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Friday, February 3
 

8:30am

Registration
Friday February 3, 2017 8:30am - 7:00pm
Lobby University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:00am

National Bioneers Opening Remarks
Speakers
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Kenny Ausubel

Bioneers
Kenny Ausubel, CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped influence national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 9:00am - 9:18am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:18am

The Ultimate Symbiosis: Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry (25 min)
Our species is finally turning toward other species for their embodied wisdom, borrowing these insights to solve challenges such as delivering nutrition in a way that nourishes both planet and people. Biomimicry author and visionary Janine Benyus will show how nature-inspired breakthroughs in agriculture are evolving from plant-focused “silver bullets” to system-savvy healing. She’ll give us a sneak preview of the amazing entries in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge in food systems. She’ll explore how the “democratization of invention” is growing more biomimetic—as teams turn to nature together, in massive parallel, to discover a multitude of wild ideas that work together as a system. Cooperation, naturally enough, is the best way to learn from Life’s genius!

Speakers
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Janine Benyus

The Biomimicry Institute
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including the seminal Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book's 1997 release, Janine, founder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit promoting education, and Biomimicry 3.8, the world's leading biomimicry innovation consultancy, has personally introduced millions to the biomimicry meme. (biomimicry.net)


Friday February 3, 2017 9:18am - 9:43am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:44am

The Least Deadly Catch: Ocean Farming in the Climate Change Era (26 min)
Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave and winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, tells his personal story of ecological redemption. He dropped out of high school and became a commercial fisherman at age 14, but witnessed the destruction of the ocean firsthand. In a quest for a better way, he pioneered a revolutionary new model of harvesting bounty from the seas. He will describe his innovative, practical design and future vision for “restorative 3-D ocean farming.” It restores ecosystems, mitigates climate change, creates jobs in a blue-green economy, and ensures healthy, secure local food for communities.

Speakers
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Bren Smith

Owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave
Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave, a lifelong commercial fisherman since age 14, has pioneered "restorative 3D ocean farming" to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create blue-green jobs for fishermen, and ensure healthy food for communities. Winner of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design and the Clinton Global Initiative award for ocean innovation, he is an... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 9:44am - 10:10am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:11am

Optimizing the Energy Transition (22 min)
The great energy transition is underway. Renewable electricity build-out is outpacing dirty projects. Global greenhouse gas emissions have flatlined, but the transition isn’t happening fast enough to significantly arrest climate change. Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity and Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, will draw from lessons learned over decades as an activist and entrepreneur on the frontlines of the global energy transition. He’ll illustrate his vision of how to achieve clean energy accessible to people of all classes, cultures and countries in a distributed, decentralized and democratized system.

Speakers
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Danny Kennedy

California Clean Energy Fund, Sungevity, Powerhouse
Danny Kennedy runs the California Clean Energy Fund, a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs to resources to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, the US' largest privately owned solar company, and Powerhouse, solar's premier incubator and accelerator. The author of Rooftop Revolution, prior to 2007 he worked at Greenpeace and Project Underground on resource extraction and human rights issues... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 10:11am - 10:33am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:35am

Full Spectrum Leadership - A Winding River of Change

Bioneers’ co-founder Nina Simons trace the arc of her evolving leadership priorities, purposes and calling - from Arts to Earth, and Earth to Women and Restoring the Feminine, and from there to Racial and Economic Justice and Indigeneity…  an arc that parallels and reflects this inclusive movement of movements of which we’re all a part - all while reinventing leadership to be something we can all whole-heartedly aspire to. 


Speakers
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Nina Simons

Bioneers
Nina Simons, President and co-founder of Bioneers, is a social entrepreneur passionate about reinventing leadership, restoring the feminine and co-creating an equitable and healthy world for all. Nina directs Bioneers' Every woman's Leadership program, is co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and the recipient of a Robert Rodale Award, the Rainforest Action Network REVEL Award, the Green Cross Millennium Award for... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 10:35am - 10:55am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

11:10am

Biomimicry: Life-Centered Design
Biomimicry, a form of life-centered design, multi-disciplinary in nature, with a systems thinking base is focused on creating conditions conducive to all life and brings with it both optimism and an abundance of ideas to help us tackle the challenges of climate change and build greater resilience in our communities as well as create marked innovation. Jo Fleming, founder and principal of Colorado-based, Biomimicry Lab Ltd. will uncover the essential elements of Biomimicry - Emulate, (Re)Connect, Ethos - and share her learnings as a biomimetic designer and educator, talk to recent Biomimetic examples, and uncover how we can become more connected and locally-attuned to the design lessons from nature, including those from the ecosystems and organisms found right here in our own backyard – then start applying those lessons to our systems (including social systems), structures and products.

Speakers
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Jo Fleming

Founder + Principal, Biomimicry Lab Ltd
Jo Fleming, founder of Biomimicry Lab Ltd, is based in Boulder, Colorado. She holds a Masters of Science in Biomimicry and has worked for 13+ years in design innovation. She founded Biomimicry Lab as a way to focus on the discovery, adaptation and sustainable application of ecological and biological strategies to built environment, product, planning and social innovation challenges. Biomimicry Lab supports educators and students (K-12) through... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 11:10am - 12:30pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

11:10am

Justice: An Integral Part of Sustainability
The Eco-Social Justice team at the Environmental Center is a team of students working to raise awareness on issues of environmental, climate and social justice on campus. In this student-led interactive workshop, we’ll introduce eco-social justice as part of environmental justice and make sense of the connections between sustainability and social justice—locally and globally. We can’t have one without the other, so how do we widen our lenses and work together across seemingly different movements?

Speakers
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Antonio Huizar

CU Environmental Center
Antonio is a University of Colorado-Boulder third-year undergraduate student He is part of the Eco-Social Justice Team within CU-Boulder's Environmental Center, the nation's largest. The vision of EJT is the equitable distribution of fiscal, environmental and social assets among all peoples. The EJT does this by coordinating initiatives, programming, education, and outreach to promote the idea that there cannot be environmental and climate... Read More →
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Magnolia Landa-Posas

CU Environmental Center
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Magdalena Landa-Posas

CU Environmental Center
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Georgia Roden

CU Environmental Center


Friday February 3, 2017 11:10am - 12:30pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

11:10am

Local food, farms, and home vegetable stands: How to buy & sell local bounty
Learn about the many benefits and opportunities to buy and grow food locally. Enjoy presentations from "The Shed" - Boulder County Foodshed and the Edible Landscapes Coalition, Local Food Shift discussing the importance of a local food system and opportunities to join local CSAs, and Elizabeth Black speaking about the Cottage Foods industry and growing local food for sale.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black

Owner, Your neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
Elizabeth Black lives in North Boulder with her husband Chris Brown, where she paints western landscapes and grows trees and vegetables on her teeny farm. She sells honey from her hives, jam she makes, and vegetables that she grows, from a small stand at her home. Elizabeth was instrumental in getting Boulder's Cottage Food Ordinance passed, which allows residents to sell produce and permitted cottage foods from their homes within the City. She... Read More →
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Lynette Marie Hanthorn

Local Food Shift
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Micah Parkin

350 Boulder County
Micah Parkin is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. 350 Colorado is affiliated with the global 350.org climate movement and is working locally to help build the grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future. Micah has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer, and nonprofit director - first in... Read More →
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Tim Plass

Boulder City Council
Tim Plass served as a member of the Boulder City Council from 2012-2016 and made a priority of promoting local food. A founder of Making Local Food Work, Tim believes that bringing key players in a foodshed together is critical for success in raising awareness and creating positive change in our food system. A 30-year resident of Boulder, Tim served on the city’s Landmarks Board and Planning Board before being elected to the City Council. He... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 11:10am - 12:30pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

11:10am

Saving Oceans from a Mile High
Have you wondered how the ocean plays a role in your life even though you live a thousand miles from the coast? Please join us as we discover the significant connections we have with water and how we impact those downstream and eventually the ocean. If you are not sure - follow the water and you will discover that our everyday actions tell quite a story. Think about our use of plastics, how we treat our land, and the choices we make regarding food. The path to sustainability is clear when we recognize our land to sea connection.

Speakers
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Vicki N. Goldstein

Founder & Executive Director, Colorado Ocean Coalition
Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Founder and Director, Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) and co-founder, Blue the Dive. Vicki has worked in the non-profit and ocean conservation field for over twenty-five years from Washington DC to Santa Cruz, CA addressing a multitude of issues including off-shore vessel traffic, sustainable seafood, MPA’s and fisheries interactions. She has a Master’s degree in environmental studies and marine policy from Yale... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 11:10am - 12:30pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

12:30pm

Lunch
Registration Fees do not include lunch meals.  Lunch will be available on Friday and Saturday for $10.  Purchase in advance or on-site or BYO.   Menu selections accommodate vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free dietary restrictions.  

