Sustainability Center



Kim Hankins or Tish Powell
(815) 479-7765

Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series

Join us each February as we host our speakers series as 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. All sessions are at 7 p.m. in MCC's Luecht Conference Center in Building B located on Main Campus in Crystal Lake.

2016 Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series

Peter Annin

February 9, 2016: Water Tension in the Great Lakes Region and What It Means to McHenry County

Peter Annin is a veteran conflict and environmental journalist. He authored the definitive work on the Great Lakes water diversion controversy, titled “The Great Lakes Water Wars.” Mr. Annin will speak to the diversion of water from the Great Lakes and why it is not a valid alternative to groundwater in McHenry County.

Danielle Nierenberg

February 16, 2016: The Recipe for a Better Food System

Danielle Nierenberg is president of Food Tank, an organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Ms. Nierenberg will speak about the recipe for a better food system including preventing food loss and waste, building soil, empowering women, and cultivating the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Robert Michael Pyle

February 23, 2016: Pollinators, Plants, and People on the Edge of What's Left

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 17 books, including Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, Dr. Pyle will take us beyond planting milkweed and bring his unique level of expertise and offer practical solutions to the most critical ecological issue of our time.

Bioneers Speaker Series Video Archive

About Bioneers

"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

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