeira Angola Foundation Congress Lounge

10 am 11 am

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Address, Ameena Matthews Cure Violence and The Interrupters Congress Lounge

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote Address, Gunther Hauk Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary Congress Lounge

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Book Signing

12 am 1 pm

Fainman Lounge

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH Cafeteria

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Workshop: How to Design a Food Forest Michelle Hickey, The Resiliency Institute Jodi Trendler, The Resiliency Institute Wabash Building 1016

Workshop: Keystone is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Voices from the Tar Sands Movement from Alberta to the Midwest and Beyond Debra Michaud, Tar Sands Free Midwest Earl Hatley, Cherokee activist and Grand River Keeper MacDonald Stainsby, author and activist Wabash Building 1111

Workshop: Renewable Energy for Resilient Communities Lisa Albrecht, Solar Service Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED BD+C, Kipnis Architecture + Planning Wabash Building 612

2 pm

The Great Reskilling: Change Your Mind – Change the World

Gen Kelsang Dorje, Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center

Healthy Food Demo: Quick, Easy & On the Go! Elena Marre, Founder, The Kids’Table, LLC Wabash Building 611

National Bioneers Plenaries


The Biomimicry Network Effect: What Will We Solve Together? Choosing Life Wabash Building 911

2 pm



2:30 PM – 2:45 PM BREAK


Sunday Schedule

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

3 pm

Workshop: Interface – A Business Model for the Future

Steve Arbaugh, Vice President Creative Strategy & Planning at Interface America Wabash Building 611

Workshop: Community Resiliency Inspired by Nature

Amy Coffman-Phillips, The B-Collaborative Wabash Building 1016

Workshop: It’s Way Past Time to Get Off the Coal Train Traci Barkley, Prairie Rivers Network Amanda Kass, The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Wabash Building 1111

The Great Reskilling: So You Want to Be a Beekeeper: What You Need to Know Keynote Speaker Gunter Hauk, Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary Wabash Building 612

Strategy Session: Building a Movement to Stop the Refining and Distribution of Tar Sands in the Midwest

Debra Michaud, Rainforest Action Network Earl Hatley, Cherokee activist and Grand River Keeper MacDonald Stainsby, author and activist Wabash Building 911

4 pm

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM BREAK


Great Lakes Bioneers, Traverse City

5 pm


Bossa Tres, a Chicago-based Brazilian group that plays a wide repertory ranging from traditional Brazilian music styles, including samba, samba-reggae and baião; as well as jazz and bossa nova. Congress Lounge



Program Info – Friday OPENING

Native Flute

8:15 to 8:30 am

Congress Lounge

William Buchholtz


Dr. Douglas Knerr Executive Vice President University Provost and Professor of History


Pam and Lan Richart Eco-Justice Collaborative

8:30 to 9:30 pm

Congress Lounge

10:00 to 12:30 pm WB 317

10:00 to 12:30 pm WB 418

10:00 to 12:30 pm AUD 178



Resilience in a Black Swan World Professor David Orr



Colin Rolfing; Jamie Ponce Joseph Clair; Brian Dolan Joel Freehling; and Amy Coffman Phillips, Moderator



Elise Zelechowski; John Edel Nance Klehm; Michael Repkin John Michael Greer; and Naomi Walker, Moderator



Nathan Kipnis; Lisa Medearis Mike Johnson; Lisa Albrecht Kim Wasserman; Albert Bates and Katy Hogan, Moderator

William Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit. Bill educates people about the history, spiritual significance, culture, and traditions of the Native flute and is widely known and respected in the inter-faith community in Chicago. Dr. Douglas Knerr, Executive Vice President and University Provost Dr. Knerr has taught and held key administrative positions for Roosevelt in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online since 1998. He was appointed executive vice president and university provost of Roosevelt University, this past spring.

Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC). EJC works through education, advocacy and collaboration to address issues of ecojustice and environmental sustainability, bringing people together to work for a healthy planet. EJC is lead organizer for this year’s conference.

Increasingly, we live in a black swan world, where unexpected events such as the collapse of financial markets, a changing climate and threats to public safety and human health threaten to upend the fragile and vulnerable systems that underpin our society. In this talk, Professor Orr will use case studies such as the Oberlin Project to explore how we can design communities, regions and even nations to improve their resiliency in the face of “Black Swan” events.

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?

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?

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?

2:00 to 4:30 pm

WB 317

2:00 to 4:30 pm

WB 418

2:00 to 4:30 pm

AUD 178

5:00 to 6:00 pm

Fainman Lounge

6:00 to 7:00 pm

Congress Lounge



Wes King; Michelle Hickey Blake Davis; Orrin Williams Gunther Hauk; and Monica Eng, Moderator



Emily Carroll; Jim Patchett Debra Shore; Karen Kabbes Sandra Steingraber; and Mike Nowak, Moderator

PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP COMMUNITY RESILIENCE Naomi Davis; Karen Weigert Doug Farr; Martha Boyd David Orr; and Don Washington, Moderator

RECEPTION Meet many of this year’s keynotes Connect with peers Enjoy Rhapsody Snyder at the piano, with music ranging from classical, jazz to rock

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), interconnected 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?

