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Friday, February 9
 

11:00am

Bring Death Home, Naturally
When deathcare can happen naturally, and in community, we reclaim a sacred rite and lighten our final footprints. The United States is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest in reconnecting to the cycle of life through green and family-led deathcare. The "home funeral" movement not only encourages families to care for their dead in their own way, creating their own meaningful rituals, but also embraces a green approach to how we do that. This means natural, biodegradable products and non-invasive, gentle, loving care of the dead. It also means practices like green burial where the body is returned to the earth without toxic chemicals and with minimal resource usage. Natural Transitions has been educating families, offering workshops and publishing a natural death magazine since 2003. Join us for a brief theatrical presentation about going out green, an overview of our recent funeral history and the most natural ways to care for our loved-ones at death while taking care of ourselves as the caregivers.

Speakers
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Annalouiza Armendariz

Annalouiza Armendariz is a bilingual educator, long-time hospice volunteer, herbalist and shaman. Her full bio will be available soon.
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Latane Hill

Green Burial Boulder County
Latané Hill is a volunteer for Natural Transitions’ latest initiative; Green Burial Boulder County. As a mother, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and student of early childhood education, Latané has spent many years studying the human process of incarnation, embodiment, and... Read More →
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Karen van Vuuren

Karen van Vuuren is a former broadcast news journalist and documentary film-maker.. She is also the founder and executive director of Natural Transitions, a non-profit organization providing education about conscious, holistic approaches to end of life, including after-death care... Read More →
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Daniel Ziskin

Daniel Ziskin. was born and raised in southern New Jersey and now lives nearly 2000 miles away in Boulder, CO. He obtained a PhD in physics in 1993, studying climate change. He is both a professional Earth scientist and an ardent environmentalist. He has been active with Natural Transitions... Read More →
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Diana Zucco

Diana Zucco is a visual artist in Boulder, CO. A life-changing experience at the open-air funeral pyre in Crestone, Colorado initiated her passion about community-led death care and green burial practices.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
SEEC N128

11:00am

Nuclear Guardianship at Rocky Flats: Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience to Empower Communities, Strengthen a Movement, and Effectively Organize*
In this session we will focus on two different, yet interconnected topics: 1) nuclear guardianship and 2) nonviolent action. The former nuclear weapons facility at Rocky Flats left behind a mess of contaminants, including plutonium, uranium, and more, which threaten our health as citizens living in proximity to the Superfund Site. Rocky Flats continues to be a controversial issue on the Front Range; it is our duty to keep people safe from the dangers of plutonium.  In this workshop we will explore the depths of nonviolence and civil disobedience to empower communities, create and strengthen a movement, and organize effectively.  Education and activism, as a community, have the power to create real change for the people. We will practice different methods of nonviolence and civil disobedience to find an approach that works for you. There will be role play and interactive opportunities.

Speakers
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Chris Allred

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Chris Allred, Nuclear Guardianship and Outreach Coordinator, has been involved with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center since 2010. Chris enjoys working together with the team of collectives at RMPJC, including Nuclear Guardianship, Economic Justice, Global Peace, Social Justice... Read More →
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Brittany Gutermuth

Communication and Fundraising Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Brittany Gutermuth, Communications and Fundraising Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, commits her time and energy advocating for environmental, social, and economic justice. Brittany is the coordinator of the RMPJC Social Justice Collective, which is dedicated... Read More →
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Judith Mohling

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Judith Mohling, 45 years as a peace and anti-nuclear activist, 40 years as a licensed professional counselor, 54 years as a mom of two children, and now a grandmother of three grandchildren. Judith is an activist and was involved with shutting down the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons... Read More →
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LeRoy Moore

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
LeRoy Moore, PhD, is a writer and former academic, who since 1979 has focused on public health and environmental issues related to the now defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory near Denver. A founder of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, he worked successfully with others... Read More →
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Dennis White

Dennis White has been involved with social justice and spiritual search since the 1960’s. He came to Boulder in 1973 from San Francisco Zen Center to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Dennis ran the Naropa ChildCare Center in the mid-70/s, and has taught or mentored at Naropa... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
SEEC S125

11:00am

Participation Towards a More Just Charitable System
How can people shape systems that affect their access to basic needs and rights like food, housing, education, and legal protection? In this workshop, we will explore the role of nonprofits and other agencies in systems of basic access, and how creating participatory structures would create a more socially just charitable system.

