Chicago Schedule

Saturday 5/18

 Main StageStage AStage BStage CYogaGreen Kids Zone
11am  

Organizers of the Immigrant Youth Justice League

Immigration: Global Impact through Personal Stories

As immigration has continued to take precedent in the forefront of political debate, undocumented youth have been sharing their stories and using political action to bring a human understanding to immigration. This panel will contextualize why this group of undocumented youth have come to the U.S. and emphasize the importance of knowing his/her story as we proceed to reform this broken immigration system.

Marc Loveless (Coalition for Justice and Respect), Emmanuel Garcia (journalist, community organizer, activist)

Beyond Marriage Equality…What are the priorities of the LGBT People and Communities of Color

Beyond marriage equality and immigration reform, how can LGBTQ rights be advanced as human rights globally? This is a conversation beyond who can marry and who should be allowed to live in this country. As policies governing areas of American life continue to be present in our media, how are conversations taking shape in diaspora communities?

Natalie Hamper (Chicago High School for Agricultural Science [CHSAS]) student), Byron Odonnell (CHSAS student), Charlie Ketterling (CHSAS student), Ranece Stacker (CHSAS student), Aaron Taylor (Chicago High School for Agricultural Science [CHSAS] student), Mae Piszczor (CHSAS Special Education Teacher), Steve Gilligan (CHSAS paraprofessional), Jane Klunk (CHSAS Special Education Teacher)

Dog Gone Delights by Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

Using honey and eggs produced at their school, students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Science (CHSAS) have a successful dog biscuit business. Despite significant disabilities, they are involved in every aspect of this “cottage industry.” Consequently, their vocational training activity becomes a Service Learning Project. Students will demonstrate their biscuit-making process and have their dog biscuits available.

 

All Day Kids' Zone Events

Balance Boards and Beams

Enjoy a high-fun, low-tech assortment of balance boards and beams. Toddlers to teens will enjoy testing their balance skills in a fun, cooperative, environment. Learn why schools, parents, and even senior citizens are using balance boards and beams to balance their environments. www.balanceboardsandbeams.com

Artterro

Arterro Bookmark Project - Loved by Kids and Creative Adults (Booth #2415 next to the Green Kids Zone)

Use some of Arterro's beautiful and natural materials to design a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Start with hand-made papers, add wood, glass beads and sequins to create a marvelous bookmark to aid in your reading adventures. Located in booth #2415 next to the Green Kids Zone.

University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardeners

Bug Brigade and Worm Composting

Join the University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardener's Program to see and learn about creepy crawlies from around the world – and also how you can turn your kitchen veggie and fruit refuse into black gold!

University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardeners

Ask a Master Gardener!

Bring your toughest, most vexing gardening challenges for answers from our Master Gardeners!

 

The Mini Eco-Carnival

Get a photo with Greenie the Creature, and try your luck on the Climate Change Toss and Resource Recovery Plinko.

 

Natures Creatures Animal Show

Join Erin Yanz and her amazing assortment of rescued animals! Through stories and demonstrations, she teaches families to be more responsible on their pet choices.

 

Refuge For Saving the Wildlife

The Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works in joint cooperation with avian rescue groups to educate the public about aviculture issues. Until the need for rescue groups is eliminated, they provide a sanctuary parrots in need of a home.

Noon

Young Chicago Authors, featuring Kush Thompson, Demetrius Amparan, Malcolm London, Emma Coleman and Lamar Jorden

All City readings from Young Chicago Authors

Poets from the nonprofit youth organization, Young Chicago Authors, will present a series of poems reflecting on many societal issues that plague youth in the city of Chicago. Each poet will share stories of the city from their respective parts of the city. Many of these poems focus on violence in the Chicago and the counter narrative that exists in the many young writers building the city.

Claire Tinley (UNITE HERE Local 1)

Keeping Cooks in the Kitchen: Real food and real jobs in Chicago Institutions

What if entire kitchens were replaced with microwaves and warming stations? Scratch cooking replaced with frozen, pre-processed food? In Chicago, food service workers won’t let that happen. UNITE HERE Local 1 members from CPS and O’Hare will join leaders from the larger food movement to discuss how, together, they are trying to shape the future of food away from home.

Alice Kim (Campaign to End the Death Penalty), Maureen Forte (National Action Network [NAN]), Robert T. Starks (Northeastern University), Dorothy Tillman (Former Alderman and Radio Show Host)

Is There Anything Worth Marching For?

An exploration of our social justice priorities in 2013, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and organized by Bayard Rustin. Looking from the galvanizing 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act forward to today’s school closings, gun violence, and immigration reform - what moves you to action?

Adam Clark (Pedal to the People)

Don't Get Stranded: How to Fix a Flat

Flat tires are the most common occurrence in bicycle repair. It's the easiest way to ruin a good ride. Learn how to check for the cause of the problem. By the end of this workshop you will have confidence in solving one of the most difficult repairs in bicycle maintenance. Super soap provided to clean your hands afterward.

