North America's Largest Environmental
Conference Beamed via Satellite at UNH Oct. 17-19
Part of a 3-Day Northeast Sustainability
Contact: Leigh Dunkelberger
Office of Sustainability Programs
October 2, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire's Office of Sustainability
Programs, in partnership with campus groups and regional organizations,
will present a three-day conference entitled “Bioneers Northeast:
Revolution from the Heart of Nature” Friday through Sunday,
Oct. 17-19, 2003.
UNH is one of 10 "Beaming Bioneers" satellite sites for
the annual conference that is held in California by the Collective
Heritage Group. The annual Bioneers conference (www.bioneers.org)
is considered the largest annual environmental conference in North
America bringing together more than 3,000 attendees each year to
focus on social and environmental challenges. This will be the second
year that UNH will host the Northeast conference.
The three-day conference begins with a Sustainability Fair Friday,
Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. The fair will
convene more than 20 regional organizations representing sustainability
efforts both at UNH and in the Northeast.
Of particular interest to students will be the attending organizations
that focus on career development for individuals interested in working
in the environmental and social fields such as City Year NH, Student
Conservation Organization, Environmental Careers Organization, Green
Organization, Green Corps, EcoQuest, and Living Routes.
Plenary sessions will be telecast live from the national conference
in California, with daily satellite telecasts featuring speakers
such as David Suzuki, Devra Davis Lee, and Terry Tempest Williams.
To complement the satellite feed, local workshops focusing on issues
ranging from climate protection in New England, to the building
northeast Slow Food movement will be held. These workshops will
be hosted by organizations such as NH National Environmental Trust,
MASS PIRG, Clean Air Cool Planet, and Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Networking opportunities will be possible through programming such
as the "Bioneer Cafe" on Friday and the Saturday night
Community Reception. The reception will feature a menu that includes
locally grown and produced foods, as well as entertainment by 35th
Parallel, a regional band featuring "MediterrAsian jazz"
which blends global music styles with flavors of ambient soundscapes
and modern electronics.
This conference is open to all. Student scholarships are available
and pre-registration is encouraged. Daily cost is $30 for non-students
and $15 for students. All conference events will take place on
the Durham campus in the Memorial Union Building. For more information
and registration materials please visit http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/bioneers_evnt.htm
or call the UNH Office of Sustainability Programs at 603-862-4088.