Friday February 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
C120A University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80304

1:30pm

Boulder's Nuclear Playground? Moving from Greenwashing to Guardianship
This session will show the ways in which the impacts of Boulder's closest Nuclear SuperFund site, Rocky Flats, continues to be a controversial Front Range issue. With its buried uranium, plutonium, arsenic and more, should the site be turned into a "Wildlife Refuge"? Should children recreate at the site? Should "green" housing and business developments be built at the site? What about toll roads, dog parks and a visitor center? Despite all the illnesses that past workers at the site and neighbors have already experienced? This presentation will address the pressing dangers of allowing Rocky Flats to be "greenwashed". Most have been threatened by developers and government agencies, but continue speaking out and engaging in "Nuclear Guardianship." There are a multitude of ways to get involved and carry on the tradition of together to ensuring the community is protected and the toxicity of the site is remembered.

Moderators
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Judith Mohling

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Speakers
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Chris Allred

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Chris Allred graduated from CU in the spring of 2012 with a degree in film studies.  A teacher made a recommendation to visit RMPJC during a University course about Gandhi.  Chris continued volunteering to learn about nonviolence.  He is currently a coordinator at Nuclear Guardianship and helps with various tasks such as multimedia, documentary film and photography, coordinating internships, and coalition and alliance building.
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Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center, is working to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow and a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. She is the founder of Candelas Glows, which raises awareness about development around Rocky Flats and its contamination and... Read More →
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LeRoy Moore

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
LeRoy Moore is the author of numerous articles, papers, and op-eds on all aspects of the Rocky Flats issue. He served on various oversight bodies related to Rocky Flats, and for several years was a member of two committees of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. From 1980 until he retired in 1996, he taught courses on nonviolent social change at the University of Colorado. A father and a grandfather, he resides in... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Innovation from science to society in the Anthropocene
We live in a new era in human and planetary history in which once slow changes, from the increase in global temperatures to loss of biodiversity, now occur at unprecedented rates. Many scientists suggest that we have entered a distinct geologic epoch, called the Anthropocene, named after humanity’s influence on the globe. For scientists and innovators, the Anthropocene presents a new range of challenges. To solve the most pressing challenges facing humanity, scientists must change how they work with those outside of academia, including policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and other innovators – ensuring that research results and data make it out of scientific journals and into the hands of people that can turn them into real solutions. In this talk, Josh Tewksbury, of the international research program Future Earth, explores the origins of the Anthropocene and the evolving relationships between scientists and innovators.

Speakers
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Kendra Krueger

Vesica Pi Labs LLC
Kendra Krueger is an electrical engineer who advocates for paradigm change within scientific culture. Founder of Vesica Pi Labs LLC, she hopes to revitalize the human connection to the pursuit of knowledge through principles of ethics, eastern philosophy, movement and grassroots community building. She holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering and has experience as an engineer and project manager in the semiconductor and... Read More →
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Josh Tewksbury

Global Hub Director, Colorado, Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth
Josh Tewksbury is the Director of the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth. Josh is an ecologist, conservation biologist and planetary health scientist with experience both in academia and in civil society. Before joining Future Earth as the Director of the Colorado Global Hub, Josh was the Maggie and Doug Walker Endowed Professor of Natural History at the University of Washington, with appointments both in the department of Biology and the... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Mental frames: How they're constraining societal communication and problem solving and what you can do about it
"Mental frames" are a set of concepts and theoretical perspectives on how individuals, groups and societies organize, perceive and communicate about the world around them. An individual's mental frame influences their perception — people with different frames will see the same facts differently. Increasingly, mental frames are constraining societal communication and problem solving. Frames are filters to take in information selectively, process information in certain ways, discourage entire schools of thought, and discredit large swaths of the population. None of this serves us well, yet stepping outside our mental frames is hard. To do it successfully, we need to understand why we must, and have simple tools to support doing so. In this session, we explore several examples of where mental frames are constraining resilient action in Boulder and beyond, highlight ways that stepping out of those frames will support social change, and discuss simple tools to support opening ourselves to other viewpoints.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Allan

Chris Allan

Social Change Evangelist, Picher Allan Associates LLC
Chris Allan is a consultant on international environmental and development programming. He has thirty years experience in community development and environmental protection with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants Fund, Catholic Relief Services and the US Peace Corps. Ten of those years were in East and Southern Africa, and the remainder in the United States. He has a Masters Degree... Read More →
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Karen MacClune

Senior Staff Scientist, ISET-International
Karen MacClune has worked for ISET-International since 2009, working on urban resilience in cities in South and South-east Asia. Prior to joining ISET, she worked as a hydrologist and hydrologic modeler with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates. She received her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado where she studied glacial hydrology in the Antarctica Dry Valleys. | As a cryosphere scientist and international development practitioner... Read More →
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Ken MacClune

Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition
Ken MacClune is Executive Director of ISET. Ken has over 20 years of experience in climate change, urbanization and resilience with work centered in Asia. Ken's work has focuses on translating global natural and social scientific insights into local contexts in a manner that improves understanding and enables action. He does this through engagement and dialogue to build contextual understanding and mutual trust. Ken’s work, such as... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Nature-Connected Rite of Passage: Contemporary Approach to an Ancient Technology
For many tens-of-thousands of years, our ancestors have used Rites of Passage to strengthen the bonds of family and community by channeling the chaotic energy of life transitions into ceremonial containers that are intentionally designed to foster deep connection to nature, to others, and to the self. The Rite of Passage process is also designed to recognize and help nurture the virtuous leadership qualities and sacred gifts within each of us that are treasured in most cultures past and present. This ancient social-spiritual technology that has been shaped by deep history, ecology, wisdom, and now modern science and psychology is an immensely powerful tool that can be utilized to bridge the modern chasm of separateness that is causing so much harm in the world today. The new paradigm is upon us and is calling for practices that will shift humanity into harmonious relations with all of creation. Rites of Passage is the keystone in that transition. 

Speakers
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Daelinar Adama

Feet on the Earth
Daelinar Adama has been working in youth empowerment for over 20 years specializing in contemplative education, nature connection and the "hero's journey" archetype. He is a renaissance man who is skilled in music, storytelling, visual art, science, history, philosophy, poetry, martial arts, wilderness skills, entrepreneurship, and holds a Bachelors Degree from Naropa University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Native American Studies and... Read More →
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Iris Kelly Candea

Iris Kelly Candea has been facilitating Rites of Passage since 1987 for groups in New Mexico, Hawaii, and Colorado. After apprenticing with Kia Woods, the founder of Rites of Passage International and the HeartQuest Rite of Passage program, and studying at Naropa University, Passage Ways Institute, and Haleakala Waldorf School, she has been teaching at Waldorf schools for over 20 years and has carried and offered the HeartQuest Rite of Passage... Read More →
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Asa Henderson

Director, Journey to Manhood Online
Asa Henderson has over 12 years experience working directly with teenagers and is currently the Director of the Men's Eagle Council, a Boulder-based organization that began facilitating rites of passage for young men in 1996 and has since shifted focus to The Journey to Manhood Online, and online resource that encourages young men to ask the important questions about who they are and who they want to become. He is a graduate of the Mankind... Read More →
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Lorene Wapotich

Founder, Feet on the Earth Programs
Lorene Wapotich is the Founder of Feet on the Earth Programs, nonprofit organization specializing in long-term nature connection mentoring and community-based, wilderness Rites of Passage. She holds a Bachelors degree in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education and a Masters in Education with a concentration in girls development, rites of passage and nature-based mentoring. Lorene has over 25 years experience as an herbalist... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Stuff, Stuff and More Stuff: How Consumption Emissions are Changing the Climate Conversation and How You Can Take Action
We hear a lot about changing our energy systems to tackle climate change, how energy and transportation are the two biggest culprits — the smokestacks and the tailpipes. But that’s not the whole picture. More than 40% of U.S greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from our stuff and our food — how we make it, transport it, use it and throw it away. These are called “consumption emissions.” The more we buy and throw away stuff, the more energy it takes to make new stuff, and the faster climate change accelerates. The good news is there are tons of local actions we can take to reduce these consumption emissions. This panel will give an overview of consumption emissions and then look at the efforts to measure and reduce these emissions in the city of Boulder and Fort Collins. In small groups, we’ll explore which actions have the most impact and how to jumpstart the community conversation on consumption. 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey

Director, Eco-Cycle Solutions Project, Eco-cycle
Kate Bailey is the Director of the Eco-Cycle Solutions project, an initiative of Boulder-based Eco-Cycle to share its programs, experiences and lessons learned with communities around the world. Kate is a leading authority on Zero Waste best practices. She creates national reports, websites, webinars, and tools to empower citizens, government staff and elected officials to adopt Zero Waste solutions.
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Jamie Harkins

Business Sustainability Specialist, City of Boulder
Jamie Harkins is a Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, where she works on energy and waste reduction programs, policies and planning projects, as well as citywide innovation projects. Her past work includes the commercial EnergySmart program, the Disposable Bag Fee, the Zero Waste Strategic Plan, the Boulder Energy Challenge innovation grant program and work on Boulder’s recently adopted Universal Zero Waste Ordinance. Jamie... Read More →
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Lucinda Smith

Environmental Services Department Director, City of Fort Collins
Lucinda Smith has worked in public service, federal then local government, on environmental protection for over twenty-five years.  She currently is Director of the Environmental Services Department at the City of Fort Collins. Environmental Services is part of the City’s Sustainability Services Area that works to inspire and promote economic, social, and environmental wellbeing. Lucinda has worked for the City of Fort Collins since... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:15pm

Ecosocial Design from the Micro to the Macro: Creating a Perennial Economy
In this session, we will apply the patterns of nature to improving our health, strengthening social dynamics, and creating a regenerative system grounded in the ethos of financial permaculture: people, planet and profit. We will explore the intersectionality of how different scales of human society, from the individual to the economy, can be structured with inspiration from the harmonics of ecosystems and organisms. We will connect to mycorrhizae, nature's champion subterranean collaborators, and envision ourselves as members of a dynamic and diverse culture of creativity.

