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Friday, February 3
 

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
avatar for Jo Fleming

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... 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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Just Transition Collaborative

CU Environmental Center
avatar for Antonio Huizar

Antonio Huizar

Environmental Center
Antonio is a University of Colorado-Boulder senior undergraduate student studying International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies. He is part of the Eco-Social Justice Team within CU-Boulder's Environmental Center, the nation's largest student-run environmental... Read More →
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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 Christmas trees and vegetables on her teeny farm. Since watching Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, she has been very concerned about climate change, and... 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... 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... 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
avatar for Vicki N. Goldstein

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... 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

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
Judith Mohling, 45 years as a peace and anti-nuclear activist, 40 years as a licensed professional counselor, 54 years as a mom of two children, and now a grandmother of three grandchildren. Judith is an activist and was involved with shutting down the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Allred

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Chris Allred, Nuclear Guardianship and Outreach Coordinator, has been involved with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center since 2010. Chris enjoys working together with the team of collectives at RMPJC, including Nuclear Guardianship, Economic Justice, Global Peace, Social Justice... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager, CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is the Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center. There, she works to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s... Read More →
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LeRoy Moore

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
LeRoy Moore, PhD, is a writer and former academic, who since 1979 has focused on public health and environmental issues related to the now defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory near Denver. A founder of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, he worked successfully with others... 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... 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... 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

Executive Director, Ajabu Advisors
Chris Allan is a consultant on international environmental and development programming. He has thirty years’ experience in community development and environmental protection with Ajabu Advisors, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Environmental Health Fund, Global... 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... Read More →
avatar for Karen MacClune

Karen MacClune

Senior Staff Scientist, ISET-International
Karen MacClune is Chief Operating Officer & Senior Staff Scientist of ISET. She received her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado where she studied glacial hydrology and micrometeorology of the Antarctica Dry Valleys. Prior to her work with ISET-International, Karen was... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Asa Henderson

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... 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, a nonprofit organization specializing in community-based, wilderness Rites of Passage for youth. Her passion for empowering women and girls has led her into an exploration of how societal constructs of gender affect self-esteem... 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... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Harkins

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... Read More →
avatar for Lucinda Smith

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... 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
avatar for Michael James Alcazar

Michael James Alcazar

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... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Kersgaard

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... Read More →
avatar for Braeden Miguel

Braeden Miguel

Community Driven/ Self Employed Photographer
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... Read More →
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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... 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
avatar for Morey Bean

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... Read More →
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Emma Ruffin

Director // Founder, Boulder.Earth // Desert Raven Design
Emma Ruffin is a wearer of many hats: as the founder and head “Scribe” of Desert Raven Design, she embodies deep listening, presence and co-creation—allowing the collective intelligence of groups to emerge, which she then captures in storyboard form, transforming meetings and... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars

herbalist and nutritional consultant, Naropa University
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with almost fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, and The School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, Sivananda Yoga Ashram... 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... 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... Read More →
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Hana Dansky

Boulder Food Rescue
Hana Dansky sees food as a tool for relationships and change. They are a cofounder and the Executive Director of Boulder Food Rescue, which seeks to increase access to healthy food and create a more just food system. Hana also works to fundraise money for grassroots social and economic... Read More →
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Lindsey Loberg

Boulder Food Rescue
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... 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... 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... Read More →


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

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... 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 Latane Hill

Latane 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Diana Zucco

Diana Zucco

Diana Zucco is a visual artist in 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.


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... Read More →


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.
avatar for Isabelle Nagel-Brice

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... 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
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Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager, CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is the Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center. There, she works to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s... 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... Read More →
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Damien Thompson

Urban/Rural Sociology, Social Theory, Horticulture, Sister Gardens
I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In addition to my training in anthropology I also hold a certification in Permaculture Design and a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. My interests center... 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... 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

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
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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... 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... 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... 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
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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 Christmas trees and vegetables on her teeny farm. Since watching Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, she has been very concerned about climate change, and... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Daniel Jubelirer

Earth Guardians
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... 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.
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Robin E White

Ecological Designer, Regenerative Adventures
Robin E White is an ecological designer and permaculture educator, her main purpose is to promote and facilitate meaningful relationships between people and planet Earth. As an artist and mother from the mountains of Colorado, she utilizes her resources and networking skills to create... Read More →


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.

Speakers
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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... 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.

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... 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!

Speakers
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JD Sawyer

Colorado Aquaponics and The Aquaponics Source
JD Sawyer founded Colorado Aquaponics in 2009 and has been researching, developing and operating aquaponic systems ever since. He is now the CEO of Avolve Inc. (dba The Aquaponic Source). The Aquaponic Source is the largest retailer of aquaponic systems, supplies and educational materials... Read More →
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Paige Schavey

Paige Schavey | Project Manager - Ceres Greenhouse SolutionsPaige 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.

Speakers
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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 groups mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots... Read More →
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Rick Garcia

Facility Manager, Woodbine Ecology Center
Rick was born in Denver and raised in Boulder during the Chicano Rights Movement, which was and continues to be a major influence in his life and his social justice work. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder and also has 10+ years of Urban Farming experience as a practitioner... Read More →
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Tiffany Lovato

Ecocultural Restoration Coordinator, Woodbine Ecology Center
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Liberty Shellman

Executive Director, Woodbine Ecology Center
Generous with her time and always ready to commit, Liberty has been involved with dozens of nonprofits and small community groups throughout her professional career. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Photography. Before coming... 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... 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

Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager, CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is the Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center. There, she works to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Asia Dorsey

Five Points Fermentation
Asia Dorsey is a serene green love machine. She makes art of spreading spores of creativity and community, justice and just desserts to anyone brave enough to be themselves. She trades fertilizer with seed activists and stories of future remembrance through belly button solidarity... Read More →
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Fatuma Emmad

Cofounder, FrontLine Farms
Fatuma Emmad was born in Denver, Colorado, as the child of immigrants from Ethiopia and Yemen. Her family returned to Ethiopia when she was nine years old and the wars that had pushed her family out seemed to come to an end. Traveling between Ethiopia and the United States had a profound... Read More →
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Neambe Leadon

Program Director, Denver Food Rescue
Food Access, Urban Agriculture, Community Organizing, Collectives and Collaboration, Natural Child Birth, Holistic Health, Alternative Medicine


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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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
 
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... 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