20th Annual Bioneers Conference - Thought Leadership in Sustainability, Environment, and Social Justice

GlobalWarmingisReal is happy to support the upcoming Bioneers Conference.

2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Bioneers Conference, the premiere sustainability "Thought Leadership" forum on environmental and social justice issues, as well as positive scientific and cultural innovations inspired by nature and human ingenuity.

This year's speakers include Andrew Weil, MD, Michael Pollan (Author of The Omnivore'’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and featured in the film Food, Inc.), Annie Leonard (Creator of The Story of Stuff), and many others.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California is hosting the event from October 16-18th. The conference will also be simulcast to 18 Satellite Beamer Locations. For the first time the conference will be webcast, and can be accessed the days of the event right here at GlobalWarmingisReal.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay area next weekend and want to attend the Bioneers Conference in person, GlobalWarmingisReal readers can get a 10% discount on the price of admission.

A sampling of some of the discussions at Bioneers 2009:

From Small Steps to the Energy Revolution

Friday October 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Plenary

How do we move rapidly from 1% solar and wind energy in the U.S. to 50%? To 100%? Jack Hidary, co-founder of SmartTransportation.org and chairman of Americans for CleanEnergy.org, explains what we have to do realize this necessary re-evolution.

l Rehydration Revolution

Friday October 16, 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Water and carbon are two of life’s most essential elements, but managed improperly they can destroy the land. “Keyline” design is a highly successful system that harvests and distributes water more evenly for greater fertility, increased root growth and much higher carbon sequestration. With Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s master permaculturalist and land management and watershed expert; and Darren Doherty, renowned Australian permaculturaist, and a world-renowned expert of innovative “broadacre” agricultural systems.

l Living Buildings; The Future of Architecture

Saturday October 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Plenary

Jason McLennan, leading figure in the global green architecture movement challenges us to imagine and demand buildings that operate as elegantly and efficiently as the living structures that Nature creates. As CEO of Cascadia Green Building Council, author of the Living Building Challenge and co-creator of Pharos (the most advanced building material rating system in North America) he shows breathtaking examples from the worldwide challenge underway to design buildings that meet or exceed Nature'’s ecosystem services.

  • From Small Steps to the Energy Revolution
    Friday October 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Plenary
    How do we move rapidly from 1% solar and wind energy in the U.S. to 50%? To 100%? Jack Hidary, co-founder of SmartTransportation.org and chairman of Americans for CleanEnergy.org, explains what we have to do realize this necessary re-evolution.
  • Rehydration Revolution
    Friday October 16, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
    Water and carbon are two of life’s most essential elements, but managed improperly they can destroy the land. “Keyline” design is a highly successful system that harvests and distributes water more evenly for greater fertility, increased root growth and much higher carbon sequestration. With Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s master permaculturalist and land management and watershed expert; and Darren Doherty, renowned Australian permaculturaist, and a world-renowned expert of innovative “broadacre” agricultural systems.
  • Living Buildings; The Future of Architecture
    Saturday October 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Plenary
    Jason McLennan, leading figure in the global green architecture movement challenges us to imagine and demand buildings that operate as elegantly and efficiently as the living structures that Nature creates. As CEO of Cascadia Green Building Council, author of the Living Building Challenge and co-creator of Pharos (the most advanced building material rating system in North America) he shows breathtaking examples from the worldwide challenge underway to design buildings that meet or exceed Nature's ecosystem services.
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