Speakers
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Michael Alcazar

Integrated Systems Designer, UpDIG
I am a Veteran, Permaculturist, Artist, Designer, Builder, Outdoor experiential facilitator, Movement fundamental specialist and Educator. As part of Humankind and a member of this community, I am honored to be a part of this workshop. I possess a diversity of life experiences, a unique skill set as well as  academic and professional achievements that have uniquely prepare me as Integrated Systems Designer . | Over my lifetime of experience in... Read More →
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Eliot Kersgaard

Eliot Kersgaard is an artist, organizer, and student-in-perpetuity based in Boulder. He graduated from CU in May 2016 with a degree in Engineering Physics. He is a founding member of Boulder Biomimicry, a bioregional organizer with the Permaculture Action Network, and the Assistant Director of Solutions Voyage, each of which cultivate synergetic relationships based in living systems design, art, and activism. He can be reached at... Read More →
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Braeden Miguel

Hello, I am a multipotentialite that frequently has attention problems, unless, i'm having, like, lots of fun. I love teaching, design, working through challenges, and games. I enjoy people, group environments, and documenting actions, events, and thoughts. I believe proactive choices are just as, if not more important then the reactive choices we make. Come say hi and come to all the awesome bioneers events. -B Miguel
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Kate O'Flaherty

Partner, Solutions Voyage
Kate O'Flaherty is the founder of the education-based Colorado nonprofit Solutions Voyage, which brings a mobile community gathering space along with local educators and demonstrations to share sustainable practices and permaculture values. She is a solutionary advocate, CU Environmental Center alum, and lover of life cycles, edible weeds and electronic music. She is also the former chair of the Nederland compost collecting nonprofit NedCompost... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:15pm

From EgoVillage to EcoVillage
A nascent upwelling of human-centered design efforts calls for the deployment of eco-villages that provide self-governed cooperative intentional communities that include the most vulnerable and marginalized among us, as we establish renewed social values that combine co-housing and affordable living to not only provide greater choices for the unhoused but also to redeem our natural place as commoners in our rapidly changing world. The City of Boulder has recently dedicated $1.9 Million toward solving homelessness. Come find out how the money will actually be spent.

Speakers
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Morey Bean

Co-Founder, Boulder Transformation Atelier
Honored by the Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects in 1999 as their Architect of the Year, Morey is an architect and community developer dedicated to providing architecture that heals. As a practicing architect in Colorado for over 30 years, and co-founder of the Colorado Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, he is involved in developing intentional communities that include folks who are marginalized from... Read More →
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Emma Ruffin

C3 Boulder: Climate Culture Collaborative
Emma is a vision-holder and chief collaborator with C3 Boulder: The Climate Culture Collaborative, a community capacity building group that seeks to break down silos and bring people together for a magnified impact around climate action in Boulder. She employs permaculture principals and Theory U into her everyday work and play, and loves to garden, create art, make people laugh and explore the wildness of ourselves and our planet. She also works... Read More →



Friday February 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:15pm

Nature's Restorative Powers
Brigitte will share her expertise on wild, edible plants of Colorado. Learn to identify common plants you may have once regarded as "weeds." See how many of these wild allies have served our ancestors for food, medicine, fiber, and art. Jim Gibson will share his expertise on Mycology- The study of Fungi, is a strange and creative world that lives almost everywhere. Fungi are evolutionarily more closely related to animals than to plants, and their uses are both complex and surprising. Althea Godfrey will present on beauty in native landscapes and explore the role of restoration and development of exotic and native landscaping practiced today.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gibson

Jim Gibson

Mountain West
Jim Gibson, Denver born, is a Permaculture activist and Advanced Permaculture Designer, 2013 President of the Colorado Mycological Society, an occasional member of various mycology and fungi groups, The Colorado Native Plant Society, Transition Colorado, a Life Member of Trout Unlimited and other organizations. I am a Telluride Mushroom Festival goer, a presenter at Bioneers Colorado, a graduate of the Stamets schools for Mushroom Cultivation and... Read More →
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Althea Godfrey

University of Colorado Boulder
Althea Godfrey MA, is an instructor with the Continuing Education, at CU Boulder. Her instruction and academic research focuses on environmental issues, especially plants and society. Before coming to CU, she was a garden writer and editor for a newpaper in Southern Oregon. She has been growing things since age 9, when she planted her first garden with seeds saved from a supermarket watermelon, thereby saving seeds destined for the landfill... Read More →
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Brigitte Mars

herbalist and nutritional consultant, Naropa University
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with over forty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, The School of Natural Medicine, Living Arts School, and Integrative Earth Medicine in Colorado. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, and The Mayo Clinic, She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is a professional member of... Read More →



Friday February 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:15pm

One Water Way: A look into Colorado's evolving water laws and simple solutions to implement change
Throughout the past century, humanity has created water laws, which blur physical boundaries and our global watersheds have increasingly become paved, piped, and polluted. As a community, we need to implement solutions to maintain the life sustaining global water cycle. Thankfully, water laws have recently evolved in Colorado allowing for sustainable solutions to some of the worlds most pressing issues. The local implementation of these solutions can make a big difference towards healing our nations watersheds, while encouraging homeowners to thrive on lower consumption with greater resilience. Join local water specialist, Avery Ellis, for this interactive presentation, where you can learn about how the Rainwater & Graywater laws were created, what they say, and how you can make a difference. You will go home with simple solutions that can be implemented in your own backyard, to make a big difference towards healing our local watersheds, national aquifers, and global water cycle.

Speakers
avatar for Avery Ellis

Avery Ellis

Avery Ecological Design, Colorado Greywater, & Integrated Aquaponics
Avery Ellis is an Ecological Designer with a whole systems approach to life. Avery was raised in New Jersey, the Garden state, by a master gardener. He has always felt a kinship with nature and the natural processes. He spent the past decade pursuing his passion for sustainability with experience ranging from permaculture design to natural building practices, solar installation to biodynamic farming, ecological waste treatment to communication... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:15pm

Voices of Food Insecurity: Exploring Barriers and Strategies to Healthy Food Access
Since the fall of 2015, Boulder Food Rescue has been collaborating with community members and researchers from CU to better understand food insecurity and food access barriers in Boulder. In this workshop, we'll explore participatory research methods, the findings of our research, how we garnered participation from the community, and how we aim to continue to work with the community to address our findings.

Speakers
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Ingrid Castro-Campos

Boulder Food Rescue
Ingrid is an active member from the Latino community in Boulder County. She has been involved in volunteering programs such as BVSD Food School Project which creates opportunities for students to interact with their food and nutrition in a conscious way. She also voices Latinos in different parent committees such as Thorne Nature Experience and I have a Dream Foundation. Her interest in Social Justice, non-violent communication, and community... Read More →
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Hana Dansky

Boulder Food Rescue
Hana Dansky sees food as a catalyst for change, a tool that works to build community and bring people together. Hana co-founded BFR in 2011 and has been director of the organization since 2012. Hana is also a part of the Boulder County HEAL, co-founder of Boulder FNB, a Chinook Fund Giving Project member working to fundraise and move money into grassroots organizing organizations. Hana also started a LGBTQ activist and safe space in Boulder and a... Read More →
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Lindsey Loberg

+1 for BFR
Lindsey Loberg first became involved with food justice work as a high school teacher in Milwaukee, WI, facilitating student projects that explored food systems, food access, food waste, and food sovereignty. Food touches everything and everybody, and Lindsey loves using food as a tool to connect with and learn from people. Lindsey has been involved with Boulder Food Rescue since the fall of 2014, originally as a volunteer excited to bike food... Read More →
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Joel Marquez

Boulder Food Rescue
Joel is a first-year undergraduate student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His interest in research led him to join this research team and he hopes to be able to help by using his bilingual skills to extend the range of participants to include members of the Spanish speaking community. He is also thrilled to be able to work with the community in order to effectively understand what obstacles prevent... Read More →
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Chris Schaefbauer

Boulder Food Rescue
Chris Schaefbauer is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focus is human-centered computing and community-based participatory research. He has 5 years of experience conducting community-based research and in working with communities to develop technologies that address issues that are important to them.