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?

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 globalscale 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?

Friday Evening Reception includes great food, wine and beer. Refer to the “Event Information” section on page 6 for more information. Rhapsody Snyder plays in numerous bands and ensembles, ranging from classical to rock in venues such as House of Blues Chicago, The Metro and Lincoln Hall. She also has played on WBEZ’s Live from Studio 10 with her band, The Lifeline. As a pianist and harpist, Rhapsody has made it her artistic mission to bridge the gap between seemingly differing mediums through improvisational collaboration between dancers, visual artists and writers.


Learn about the manifold ecological and human health hazards posed by oil and gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing, which uses high volumes of water, sand and chemicals to shatter bedrock deep below the earth’s surface.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Then hear about the rise of a new grassroots abolitionist movement in Illinois – recently opened to this controversial practice by the passage of permissive legislation – and explain why Steingraber was thrown out of the Illinois statehouse last May.

The New Abolitionists of Illinois and their Fight Against Fracking


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Program Info – Saturday OPENING

Native Flute

9:00 to 9:15 am

Congress Lounge


Michael Bryson Sustainability Studies Program Director, Associate Professor of Humanities and Sustainability Studies


Pam and Lan Richart Eco-Justice Collaborative

9:15 to 9:30 am

Congress Lounge

9:30 10:30 am Congress Lounge

10:30 11:30 am Congress Lounge

1:00 to 1:45 pm

Congress Lounge


William Buchholtz


The Art of Javanese Gamelan Alex Yoffe


Cool! – Ecovillage Responses to Climate Change Albert Bates

William Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit. Bill educates people about the history, spiritual significance, culture, and traditions of the Native flute and is widely known and respected in the inter-faith community in Chicago.

Michael Bryson, Sustainability Studies Program Director, co-founded Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies program – the first of its kind in the Chicago region. As a key leader of Roosevelt’s Sustainability Initiative, Mike teaches interdisciplinary programs and specializes in designing field study opportunities for his students. Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC). EJC works through education, advocacy and collaboration to address issues of ecojustice and environmental sustainability, bringing people together to work for a healthy planet. EJC is lead organizer for this year’s conference.

Alex Yoffe is a Chicago-based composer and multi-instrumentalist. Composing both acoustic and electroacoustic music, Yoffe has written for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Alex also is the sole member of Bode Radio, an electroacoustic mess of gamelan-induced clarinets interwoven with melodious guitars and fresh beats, and has collaborated with several video artists to compose music for independent films.

Overpopulation, climate change, peak net energy, limits to growth and economic malaise are auguring a crisis in human civilization and a search for alternatives. But there are flourishing communities all over the world that have a high degree of self-determination and diversity in culture, “green enterprise” and built environments. How might these communities, or self-described “ecovillages”, rebalance human ecosystems with infashioned patterns of cool living?

Beyond the Same Old ‘New’ Ideas

One of the most pervasive challenges we face in moving toward a saner relationship between natural systems and human communities is the way that a set of repeatedly failed ideas about the future keep being recycled in the popular imagination. By recognizing these stereotyped “new ideas” for what they are – business as usual under another label – we can step past some of today’s least useful controversies and engage creatively with the emerging de-industrial future.

“SERMON” Reverend Billy Talen

Hear what this secular preacher, actor and activist has to say about the intersection of consumerism: our addiction to fossil fuels; and climate change, in this wildly engaging, multi-media performance.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS John Michael Greer

2:00 to 3:30 pm


Creative Methods of NonViolent Direct Action As Tools for Change

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Kathy Kelly; Rev. Billy; Kelly Mitchell Debbie Southorn; Lan Richart

2:00 to 3:30 pm


Workplace Democracy

2:00 to 3:30 pm

WORKSHOP Voices from the Frontlines: Extreme Energy and Alternatives to Hydraulic Fracturing & Silica Sand Mining Tabitha Tripp; Terry Evans; Bill Rau; Angie Viands

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Dennis Kelleher Kathleen Duffy

Documentaries To Turn a Blind Eye The Arc of History War on the Family Eyes Wide Open Too Flawed to Fix In a Time of Siege Peace Like a River

Real change will not come easily from within the systems that hold tightly to the status quo. But how important is direct action in today’s socialpolitical context? Is broader public acceptance and participation possible? What are some practical considerations in mounting an effective action? Learn about the role non-violent direct action can play in today’s social struggles and be encouraged to participate when opportunities arise.

We live in a representative democracy. We spend more than 50% of our time awake at work. Why not more democracy at work! A business owned by the employees and/or the community can be an integral part of a strong local economy. Cooperative business principals encourage a company to make decisions based not only on rates of growth and profit, but also on the effect on employees, owners, customers and the surrounding community of stakeholders.


Program Info – Saturday

Illinois is caught in the crosshairs of extreme energy expansion with oil and gas companies leasing land in central and southern Illinois and the uptick in mining for silica sand. Not even our precious natural areas are immune to this threat with a sand mine next to Starved Rock State Park and the Shawnee National Forest vulnerable to hydraulic fracturing. Learn about local threats from those on the frontlines, and how people are working to protect their communities.

