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 Bioneers Speaker Series! The speaker series is a unique opportunity to connect MCC employees, students and residents to cutting edge environmental topics that directly impact our local economy and 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 the main campus in Crystal Lake.

2017 Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series

Some 2017 speakers may be subject to change.

2/7/17 - Resiliency, Climate Change, and Communities on the Edge

Dale Sands

Healthy societies depend on physical and social infrastructure to advance economic opportunity, protect our environment and improve people’s lives. Mr. Sands will provide an in depth look at the concept of resiliency and how effective planning will help communities prepare for impending climate related issues

2/21/17 - Engaging Citizens in Civic Ecology Practices

Tania M. Schusler, Ph.D.

Throughout her career Dr. Schusler has worked at the interface of people and the environment. As Advanced Lecturer in Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Schusler teaches courses in Environmental Justice, Human Dimensions of Conservation, Food Systems, and Water. Her research focuses on citizen participation and stakeholder engagement in sustainable community development.

2/28/17 - Building the Social Justice Narrative on our Environmental Crises

Shalini Gupta

Ms. Gupta’s work is focused on forging solutions to our environmental crises that are grounded in economic and social history. She has worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice and sustainable policies at the community level and across the country.

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