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Accepting Panel Nominations for Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers Conference: Sustainable Schools Track

Posted: 2:31PM May 2nd, 2012 | Comments

Sustain Dane is hosting our 4th annual Badger Bioneers Conference in partnership with the UW-Madison’s Office of Sustainability and Global Health Institute December 12th & 13th, 2012.  We are interested in highlighting projects that reflect the current status of the sustainable schools movement in Wisconsin.  If you are involved in this movement and would like to share your work by participating in one of our panels described below please let us know by Friday, May 11.  Simply email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your name, title and contact information, the panel you best fit, and a brief description of the work/project you would like to share.  

Panel 1: Sustainable Schools Showcase
Helping children understand systems – ecological, social and economic – and our role in them is a key tenet of Education for Sustainability.  This showcase will provide case studies that demonstrate how projects within a system have broad and far reaching outcomes.  Listen to the stories of 3 schools in Wisconsin that are using their knowledge and understanding of systems to explicitly and intentionally impact student outcomes and fuel change in their schools and communities.  

Panel 2: Schools Can’t Do It Alone: School-Community Partnerships Help Students Go Green and Get Healthy
Community partnerships are key to the success of sustainable schools.  Those relationships are vital to connecting the curriculum to relevant, real-world issues.  They make sure that the sustainability efforts of schools support those of the community and vice versa.  They bring in resources and support.  Hear how businesses, governments, and non-profits are working with schools to help both the school and community go green and get healthy.

Introduction to the Badger Bioneers Conference:
Theme:  The Intersection of Energy, Climate Change, Health & the Economy
December 12th & 13th, 2012 at Union South, UW-Madison
Reception: December 13th, 6:30 – 10:00 pm Madison Children’s Museum

The Badger Bioneers Conference is an annual 2-day conference in the Madison Region, inspired by the national Bioneers Conference held every year in Marin County, California.  The national Bioneers Conference features global social and scientific innovators from all walks of life changing how we view daily life, work and nature.  The Badger Bioneers Conference features 5 local visionaries in sustainability; panel discussions and regional artists, in addition to a curated selection of plenary talks from the National Bioneers Conference.  

Participants can design their own schedule for the conference, taking advantage of programming that focused on business, education, communities, and outdoors.  Music, locally-grown food, and a fabulous, extremely well-attended Friday night reception allows attendees to connect with like-minds from the community.

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