MCC Student Peace Action Network Announces “Bioneers” Speakers

A press release from McHenry County College’s Student Peace Action Network announces the Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series, with speakers on Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & Feb. 12:

How do we build a more sustainable world?

Find out by attending the free Great Lakes Beaming Bioneers Speaker Series at 7 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake. The four-part series continues on Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, 2013.

McHenry County College's Conference Center.

McHenry County College’s Conference Center.

Experts in local and global issues facing our planet today will present information about building the local food network, quantifying the value of natural areas, Loyola University’s path to sustainability, and what is on the horizon for fracking in Illinois.

The speaker series is co-sponsored by McHenry County College, Loyola University Retreat Ecology Campus and McHenry County Conservation District.

The first lecture on Jan. 22 will feature “Towards an Economics of Shared Prosperity in a Finite World,” presented by Dr. Jon Erickson, professor of ecological economics and the interim dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

His presentation will help recognize and understand the direct economic benefits of many of the activities we are already beginning to pursue here in McHenry County. Everything from green building and infrastructure, ecological restoration to conservation easements, provide direct economic benefits that are not currently understood or valued. As we direct the future of McHenry County, it is it is vital that we become more adept at recognizing, understanding and incorporating these benefits into our processes.

The following are seminar topics scheduled through Feb. 12:

  • “Engaging In Transformation” January 29, 7 p.m. featuring Dr. Nancy Tuchman, Director of the Institute of Urban Environmental Sustainability (IUES) at Loyola University Chicago
  • “Building Bridges With Food” February 5, 7 p.m. featuring Linda Mallers of FarmLogix
  • “Fracking 101: What, Where, and WHY?” February 12, 7 p.m. featuring Jack Darin, executive director, Illinois Sierra Club

At each presentation, a national Bioneers Conference DVD will also be featured that evening. These prominent environmental leaders will be speaking about a topic related to the talk that evening. The speakers via DVD will include Bill McKibben of on Jan. 29; Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery on Feb. 5; and Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream”, on Feb. 12.

The speaker series is free and open to the public. For more information, check link at or contact either Pat Dieckhoff at (815) 479-7817 or Kristine Emrich at (815) 479-7570 or email [email protected].


MCC Student Peace Action Network Announces “Bioneers” Speakers — 5 Comments

  1. Balanced?

    A debate series would be infinatley more interesting than a one sided speaker, regardless of the issue.

    The organizers and the audience at these things would be better served with group counseling.

  2. Fused — You missed my sarcasm.

    The conference offers NO balance.

    Would expect no less from MCC.

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