Eco-Tech/Design [clear filter]
Friday, October 19

2:45pm PDT

Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Community Resilience
Call it the “new normal” or the “long emergency,” but there’s no question we’re living in an unstable climate-changed world. The increased frequency and scale of natural disasters pose one of the greatest challenges we face. Leaders from three different communities currently in the process of responding to different types of natural disasters will share their stories and their strategies to build communities that are both resilient and socially just. Hosted by Trathen Heckman, Executive Director of Petaluma’s Daily Acts. With Sigrid Wright, Executive Director of Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council; Estrella Santiago Perez, Environmental Affairs Manager of Puerto Rico’s ENLACE. 

Workshop Speakers
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Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman, founder/Director of the NGO, Daily Acts (dedicated to “helping people and groups reclaim the power of their actions to regenerate self, nature and community”), serves on the boards of Transition U.S. and the California Water Efficiency Partnership and is on the... Read More →
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Estrella Santiago Perez

Estrella D. Santiago Pérez, J.D., is the Environmental Affairs Manager for the Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña, a groundbreaking urban land trust project, which has organized a large, hitherto disenfranchised “informal” settlement in a polluted section... Read More →
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Sigrid Wright

Sigrid Wright, CEO of the Community Environmental Council, a California solutions-based nonprofit, is also a Commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women, serves on the steering committee of the Central Coast Climate Collaborative and the Central Coast Climate Justice... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Manzanita Room

4:30pm PDT

Growing a Living Future
Hosted by The International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is perhaps the world’s most visionary green think-and-do-tank “to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.” It runs a slew of leading-edge programs that radically push the envelope of eco-design, including: the Living Building, Living Community, and Living Product Challenges, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Coun­cil, and Ecotone Publishing. This global network spanning nearly 30 countries is now driving the local adoption of restorative principles in their com­munities. Some of ILFI’s leading lights will explore the organization’s programs that are collectively pointing us towards a world of technologies, buildings and products that replenish rather than imperil Earth and its living creatures. Hosted by: Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute. With: Tom Elliott, co-developer of Desert Rain in Bend, OR, the world’s first “Living Building” certified project ever built; Marti and Tom Burbeck, co-developers of only the second certified “Living Building” in the world, connected to a permaculture farm.

Workshop Speakers
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Marti Burbeck

Marti Burbeck, director of communications at her local church for the past 18 years, is the co-driving force (with her husband Tom) of Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, only the second Living Building Challenge certified “Living Building” in the world when completed in 2017. The house... Read More →
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Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott, an early advocate of sustainable agriculture and organic farming practices on his Montana cattle ranch, is also a green building pioneer, having co-built (with his former wife) the first residence in the world to achieve full certification under the Living Building Challenge... Read More →
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Al Tozer

Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute, has 20+ years’ sustainable architectural design and urban planning experience. He founded Tozer Design, one of the Northwest’s leading sustainable architectural design firms... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Larkspur Room
Saturday, October 20

9:24am PDT

Rebecca Moore, Founder Google Earth Outreach & Google Engine Earth’s Vital Signs: Using Big Data to Map Solutions

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

Google Earth Outreach founder and visionary engineer Rebecca Moore says the signs are all around us, telling us that our life-support systems are in critical condition, and only recently has it become possible to monitor the health of Earth's life-sustaining resources in a manner both globally consistent and locally relevant.  She’s showing how satellite data, cutting-edge science and powerful cloud computing technology such as Google Earth Engine allow us to achieve an unprecedented understanding of our changing environment and put this data into the hands of those who can take action. Combined with Google Earth’s new narrative storytelling tool, grassroots activists, communities and other environmental change-makers can now vividly show what’s at stake, and envision solutions in ways that can change hearts and minds, while guiding wiser decision-making to protect and restore our vast, fragile planet.

