Sustainability Center



(815) 479-7765
Pat Dieckhoff
or Kim Hankins

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)

Billy Parrish (Solar Mosaic) via DVD

February 11: Expanding Local Food Production Through Aquaponics and Hydroponics

Andy McGhee (Chicago Botanic Garden's Aquaponics Specialist)

Kirk Cashmore (local hydroponics farmer)

David Nabong ( Brew and Grow, McHenry County College hydroponics/aquaponics instructor)

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)

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 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