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Hayden Dansky

Boulder Food Rescue
Hayden Dansky sees food as a tool for relationships and change. They are a cofounder and the Executive Director of Boulder Food Rescue, which seeks to increase access to healthy food and create a more just food system. Hayden also works to fundraise money for grassroots social and... Read More →
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Lindsey Loberg

Boulder Food Rescue
Lindsey Loberg first became involved with food justice work as a high school teacher in Milwaukee, WI, facilitating student projects that explored food systems, food access, food waste, and food sovereignty. Food touches everything and everybody, and Lindsey loves using food as a... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
SEEC N129

11:00am

Permaculture: What's Love Got to Do With It? Lessons from Zazu Dreams
"Permaculture: What's Love Got to Do With It? Lessons from Zazu Dreams" is based on the critically acclaimed 2017 book, Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era. Author, Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, and Rob Mies, Founder and Executive Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, will perform excerpts that challenge how our consumer-addicted convenience-culture coopts “sustainability.” Rooted in environmental science and cross-cultural storytelling, this is a tale of decolonization and climate justice. Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Agribusiness giants stalk planet Earth while the main character, a Sephardic Arab-Jewish boy, confronts environmental racism—learning from symbiotic relationships among humans and within the natural world. This creative non-fiction performance will include live Ladino (Arabic-Hebrew and Spanish) music and lush visuals.

Speakers
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Cara Alhadeff

Jews of the Earth
Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, Executive Director of Jews Of The Earth (JOTE), engages embodied feminist theory, publishing essays in philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies’ journals and anthologies. Alhadeff has exhibited her photographs and performance videos internationally... Read More →
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Rob Mies

Conservation Biologist, RobMies.com
Rob Mies, Founder and Executive Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, has been an outspoken advocate for bat conservation in the U.S. for over 25 years. Biodiversity and Bat Ecologist, Mies is the author the books Bats A to Z and Understanding Bats, the producer of... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
SEEC S228

1:30pm

A Sense of Place: Stories from the Land
Together we will explore how a place-based approach affected both cultural and ecological restoration on a 60 acre piece of land. Stories from the land will take us through the history of Woodbine Ecology Center, both past and present, and dig up the tales that have inspired change. As we virtually walk the land we will visit different sites and learn about sustainability practices, human healing, animal reintroduction, survival techniques, movement strategy, solidarity practices, and much more. 

Speakers
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Robert Chanate

Woodbine Ecology Center
Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and has lived in Denver, Colorado for several years. He is a volunteer for various Native organizations in which his support role differs based on the groups mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots... Read More →
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Rick Garcia

Facility Manager, Woodbine Ecology Center
Rick was born in Denver and raised in Boulder during the Chicano Rights Movement, which was and continues to be a major influence in his life and his social justice work. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder and also has 10+ years of Urban Farming experience as a practitioner... Read More →
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Tiffany Lovato

Ecocultural Restoration Coordinator, Woodbine Ecology Center
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Liberty Shellman

Executive Director, Woodbine Ecology Center
Generous with her time and always ready to commit, Liberty has been involved with dozens of nonprofits and small community groups throughout her professional career. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Photography. Before coming... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm
SEEC S125

1:30pm

Food for the Urban Evolution~ A Recipe for Change
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” And through the power of collaboration, individuals and organizations can offer innovative options for improving the evolving food systems, creating useful places from regular spaces. By joining together for a purpose, we create more from less and fill the gaps for building our localized food systems. At the University of Colorado in Boulder, students and community members have unified, Collaboration for Local Solutions has come together to design and install a living landscape at the Sustainability Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), hosting perennial plants, annual plants, fruit trees, berries, herbs, and pollinator plants. By creating a food-producing learning landscape within a national hub for learning and innovation, we are encouraging creative thinking, education, stewardship of the Earth, and healthy lifestyle, while supplying the onsite SEEC Café with fresh nutritious produce. Just up the road in Denver, Jovial Concepts has been able to galvanize neighborhoods around food production through partnerships with homeowners in the metro Denver area. By transforming lawns into community garden space, Jovial is able to provide thousands of pounds of fresh, local, produce for food banks and participating homeowners on a yearly basis. Similarly, UpRoot Colorado, has been able to provide thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food banks throughout the state, by rescuing food that is left on farm fields for various reasons. They are a fledgling social enterprise launched in the fall of 2016, following Feeding 5000 Front Range, and are working to reduce both on-farm food loss and food insecurity in Colorado through gleaning, experiential education, and nonpartisan legislation. Join Mike Spade, David Laskarzewski, Michael Gilmore, Swapnil Kumar, James Edwards, & hosted by Robin E White. Come hear the inspiring stories and see how you can get involved or start a movement in your community, and bring home a “recipe” you will create in collaboration during the session. Bon Appétit.