Friday February 3, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:00pm

Climbing PoeTree Performance

Climbing PoeTree will perform two selections from their newly released record INTRINSIC


Speakers
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Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree
Climbing PoeTree will perform two selections from their newly released record INTRINSIC


Friday February 3, 2017 5:00pm - 5:12pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:13pm

Youth Leadership (6 min)
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow, Kian Martin, an Iranian-American non-binary trans femme from San José, sees climate activism as one piece of a much larger need for the liberation from and abolition of all oppressive systems.

Speakers
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Kian Martin

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow
Kian Martin, an Iranian-American non-binary trans femme from San José, CA, a freshman at UC Berkeley this year, and an Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow, is a young organizer around issues of racial justice, trans liberation, and climate justice who sees climate as one piece of a much larger need for the liberation from and abolition of oppressive systems.


Friday February 3, 2017 5:13pm - 5:18pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:19pm

Deepening Indigenous Women's Networks: Embodiment, Healing and Resilience (18 min)
Legendary Mohawk midwife and environmental health researcher and advocate Katsi Cook will illuminate her dynamic new work strengthening Indigenous communities and addressing the cultural and physical safety and thriving lives of Indigenous girls and women. As Program Director of NoVo Foundation’s Indigenous Communities Leadership Program for Indigenous Girls and Women, she’s building bridges across communities and existing networks to increase synergy in the protection of Indigenous girls and women from multiple forms of violence and oppression. She’ll share preliminary results from a network-mapping analysis using a net-centered approach based in the understanding that “leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance.”

Speakers
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Katsi Cook

NoVo Foundation
Katsi Cook (Mohawk from Akwesasne/Kahnawake Wolf Clan), currently a Program Director at the NoVo Foundation working to support the leadership of North American Indigenous girls and women, has long been a renowned visionary leader in the revitalization of Native American midwifery. Among other achievements Katsi co-founded the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, was the Founding Aboriginal Midwife of the Six Nations Birthing Centre in... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 5:19pm - 5:37pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:38pm

Creating An Equitable Environmental Movement (26 min)
Vien Truong, director of Green For All, has worked tirelessly to bring equity, social justice and climate justice to the frontlines of the environmental movement and public policy. She has been a central force in putting environmental justice at the center of California’s groundbreaking climate policy, legislation and cap-and-trade funding. Vien will share her wise perspectives on how to build a new clean-energy economy that brings prosperity and justice to low-income communities and communities of color.

Speakers
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Vien Truong

Green For All
Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, a longstanding, highly effective environmental and social justice activist, helped lead a coalition to pass California's landmark SB 535 (de Leon) law, which reinvests hundreds of millions dollars in disadvantaged communities and offers a national model for making polluters pay. Vien has received many prestigious state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 5:38pm - 6:05pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

6:10pm

Multicultural Women Explore Social and Ecological Healing
Three of the diverse contributors to the new anthology, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women's Voices, explore how being situated between ecological and social justice movements has opened them up to new understandings and new ways of teaching and leading. They will share "re-storying" narratives that cross boundaries of place, history, trauma and worldview to trigger compassion and healing. With Jeanine Canty, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, Naropa University; Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder, founding Director of Everywoman's Leadership program; and Anita Sanchez, Transformational Leadership Council. The panel dialogue will be followed by a book signing.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanine M. Canty

Jeanine M. Canty

Core Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies, Naropa University
Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is professor at Naropa University. A lover of nature, justice, and contemplative practice, her teaching intersects issues of social and ecological justice and the process individuals go through to reach heightened awareness and translating this to positive change. She is editor of Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women's Voices and selected works have been featured in The Wiley Handbook of Transpersonal... Read More →
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Anita L. Sanchez

Transformational Leadership Council
Anita L. Sanchez, PhD, is an international consultant, trainer, speaker and coach who is passionate about visionary leadership and the empowerment of women and people around the world. Her work focuses on cultural transformation, organization development, and diversity. A member of the Transformational Leadership Council, she is the bestselling co-author of Success University for Women. Her forthcoming book, The Four Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Bioneers
Nina Simons, President and co-founder of Bioneers, is a social entrepreneur passionate about reinventing leadership, restoring the feminine and co-creating an equitable and healthy world for all. Nina directs Bioneers' Every woman's Leadership program, is co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and the recipient of a Robert Rodale Award, the Rainforest Action Network REVEL Award, the Green Cross Millennium Award for... Read More →


Friday February 3, 2017 6:10pm - 7:30pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

7:30pm

Optional Off-Site Community Discussion Dinners
Sign up in lobby for group discussion dinners at local restaurants

Friday February 3, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
SIGN UP IN LOBBY, OFF-SITE University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80304
 
Saturday, February 4
 

8:30am

Registration
Saturday February 4, 2017 8:30am - 6:30pm
Lobby University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:00am

Occupy the Law: The Movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature (22 min)
As species collapse around the world while governments still authorize fossil fuel extraction and other destructive, unsustainable activities, communities across the U.S. are rising in resistance to “occupy the law.” They’re enacting “community bills of rights” that recognize a community’s legally enforceable right to sustainability and the rights of nature. Two of its most effective path-finding national and global leaders, Tom Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will show how this movement challenges our constitutional framework in which corporate rights and the preemptive authority of state and federal governments block sustainability, environmental protection and democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights... Read More →
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Mari Margil

Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 9:00am - 9:22am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:00am

Children's Program
Children's Program: Our Eco-Paradise

The children's program at this year's Front Range Eco-Social Solutions Conference will be run by The Kiva Center on Saturday, February 4, 9am-5pm. Children ages 4-12 are invited to enjoy a day of creative play, inventive learning and community-building. The day will be woven with creative play centers, group activities and outdoor play.

Advance registration is requested and space is limited to 20 kids. Cost is $40 for the day. Activities will take place indoors and outdoors at the SEEC building. Bring proper attire and a sack lunch. Healthy Snacks provided. Check in is at the main registration booth in the morning.


Creative Play Centers:
· Crafter's Corner
· Junk Builder's Guild
· Imagination Theater
· Zen Garden

Group Activities:
9:30 AM: Opening Circle with Outdoor Nature Games
11 AM: Eco-Bricks
12 PM: Lunch 
1 PM:  Solutions Theater
2:30 PM: Follow your heART Color Creations
4 PM: Tea Time and Closing Circle

Speakers
avatar for Garrett Braun

Garrett Braun

Director of Operations/Lead Mentor, The Kiva Center
Garrett co-founded The Kiva Center based on a passion to offer a different kind of education that helps children illuminate their gifts in the presence of nature. Garrett leads children to investigate their inner and outer worlds, and how they are interconnected. Garrett has a passion for primitive tools, gardening, edible and medicinal wild plants, playing the flute, dance, and travel.
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Kasey Schelling

Program Director, The Kiva Center
Kasey Schelling, Co-Founder, Instructor, Program Director of The Kiva Center | Kasey is a devoted educator with the gift of igniting the spark in the eyes of her students.   Prior to founding The Kiva Center in 2014, she spent five years teaching English (ELL) and the Spanish language throughout the United States and Spain.  She is a certified Permaculture Educator by the Learning Gardens Institute and strives to bring students back into... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
S125 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:23am

What Are We Fighting For? (23 min)
“Revolution is on the horizon, and youth are rising with the oceans to lead the movements that will shape our future,” says Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year-old Indigenous rapper and environmental activist (since age 6). Award-winning youth director of Earth Guardians, he travels globally to speak about environmental and Indigenous issues, including at the United Nations with Robert Redford. He’ll bring alive the unparalleled intergenerational movement emerging to save our planet.

Speakers
avatar for Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 9:23am - 9:46am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

9:47am

What Winning the Climate Change Battle Looks Like (20 min)
The most influential climate activist of our era, Bill McKibben, a founder of the extraordinarily effective 350.org grassroots campaign, will describe the immense groundswell of global citizen engagement rising to challenge the “dirty” energy industry. Find out where we are scientifically and politically in the transformation to end our reliance on fossil fuels, while lighting the pathways toward a clean-energy future.

Speakers
avatar for Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Middlebury College, 350.org
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont, is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize (aka the 'alternative Nobel') and the author of a dozen books about the environment, including his first, the seminal The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Oil and Honey. (350.org)


Saturday February 4, 2017 9:47am - 10:07am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:00am

Expo is Open
Listing of innovative business and community organization exhibitors coming soon!!!

