Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series
2014 Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series
Join us Tuesdays, February 4, 11 and 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. in MCC's Luecht Conference Center. This three-week series is a vehicle for connecting the public and MCC employees and students to cutting edge environmental topics and their impact on our local economy and our community!
The speaker series is free and open to the public. No registration required.
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February 4: Green Means Go! Jobs, Renewable Energy, and the Future of Power.
Dr. Sarah White (Center on Wisconsin Strategy, COWS)
- Sarah L. White is a Senior Associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), a national policy center at the University of Wisconsin dedicated to high-road economic development. Her work focuses on the intersection of labor, education, and energy policy at state and federal levels, and she is a national expert on jobs and training in the emerging green economy. White has written widely on education for sustainability and social change, including, most recently, Greener Reality: Resilience, Equity, and Skill Formation in a Cleaner U.S. Economy. She sits on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition, chairs the National Working Group on Solar Career Pathways for the US Department of Energy, and served as the Secretary’s policy advisor for federal employment and training programs at Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development.
Billy Parrish (Solar Mosaic) via DVD
February 11: Expanding Local Food Production Through Aquaponics and Hydroponics
Andy McGhee (Chicago Botanic Garden's Aquaponics Specialist)
- Andy is the staff aquaponics specialist for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest (WCH) educational programs.
He designed, implemented and manages the operations of two aquaponics systems for the Chicago Botanic Garden's WCH: One, a modest educational and research system for the WCH adult education program, is located at Richard J. Daley College. A larger training and small production system is located inside the Cook County Jail V.R.I.C. facility.
He has worked for many years as a construction project manager, specializing in historic and landmark building re-use/development. He has a life-long interest in community development, the natural environment and issues of environmental sustainability.
Kirk Cashmore (local hydroponics farmer)
- Kirk Cashmore is the owner of Cashmore’s Produce and Ponics, a farm started in 2010 with a different approach to traditional growing. Its current approach is vertical hydroponics with a twist of adventure, ingenuity, and self-sustainability. Now, after three years of construction, design, and tweaking a barn for inside year round food production, the operation in Harvard, Illinois is capable of producing 3200 heads of lettuce and 180 tomato plants. Heated with one bio mass heater and a homemade solar air furnace, its fuel footprint is relatively small. Kirk delivers his fresh produce weekly to local establishments and farmers markets.
David Nabong ( Brew and Grow, McHenry County College hydroponics/aquaponics instructor)
- David Nabong is a garden and horticultural specialist with Brew and Grow Alternative Garden Supply located in Crystal Lake, IL. This position involves product support with sales and horticultural support for hobbyist customers as well as being the liaison to area high schools that benefitted from Brew and Grow's donation event. At MCC, David is an adjunct instructor to the horticultural department, currently teaching Topics in Horticulture: Intro to Hydroponics. This semester long course involves hands-on experience and theoretical study on hydro/aquaponic plant production and system maintenance.
February 18: Adapt to Changing Conditions: Embodying Nature's Resilience Principles in the Face of Climate Change
Amy Coffman Phillips (B-Collaborative, designer and facilitator)
- Amy Coffman Phillips is a certified biomimicry professional who believes we can solve today's sustainability and resilience challenges by learning from the success stores found in nature. Trained as an architect and with a MBA concentration in business management, Amy takes her love of nature and the creative process and weaves them into a career that reconnects humans and nature with the goal of improving both human and natural systems. Amy founded The B-Collaborative, an education and design consultancy, to create and facilitate transformative nature inspired projects. Their “BEND, Don’t Break” Naturally Inspired Resilience workshop gives businesses, organizations, and communities the tools they need to integrate biological resilience strategies into their strategic planning. As a Partner at Prairie Lab, LLC, she designs and facilitates professional development courses for clients looking to integrate natural forms, processes, and systems to solve challenges in the built environment. And as Co-Founder of Biomimicry Chicago, she is facilitating the development of The Prairie Project, a genius of place initiative affiliated with the Global Biomimicry Network. She frequently lectures and holds workshops on the topic of biomimicry to university classes, professional organizations, and community groups.
Janine Benyus (Biomimicry Network) via DVD
The 2012-2013 Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series was very successful with over 550 participants. The speakers brought the latest information about climate change, sustainability, fracking and developing local food networks to McHenry County. Each presentation was accompanied by a DVD from the National Bioneers Conference featuring a prominent environmental leader.
"Bioneers" are social and scientific innovators developing solutions for a more sustainable world. Learn all about the National Bioneers, their work and their annual conference at www.bioneers.org.
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Bioneers Conference DVDs available for loan at MCC Library. For more information, call the MCC Sustainability Center at (815) 479-7765