Speakers
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James Edwards

Educator & Facilitator
James M. Edwards is an ecosocial designer working with individuals, organizations, and communities to align values with action for the purpose of bringing humanity into harmony with nature and each other. He has spent over 25 years as an educator, facilitator, and systems designer... Read More →
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Michael Gilmore

Michael Gilmore is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado and the INVST Community Leadership Program. In his time at CU and in the INVST Program he focused on issues of food access and education and began promoting the idea of urban agriculture. He, along with several others... Read More →
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Swapnil Kumar

Swapnil Kumar, a Masters student at University of Colorado Boulder is an unflinching optimist and an arduous mechanical engineer. He envisions to bring about a positive change in the society, to make the world sustainable and believes technology can be the biggest facilitator to overcome... Read More →
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David Laskarzewski

Co-founder, UpRoot Colorado
Dave was on the organizing team for Feeding the 5000 Front Range and is co-organizer of Food-1-1, a statewide coalition working to reduce food waste in Colorado. Before co-founding UpRoot Colorado, he worked with purpose-driven organizations and startups writing content and implementing... Read More →
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Mike Spade

Director, Plant The Seed Project
Mike leads the Plant The Seed Project for Jovial Concepts. While in college, he helped to start the Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm which provided produce for patients with dietary restrictions. He has worked with several government entities and nonprofits in Colorado and otherwise... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm
SEEC S228

1:30pm

Making the Invisible Visible: Race, Environment and Embodied Knowing
Socio-political and ecological crises and racial and gender-based oppression can very often become internalized in our bodies as forms of trauma – physical, psychological and emotional. We’ll explore how to work to understand and begin to address these deep traumas within ourselves and in our work with others. With educators at Naropa University Jeanine Canty, Ph.D., editor of Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, and Ramon Parish

Speakers
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Jeanine Canty

Core Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies, Naropa University
Jeanine Canty, PhD, professor and chair, Environmental Studies BA and MA Resilient Leadership programs, Naropa University. Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Naropa University, a Buddhist inspired institution. A lover of nature... Read More →
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Ramon Parish

Naropa University
Ramon Parish, an environmental and interdisciplinary instructor at Naropa University, combines embodiment, mindfulness, deep listening and creative ceremony in his pedagogy. He is also committed to the revival of rites of passage and coming of age ceremonies through initiatives such... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm
SEEC N128

1:30pm

The Importance and Joy of "Being in the Dark": How light can blind us and fear can enlighten us
What happens when we can no longer see the stars? If we lose our ability to experience dark skies, we lose the ability to experience the darkness within - the richness of the shadow, one of our greatest teachers. We lose our basic instinctual sense of place in the Universe.  We as a society, we are becoming afraid of the dark and think if we light up our streets and neighborhoods we are safer, but in fact we become more fearful—fearful of who and what we do not know. Light pollution, coming from commercial properties, offices, factories, street lights, sporting venues, has been linked to increasing energy consumption, disrupting ecosystems and wildlife, harming human health and negatively affecting crime and safety. Together, we will explore the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual effects of light pollution and the joy of dark skies through lecture, story, guided exercises and poetry. Presented by Sherry Ellms of Naropa University.

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Sherry Ellms

Naropa University
Sherry Ellms, Associate Professor in the Environmental/Resilient Leadership Program at Naropa University, has led nature-based retreats, taught mindfulness meditation programs in spiritual and secular settings for 30 years. She has trained with Joanna Macy, the School of Lost Borders... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm
SEEC N129

3:15pm

Green Home Design and Natural Building Materials
Learn about the state-of-the-art approaches from two of the Rocky Mountain Region's leading green residential design-build firms.  Learn how to create extreme green custom homes and about using natural building materials and green design in remodels and renovations.  From multiple in-depth case studies, find out how cutting-edge sustainability, beauty and functionality can optimally come together in a custom home.  Explore how we can think beyond net zero and lessen carbon impact in home-building.