Natalie McGreal

Hatha 1

 

 

Natures Creatures Animal Show

Join Erin Yanz and her amazing assortment of rescued animals! Through stories and demonstrations, she teaches families to be more responsible on their pet choices.

1pm

Dylan Ratigan (Archi's Acres LLC)

"One Crop at A Time:" War Vets, Entrepreneurs and Farming

Dylan Ratigan, New York Times Best-Selling author and the former host of MSNBC’s highest-rated, non-prime time show, "The Dylan Ratigan Show," on MSNBC will speak to the underlying reasons behind his decision to leave cable news to lead the national development of ArchisAcres LLC, a veteran-led, organic hydroponic farming network. Ratigan will speak to HOW we can act now to adapt to immediately available systems of sustainable, food, energy, health, learning and infrastructure and in process create jobs, inspire our neighbors and heal our planet.

Chelsea Dennis (Chelsea Bay Design), Aaron Dennis (Stone Hut Studios)

CONNECTED BY COFFEE: The Power of Small Scale Farmers Working Together

In January of 2013, two coffee roasters and small film crew set out on a 1000 mile journey across Central America to meet with their small-scale farming partners. This film (debuting Fall 2013) will give a voice to the farmers and show the world that everyone who drinks coffee is connected in a very real way to those who grow it. Join husband and wife film-making team, Chelsea and Aaron, to see clips and learn about the life-changing power of small-scale farmers working together.

Susan Ask (Animalia Project), Grace Koehler (Pizzo Native Plant Nursery), Andrew Lueck (SavATree)

Climate Change in your Backyard: Gardens and Trees in a Changing Climate

As the climate changes, the Chicago region will experience dry periods, severe storms, heat waves and warmer temperatures. This will affect backyard gardens. Gardeners can adapt their yards to be more resilient. Gardeners can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions directly and indirectly, by planting trees and native plants, creating shade, using water wisely, using compost instead of peat-- and more.

Jocelyn Azada (PPS), Lisa Elkins (2 Point Perspective: Architecture + Interiors), Arlene Jones (author; columnist, Austin Weekly News; green homeowner), Mary Meyer (Environmental Harmony & Healing Arts, Oldenburg Retreat Center, off-grid homeowner)

Your Green Home

Are you interested in an eco-update to your existing abode, or thinking of a new green home? Join this panel of experts as they discuss and share personal and professional experiences with various space planning ideas, green building technologies, design tips and more, for creating a green home at any budget. Green resource lists will be shared with all attendees.

Sara Strother

Mindful Vinyasa 1-2

 

 
2pm

Greg Palast (Bestselling Author of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps)

Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: The Theft of 2012

The BBC reporter who busted Katherine Harris' fake felon purge tells weird, hilarious and sick stories of the billionaires who are bankrolling the GOP; with hot new info on the Koch Brothers as well as the filthy rich you've never heard of from his new book & film. "Bugs Bunny meets Hunter Thompson" [Buzzflash].

Nancy Jones (Chicago Fair Trade)

Building the Fair Trade Towns Movement in Chicago

Cities across the US are using the Fair Trade Towns Model from Europe to help spread the word about Fair Trade. Hear how Chicago Fair Trade achieved the five goals of Fair Trade Towns to become America’s largest Fair Trade city, and how they are now taking the Fair Trade message into schools! Learn how you too can spread this idea throughout the metro area.

Jeff Golfman (The Cool Vegetarian), Amber Zuckswert (Epicself.com), Leslie Stoddard (GMO Free Idaho), Elena Kulakovska (KUL HEALTHY YOU)

The Power of Plants: Discovering the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Join our panel of experts for a discussion about the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can improve your energy, longevity and quality of life while lowering the risk of obesity, heart and cardiovascular diseases. As well, you will enjoy a lighter footprint on the earth by consuming plants. Moderated by Jeff Golfman (The Cool Vegetarian) and video hosted by Amber Zuckswert (Epic Self).

Imari Beardon (senior, CCA Academy), Felicia Howard (junior, CCA Academy), Nakysier Evans, (junior, CCA Academy), Nancy Zook (Sustainability Coordinator /Art Instructor, CCA Academy)

Bubbles Not Included - Soap making for mind and body

An experiment in creating with art, science, math and the environment. CCA students and instructors will show participants how they can make soap while learning about art, science, agriculture, math and the natural environment. A selection of beautiful student-made soaps will be available for purchase at the CCA booth in the Green Marketplace throughout the duration of Green Festival.

Raquel Scianna

Vinyasa 1-2

 

 

Refuge For Saving the Wildlife

The Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works in joint cooperation with avian rescue groups to educate the public about aviculture issues. Until the need for rescue groups is eliminated, they provide a sanctuary parrots in need of a home.

3pm

Emmanuel Pratt (Sweet Water Foundation)

Urban Agriculture, Aquaponics, Education and the 21st Century City

Emmanuel will examine urban agriculture and aquaponics as tools for bolstering local economies while creating 21st century neighborhoods in this fourth wave of American urbanization. Emmanuel will also discuss the launch of Sweet Water AQUAPONS, part of the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla Foundation supported open badge-based learning program. AQUAPONS establishes a framework for placing emerging “aquapons” – people practicing aquaponics – across the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) disciplines.