Saturday February 4, 2017 10:00am - 3:30pm
North Lobby University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:05am

Using Pattern Mind to Reweave the Web of Life

We make the world with our minds. The view we bring determines not only how we interpret our experience, but the actions we take based upon those interpretations. Seeing and treating this living creation as if it were a machine, we have made it act like one, one that is prone to entropy, falls apart and has a limited life span. Focusing on the stuff of the world we have missed the fact that life is exchange, it occurs between things. Life is movement and processes and can only be seen and understood as patterns. Using the traditional mind of the tracker, navigator, wildcrafter, singer, dancer, and human being we can relearn to see, live in, and reweave the living world that is our birthright. This is a Pattern Mind.


Speakers
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Joel Glanzberg

Regenesis Collaborative
Joel has been involved in understanding and working with the natural world for over 4 decades. His early work at Flowering Tree is featured in the popular permaculture book Gaia's Garden and the video Thirty Years Greening the Desert. A founding member of the Regenesis Collaborative he has helped to wed Permaculture design and living systems thinking into practical applications to shift the development industry toward a regenerative trajectory... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:05am - 10:25am
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:45am

A climate unchanged: unconscious process and the modern treatment of the climate conflict
"Mankind is hampered in meeting the environmental crisis by a severe and pervasive apathy which is based upon feelings and attitudes of which he is largely unconscious" -Harold Searles, 1972 This presentation, part lecture and part group process, is designed to elicit creative responses to climate change that are rooted in modern theories of the mind and psyche. 20 minutes of lecture will be followed by 60 minutes of group process centering on the topic of the psychology of a changing climate; what processes of mind lead to environmental exploitation? How do these processes manifest within human relationships? What does this look like within the field of modern psychotherapy, and what can be learned from the world of modern treatment about addressing the ongoing challenge of a strained human/nature relationship?

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin White

Benjamin White

Benjamin White, LCSW is a former resident of Boulder county where he maintained a private practice in Lafayette. He currently treats teenagers and young adults at a therapeutic school in Northwestern Montana where he utilizes creative interventions within a multidisciplinary, community-oriented organization. He continues to draw from this unique work to inform his lifelong interest in devising new and effective ways to work with climate change... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:45am

Bringing Death Home: Community-Led Death Care and Green Burial
We support our community by providing education about options to create meaningful, personal rites of passage at death. Our session will explore the options of family-led after-death care (aka "home funerals"), and the earth-friendly option of green burial. Green burial means no embalmed bodies, biodegradable funerary wares (caskets etc.), in a setting with natural landscaping, usually native vegetation and low resource usage, avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers. We have heard that our guidance has given participants the knowledge and above all, the confidence to create beautiful, meaningful, and affordable rites of passage at death that are life-changing for the bereaved, and profoundly honoring of the dead. Our presentation will cover these topics and will also include a reflective, artistic activity. Note: The Death Cafe Boulder County is a local partner in end-of-life issues. We support their endeavors and encourage you to attend their presentation at this conference.

Speakers
avatar for Latané Hill

Latané Hill

Green Burial Boulder County
Latané Hill is a volunteer for Natural Transitions' latest initiative; Green Burial Boulder County. As a mother, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and student of early childhood education, Latané has spent many years studying the human process of incarnation, embodiment, and human development, and delights in the work that she does supporting new parents as they welcome and bond with their babies. Latané feels similar awe and wonder at... Read More →
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Daniel Ziskin

Daniel Ziskin was born and raised in southern New Jersey and now lives nearly 2000 miles away in Boulder, CO. He obtained a PhD in physics in 1993, studying climate change. He is both a professional Earth scientist and an ardent environmentalist. He has been active with Natural Transitions and Green Burial Boulder County for several years and he also serves on the board of directors of several "save-the-world" nonprofits such as eGo CarShare... Read More →
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Diana Zucco

Artist, Natural Transitions, “A Resource for Green and Holistic Approaches to End of Lif
Diana Zucco is a visual artist from Boulder, CO. A life-changing experience at the open-air funeral pyre in Crestone Colorado initiated her passion about community-led death care and green burial practices. Diana specializes in painting and hand-built ceramics. She had been creating intentional art for many years. She began volunteering with Natural Transitions in 2014 and has since has started to explore painting simple designs with... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:45am

Creating Our Eco-Biographies
Participants will have the opportunity to work in dyads and small groups to recall meaningful places, events and encounters that they have experienced connecting with the earth. Beginning with childhood memories of special places, trees, animals and continuing to adult stages of witnessing our love and fears for rivers, forests, mountains and our own back yards, we will trace our interactions with the earth. We will tell stories that remind us of what we love about our planet and have an opportunity to craft spontaneous poetry that enlivens our spirits as we reconnect with the natural world’s gifts that inspire us to protect what we love.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Yuhas

Stephanie Yuhas

CU Boulder, Naropa, Joanna Macy Center
Stephanie Yuhas has a Ph.D. from DU in Religious Studies and an MA from Vermont College in Ecological Psychology. She is teaching Religion and the Environment at CU Boulder this spring and has been teaching in the Naropa Transpersonal Ecopsychology program for over a decade. She is on the advisory board of the Joanna Macy Center.


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:45am

Living Out of Bounds

An acute shortage of affordable and sustainable housing has motivated many cultural creatives to reinvent shelter that is out of the boundaries that include the usual approaches to home ownership or apartment rental. In the vanguard are the small and tiny house builders who, as radicals in the best sense of the word, are showing us, by a process of creative subtraction, how to dramatically reduce the footprint and burden of the American home. We will hear from two professional builders, who will help us understand the larger cultural issues and from three individuals who have created dwellings for themselves that are, at this time, legally out of bounds.


Moderators
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Phil Dougan

Boulder Bioneers Salon
Carpenter, advocate for soulful shelter, and co-host of the Boulder Bioneers Salon

Speakers
avatar for Doug Beall

Doug Beall

Owner, ECOShelter Design + Build
Doug Beall Architect, contractor, and founder of ECOShelter Design+Build and the founder of Simple Shelter, Ltd., a tiny home development company. Doug has presented at previous Front Range Bioneers events.
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Bryon Fears

Simblissity Tiny Homes
Byron and Dot Fears Owners of Simblissity Tiny Homes, which builds beautifully crafted tiny homes on wheels in Lyons, CO
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Rob Galloway

Rob Galloway A talented carpenter and musician who has created a 110 sq. ft. jewel box that is not on wheels.
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Gayan Long

Gayan Long, another talented musician who has entered and continues to explore the domain of tiny house living by moving into a modest recreational vehicle.
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Isabelle Nagel-Brice

Isabelle Nagel-Brice is currently building her own tiny home on wheels to one day live off the grid. Her background in Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthropology, drove her to travel extensively abroad and live with indigenous agriculture communities in Latin America. Her tiny house is a way for her to live in a healthy home and take it with her if she chooses to move. She has become passionate about tiny house green building and... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

10:45am

Permaculture: A Tool for Justice

Permaculture is an ecological design system that incorporates Indigenous wisdom from around the world to help us create a more life-affirming, ethical world and work with nature. Even though permaculture is often thought of as a fancy word for a fancy gardening system, in this session we’ll break down the principles of Permaculture Design and cover ways in which those principles can be used as tools to radically heal harmful and unjust social systems (invisible structures) and can help us work towards social justice. In an era of Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, skyrocketing living costs on the Front Range, climate chaos, and the largest women’s marches in history, we can’t afford to keep ecological design or social justice issues in the background.

Join us for a unique presentation with innovative permaculturists and permaculture educators from the Front Range who are also deeply committed to and embedded in social justice work and education.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center, is working to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow and a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. She is the founder of Candelas Glows, which raises awareness about development around Rocky Flats and its contamination and... Read More →
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Kendra Krueger

Vesica Pi Labs LLC
Kendra Krueger is an electrical engineer who advocates for paradigm change within scientific culture. Founder of Vesica Pi Labs LLC, she hopes to revitalize the human connection to the pursuit of knowledge through principles of ethics, eastern philosophy, movement and grassroots community building. She holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering and has experience as an engineer and project manager in the semiconductor and... Read More →
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Damien Thompson

Urban/Rural Sociology, Social Theory, Horticulture, Regis University
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Michael White

Youth on Record
Michael White (aka Mike Wird) is an advanced permaculture designer/consultant/teacher, artist educator, natural builder, and trained real estate investor, promoting environmental stewardship and financial literacy, Mike shares his dedication to social and environmental justice thru cultural arts and regenerative practices. Mike is also a certified Earthship Biotect, he has been actively cultivating community for over a decade as a Hiphop Cultural... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

12:15pm

Lunch
Registration Fees do not include lunch meals.  Lunch will be available on Friday and Saturday for $10.  Purchase in advance or on-site or BYO.   Menu selections accommodate vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free dietary restrictions.  Saturday menu: Illegal Pete's Taco Bar (rice, beans, chicken, veggies, guacamole, salsas, sour cream, cheese, chips, corn and flour tortillas).

Saturday February 4, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
North Lobby University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

12:15pm

Death Cafe

Welcome to a Special Offering of The Death Café Boulder County !