Speakers
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Scott Rodwin

Owner, Radiance Power yoga
Scott graduated from Cornell University in 1991 and established his 13 person green design/build firm, Rodwin Architecture in 1999. The firm has turned out some of the greenest custom homes in the nation including multiple LEED Platinum, Net-Zero Energy and even “regenerative... Read More →
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Frank Wetenkamp

Co-Owner, Living Craft
Frank grew up in Massachusetts where his building career began. At age 12 he was building boardwalks with the Youth Conservation Corps. Frank started working as a carpenter’s assistant at age 14, and kept that job every summer through his sophomore year of college. Frank attended... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
SEEC N128

3:15pm

I'm Right You're Wrong: Mental Frames and Social Change
“Mental frames” are a set of concepts and theoretical perspectives on how individuals, groups and societies organize, perceive and communicate about the world around them. An individual’s mental frame influences their perception — people with different frames will see the same facts differently. Increasingly, mental frames are constraining social communication and problem solving. Frames are filters to take in information selectively, process information in certain ways, discourage entire schools of thought, and discredit large swaths of the population. None of this serves us well, yet stepping outside our mental frames is hard. To do it successfully, we need to understand why we must, and have simple tools to support doing so. In this session, we explore several examples of where mental frames are constraining resilient action in Boulder and beyond, highlight ways that stepping out of those frames will support social change, and discuss simple tools to support opening ourselves to other viewpoints.

Speakers
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Chris Allan

Executive Director, Ajabu Advisors
Chris Allan is a consultant on international environmental and development programming. He has thirty years’ experience in community development and environmental protection with Ajabu Advisors, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Environmental Health Fund, Global... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
SEEC S228

3:15pm

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
The Toward Right Relationship project offers this workshop in response to calls
from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches.
The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of
Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian
peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts,
recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to
take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide a Resource Kit with suggestions
for continued study, reflection, and action.

In the Doctrine of Discovery, we find the roots of injustice. In the U.N.
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we find the seeds of change. How can
we nurture these seeds to bring forth the fruits of right relationship among all peoples?

Speakers
avatar for Jerilyn DeCoteau

Jerilyn DeCoteau

Turtle Mountain Chippewa
Jerilyn Decoteau is a Juris Doctor who currently resides in Eldorado Springs, Colorado. She is a self-employed, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Her professional interests include Indian Law and Policy, Human Rights, Tribal Courts, and boarding schools... Read More →
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Ava Hamilton

Arapaho
Ava Hamilton (Arapaho) is an independent documentary filmmaker, writer and historian.  Ava is currently active with Right Relationship with Native Peoples – Boulder which is working with local governments and organizations to help all Boulder Valley residents learn about the Native... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
SEEC 120C

3:15pm

Water Bodies: An Interactive Journey with Artists and Engineers
Follow a water adventure through the body, from nature into our cities, using movement, dance, music and engineering. Embody and explore how water moves through natural and unnatural systems. Conclude with a somatic reflection on personal and communal water use now and generate an embodied vision for our future.

Speakers
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Allison Caw

Spacious Being
Allison Caw is a performing artist, healer, vocalist, writer and meditator. She earned an MFA from Naropa University and is a 2nd Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui tradition. The evolution of human consciousness as a catalyst for lasting change and its role in eco/social justice... Read More →
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Greg Rulifson

Executive Branch, S&T Policy Fellowships
As a structural engineer, I hope to use my understanding of risks, earthquakes, and buildings to help make communities safer. I have taught in a Humanitarian Engineering program, worked as a structural engineer, and researched how engineering students think about social responsibility... Read More →
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Maren Waldman

Maren Waldman ~ dance & healing arts
Maren Waldman is a dance artist, educator, and entrepreneur who has studied the body in motion for over two decades. Maren is active with her current project, Postcards to the Earth (www.postcardstotheearth.com), and Global Water Dances, an international, biennial celebration of water... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
SEEC S125
 
Saturday, February 10
 

11:00am

Boundaries and Flow: Narratives and Strategies for Social Technologies
In this workshop, we'll explore the intersections of ourselves and technology. Who are we in relation to the tools we make? How do they shift as we explore our identity and the patterns of complex society? Furthermore, we'll share some strategies from social entreprenuers in the tech field. These innovators are unafraid to create scalable and marketable solutions that also push the boundaries of social accountability. Come mingle philosophical and strategic visions of what the future of technology in a just world could look like.

