Friday, October 18th
We all know it’s absolutely critical that we replace our polluting and inefficient infrastructure with truly sustainable alternatives, but while renewable, non-toxic energy sources and materials are critically important to reduce our destructive impacts on the biosphere, we need to be more ambitious. To usher in a genuinely Earth- and life-honoring civilization we need to create a built environment that reconnects human beings to the natural world—one in which buildings, cities and vibrant communities are brimming with plant and animal life; one where hospitals nurture psycho-spiritual as well as physical healing and children love being in their schools. Three of the nation’s leading figures in biophilic design and architecture share their ideas on how to start making this vision a reality. With: Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute; Erin English, Senior Engineer at Biohabitats; Sonja Bochart, IIDA, highly experienced wellness focused designer, a principal with Shepley Bulfinch.
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Manzanita Room
Saturday, October 19th
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder
The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling Drawdown book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. The true power of Drawdown is its holistic nature. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board and will also create abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy. For over 30 years, Paul has been at the forefront of transformative solutions for people and planet, including his highly influential books The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.
October 19th | 11:45 am to 12:20 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Come learn about a host of appropriate technologies and creative ecological solutions from solar cooking to wood-efficient rocket stoves to natural building methods and zero-waste systems. SolutionCraft seeks to inspire the building and use of simple ecological solutions accessible to all! With: Brennan Blazer Bird.
October 19th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | SolutionCraft Booth
As the massive impacts of climate-change bear down on us, we need to develop and rapidly deploy a wide range of strategies to make our coastal, rural and urban communities as physically, economically, ecologically and psychologically resilient as possible. Leading practitioners explore a diverse array of approaches to building resilience. With: Brett KenCairn, Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder, CO; Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action; Felicia Marcus, JD, former Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Moderated by Mark Prain, Executive Director, Edmund Hillary Institute of New Zealand.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Manzanita Room
Some of the most thrilling innovations and ideas are happening at the intersection of Indigenous worldviews and digital technologies. In this groundbreaking panel, we celebrate Native Americans in tech. Join us for a fascinating discussion to learn first-hand how Native youth are using digital tools to tell their stories, Native tech professionals are working to transform the industry from the inside, and Native culture-bearers are using tech solutions to positively impact their communities and beyond. With: Erica Persons (Miwok) of AICRC Oakland; Brisa Yepez (Hopland Pomo) of CIMCC; Danielle Forward (Pomo) of Facebook; and Ishmael Hope (Tlingit/Inupiaq), Storyteller, writer and consultant of the multi award-winning video game, Never Alone.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum
Paul Hawken and guests will lead a collaborative workshop in which we will explore the dynamics of reversing global warming as laid out by the groundbreaking initiative Paul founded, Project Drawdown. We will also discuss the social pathways for implementing these solutions and the math behind the plan. Participants are free to bring their own plans, ideas and experience.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Nothing less than a fundamental transformation of our civilization and our worldviews will truly address the climate cataclysm: the reinvention of everything. This spontaneous free-range jam will spin the dial to surface the diverse forces that can unite humanity to change the story and world. Hosted by Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economy. With: Bill McKibben, 350.org; john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the world’s leading visionary science fiction authors; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Sunday, October 20th
Holistic watershed management is the critical guiding principle to any ecological design. Come learn the basics of water harvesting on a residential or land project scale through hands-on demonstrations and real-life practicums. Brennan Blazer Bird and Mauricio Rivera will show us how to: calculate rainwater flow and tank size; integrate rainwater systems into our designs; passively collect rainwater in different earthworks systems; best harvest greywater from our bathroom or laundry; and live in better relationship with water.
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Hands-On Workshop Space
The global transition to clean energy has to occur—the only questions are whether we can get there in time to avoid the most catastrophic scenarios and how equitable the new economy will be. It’s essential that those at risk of being left behind can be brought along so they too can prosper in a new clean and green economy. Some key players in this field lay out a practical vision for how the right job training and workforce development programs can achieve that goal. Hosted by: Vien Truong, one of the country’s leading experts on building an equitable green economy. With: Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board; Larry Williams Jr., Labor and Coal Coordinator for the Sierra Club Labor Program; Demond Drummer, Executive Director of New Consensus.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
Transitioning to Resilience; Much has been said about the need for Resilience. But there’s little clear understanding about the down-to-Earth means for making our transition(s) – from recognizing what’s changing (why, where, when & at what pace); to re-designing our mindsets (individually & collectively); to re-inventing our reality(s) (environmentally, socially and, then, economically). In the wake of the devastating fires of 2017, business, social and government leaders in Sonoma County grappled with just such an issue/opportunity – and came out aligned. They’re now stepping into implementing, as a collaborative network, their transition. Join our panelists as they share with you both their aspirations for an inclusive, equitable, thriving and resilient Sonoma as well as the story of how they’re getting there – exploring with you the emerging “how to” for transitioning your own world(s). Hosted by R. Scott Spann. With: Lisa Carreno, Oscar Chavez, Reno Keoni Franklin, Trathen Heckman, Lisa Micheli.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Santa Rosa Room
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