How Do We Build a Sustainable World?

mchenry-county-bioneersJoin Partners Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County for their Winter Speaker Series …

How Do We Build a More Sustainable World?

Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & Feb. 12
7:00 PM
Luecht Conference Center, McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Hwy. 14
Crystal Lake, IL

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 following are seminar topics scheduled through Feb. 12:

January 22, 2013, 7 PM“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

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

January 29, 2013, 7 PM – “Engaging In Transformation”
Featuring Nancy Tuchman, Director of the Institute of Urban Environmental Sustainability (IUES) at Loyola University Chicago

February 5, 2013, 7 PM – “Building Bridges With Food”
Featuring Linda Mallers of FarmLogix

February 12, 7 PM – “Fracking 101: What, Where, and WHY?”
Featuring Jack Darin, Executive Director, Illinois Sierra Club

Beginning January 29, a national Bioneers Conference DVD will also be screened that presents prominent environmental leader speaking about a topic related to each talk. The speakers via DVD will include:

  • Bill McKibben of on Jan. 29
  • Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery on Feb. 5
  • Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream”, on Feb. 12

This series is free and open to the public. For more information,visit or contact either Pat Dieckhoff at (815) 479-7817 or Kristine Emrich at (815) 479-7570 or email

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