Speakers
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Eliot Kersgaard

Eliot Kersgaard is an artist, organizer, and student-in-perpetuity based in Boulder. He graduated from CU in May 2016 with a degree in Engineering Physics. He is a founding member of Boulder Biomimicry, a bioregional organizer with the Permaculture Action Network, and the Assistant... Read More →
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Swapnil Kumar

Swapnil Kumar, a Masters student at University of Colorado Boulder is an unflinching optimist and an arduous mechanical engineer. He envisions to bring about a positive change in the society, to make the world sustainable and believes technology can be the biggest facilitator to overcome... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
SEEC N126

11:00am

Bridging Art and Science to Build the Climate Conversation
Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky will explore selections from his renowned multi-media projects including: Symphony: The Heart of A Forest - with David Haskell (Pulitzer Prize nominated author whose work on tree systems is highly influential) http://djspooky.com/heart-of-a-forest/ and The Book of Ice - about Antarctica - http://www.djspooky.com/antarctica - an open source album that has been downloaded almost a million times, based on the sound of ice in Antarctica.  


Speakers
avatar for Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), a graduate of Bowdoin College, is a writer, artist and musician who lives and works in NYC. His award winning first book Rhythm Science was published by MIT Press in 2005, followed by Sound Unbound in 2008 and The Book of Ice in 2011. Miller's work has been exhibited at museums an... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
SEEC S125

11:00am

Entrepreneurial Earth: A fresh look at "green careers" as the driver of social and environmental health
In recent decades, a strong tie between social and environmental issues has been identified, and a movement for “people and planet” including the concept of “green careers” has been advanced to “connect the dots” between jobs and environmental challenges. This presentation by Martin Ogle, Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC, brings new energy, conceptual underpinnings and urgency to the task of envisioning and creating an economy characterized by work and livelihoods that nourish human beings and the living systems upon which we depend.  We will explore how a new view of entrepreneurship can empower young people with tools and inspiration to create meaningful work that addresses social, environmental and deep human needs.  A panel /audience discussion will help us envision new possibilities.   

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Martin Ogle

Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth LLC
Martin Ogle holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and Virginia Tech, respectively. Martin was Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, 1985 - 2012. As part of this work, he developed solar energy and energy efficiency... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
SEEC S228

11:00am

Justice: An Integral Part of Sustainability
The Eco-Social Justice team at the Environmental Center is a team of students working to raise awareness on issues of environmental, climate, and social justice on campus. In this student-led interactive workshop, we’ll introduce eco-social justice as part of environmental justice and make sense of the connections between sustainability and social justice—locally and globally. We can’t have one without the other, so how do we widen our lenses and work together across seemingly different movements?

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager, CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is the Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center. There, she works to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s... Read More →
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Antonio Huizar

Environmental Center
Antonio is a University of Colorado-Boulder senior undergraduate student studying International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies. He is part of the Eco-Social Justice Team within CU-Boulder's Environmental Center, the nation's largest student-run environmental... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
SEEC N124

11:00am

Lessons From The Eco-Social Frontlines: Practioner’s Roundtable
The Practioner’s Roundtable session brings together presenters who are deeply committed to key project or issue.  The session provides a unique opportunity to vividly showcase the work of like-minded presenters and to invite practitioners and audience members to collaboratively explore synergies and “lessons learned.”  Facilitated by Maria Talero.  Invited presenting practitioners include:  Dr. Denise E Hall, Michael James Alcazar, Kathleen Brickner, Kristal Parks, Anne Lee Foster, Emilyn Inglis, Lauren Kovsky.