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Program Info – Saturday 2:00 to 3:30 pm

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The ABCs of Time Banking: An Alternative Economics Practice Jami Becka Lara Oppenheimer

2:00 to 2:45 pm

Sustainable Local Fuel

2:45 to 3:30 pm

The Power of Mushrooms and How to Grow Them

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2:00 to 3:30 pm

WB 911

3:45 to 5:15 pm

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Rachel Swenie


National Bioneers Plenaries October 18 through 20, 2013


Dismantling Barriers to Ecological Plans, Places and Buildings Doug Farr


3:45 to 5:15 pm

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Biking to Soccer Practice, Groceries and the Hair Salon: What’s the Real Potential for Replacing Car Trips in the Midwest? Randy Neufeld; Robert Hoel Jane Blew Healy

A time bank is a web-based social networking skill pool where the currency is time and everybody’s time is equal. There are 276 time banks active in the US, with creative exchange of services in such fields as health care, home maintenance, food production and the arts. Learn about the relationship between natural economies of abundance and human sharing economies. Share exercises to identify our gifts and needs and offer ways to connect to the Chicago Time Exchange!

This workshop will cover opportunities to salvage and grow sustainable fuel for stationary engines (power generation) and space heating. We will examine high efficiency wood burning equipment, and how to develop and maintain a reliable, sustainable fuel source for them. We will look at using brownfields to grow energy crops locally. And we will investigate the opportunities for coppicing with hybrid poplars (rapid tree growing) and growing oil plants for engine fuels.

This session will give you the inspiration, and starting skills to grow mushrooms and become part of the movement to bring this DIY, local, highly nutritious food into your diet and learn about other uses such as soil detoxification.

100% Clean Energy For and By the People Billy Parish, change-maker turned entrepreneur, shows how we can shift from fossil fuels to a world 100% powered by clean energy, and we can do it in a way that makes all of us richer, healthier and happier. Re-imagining Citizenship, Democracy and Nature Danny Glover shares the long view of how change happens, and how we are called upon to reclaim our rights and responsibilities as citizens. He scans the convergence of the movements to restore justice and nature.

This fast interactive session will immerse you in cutting edge ecological design practice and engage you in how to accelerate its adoption. Doug Farr seeks feedback on how to overcome barriers to cutting edge ecological design at three scales: the plan, the place and the building. Three Peccha Kuchas will highlight implementation barriers. Each will be followed by 15-20 minutes of quick discussion. Get inspired and contribute your insights!

Chicago and the region are seeing the growth of protected bike lanes and bike share. But how do we increase cycling use and political support in the awkward years while a safer more complete network is being built out? We’ll explore practical tools, products and strategies for changing behavior in urban, suburban and small town communities now, in order to build broader support for future reallocation of street space. This promises to be a fun and mind-opening workshop.

3:45 to 5:15 pm

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3:45 to 4:30 pm WB 418

4:30 to 5:15 pm

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3:45 to 5:15 pm

WB 911


Working the Cosmos Underfoot: Bioremediation Strategies for Our Cities Nance Klehm


You Don’t Have to be White Pete Leki


Tai Chi – Health, Meditation and Self-Defense Elizabeth Wenscott


The Permaculture Toolbox: Sensible Strategies for Senseless Times William Faith


Take Action to Protect Illinois from Fracking & Silica Sand

Kelvin Ho; Tabitha Tripp; Bill Rau Terry Evans; Angie Viands


5:30 to 6:00 pm

Congress Lounge

“Sing for the Climate”

We need your voices! Led by Wellington Avenue UCC’s Peace and Justice choral group, “Sing for the Climate” will be filmed and then posted on the international website of the same name.

American Women, African Rhythms Sheboom

How can we wisely work with living systems to heal and transform polluted and damaged urban lands into safe and fertile places once more? Learn how first responders: microbes, fungi and plants work together and how as humans, we can support their healing the soils of our backyards, vacant lots and public spaces.

Racial divides plague our society and the movement towards a more healthy, peaceful and sustainable world. This session will assert that rejection of “white” self-identity is a first step toward building multi-racial trust and understanding. It will conclude, with its final assertion, that what is missing in our attempts to deal with the endlessly festering wound of racism, is a healthy relationship to the land in general, and to one place specifically.


Program Info – Saturday

Tai Chi Chuan has its historic origins in ancient Taoist philosophy and longevity practices. Taoism maintains there is no separation between celestial beings (all that is above), earth (all that is below) and humanity. Learn how to better harmonize your internal world with the natural external world around you. Explore how to learn to see yourself returning to a sustainable lifestyle that values and takes into account all strands to the web of life.

Urban life in the face of peak energy and climate change can be a daunting prospect, but there is a better path than the one we’re currently on. In this presentation, we will discuss what permaculture is (and isn’t), and how to apply its simple-but-effective solutions to our day-to-day lives by learning to use the right tool for the right job — all from the permaculture toolbox.

Come to our action session to meet others who are working to protect people from hydraulic fracturing and frack-sand mining in Illinois. Join us in a brainstorming session designed to generate fresh ideas for fighting extraction and for promoting earth-friendly energy. Leave with tangible steps you can take to join and strengthen these movements in Illinois and to work for clean, renewable energy.

