The Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt is proud to be a co-sponsor of the upcoming Great Lakes Bioneers conference next weekend, Nov. 1-3, hosted at RU’s Chicago Campus. For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national and local visionaries on environmental and community sustainability in a program of presentations and interactive workshops interwoven with music, drama, dance, poetry and celebration.
The conference theme, Creating Resilient Communities, will bring together leading innovators from all walks of life to exchange ideas, build networks and experience the power of visions guided by a philosophy that the responses to our city’s most significant environmental, social and economic challenges must be in harmony with the wisdom and proven design of natural systems. Event highlights include:
- Keynotes by leaders in the environmental and social justice movements, including David Orr and Sandra Steingraber (pictured at left), two leading voices of sustainability and environmental activism/education.
- Professional Development workshops on food, water, waste, shelter, climate, and community using the World Café model.
- Empowering, interactive panels and workshops.
- Inspiring music, poetry and dance.
- Youth-related workshops and activities, including a presentation by Roosevelt senior SUST major Zarakyah Ben Ahmadiel, who as a representative of the sustainable food business Soul Vegan will give a workshop entitled “Rebel Without a Pause: Radical Change for Community Recovery”
- Saturday Concert by the Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir.
- Exhibit Hall showcasing Chicago’s change makers.
Online registration is still available for what should be the most exciting and diverse environmental conference in Chicago this fall. Check this webpage for full registration information (you can attend a single event, a day’s activities, or the entire conference) and to look at the program for each day.
Roosevelt students, faculty, and staff are eligible for
special registration discounts. Contact SUST program director
Mike Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.