Speakers
avatar for Michael James Alcazar

Michael James Alcazar

I am a Veteran, Permaculturist, Artist, Designer, Builder, Outdoor experiential facilitator, Movement fundamental specialist and Educator. As part of Humankind and a member of this community, I am honored to be a part of this workshop. I possess a diversity of life experiences, a... Read More →
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Kathleen Brickner

Naropa University
Aloha, My name is Kathleen Brickner. I am currently an environmental studies student at Naropa University. My acadimic career has been vast but my focus for the past 8 years has been plastics and waste management. It began in a biochemistry class back in 2011 where I was instructed... Read More →
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Anne Lee Foster

Colorado Rising
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Dr. Denise E Hall

CEO, Mother Earth Reverence Farms & Ministries
I am an 'authentic loveservant leader', devoted to honoring and revering all relational beings; through this multi-vocational career, first based in professional veterinary medicine, and then enriched by a career in professional ministry. I am a 'global emissary ambassador veterinarian... Read More →
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Kristal Parks

Kristal Parks, M.A., biologist, activist, author,  contemplative, environmentalist and elephant conservationist, lived for two years as a hermit in the intimate embrace of a forest and what she learned there guides her vision. Also, she was a human shield for disappearing Mayans... Read More →
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Maria Talero

Founder, Climate Courage, LLC
I'm a Colombian, bilingual, climate change educator, facilitator and consultant. I design and implement social learning processes that jumpstart authentic communication and action on climate change as well as other social issues. My approach is based on my academic research in an... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
SEEC N128

1:30pm

Build Healthy Soil to Fight Climate Change at Home
Soil sequestration of carbon is a hopeful new strategy to combat climate change and build healthy soils.  By introducing climate-friendly practices to your garden, you will become a Green-Ninja on the front lines in the battle against Climate Change.  You will be able to take CO2 out of the atmosphere, store the CO2 in your soil AND improve your soil, all at the same time. We will cover the whys, how’s, research, and challenges of soil sequestration and soil health,  plus conduct 2 very cool experiments comparing healthy and not-so-healthy soils.   If you are curious about soil carbon sequestration or soil health and want to learn more, please join us.    

Speakers
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Elizabeth Black

Owner, Your neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
Elizabeth Black lives in North Boulder with her husband Chris Brown, where she paints western landscapes and grows Christmas trees and vegetables on her teeny farm. Since watching Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, she has been very concerned about climate change, and... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SEEC N124

1:30pm

Food and Racial Justice
In an era of Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, skyrocketing living costs on the Front Range, climate chaos, and even the more glamorous Times Up movement, the connections between race, food and other social justice issues are becoming ever more evident, and perhaps more dire. Join us as we learn from inspiring, diverse change-makers making waves on the Front Range in their work on racial equity and food justice. These accomplished panelists inspire with amazing projects that have changed the social and physical landscape in Denver -- from $1.5 million-dollar greenhouses, to preventing food waste by providing low-income families with fresh healthy food, to holistic farmers markets in food deserts, ensuring college students learn in the classroom as well as in the dirt while providing produce or to juicing for low-income communities and communities of color in Denver. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Join our panelists as we explore their work and engage in a conversation about what racial and food justice could look like on the front range.  
 

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager, CU Environmental Center
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is the Energy & Climate Justice Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center. There, she works to illuminate the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s... Read More →
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Beverly Grant

Mo' Betta Green
Beverly Grant is a proud Denver native and has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years. She is dedicated to shaping food policy and broadening not only food access, but also food and nutrition literacy. Beverly founded the urban farmer’s market, Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace... Read More →
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Neambe Leadon

Program Director, Denver Food Rescue
Food Access, Urban Agriculture, Community Organizing, Collectives and Collaboration, Natural Child Birth, Holistic Health, Alternative Medicine
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Lydia Prado

Director of Community Partnerships, Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver
Lydia Prado grew up feeling culturally enriched, speaking both English and Spanish, and thriving in a community where she was surrounded by many talented, creative and resilient people. When she left to attend college, she was surprised to learn that the mainstream and academic view... Read More →
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Damien Thompson

Urban/Rural Sociology, Social Theory, Horticulture, Sister Gardens
I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In addition to my training in anthropology I also hold a certification in Permaculture Design and a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. My interests center... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

1:30pm

Green Ambassadors: Innovative Youth and Family Engagement Models to grow Change Makers
This is a hands-on workshop with Health Mobile Unit and Project Learning Tree activities for a family friendly interactive learning experience. This workshop will exemplify Promotores Verdes curriculum, stressing the intersectionality of tree health and human health, community and forest health. This workshop will engage children, youth and adults. It will feature children, youth and adult facilitators from Promotores Verdes families and U-CAN, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with other families.