Wellington Avenue UCC’s Peace and Justice Choral Group is led by Rhapsody Snyder and Chris Inserra. They use various musical styles and genres including classical, Latin, gospel, global, traditional and contemporary songs and hymns, to create a thoughtful and inclusive, musically-eclectic experience which builds community among all ages and inspires people to live their faith in action. Sheboom is an all-female drum ensemble playing an energetic mix of music inspired by tradiitonal West African grooves. Sharing their passion for percussion, the “Sheboomers” are: Aimee Bass, Kim DeVore, Donna Donahue, Laila Lee, Corkie Neuhaus and Beth Pestka.



Sing for the Climate

Do It Now (to the tune of “Bella Ciao”, a song sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945) We need to wake up We need to rise up We need to open our eyes and do it NOW, NOW NOW We need to build a better future And we need to start right now We’re on a planet That has a problem We’ve got to solve it, get involved and do it NOW, NOW, NOW We need to build a better future And we need to start right now Make it greener Make it cleaner Make it last, make it fast and do it NOW, NOW, NOW We need to build a better future And we need to start right now No point in waiting Or hesitating We must get wise, take no more lies and do it NOW,NOW, NOW We need to build a better future And we need to start right now We need to build a better future And we need to start right now _________________________________________ “Do it Now” is the anthem of the Sing for the Climate Project. On the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012, 80,000 Belgians sang from 180 town squares for the climate. A month later 725 schools organized a Sing@school, and 300,000 children sang “Do it Now” at the playground. This is how 380,000 people voiced their support for the climate. In December of 2012 the video was shown at the opening of the last plenary session of the COP18 Climate Talks in Doha, Qatar. While the results of the international talks were disappointing, this song has become an anthem sung across the planet calling for meaningful action on the issue of climate change.


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7:30 to 8:45 am

Spertus Lounge


with Albert Bates and John Michael Greer


9:00 to 9:15 am

Congress Lounge

9:15 to 9:30 am

Congress Lounge

9:30 to 10:30 am Congress Lounge

10:30 to 11:30 am Congress Lounge

1:00 to 2:30 pm

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Native Flute

This is a unique opportunity to converse with two nationally-renowned experts about important issues of our time. See “Event Information” on pages 6 and 7 of this Program Guide. William Buchholtz, Playing from Spirit. Bill educates people about the history, spiritual significance, culture, and traditions of the Native flute and is widely known and respected in the inter-faith community in Chicago.


Paul Matthews, Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning and Operations is a key driver and leader in Environmental Sustainability at Roosevelt University. Recently serving on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (through 2011). He currently is co-chair of the USGBC-IL Green Schools Higher Education subcommittee.

Pam and Lan Richart Eco-Justice Collaborative

Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC). EJC works through education, advocacy and collaboration to address issues of ecojustice and environmental sustainability, bringing people together to work for a healthy planet. EJC is lead organizer for this year’s conference.

William Buchholtz Paul Matthews Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning and Operations


Capoeira Angola

International Capoeria Angola Foundation, Chicago


The First Step Toward a Resilient City? Cure Its Violence Ameena Matthews

KEYNOTE ADDRESS The Road Ahead Gunther Hauk


How to Design a Food Forest Michelle Hickey Jodi Trendler


Program Info – Sunday

Capoeira Angola is an African-Brazilian art form with its roots in Bantu traditions, that were carried to Brazil by enslaved Africans. The development of Capoeira into a “dance-fight” burgeoned in Brazil, out of the struggle for liberation by Africans, indigenous Brazilians and other marginalized peoples during the Portuguese colonization. Today, Capoeira Angola continues to be a social tool for resistance and empowerment, through the teaching of community building, social equality, and diaspora studies.

Many of Chicago’s neighborhoods are plagued by a persistent cycle of shootings and homicides. Exposure to violence, and its norms, can lead to further community violence. But Cure Violence has been successful in reducing violent altercations, with Ameena Matthews serving as an influential face of the organization. What does Ameena do as a violence interrupter? Hear what it takes each day to make a difference, and learn what we can do to support her work.

Gunther will challenge the notion that already there is cause for celebration, since we have gone far astray from what is healthy and sustainable. Seeds for a better future are evident; however, an immense number of obstacles inherent in “our way of life” need to be overcome before we can celebrate. What are the far-reaching changes needed to achieve a healthy, resilient community?

Community resilience is dependent upon the creation of local, reliable food systems. Food forests fill this critical need. Once these perennial systems are established, minimal resource inputs are required to maintain highly productive, self-sustaining community food sources. In this skill share you will take away the foundational knowledge to begin the food forest or forest garden implementation process for your home, neighborhood or community.



Program Info – Sunday While the national environmental movement has spotlighted the Keystone XL pipeline, larger tar sands pipeline projects in the Midwest are moving forward without much notice. With tar sands resisters from around the continent, we will offer an introduction to tar sands from the global to the local. We’ll learn about efforts in Oklahoma to halt tar sands expansion and discuss the upcoming Flanagan South tar sands pipeline slated to begin 200 miles south of Chicago.