This is a Group Facilitated Open Forum to Discuss End-of-Life Issues Concerning Death.At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Our Death Cafes are always offered:

- On a not for profit basis

- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space

- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action

- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!

Note: The Green Burial Council of Boulder County is a local partner in end-of-life issues who will be presenting at the conference. We support their endeavors. Please see the conference program for more info about their presentation.



Speakers
avatar for Prescott Knock

Prescott Knock

Boulder Death Café
Prescott Knock, MA: has a life-long passion for facilitating group spiritual transformation through: group ritual practice, community collaborative projects and as a retreat facilitator. He has enjoyed serving as Community Outreach and Education for New Century Hospice (formerly Family Hospice) and Director of Business Development for Windhorse Elder Care and has been working with hospice care, home care and related senior issues since 2009. As... Read More →
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Reva Tift MA

Advance Health Care Directives Guidance
Reva Tift MA has had a private practice in psychotherapy since 1979. She is the founder of Advance Health Care Directives Guidance which provides support and education around life transitions and end of life.Drawing on her experience as a teacher,therapist,mentor and mother she offers her knowledge, humor and guidance in navigating the often tender, harsh and complex issues that need to be explored when facing life transitions, medical... Read More →
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Sue Mackey

Out of the Box Funeral Planning
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Kim Mooney

Practically Dying, LLC
Kim Mooney has worked with hospices and as an independent consultant for faith communities, corporations, health care and mental health agencies. She is a Thanatologist certified by the international Association of Death Education and Counseling, a keynote speaker, published author, and a former member of the Board of Directors of ADEC. She has sat on the ethics committees for both hospice and hospital organizations and is a former member of... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
C120A University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80304

1:30pm

Carbon Sequestration through Agriculture, the economics of food and climate mitigation.
Can agriculture play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change? What is needed in terms of research, resources, and community support to establish regenerative agricultural systems. This panel discussion will bring together farmers, researchers, and community stakeholders actively working on these issues within Boulder County to discuss the research that is currently being undertaken and the potential to integrate carbon sequestering agriculture with a healthy and thriving local food system.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black

Owner, Your neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
Elizabeth Black lives in North Boulder with her husband Chris Brown, where she paints western landscapes and grows trees and vegetables on her teeny farm. She sells honey from her hives, jam she makes, and vegetables that she grows, from a small stand at her home. Elizabeth was instrumental in getting Boulder's Cottage Food Ordinance passed, which allows residents to sell produce and permitted cottage foods from their homes within the City. She... Read More →
avatar for Mark Guttridge

Mark Guttridge

Making Local Food Work; Local Food Shift
Mark Guttridge is an environmental and water resource engineer, a self-proclaimed "science junky" and the owner of Ollin Farms in Longmont. Mark and his wife Kena, who has an accounting and teaching background, started the farm in 2008. "Ollin" is an Aztec word meaning “constant motion or change,” which reflects the living organism of a farm. The Guttridges focus on a bionutrient model of farming, and they have dedicated a great deal of... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Colorado Chefs Changing Menus to Change Lives
Chefs and restaurateurs can play a vital role in supporting local producers and developing a resilient local food system, as well as cultivating a true local food culture. Join the visionary leaders of Colorado Chefs Collaborative in an exploration of the bounty of the region’s wonderful terroir. Meet some of the finest food producers in the Front Range and sample the delightful locally sourced culinary artistry of chefs Daniel Asher and Kelly Whitaker and Eliah Golden.

Moderators
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Michael Brownlee

Co-Publisher/Editor, Local Food Shift
A leader in food localization efforts since 2006, Michael Brownlee is the author of “The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times” (North Atlantic Books, Fall 2016), a manifesto for localizing the nation’s food supply and a strategic guide for those who are in a position to be catalysts in this process. He is a founding partner in Local Food Catalysts, LLC, an online media and events company supporting the... Read More →

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Daniel Asher

River and Woods
Chef and Partner Daniel Asher is thrilled to be a part of the River & Woods experience. His obsession with local agriculture, sustainable sourcing and food justice has been his focus for over two decades in the restaurant industry. As the former Culinary Director of The Edible Beats Group, one of the most successful hospitality brands in the region, Daniel helped to define true farm-to-table cuisine in Denver.  He was part of Root... Read More →
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Eliah Golden

University of Colorado Boulder
Chef Eliah Golden is the Senior Executive Chef of Campus Dining Service’s residential dining program. As a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Chef Eliah is well-connected in the Colorado culinary community, and serves on the Colorado Farm to School Task Force as well as the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. A Boulder native, Chef Eliah is passionate about fresh, nutritious and delicious cuisine and aims... Read More →
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Kelly Whitaker

chef/owner, Basta
Kelly Whitaker, Basta, Cart-Driver: Kelly Whitaker returned to Colorado in 2008 with a dream, his own restaurant and a hospitality group made up of serious talent, unleashed first by Kelly and the wood-fired craft he learned in Italy and perfected in Michelin star LA and Hollywood restaurants. His wife, Erika, left her corporate job in the fashion industry and focused her diverse abilities on the restaurant world to help make their dream a... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Earth Guardians: Youth United for a Frack Free Colorado
Urgent! Colorado has thousands of active fracked wells and many of them are unsupervised and already polluting the surrounding areas and groundwater.  Earth Guardians is taking action in the streets of Denver at the state Capitol on Feb 20 (Presidents Day) to support 6 youth plaintiffs suing the Colorado Gas & Oil Commission the following day. Other states and countries have been successful in changing policy and we are working to do the same!  We need support to help restore what's left of the environment here in Colorado and in order to do that we need to create personal and collective responsibility. Join us to get involved and have this important discussion. Bring your questions, stories, solutions and take home the next steps.  Session leaders: Daniel Jubelier of Our Children's Trust, Russell Mendell of Frack Free Colorado, and Aidan Ferris and Robin Eden of Earth Guardians.

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Robin Eden

Ecological Designer, Regenerative Lifestyles
Robin Eden is a mother, a mixed media artist, permaculture designer/teacher, and event coordinator. Robin's mission in life is to bring generations together to ponder and grasp our essential connection with natural systems, inspiring people to take action with logical design practices and creative solution implementation for our planet. She works with Earth Guardians as well as organizes events, presentations, & workshops, including: Cultural... Read More →
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Aidan Ferris

Aidan Ferris, an environmental solutionary from Phoenicia, New York,  works to educate and inspire those around her to take action on climate change. With the better part of a decade’s experience working with children, Aidan is enthusiastic in her mission to teach the future generations how to be the caretakers of the Earth. With this goal in mind, she co-founded Earth Guardians  NY with Rachel. Since starting a crew, Aidan has... Read More →
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Daniel Jubelirer

Daniel Jubelirer is passionate about the intersections of community building, social change and climate justice. With East Coast roots in North Carolina, and West Coast fruits in the Bay Area of California, he is currently a Peace Studies student at Naropa University in Colorado. As a community organizer, youth educator, artist, facilitator and activist he follows a passion for linking  personal, interpersonal, and... Read More →
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Russell Mendell

Russell Mendell is a writer, poet and community organizer focused on merging art and activism to inspire youth participation in climate solutions. He currently is working with Earth Guardians and Frack Free Colorado to inspire a just transition away from fossil fuels.


Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Nurturing Youth-Adult Partnerships for Community Action and Problem Solving
"Complexity can only be held by community"Parker J. Palmer, activist, writer, educator. As environmental citizens - community members dedicated to deep thought and meaningful action to create a more just and resilient world- we grapple with complex ideas, systems, policies, and practices. Each individual along the generational spectrum experiences and confronts these issues in different ways, from apathy to outrage to action, and often it takes more than a single person working alone to make a change. Using the award-winning Earth Force Community Action and Problem Solving process, this workshop will engage participants in dialogue and practice, creating cross-generational youth-adult partnerships that aim at solving local community environmental issues through civic engagement. Participants of all ages are encouraged to participate to enrich the inter-generational dialogue. A special invitation is extended to teachers, students, educators, activists, and environmental experts who want to learn more about bringing this process into the schools.

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Emily Bretl

Program Manager, Earth Force
Emily Bretl is an experience classroom and outdoor educator, teacher mentor, and environmental scientist. She is the Denver Program manager for Earth Force, an international non-profit that engages youth in solving tough environmental problems in their local communities by building STEM knowledge, civic skills, and the motivation to make a change. She works with Front Range schools, educators, and students through a local office in Denver... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

1:30pm

Seeing with Nature's Mind
We humans are by nature trackers of patterns and disturbers. Unconsidered disturbance destroys living systems be they ecosystems, economies, organisms, or organizations. Carefully designed they are the key to regenerating senescent systems and the the emergence of new orders of life. This has been our role in the biosphere since the beginning, it is time we remembered it. We will use simple exercises to understand natural patterns and how to interact with them favorably.