Introduced By
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Joshua Fouts

Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malaysia... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Rebecca Moore

Director, Google Earth
Rebecca Moore, the multiple award-winning Director of Google Earth, leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a cloud technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite data online enabling scientists to conduct global-scale monitoring of the earth’s environment... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:24am - 9:48am PDT
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm PDT

Building Community: An Interactive Biomimicry Workshop
Biomimicry is a design science and philosophy that draws inspiration from nature.  In this session with leading Certified Biomimicry Professionals, we’ll discover nature’s strategies through interactive, hands-on exercises; approaches that can inspire us to collaborate, learn, share, influence, and self-organize in new ways.  Working in teams, we will explore how those strategies and lessons can be applied to help us generate naturally sustainable communities.  With: Peggy H. Chu, MS, AIA, LEED AP, Architect; Rachel MW Hahs, MS ENV SP, Sustainability Professional; Diana Hammer, MPH, MS, Life Scientist, Biomimicry Collaborative.

Workshop Speakers
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Peggy Chu

Peggy Chu, a San Francisco-based licensed architect and Biomimicry Professional specializing in sustainable design, is a dynamic advocate for and workshop leader in Biomimicry practices, as well as a green building certification consultant and university researcher in the life cycle... Read More →
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Rachel M.W. Hahs

Rachel Hahs is a Certified Biomimicry Professional focused on driving life-centered, economically sound, sustainable design solutions in strategy, innovation and systems. Building on 13 years’ experience in sustainability consulting for public and private sector clients, she consults... Read More →
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Diana Hammer

Diana Hammer, whose life mission is to help create resilient communities, locally attuned and well adapted to their place, serves on Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center Advisory Board, and is an EPA Life Scientist working with tribal governments, including on a major dam... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Larkspur Room
Sunday, October 21

10:05am PDT

Tribe of the New Flame: Smallholder Farmers as Climate Change and Food Security Leaders

Introduction by JP Harpignies, Bioneers Executive Producer

Alex Eaton, co-founder of Sistema Biobolsa, will share how this groundbreaking social business is creating a movement toward regenerative agricultural practices among small farmers in Latin America, East Africa and India. He’ll illustrate how small farmers around the world can work together to increase global food production, while turning their farms, homes and soils into carbon sinks by using waste-to-energy technology, capacity building and innovative financing. Because small farmers still produce 80% of the world’s food, their survival is crucial to mitigating the effects of climate change, protecting biodiversity and preserving social stability in many countries. Alex will show how Sistema Biobolsa’s unique scaleable approach addresses climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by engaging “smallholders.”

Introduced By
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JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Senior Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a Brooklyn, NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Alex Eaton

Co-Founder, Sistema.bio
Alexander Eaton, the Mexico City-based co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business addressing climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by providing technology development, training, and financing of sustainable waste-to-resources infrastructure for small farmers... Read More →

Sunday October 21, 2018 10:05am - 10:30am PDT
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:38am PDT

Live Suicides, Russian Meddling, #Parkland: What We've Learned About Tech Giants in The Last Year

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

Elizabeth Dwoskin, the Washington Post's Silicon Valley correspondent, is that paper's eyes and ears in the world of tech. For the past six years, she has covered the rise of data-hungry technology companies, online conspiracies, and Russian meddling on social media. She was part of the team that broke over a dozen stories on Russian operatives' use of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 presidential election. She’ll shine a light on our growing awareness of the dark side of Silicon Valley, and how that awareness is reshaping public policy, our understanding of democracy, and the way tech is used and built. 

Introduced By
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Joshua Fouts

Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malaysia... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Elizabeth Dwoskin

Silicon Valley Correspondent, The Washington Post
Elizabeth Dwoskin has been reporting from Silicon Valley since 2013. She was the Wall Street Journal's first full-time beat reporter covering big data and artificial intelligence. In 2016, she joined The Washington Post as Silicon Valley Correspondent, becoming the paper's eyes and... Read More →

Sunday October 21, 2018 11:38am - 12:03pm PDT
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)