1:00 to 2:30 pm

Keystone Is the Tip of the Iceberg: Voices from the Tar Sands Movement

1:00 to 2:30 pm


Renewable Energy for Resilient Communities

We need to get off the road trip that keeps rooted to depleting fossil fuels no matter what the cost to our health and environment. It’s time to rethink the way we use energy, what our real needs are, and how we generate it.

Lisa Albrecht Nathan Kipnis

Explore reduced consumption; efficiency; distribution; and generation of renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions; stop environmental damage from extraction; and lessen our dependence on sources of energy outside our region.

1:00 to 1:45 pm

Change the World

Gain new insight and perspective of how to actualize the changes you want to see in the world by changing your mind through meditation.

1:45 to 2:30 pm

Healthy Cooking Demo – Quick, Easy and On the Go!

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1:00 to 2:30 am

WB 911

2:45 to 4:15 pm

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Debra Michaud; Earl Hatley and Macdonald Stainsby

Gen Kelsang Dorje


FILM SCREENING Bioneers National Plenaries October 18 through 20, 2013


Interface: A Business Model for the Future Steve Arbaugh

Learn how to make a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes that can be made in advance, travel well, hit all the nutritional bases and are sure to please the taste buds! Menu will include Squash Rice & Bean Salad and Quinoa Kale Salad.

The Biomimicry Network Effect: What Will We Solve Together? Janine Benyus illuminates how the Biomimicry community might collaborate, with nature’s help, on a short list of challenges that just can’t wait, translating the latest findings on biomimicry into an action plan. Choosing Life Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher, says the greatest gift we can give our world is our full presence. As we draw that gift forth from ourselves and each other, we find our courage and clarity.

Learn how founder Ray Anderson challenged his 21 year-old company to adopt a bold vision for sustainable business, manufacturing and products – one that required new thinking and a new model, globally. There was no roadmap, but Ray’s vision was a compass for his firm’s journey that has influenced others. Learn about the “seven fronts” that have made this company a model for sustainability, including its zero waste, benign emissions, renewable energy, and closed loop initiatives.

2:45 to 4:15 pm

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2:45 to 4:15 pm

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2:45 to 4:15 pm

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2:45 to 4:15 pm

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Community Resilience Inspired by Nature Amy Coffman Phillips


Time to Get Off the Illinois Coal Train Traci Barkley Amanda Kass


So You Want to be a Beekeeper: What You Need to Know Gunter Hauk

Congress Lounge

From the coal mines to the power plants, coal is the dirtiest way to meet our electricity needs and is largely responsible for global climate change. Explore the impacts that coal has on water, land and communities in Illinois. Learn about the industry’s drain on the state budget, how communities are standing up to protect their health and well-being from coal’s devastating impacts, and how you can support the just transition to a cleaner, renewable-energy future.

Keynote speaker Gunther Hauk will present the most detrimental currently accepted beekeeping practices that undermine the bees’ health and weaken their ability to withstand the onslaught of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Once you know what NOT to do, you’ll find yourself on track for practices that nurture healthy bee colonies.


Building a Movement to Stop the Refining and Distribution of Tar Sands in the Midwest Debra Michaud; Earl Hatley and Macdonald Stainsby


4:30 to 5:15 pm

What would it mean to embed resilience into your community? What changes would you need to make so that you are able to collectively survive and thrive through disturbances, both large and small? Using biomimicry methodology, this seminar will provide an opportunity for you to learn from Nature’s deep principles of resilience, draw parallels between Nature’s systems and human designs, and begin to translate them to the context of restorative, resilient communities.


Program Info – Sunday

Tribute to Bob Russell, Great Lakes Bioneers, Traverse City Dave Barrons

Musical Celebration Bossa Tres

Join local activists and our panelists to continue the dialogue on tar sands. Learn more about grassroots and legal strategies currently being used, and join us in brainstorming ways to develop local resistance and a multi-state strategy against the Flanagan South pipeline.

Bob Russell was instrumental in helping launch Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago by supporting the Core Group and providing expertise and planning documents. Sadly, he passed away this past summer. Dave Barons, host of Investigating Resilience, a weekly Cable TV show, will give a short tribute to the life of this incredible man. Investigating Resilience was started by Bob to illustrate one or more characteristics of resilience in the Grand Traverse Bay region. Bossa Tres is a Chicago based Brazilian group that can play a wide repertory ranging from traditional Brazilian music styles like samba, frevo, samba-reggae and baião, and Brazilian “Popular music”(MPB), to sounds of jazz and bossa nova. Bossa Tres member Dill Costa also is an amazing dancer. Together they will bring upbeat Brazilian grooves and high energy to the conclusion of the second Great Lakes Chicago Bioneers gathering!

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ALBERT BATES authored The

Biochar Solution, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide, and ten books on energy, environment and history. He co-founded the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and the Global Ecovillage Network, and teaches permaculture and climate farming at The Farm in Summertown, TN. Other work includes a Palestine peace-throughpermaculture project 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 his work in preserving indigenous culture.


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.

Greer is the author of more than 30 books, including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent; is a certified Master Conserver and devoted organic gardener; and has been active in the contemporary nature spirituality movement for more than 25 years.