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Joel Glanzberg

Regenesis Collaborative
Joel has been involved in understanding and working with the natural world for over 4 decades. His early work at Flowering Tree is featured in the popular permaculture book Gaia's Garden and the video Thirty Years Greening the Desert. A founding member of the Regenesis Collaborative he has helped to wed Permaculture design and living systems thinking into practical applications to shift the development industry toward a regenerative trajectory... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:00pm

Adventures in Aquaponics and Greenhouses: Case Studies for year-round food production
The future of food depends on sustainable and efficient food production. This session will showcase passive solar, energy efficient greenhouses for residential and commercial applications as well as aquaponics which can operate as a stand-alone automated production system, or better as an integrated farming solution, which incorporates seamlessly with farms and gardens.  Ceres Greenhouse Solutions and Colorado Aquaponics has built several systems across Colorado that have been operating for years. From schoolrooms to mental health centers, urban apartments to food deserts, you can see how easy it can be to grow food year-round in any space!

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JD Sawyer

Colorado Aquaponics and The Aquaponics Source
As the owner of Colorado Aquaponics and The Aquaponics Source, JD Sawyer has been building and operating aquaponic systems and greenhouses, while providing education for schools and communities throughout Colorado and the world. JD has been a pioneer in this burgeoning sustainable food industry for almost a decade. He was the chair of the annual Aquaponics Association conference and served on the advisory board until 2014. He is also a lead... Read More →
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Paige Schavey

Paige Schavey | Project Manager - Ceres Greenhouse Solutions | Paige is an Environmental Designer with a passion for all aspects of sustainability and design. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Colorado, Paige brings years of experience of design thinking and production to Ceres, where she manages the local residential projects. In her free time, you will find her in the wilderness somewhere or in the... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:00pm

Empowering Citizens: Political Will and the Climate Crisis
Resilience in the face of climate change is most-often thought of in a physical or geographical sense, e.g. raising seawalls, undergrounding electric transmission wires, securing backup power for critical community centers, etc. The forgotten aspect of this view is building resilience in community members. We believe communities are most resilient when their members are empowered and informed to advocate for themselves, and the issue of climate action is no exception. In agreement, 350 Colorado, Clean Energy Action, and Citizens Climate Lobby - Boulder have partnered to co-host this tri-session. You’ll hear a 20-minute presentation from each group, and the floor will open for questions at the end. Participants will learn to articulate the case for immediate climate action regardless of audience; understand various possible approaches to addressing the climate crisis; exercise their own personal and political will by strengthening their Citizen Power and their capacity to Build Movements.

Speakers
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Aaron Estevez-Miller

Aaron Estevez-Miller is a current candidate for an M.S. in Finance at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Growing up in a Colorado family where backpacking, fly fishing, and snowshoeing were favorite weekend pastimes, environmental conservation has always been one of his core values. Combined with a passion for policy and politics, Aaron's outdoor upbringings led him to seek opportunities for environmental activism in Colorado. He joined the... Read More →
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Leslie Glustrom

Clean Energy Action
Leslie Glustrom was a founding member and serves on the board of Clean Energy Action. Clean Energy Action works with citizen activists to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world. Clean Energy Action helps communities throughout Colorado and the US take responsibility for the carbon intensity of their electricity since electricity is often a community's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Clean Energy Action has also... Read More →
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Micah Parkin

350 Boulder County
Micah Parkin is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. 350 Colorado is affiliated with the global 350.org climate movement and is working locally to help build the grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future. Micah has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer, and nonprofit director - first in... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
N124 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:00pm

From Crisis to Resilience
Katrina. Superstorm Sandy. The financial meltdown of 2008. These are some of the acute crises that underline chronic disasters like climate change, colonialism, and capitalism. Ferguson. Baltimore. Standing Rock. These are some of the flashpoints that are the rational and necessary responses in a society that is founded on institutionalized racism and colonialism. Crises and disasters, flashpoints and uprisings, these help bring clarity and focus our attention to underlying and systemic problems. In this workshop we will explore how to continue to develop systemic responses, build leadership skills and practices that empower us to move from crises to resilience, and create the necessary infrastructure to carry over from past struggles and victories and liberate our communities.

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Robert Chanate

Woodbine Ecology Center
Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and has lived in Denver, Colorado for several years. He is a volunteer for various Native organizations in which his support role differs based on the group’s mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots community organizing, non-violent direction action trainings, and educational presentations. He also is a contributor to Indian Country Today.
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Rick Garcia

Woodbine Ecology Center
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Tifanny Lovato

Woodbine Ecology Center
"Guwatsi hoba!" Tiffany says, "Greetings, how is everyone?!" in her Keres language. She is from the tribe of Kewa Pueblo (aka Santo Domingo Pueblo) in New Mexico. She comes from the Pumpkin clan. Tiffany gained her traditional education from her tribe where she learned the Keres language, culture, and traditions that continue today. Tiffany passes these teachings onto her daughter and educates others about the importance of cultural diversity and... Read More →
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Liberty Shellman

Operations Director, Woodbine Ecology Center
Generous with her time and always ready to commit, Liberty has been involved with dozens of non-profits and small organizations throughout her professional career. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Photography. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, a 12 day performance art festival in Boulder, and serves on the Board of Directors for... Read More →
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Pavlos Stavropoulos

Woodbine Ecology Center
Born and raised in Greece, Pavlos grew up bilingual and bicultural. Before moving to Colorado Pavlos served on the board of the Oregon Public Interest Research Group, and was the publications coordinator and a board member at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. Since moving to Colorado he has served as the publications coordinator for the Fourth World Center, been the publisher and associate editor of Society and Nature/Democracy... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:00pm

Women Deepening Food Justice from the Frontlines of the Front Range
Join us for a panel of inspiring, outstanding food justice designers, growers, practitioners changing the food justice landscape on the Front Range. Join Fatuma Emmad of Sister Gardens, Neambe Leadon of Denver Food Rescue, and Asia Dorsey of Five Points Fermentation Co. with facilitator Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish. These women of color change-makers represent the best of the food justice movement by embodying complex ideals and theories with practice and community projects and businesses on the ground, feeding bellies, community, minds and imaginations.

Moderators
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Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center, is working to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow and a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. She is the founder of Candelas Glows, which raises awareness about development around Rocky Flats and its contamination and... Read More →

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Asia Dorsey

Five Points Fermentation Co.
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Fatuma Emmad

Sister Gardens
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Neambe Leadon

Denver Food Rescue


Saturday February 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
N128 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

3:00pm

Youth Empowerment Through Creative Education
Youth on Record believes that all young people, including those who are at-risk and written-off, have the ability to turn their lives around. Youth on Record is committed to ensuring that the youth served, graduate from high school and are ready to enter the workforce, and transition to college or enter advanced technical training and careers. There will be a panel of Youth on Record Youth (Real Rock Star Award Recipients) sharing their insightful experience of how Youth on Record programs have positively benefited their lives.

Speakers
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Diego Florez

Diego Florez is a Poet, Artist, and musician. Born and Raised in North Denver. He was a part of Minor Disturbance, a youth poetry group. Minor Disturbance has won championships at Brave New Voices 3 times. He was also a recipient of the Real Rock Star Award 2015. | | For the last 3 years Diego has been the community director/MC of events, for a grassroots community organization called Free Music For Free people. Free music for free people has... Read More →
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Elias Garcia

Elias Garcia is the love-baby of Carlos Santana and Frank Zappa. A North Denverite, of Chicano roots and New Mexican blood, Elias has spent his twenty-years as a student, an activist, inspirational thinker, and conductively ethereal being. He works with energy and the transfer of information. All this is to say, Elias is both a music student and a music teacher. Elias is a multi-instrumentalist, but his main squeezes are the flamenco guitar... Read More →
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Yazmin Hernandez

Yazmin Hernandez is a talented local musician and songwriter. She has been performing professionally since she was 15 years old. She sang with artists like Don Grusin, Ricky Z, Natali Rene, Rene Camacho, and others. She has been working as a solo artist in the Denver area since 2011 and concurrently attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned her B.A. degree in English in 2016. She works full time as a teacher in South... Read More →
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Michael White

Youth on Record
Michael White (aka Mike Wird) is an advanced permaculture designer/consultant/teacher, artist educator, natural builder, and trained real estate investor, promoting environmental stewardship and financial literacy, Mike shares his dedication to social and environmental justice thru cultural arts and regenerative practices. Mike is also a certified Earthship Biotect, he has been actively cultivating community for over a decade as a Hiphop Cultural... Read More →
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Mace Windu

Who the hell is Mace Windu? We are not talking about Samuel L. Jackson. We are talking about Denver MC, producer, and visual artist Mace Windu. Mace has been roaming this city spreading his creative talents amongst various Denver Public Schools, the University of Denver, Anythink Libraries, and most importantly Youth on Record. Mace was born April 16th, 1994 and was raised throughout Denver. Not just a young educator, but a natural spitter... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
N126 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

4:30pm

Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest (23 min)
Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, works closely with Indigenous peoples and local conservationists to protect isolated and uncontacted tribes in the northwest Amazon. As co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1995, he’ll depict ACT’s work partnering with over 30 South American tribes, including the Kogi, to map, manage and protect over 70 million acres of ancestral forests. He’ll describe collaborations with elder healers to develop and implement successful “Shamans and Apprentices” programs to transmit sacred healing information down through generations within the tribes themselves.