Speakers
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Zuza Bohley

Americas for Conservation + the Arts
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Fernando Pindea-Reyes

FERNANDO PINEDA-REYES, Executive DirectorUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México B.S. 1995 Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical ChemistryAs a native of Mexico and founder of CREA Results Fernando has more than 15 years experience working in asset-based community development... Read More →
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Irene Vilar

IRENE VILAR is an award winning author and Guggenheim fellow, publisher, environmental activist, and founder of the Colorado based nonprofit Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501(c)(3) with national and international reach. Vilar serves on the Governor’s appointed board of the... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SEEC S228

1:30pm

Should Rivers Have Rights? Case Study: Colorado River vs. State of Colorado
The American legal system can take a good step toward protecting us all – human and nonhuman alike – by granting ecosystems like the Colorado River rights and allowing communities to sue on these ecosystems’ behalf. When standing is recognized on behalf of ecosystems themselves, environmental law will reflect a conception of legal “causation” that is more friendly to the natural world than it is to the corporations destroying the natural world. At a time when the effects of technology are outpacing science’s capacity to research these effects, injured individuals and communities often have difficulty proving that corporate actions are the cause of their injuries. 

Speakers
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Fred Gibson, PhD

Core Member, Colorado River Rights of Nature
Fred Gibson is an organizational psychologist working to enhance the effectiveness of groups dedicated to preserving the natural world, especially in the American Southwest. In addition to serving as a core member of Colorado River Rights of Nature, Fred is a Board Member of Prairie... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SEEC N126

1:30pm

Social Psychology and Storytelling: Lessons From The Frontlines of Climate Communication
In the U.S. today, there is a mind-boggling disconnect between widespread climate denial and the dire warnings of climate scientists as they track the impact of climate change and global warming around the world. There are some very solid reasons for this disconnect, rooted in human psychology. "Cultural cognition" research reveals the dominant political stories (narratives) in our society that are responsible for widespread denial of evidence on many social issues, not just climate change. This workshop will help you identify these deep political stories wherever you encounter them - at work, among friends and family, or in the policy-making sphere. We'll look closely at why they explain more than a simple "left vs. right" lens, and then we'll practice challenging their dominance by crafting our own authentic, personal narratives and stories. This will be a highly interactive workshop with plenty of visual aids, small-group discussion and hands-on practice.

Speakers
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Maria Talero

Founder, Climate Courage, LLC
I'm a Colombian, bilingual, climate change educator, facilitator and consultant. I design and implement social learning processes that jumpstart authentic communication and action on climate change as well as other social issues. My approach is based on my academic research in an... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SEEC N128

4:30pm

Ancient Future : Revolutionizing Ancestral Wisdom
Healing herbs have not changed since the time they were first used by herbalists who were expected to know what each specific herb was used for in order to apply their knowledge correctly. The information is passed down from generation to generation. Herbs were so important to our ancestors that they became a part of religious rituals and were highly valued. Today we can see all the different successful and unsuccessful use of herbs. There are many ways to use herbs and they’re easy to grow even if you live in a small apartment because they’re small enough to pose as house plants. We will be discussing the importance of growing your own medicinal plants at home which will be used to create your own healing remedies. We will give an overview of the different extraction and infusion techniques that can be done in your home.

Speakers
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Ewket Assefa

Growing up in Ethiopia where plant medicine and localized agriculture are an inherent part of the culture, Ewket was being influenced by her grandmother whom was herbal healer. After moving to the US to pursue higher education, she realized that American food lacked nutritional value... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
SEEC N128

4:30pm

Aquaponic Urban Farm Case Study
Denver's cottage food act allows residents to product food for sale in their communities. We worked with a home owner in Denver to build a 13' x 22' aquaponic greenhouse in his backyard to run as a small hobby farm business. This presentation will review what the owner's goals and objectives were and then focus on how the aquaponic system was designed, it's layout, energy consumption, fish and plant production, and how his small farm business is expected to perform financially. In addition, we will discuss the important elements that influence small farm profitability.

Speakers
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JD Sawyer

Colorado Aquaponics and The Aquaponics Source
JD Sawyer founded Colorado Aquaponics in 2009 and has been researching, developing and operating aquaponic systems ever since. He is now the CEO of Avolve Inc. (dba The Aquaponic Source). The Aquaponic Source is the largest retailer of aquaponic systems, supplies and educational materials... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
SEEC N126

4:30pm

Baubo: Decolonize Your Medicine
Baubo is a collective of three womyn dedicated to curating experiences that unite music, medicine, and education. This workshop/ performance will shed light on the ability of song, movement and earth stewardship to heal relationships with internal and external ecosystems. They scheme, dream and sing decolonized medicine. Expect heart, soul and hands on participation.