SUSTAINABLE RETURN The return to a natural, sustainable lifestyle Tai Chi Chuan has its historic origins based in part on ancient Taoist philosophy and longevity practices. Taoism maintains that there is no separation between celestial beings (all that is above), earth (all that is below) and humanity, known collectively as The Three Treasures. Join us Saturday Nov. 2, at a Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago skill share, and explore how to see yourself as a modernday steward, returning to a sustainable lifestyle that values and takes into account all strands to the web of life.



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GUNTHER HAUK has been a

teacher, lecturer, author, biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for nearly 40 years. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, where he developed a successful biodynamic part-time training program and taught at Sunbridge College. Since then, Gunther has given organic beekeeping workshops across the U.S. In 2006 he co-founded Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary with his wife, Vivian. Working to help save the honeybee is dear to his heart. His book Toward Saving the Honeybee calls for a radical change from current approaches to beekeeping.


an “interrupter” for Cure Violence was documented in the acclaimed documentary The Interrupters. In this role, she aggressively mediates conflicts, arbitrating between individuals and even physically stepping into the middle of them in order to prevent their escalation to physical violence. Cure Violence has been extremely successful in reducing violent altercations in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, with Matthews serving as an influential face of the organization nationally and internationally.

David 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 is 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.


author, actor / director and activist moved to New York to 1994 to begin his performance career in as “Reverend”, joining sidewalk preachers on Times Square. Specializing in exorcisms of sweatshop companies and opposing the Disneyfication of the neighborhood, the Reverend’s developing theology became the “Church of Stop Shopping,” founded on a resistance to consumerism and a defense of independent shops and local economies. William Talen has won the OBIE Award, The Dramalogue Award and has been jailed more than 50 times.

SANDRA STEINGRABER, Ph.D. is a cancer survivor and an

internationally-recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Her highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer prevention as a human rights issue. It was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries, and won praise from international media. Her new book, Raising Elijah, demonstrates how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.


DAVID W. ORR Ph.D. is an award-winning scholar and leader in the sustainability movement. He is renowned for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and ecological design.

“At the Bioneers gathering, “social and scientific innovators focus on beakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity.” –Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers Co-Founder

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Speaker Biographies LISA ALBRECHT works for Solar


STEVE ARBAUGH is Vice President

SAVITRI D directs the concerts and nonviolent direct actions of the “Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir”, which preaches a message of economic justice, environmental protection, anti-consumerism and antimilitarism.

TRACI BARKLEY, Prairie Rivers

BLAKE DAVIS teaches about sustainability and facilitates undergraduate research projects at IIT. He recently co-founded Liminal Energy and Architectural Services, providing consulting services designed to bring about self-reliance.

JAMI BECKA is co-coordinator of

NAOMI DAVIS is president and founder of Blacks in Green. She is an urban theorist, attorney, activist, and author of the 8 Principles of Green-VillageBuildingTM and teaches at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

MARTHA BOYD works for Angelic


BILL BUCHHOLTZ, Playing from


Service, a solar installer with over 2,000 PV and thermal systems. She chairs the Policy Committee of the Illinois Solar Energy Association and joins Mike Nowak Sunday mornings on the WCPT Mike Nowak Show.

Creative Strategy & Planning, Interface Americas. He regularly speaks about Interface’s ‘Business Case for Sustainability’ as well as ‘Our Culture’, explaining how the company engages employees to deliver real results.

Network, protects Illinois waters from coal-related pollution. She holds the coal industry accountable to mining and coal ash disposal, so that it is held to the same water pollution control standards as other industries.

the Chicago Time Exchange, helping it grow, change, and develop since 2008. Her work is rooted in the belief that we have everything that we need if we use everything we have.

Organics Learning Center and has experience in urban farming and community building in the U.S. and Guatemala. She is passionate about grounding self-reliant communities in and around their ecological infrastructure.

Spirit, educates people about the history, spiritual significance, culture, and traditions of the Native flute. He is widely known and respected in Chicago’s interfaith community, including the Anawim Center.


EMILY CARROLL, Food and Water Watch, organizes consumers to support commonsense policies that ensure a safe and sustainable food supply. She also works to protect Illinois’ water resources from water privatization and hydraulic fracturing.

the Center for Ecology in Economic Development, bringing business leaders and environmental advocates together to make communities more resilient. He is a co-founder of Prairie Lab and a founding board member of USGBC-Illinois.

is an integral part of multidisciplinary project teams at Forum Studio, and also coordinates The Living Building Challenge Cooperative, Chicago. His designs ensure maximum building performance and reduced resource consumption.

Buddhist Monk and Resident Teacher of Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center. He is admired for his warmth and humor in making Buddha’s teachings relevant to the modern world.

KATHLEEN DUFFY founded the Dill

Pickle Food Co-op in Logan Square and served on its board of directors. Now a board member for the Center for Workplace Democracy, she works as a cooperative developer with nascent food co-op groups in Chicagoland.

JOHN EDEL, Executive Director, The

JANE BLEW HEALY’S three kids get to school each day by bike, scooter or skateboard. She shops for a family of 5 and “carpools” by bike. Jane also founded and runs a year-round, weekly, kids’ bike club that has fostered independence and self-mobility.

