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.
2/7/17 - Resiliency, Climate Change, and Communities on the Edge
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
Dale's full bio
Dale Sands currently serves as the Global Practice Director in the Private Sector Division of CH2M. As Global Practice Director, Mr. Sands provides leadership for engineering and environmental services that include industrial water, advanced facility design, infrastructure services, site planning and permitting, site remediation and revitalization, environmental health & safety, process engineering and sustainability/climate adaptation services.
Prior to joining CH2M, Mr. Sands held several positions at AECOM, during which time he established and directed a global knowledge network. Mr. Sands served as Vice Chairman of the United Nations’ Private Sector Advisory Group for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction from 2013 to 2015, and was a Board member from 2011 to 2013.
While working with IBM, Mr. Sands developed the first Disaster Resilience Scorecard based upon the UN’s Ten Essential for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2014. The Scorecard is an innovative tool to assess preparedness of communities to respond to, and recovery from, natural disasters. The Disaster Resilience Scorecard received international acclaim, was recognized as a best practice by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and received the Notre Dame Climate Adaptation Index 2015 Prize.
Mr. Sands has over 40 years of consulting experience in environmental matters, with more than 40 technical publications and/or presentations. In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Sands is an elected official as Village Trustee for the Village of Deer Park (Illinois), and is active in many civic and non-profit organizations, holding Board level positions. Mr. Sands holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from California State University.
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.
Tania's full bio
Dr. Tania M. Schusler, Ph.D, Advanced Lecturer and Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Coordinator at Loyola University- Chicago.
Dr. Schusler’s research focuses on citizen participation and stakeholder engagement in environmental management and examining how participation and learning influence the sustainability of local communities. Over the course of her career, Dr. Schusler has been interested in the interface of people and environment. She conceives “environment” broadly to include natural and built environments and their biophysical and social dimensions. For Dr. Schusler, habitat destruction and climate change are obvious environmental issues and so are racism and poverty. She is especially interested in how community development can simultaneously foster personal well-being, economic vitality, and environmental protection.
2/28/17 - Building the Social Justice Narrative on our Environmental Crises
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.
Shalini's full bio
Shalini Gupta is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). Her work is focused on forging solutions to our environmental crises that are grounded in economic and social history. Shalini 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. She was a governor appointee to the Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Board, with prior positions at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and as the senior energy associate at the IWLA Midwest office. She currently is on the leadership bodies of the national Climate Justice Alliance and the Midwest Environmental Justice Network, working to promote equitable and sustainable policies at the community level and across the country. Shalini is a former Bush Leadership Fellow, holds a B.S. in the geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in environmental management from Yale University. She loves spending time with her two boys, going for walks, and cooking.
*Some 2017 speakers may be subject to change.
"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