A Deeper Focus


The Bioneers are back in SLO!

Central Coast Bioneers will hold a series of screenings of selected 2016 Bioneers keynote speakers hosted by Cal Poly’s Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Division.  They will be shown over three evenings, April 25 – 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 in Room 107 of the Bonderson Engineering Center at the northwest corner of campus.

Tuesday, April 25: Shaping Our Future through Social Change and Restorative Justice

Film presentations will feature Erika Huggins, former Black Panther, political prisoner and human rights activist, and groundbreaking spoken word poets Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree.  Discussion and Q&A after the screening.

Wednesday, April 26: Climate and Clean Technology

Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy, will address optimizing the energy transition to create accessibility for people of all classes, cultures and countries.  The second talk by Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund illustrates strategies for communities to protect themselves from challenges by corporations and state and federal governments to block local sustainability and environmental protection efforts.  Discussion and Q&A after the screening will led by Professor Michael Jencks of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department.

Thursday, April 27: Food and Water 

Film presentations will feature biomimicry visionary Janine Benyus on nature-inspired breakthroughs in agriculture, and commercial fisherman Bren Smith on 3-dimensional ocean farming in the climate change era.  Discussion and Q&A after the screening will be led by Ben Ruttenburg, Marine Studies professor at Cal Poly’s Biological Sciences Department.

The programs are co-sponsored by Empower Poly Coalition, the Zero Waste Club, and Cal Poly Green Campus.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcome.  Watch the Ecologistics web site soon for more information about the event and a map and parking information.

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