MONICA ENG is a producer at WBEZ

MICHELLE HICKEY discovered permaculture 8 years ago, and recently co-founded The Resiliency Institute, an educational non-profit that aims to transform the suburbs through permaculture design. Previously, she was Program Director for Illinois Solar Energy Association.

TERRY EVANS is a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Her work explores relationships between land and people through photographs of virgin prairie; working steel mills; Greenland ice sheets; and the oil boom in North Dakota.

KELVIN HO is an organizer with

Plant, combined 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 by the waste from neighboring businesses.

Chicago Public Media focusing on food, health and consumer issues. Before joining WBEZ she worked for 17 years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune covering ethnic culture, entertainment, food and food policy.

WILLIAM FAITH, a long-standing activist in the fight for the rights of animals, care of the earth and social justice, received his permaculture certification from the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in TN. He is cofounder of the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild. DOUG FARR, AIA, LEED AP is

founder and president of one of the most sustainable practices in the country and the founding chair of the USBGC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee that created this firstever rating system for sustainable land development.

Chicagoland Against Fracking and the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition. Previously, he organized with other groups and movements including 350. org, Occupy Chicago, and Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation.

ROBERT HOEL began a second

“career” in bike advocacy. Bob chairs the Elmhurst Bike Task Force; is a director of the Active Transportation Alliance and the League of Illinois Bicyclists; and recently joined the PACE Citizen’s Advisory Board.

KATY HOGAN is a political activist and former co-owner of Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park. She co-hosts WLUW’s weekly “Live from the Heartland” broadcasts that showcase Chicago’s change makers and keep the progressive spirit of the cafe alive in the community.

JOEL FREEHLING is responsible for

MIKE JOHNSON brings ten years of energy-related experience and environmental management to his role as Senior Analyst at Greenpeace. This includes energy reliability and renewable energy planning; and sustainability plan development for state and local governments.

EARL HATLEY M.A., Riverkeeper,

KAREN KABBES, P.E., D.WRE, CFM is president of Kabbes

developing and implementing energy finance and sustainability at Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure. He manages and directs projects related to energy finance, sustainable development, and hard to reach customers.

works with Tribes and other grassroots organizations to protect water quality and wildlife ecology. This includes working to stop The Enbridge pipeline project (Flanagan South project) that runs from Flanagan Illinois to Cushing Oklahoma.


Speaker Biographies

Engineering, Inc. an award winning watershed and waterway restoration, and sustainability planning and design firm. She is president-elect of the 23,000 member Environmental and Water Resources Institute.



Speaker Biographies AMANDA KASS heads the Center for

ELENA MARRE founded The Kids’

DENNIS KELLEHER, co-founder,

DEBRA MICHAUD is founder of Tar

KATHY KELLY, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and American peace activist. She traveled to Iraq during both USIraq wars, remaining in combat zones; and shares her experiences about the impacts of U.S. military bombardment on civilian populations.

KELLY MITCHELL works with citizen

WES KING focuses on developing

RANDY NEUFELD SRAM Cycling Fund, started his career at the Active Transportation Alliance (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation). He has 20+ years of experience in cycling promotion, including planning; mapping; safety; marketing; design; policy; lobbying; and funding.

Tax and Budget Accountability’s Illinois Retirement Security Initiative. She also is co-author of a new report that shows that state subsidies to the Illinois coal industry are hurting the state budget and Illinois taxpayers.

Center for Workplace Democracy, is working on developing a Worker Cooperative Institute in Chicago that will provide training on general business skills and cooperative skills to groups of people interested in forming worker cooperatives.

and monitoring sustainable agriculture and local food-related legislation with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and is co-chair for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development Committee.

NATHAN KIPNIS, AIA, LEED BD+C is Founder/Principal of Kipnis

Architecture + Planning, recognized as one of Chicago’s premier sustainable architectural practices. Mr. Kipnis lectures on green architectural design, historically-based climatic architectural design, and renewable energy.

NANCE KLEHM has designed, taught

and built ecological landscapes and regenerative soil and water systems in the U.S. and abroad for over two decades. She founded Social Ecologies, which encourages holistic, systematic thinking through project participation by communities.

PETE LEKI leads Riverbank


Neighbors, is restoration steward at Sauganash, directs the ecology program and manages the vast gardens at Waters School. Pete, author of How to Disappear, and his partner Deb, and family live in the NorthCenter community in Chicago.

Table to teach and empower folks of all ages to cook, eat and love wholesome foods. Her goal? To make the world a healthier place, one delicious dish at a time. Elena is a recovering tax attorney and lives in Chicago with her sons.

Sands Free Midwest, which works in coalition with affected communities along the Flanagan South tar sands pipeline expansion project, and raises awareness about the dumping of tar sands into Lake Michigan by BP in Whiting, Indiana.

activists and organizations to confront corporate polluters and transform U.S. energy policy. She leads Greenpeace’s campaigns to stop export terminals in the Pacific Northwest and to shut down Edison International’s aging Midwestern coal fleet.

MIKE NOWAK has been sharing green and gardening wisdom on the radio for 15 years–first at WGN and now as host of “The Mike Nowak Show” on WCPT’s Progressive Radio. He is an awardwinning columnist and president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition.