Speakers
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Olivia Blu

Singer Songwriter
Olivia Blu is a singer-songwriter, agroecologist, seed saver and student of herbalism born and raised in Denver. Her songs weave scientific information and messages of social justice into poetry with the intention of provoking urgency and curiosity around issues such as climate change... Read More →
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Eutimia Cruz

Eutimia Cruz Montoya is a contemporary medicine woman born and raised in Denver within indigenous american ceremony and ritual ways. She is a Stanford-trained anthropologist, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. Eutimia is also a talented and soulful performer. She considers the... Read More →
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Pardees Goshtasb

Pardees Goshtasb is a first-generation Iranian-American creative who grew up in Buffalo, NY and carries with her the world-embracing ideals of the Baha’i Faith. She has been drawn to the mystical realm of arts and music her entire life. Pardees has always had close ties to the community... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
SEEC S125

4:30pm

Introduction to Theory U: Leading from the Emerging Future
Want to learn tools to lead and communicate more effectively? Want to build a network of local changemakers? The world’s most pressing environmental and social challenge is the inability to break habits of thought and belief that make implementing the most visionary solutions impossible. In this 90-minute session, participants will be introduced to Theory U through a “case-clinic” where we will use the Theory U model to answer current challenges facing our communities. Ultimately, Theory U is a pathway to transforming business, society, and self by learning to deepen the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness from which the participants operate. Theory U emerged from MIT’s renowned Presencing Institute and has been piloted by over 90,000 people in 180 Countries.  It presently forms a core decision making process for the governments of Scotland and the Netherlands.

Speakers
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James Edwards

Educator & Facilitator
James M. Edwards is an ecosocial designer working with individuals, organizations, and communities to align values with action for the purpose of bringing humanity into harmony with nature and each other. He has spent over 25 years as an educator, facilitator, and systems designer... Read More →
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Emma Ruffin

Director // Founder, Boulder.Earth // Desert Raven Design
Emma Ruffin is a wearer of many hats: as the founder and head “Scribe” of Desert Raven Design, she embodies deep listening, presence and co-creation—allowing the collective intelligence of groups to emerge, which she then captures in storyboard form, transforming meetings and... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
SEEC S228

4:30pm

Struggles for Land, Housing, Food, and Environmental Justice in the Gentrifying City
In 2004, the world’s population shifted from majority rural to majority urban. By 2050, the United Nations predicts, 66% of the global population will reside in urban areas. Just, equitable and environmentally regenerative urbanization is key to the future of humanity. Yet cities today are sites of profound and growing inequality and environmental degradation. Spurred by the global phenomenon of gentrification and an infinite growth economic system, future prospects of sustainable cities are indeed grim. This panel is comprised of food, housing, and environmental justice academics and community activists working towards envisioning and implementing strategies of verdantly abundant cities for the benefit of people and planet.

Speakers
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Candi CDeBaca

Workshop Presenter, NA
Candi CdeBaca is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project VOYCE, Reviver & Member of Cross Community Coalition and Founder & Principal of Rebel Soul Strategies.   She is a community advocate in her home community of Northeast Denver, a graduate of Manual High School and the... Read More →
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Constance Gordon

Constance is a PhD Candidate and Instructor of Rhetoric and Culture at the University of Colorado Boulder. Broadly she studies food and environmental justice, critical geographies of dispossession, urban development and ecologies, and community-based advocacy. Constance is currently... Read More →
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Stephen Polk

Naropa University
Stephen Polk, MA, assistant professor, Environmental Studies BA and MA Resilient Leadership programs, Naropa University.Stephen Polk, MA. Stephen is a 16 year social and ecological activist based in the Denver Metro area. He received his MA from the University of Colorado Denver in... Read More →
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Isaac Rivera

Isaac Rivera is a Graduate Research Fellow at the Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics, and assistant at the Facility for Advanced Spatial Technology (FAST) at the University of Colorado Denver. As a graduate student in geography, Isaac’s research interests... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
SEEC N124