Speakers
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Mark Plotkin

Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., co-founder/President of the Amazon Conservation Team, author of such bestselling books as: Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice; Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets; and The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria, is a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied indigenous plant use with traditional healers in Latin America for 30+ years and has long worked on conservation and biodiversity... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 4:30pm - 4:53pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

4:54pm

The Role of Spiritual Practice in Social Justice Work (26 min)
Introduction by Fania Davis, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Speakers
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Ericka Huggins

Merritt College
Ericka Huggins, a human rights activist, poet, innovative educator, and former internationally renowned political prisoner who helped lead the Black Panther Party for 14 years, is currently a professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland, California and has a decades' long track record of community service, including teaching meditation in prisons, and working with at-risk and incarcerated youth, adopted... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 4:54pm - 5:20pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:20pm

Youth Leadership (5 min)
This Brower Youth Award winner, arts activist and community organizer discusses his work helping build diverse coalitions in the spirit of “intersectional” justice to protect the highly threatened and crucially important Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem.

Speakers
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Naelyn Pike

This extraordinary 16-year-old Chiricahua Apache activist from San Carlos, AZ, co-leads The Apache Stronghold group to defend her people’s sacred sites, tribal sovereignty, culture and language.


Saturday February 4, 2017 5:20pm - 5:25pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:26pm

Creativity—the Antidote to Destruction (26 min)
Extraordinary award-winning poets, performance activists and cultural architects Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree explore the network of mutuality that binds our existence through the ricochet of oppression and the reciprocity of liberation. Their art is a tool for catalyzing action, cross-pollinating solutions, getting at the root of our most pressing social and ecological issues, and reminding us that we all belong to each other.

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Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree
Climbing PoeTree will perform two selections from their newly released record INTRINSIC


Saturday February 4, 2017 5:26pm - 5:50pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

5:50pm

Key Solutionaries and Hot Issues, Front Range Eco-Social Solutions Closing Remarks
This fast-paced closing session hones in on how to take action in your community on some of the most pressing challenges with local solutionaries: Micah Parkin of 350 Colorado, Robert Chanate of Indigenous People's Power Project, Terese Howard of Denver Homeless Out Loud, and Judy Huston of Showing Up for Racial Justice.  MC'd by Kendra Krueger of Denver Permaculture Guild. 

Moderators
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Kendra Krueger

Vesica Pi Labs LLC
Kendra Krueger is an electrical engineer who advocates for paradigm change within scientific culture. Founder of Vesica Pi Labs LLC, she hopes to revitalize the human connection to the pursuit of knowledge through principles of ethics, eastern philosophy, movement and grassroots community building. She holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering and has experience as an engineer and project manager in the semiconductor and... Read More →

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Robert Chanate

Woodbine Ecology Center
Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and has lived in Denver, Colorado for several years. He is a volunteer for various Native organizations in which his support role differs based on the group’s mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots community organizing, non-violent direction action trainings, and educational presentations. He also is a contributor to Indian Country Today.
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Terese Howard

Denver Homeless Out Loud
Terese is an organizer and advocate with Denver Homeless Out Loud. She works alongside people experiencing homelessness to fight for our right to survive, for public space for all, for human dignity, and for all to have a place to call home. She has been doing this work for 5 years after starting DHOL.  | Right now we live in a country where having a home is becoming something harder and harder to grasp. With housing costs at record rates... Read More →
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Judy Huston

SURJ
Judy Huston has been active with the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice for the past two years. She is a Boulder native, who has been politically active at various times in her life, starting during the late 60s. A Quaker since childhood, she is grounded in the testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. In addition to her anti-racist activism she is a passionate beekeeper and gardener.
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Micah Parkin

350 Boulder County
Micah Parkin is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. 350 Colorado is affiliated with the global 350.org climate movement and is working locally to help build the grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future. Micah has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer, and nonprofit director - first in... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 5:50pm - 6:30pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

6:30pm

Front Range Bioneers Closing, Youth on Record
Speakers
avatar for Diego Florez

Diego Florez

Diego Florez is a Poet, Artist, and musician. Born and Raised in North Denver. He was a part of Minor Disturbance, a youth poetry group. Minor Disturbance has won championships at Brave New Voices 3 times. He was also a recipient of the Real Rock Star Award 2015. | | For the last 3 years Diego has been the community director/MC of events, for a grassroots community organization called Free Music For Free people. Free music for free people has... Read More →
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Elias Garcia

Elias Garcia is the love-baby of Carlos Santana and Frank Zappa. A North Denverite, of Chicano roots and New Mexican blood, Elias has spent his twenty-years as a student, an activist, inspirational thinker, and conductively ethereal being. He works with energy and the transfer of information. All this is to say, Elias is both a music student and a music teacher. Elias is a multi-instrumentalist, but his main squeezes are the flamenco guitar... Read More →
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Yazmin Hernandez

Yazmin Hernandez is a talented local musician and songwriter. She has been performing professionally since she was 15 years old. She sang with artists like Don Grusin, Ricky Z, Natali Rene, Rene Camacho, and others. She has been working as a solo artist in the Denver area since 2011 and concurrently attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned her B.A. degree in English in 2016. She works full time as a teacher in South... Read More →
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Michael White

Youth on Record
Michael White (aka Mike Wird) is an advanced permaculture designer/consultant/teacher, artist educator, natural builder, and trained real estate investor, promoting environmental stewardship and financial literacy, Mike shares his dedication to social and environmental justice thru cultural arts and regenerative practices. Mike is also a certified Earthship Biotect, he has been actively cultivating community for over a decade as a Hiphop Cultural... Read More →
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Mace Windu

Who the hell is Mace Windu? We are not talking about Samuel L. Jackson. We are talking about Denver MC, producer, and visual artist Mace Windu. Mace has been roaming this city spreading his creative talents amongst various Denver Public Schools, the University of Denver, Anythink Libraries, and most importantly Youth on Record. Mace was born April 16th, 1994 and was raised throughout Denver. Not just a young educator, but a natural spitter... Read More →


Saturday February 4, 2017 6:30pm - 6:45pm
C120 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303

7:00pm

Optional Off-Site Community Discussion Dinners
Saturday February 4, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
SIGN UP IN LOBBY, OFF-SITE University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80304
 
Sunday, February 5
 

12:00pm

Bringing the Mountain Home: Optional Follow-up Dialogue Session

Note: This session does not require separate eventbrite registration but you do need to have attended Friday and/or Saturday programming to participate.  Parking is free in the SEEC lots on Sunday but not at the hourly metered spaces.  

For millennia, cultures across the world have recognized the value of going into “retreat” from time to time. Varying in intensity, specific purpose, ritual, ceremony, practices, etc., a fundamental principle seems to be tacit amongst them; removing oneself from the every-day contexts of life to gain a more elevated perspective into how life works and how one finds their purpose in it.

The modern western context in which we find ourselves has its own versions of this. Front Range Eco-Social Solutions is an example; you’ve likely come here seeking greater understanding about the challenges we face and what you can do about them. Every week of the year, thousands of opportunities exist for us to go into retreat, and we should be grateful that so many of these opportunities abound for those of us who have the means to attend them.

However, one area in which many of these gatherings can fall short is how one transfers their retreat experience back into the daily contexts that comprises the bulk of our lives. While in retreat, we can have amazing and insightful experiences, meet wonderful new people, get excited about new possibilities…and then it’s Monday.

Any culture who has a long-established tradition of retreat is also likely to have a tradition of transitioning back to daily contexts with the newfound insights. One such example can be found in some of the more esoteric truth-seeking traditions of Japan, where practitioners spend time in the mountains engaged in intensive practices geared towards the cultivation of spiritual power and understanding through nature. Having been through these rigorous experiences, there follows practices that one might call “Bringing the Mountain Home”; in other words, intentional consideration and practice in how to directly transfer the power of knowledge and insight gained back into day-to-day living.

Please join us for this transitional session geared towards making the most out of your recent retreat experience by combining your inspiration with practices that will help you transfer your elevated experiences back into your day-to-day contexts, where life really calls to us to step into action. Remember, the real purpose of retreat is to advance… 


Speakers
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Ian Sanderson

A member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle clan, Ian hails from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.  Ian has been involved in Outdoor and Experiential Education for almost 20 years, working for or with various organizations including the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, the Santa Fe Mountain Center's Native American Emergence Program, Naropa University, the Environmental Center at CU Boulder, and most recently with the United... Read More →


Sunday February 5, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
S228 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303