LARA OPPENHEIMER is an artist that uses her talents as co-coordinator for the Chicago Time Exchange to develop a creative economy. She believes that when we voice our needs and share our gifts, we inspire growth in each other and manifest resilient community. JAMES PATCHETT, President of Conservation Design Forum, leads the nation in 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.


DEBBIE SOUTHORN works on peace

JAMIE PONCE, C40 Cities Climate

MACDONALD STAINSBY has worked in opposition to tar sands developments for nearly eight years. Emphasizing a community-first perspective, Stainsby prioritizes human rights as the key to possibly solving the climate crisis, placing tar sands at the center of any such attempts.

of The B-Collaborative and co-founder of Biomimicry Chicago. As a mother, biomimic, and architect, MBA, and facilitator, Amy bridges love of nature and the creative process to develop and facilitate nature-based projects.

Leadership Group, works with the Office of the Mayor to drive environmental and economic benefits in Chicago and across a network of global megacities via energy efficiency; sustainable infrastructure finance; and market-driven resource stewardship.

BILL RAU, Professor Emeritus, ISU,

understands the interconnections between climate change and fossil fuel addiction. He campaigned for municipal aggregation in the two towns (now 100% renewable energy) and is active with Illinois People’s Action’s anti-fracking work.

MICHAEL REPKIN, Executive Director, Urban Habitat Chicago, specializes in biological resource recovery and sustainable food production. He also is President of Repkin Biosystems, dedicated to supporting human life through biological processes compatible with living systems.

LAN RICHART, Co-Director of Eco-

Justice Collaborative, focuses on education and advocacy around issues of environmental sustainability. His appreciation for non-violent direct action as a tool for change grew from work on social justice movements in Latin America.

and social justice initiatives with the Wage Peace program of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago. She uses creative tactics to pressure elected officials to invest resources into human needs, not militarism and corporate welfare.

RACHEL SWENIE created the

mushroom farm at The Plant, where she works to produce healthy and fresh food using locally available resources. Rachel is passionate about eliminating mycophobia and invoking the power of fungi in an urban setting.

JODI TRENDLER, co-founder of The

Resiliency Institute, also manages the Naperville Area Sustainability and the Suburban Chicago Permaculture Guild MeetUp groups; founded and organizes Naperville Green Drinks, and served as VP of Naperville for Clean Energy and Conservation.

TABITHA TRIPP, SAFE, became engaged in the fracking debate after learning about risks to water supplies and the devastation the industry causes to rural communities. She lives on a fourth-generation family farm with her family where their only source of water is a deep well.


ANGIE VIANDS organizes with Rising

DEBRA SHORE was first elected

NAOMI WALKER has been with ITVS Community Cinema since 2006. She formerly served as outreach director for Cinema/Chicago; created the Teachers Institute for Media Studies; served as director of the Future Filmmakers Festival; and taught at Columbia College’s Doc Center.

with local, regional and firm-wide teams over the past nine years to facilitate sustainable design integration on projects. In addition to being a Sustainable Director for HOK, Colin is the co-facilitator for Biomimicry Chicago.

to the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. Previously, she was founding editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine and helped found Friends of the Forest Preserves.


Speaker Biographies

Tide Chicago, using education and direct action to address the root causes of climate change. She works as an Urban Conservation Educator at The Field Museum, helping develop service-learning projects that address local environmental issues.



Speaker Biographies DON WASHINGTON, Principal, Koan Enterprises, was a stand-up/ improvisational comedian and playwright before becoming an activist and change agent for social and economic justice. He is the Front Man for Mayoraltutorial. com where you can Get Dangerously Informed.


and chief instructor at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago. Elizabeth brings to her students a lifelong study of traditional Chinese arts and tai chi’s historic link to the environment, helping them to achieve maximum health and enjoyment in their lives.

KIM WASSERMAN won the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts in closing Chicago’s two aging coal plants as coordinator of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and as part of a strategic alliance comprised of faith, health, labor, and environmental groups.

ORRIN WILLIAMS co-founded CUT, a nonprofit informed by the principles of environmental justice; economic justice; social justice; and human rights. Orrin works to mitigate climate change by creating healthy, local food systems on Chicago’s south side.

KAREN WEIGERT is Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. She guides the City’s sustainability strategies, bringing innovative, practical solutions to Chicago. Karen was a producer and writer for the film Carbon Nation, which focuses on solutions to climate change.

ELISE ZELECHOWSKI is founder and executive director of the 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.

Together, we can do great things. Bringing people together to work for a healthy planet is what we do. Our leadership in education, advocacy and collaboration has been instrumental in reducing power plant pollution, fighting subsidies to dirty coal and creating public forums that explore pathways to a just and environmentally sustainable future. Contact us at 773.556.3417 or and let great things begin.


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“I’m talking ‘bout resilience and community and tofu.”

Bob giving keynote address at 2011 Bioneers Conference, Traverse City, MI.

In deep appreciation for the leadership and activism of our favorite Bioneer, Bob Russell, 1950-2013.


Photo: Gary Howe

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