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 series is free and open to the public. Speaker series dates for 2017 will be announced by August 2016.

Thanks to our speakers and attendees that helped to make this year’s Bioneers Speaker Series a success! DVD’s of each of the 2016 speakers are available for loan from the Sustainability Center Office, located in A248.


2016 Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series

Peter Annin

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 discussed the diversion of water from the Great Lakes and why it is not a valid alternative to groundwater in McHenry County.

Danielle Nierenberg

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 discussed 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

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's unique level of expertise took us beyond planting milkweed as he offered 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