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{ else }   Message: Minneapolis to Host First Northland Bioneers Conference, Oct. 20 - 22nd  

Visionary and Practical Solutions for Restoring the Earth and People

Leading national and local scientific innovators and environmental visionaries offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of today

When: Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006
Where: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave.
Contact: Media, Sarah Bell Haberman / 612-338-3900

Conference spokesperson, Vonda Vaden / 612-247-1448

Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 6, 2006: - The first-ever Northland Bioneers Conference, Oct. 20-22, will be the epicenter of a movement of people and organizations in the Midwest learning how to protect and sustain their ecosystem by connecting the dots between the environment, health, science, social justice and spirit at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Horst M. Rechelbacher, Ann Bancroft and Dr. David Wallinga will be among the local presenters.

In its first year, The Northland Bioneers Conference, is one of 18 regional satellite conferences happening simultaneously across the country serving as a companion event to the 17th annual Bioneers Conference,, out of San Rafael, Calif. Bioneers is the preeminent gathering of leading scientific innovators and environmental visionaries who explore how to heal nature by working with nature. The community-based nature of regional conferences facilitates a vibrant exchange among participants and allows for workshops designed to support individuals and organizations in learning about their own ecosystems, including urban environments, and empowers them to take action locally.

The Northland Bioneers Conference,, offers a weekend of sharing, learning and action. It is a unique and affordable community event that brings together people from all walks of life creating community and working for social change. The conference will feature a live simulcast of the main Bioneers plenaries, enriched with locally produced programs on regional issues, solutions, community dialogue, networking, entertainment, and a green living marketplace.

"We are honored to be organizing this timely event in the Twin Cities," said Vonda Vaden, Northland Bioneers Conference spokesperson. "Our goal for participants is to leave with updated environmental knowledge and a renewed sense of optimism, challenging themselves to adopt new behaviors to restore the Earth and the health of the community."

Ann Bancroft will serve as the conference emcee. Local keynote presenters include Horst M. Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, Dr. David Wallinga, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP); Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association; J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for the private, nonprofit Fresh Energy (formerly Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy) and Constance Grauds, R.Ph., president of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists. National speakers via satellite include Paul Hawken, Lois Gibbs and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

Keynote sessions will explore:

  • Global Warming Solutions
  • Our Children's Bio-based Future: Innovating Beyond Petro, Plastic and Processed Foods
  • Alivelihood: The Art of Sustainable Success
  • Positive Signs That Point to a Second American Revolution; One That Will Unite World Citizens Toward Planetary Health
  • Ecological Medicine

The Northland Bioneers Conference is sponsored by many organizations practicing sustainability including Horst Rechelbacher Foundation, Intelligent Nutrients, Northern Sun Merchandising, Earthfusion, and Utne magazine. The event is designed for anyone committed to solving environmental and social problems through a reciprocal partnership with nature.

Cost for this year's three-day conference is $150 before October 1. For the full program or to register, visit

For further information, contact:
Media and interviews: Sarah Bell Haberman

Northland Bioneers Conference Spokesperson: Vonda Vaden

Posted: Oct 11, 2006 9:09am | (1) | (0) |  
{ else }   Message: Sustainability Stories Needed...  
Sustainable Ventures, a Berkeley (CA)-based non-profit organization, is looking for stories - accounts of people's experiences that have inspired them to contribute to a more sustainable future. The organization will post these stories under "Stories from Neighbors" on their website homepage,
Send stories via email to: stories@
If you don't personally have a story to tell, but know of someone who may, please invite them to send his or her story or contact information to Sustainable Ventures.
Happy writing.

-Information from Summer 2006 issue of CERTIFIED Organic Magazine, CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).

Posted: Oct 5, 2006 5:53pm | (1) | (0) |  
{ else }   Message: Safe Climate Act of 2006, H.R. 5642...from greenLAgirl blog  

Waxman’s Safe Climate Act

Posted by Siel in Uncategorized, environment, losangeles, feminist/politics (August 10, 2006 at 6:35 pm)

Another cool thing about living in Santa Monica: Henry Waxman’s my US House Representative. This guy seriously kicks ass — especially on the environment!

In fact, the Safe Climate Act of 2006 (H.R. 5642) he introduced in June has been getting raves from environmentalists all over the place. Grist loves it, for ex.

I’ve procrastinated on writing about this, but got my ass in gear yesterday when I got Waxman’s newsletter, “Reports to the Community” — printed on recycled paper with soy ink!

Why’s the bill so great? It would freeze greenhouse gas emissions in 2010, at the 2009 levels. Then starting 2011, it would cut emissions by roughly 2% per year, reaching 1990 emissions levels by 2020. After 2020, it cuts emissions by roughly 5% per year. By 2050, emissions will be 80% lower than in 1990.

These goals would be accomplished via the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The EPA’s gotta set strict standards and caps on emissions, while the DoE’s to set standards for renewable energy sources, reaching 20% of renewable retail electricity sold in 2020.

On top of that, National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council would review this progress every 5 years, recommending additional actions as needed.

Right now, the bill’s in the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, of which Waxman’s a member. It’s also picked up 59 cosponsors!

What you can do: Check the list of cosponsors here to see if your rep’s on it. If not, send them a letter or email saying get on that! And for more deets on the bill, go here.

Tags: henrywaxman, environment, climate, hr5642, safeclimateact

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