Jon A. Levey (GreenChoice Bank)

Green Money for Green Businesses: Do’s and Don'ts for Bank Financing

Looking for financing for your business? GreenChoice Bank’s Chief Lending Officer, Jon Levey presents financing options for small, sustainable businesses. Learn more about what a Chicago-based community bank can do for your business and what banks look for from prospective borrowers.

John Viera (Ford Motor Company), Marilyn Jones (Consolidated Printing), Danny Seo (Environmental Lifestyle Expert), moderated by LeeAnn Trotter

A Greener Future: An Industry Perspective

Green technology is more than solar panels and turbines -- learn how various industries are paving the way to a greener future with emerging, innovative technologies that address both economic realities and environmental commitments.

Alexandra Lesniak (Peace Bees)

Honey Bees: Beyond Sweetener and Pollination

With the growing concern over harmful chemicals in everyday products, why not turn to the honey bee for natural alternatives? From the kitchen, to skin care, to woodworking, art and medicinal uses, honey bees can provide us much more than a sweetener and pollination. Alex will have you buzzing with examples and possibilities. Samples will be provided to attendees.

Zoey VanDuren

Vinyasa Basics

 

Lauren Kruz (Rock The Love Yoga)

Family Yoga

Join us for fun stretching, imaginative interpretation, and a great sharing experience as we host family yoga for all ages, led by teacher Lauren Kruz of Rock the Love Yoga. www.facebook.com/RocktheLoveYoga

Interlude

Young Chicago Authors, featuring Kush Thompson and Malcolm London

All City readings from Young Chicago Authors

 

         
4pm

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (The Hip Hop Caucus)

Stop KXL! The Story of “Forward On Climate”

There is a new approach to environmentalism. It’s no longer about turning off the lights and being satisfied. It’s about fighting against climate change for what this is — a civil rights issue, a justice issue and an existential threat. It’s about solidarity with indigenous peoples, about student protests for university divestment, and about civil disobedience.

Dana Olden (ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas – Small Business Program)

Small Business Energy Savings Program

Learn about the Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program, a special service of ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and People's Gas. SBES is designed to help reduce your energy use. We will share information about the SBES free energy assessments and energy-saving products, a free comprehensive report of recommended energy-efficiency improvements, and incentives of up to 70% off costs.

Naomi Davis (BIG: Blacks in Green)

Blackcrowdfunding.org: Financing the Revolution of the Neighbor-Owned Business

We were the most privileged children. Our ancestors had sacrificed all. Now a revolution at our doorstep demands we join to “surthrive.” Learn how blackcrowdfunding.org can help ease unemployment/underemployment, shrinking incomes/rising costs, and turn the tide for blighted communities. See how BIG’s1st Principle of Green-Village-Building will advance its mission to “increase household income” and make black villages walkable again.

Matthew Weber (Safer Foundation/Junk Monk N' Sun)

From Dresser to Shelf

Expand your creativity in this comedic presentation of how to turn a trashed dresser into wonderful wall mount shelves using only a hammer, drill and a hand saw. Utilizing a few members of the Safer Foundation to demonstrate the process, Matthew Weber will explain the method of how one can truly build anything out of anything and make it awesome.

   

Sunday 5/19

 Main StageStage AStage BStage CYogaGreen Kids Zone
11am          

All Day Kids' Zone Events

Balance Boards and Beams

Enjoy a high-fun, low-tech assortment of balance boards and beams. Toddlers to teens will enjoy testing their balance skills in a fun, cooperative, environment. Learn why schools, parents, and even senior citizens are using balance boards and beams to balance their environments. www.balanceboardsandbeams.com

Artterro

Arterro Bookmark Project - Loved by Kids and Creative Adults (Booth #2415 next to the Green Kids Zone)

Use some of Arterro's beautiful and natural materials to design a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Start with hand-made papers, add wood, glass beads and sequins to create a marvelous bookmark to aid in your reading adventures. Located in booth #2415 next to the Green Kids Zone.

University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardeners

Bug Brigade and Worm Composting

Join the University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardener's Program to see and learn about creepy crawlies from around the world – and also how you can turn your kitchen veggie and fruit refuse into black gold!

University of Illinois Extension Service Master Gardeners

Ask a Master Gardener!

Bring your toughest, most vexing gardening challenges for answers from our Master Gardeners!

 

The Mini Eco-Carnival

Get a photo with Greenie the Creature, and try your luck on the Climate Change Toss and Resource Recovery Plinko.

 

Natures Creatures Animal Show

Join Erin Yanz and her amazing assortment of rescued animals! Through stories and demonstrations, she teaches families to be more responsible on their pet choices.

 

Refuge For Saving the Wildlife

The Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works in joint cooperation with avian rescue groups to educate the public about aviculture issues. Until the need for rescue groups is eliminated, they provide a sanctuary parrots in need of a home.

Noon

Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Department

Repurposed for a Purpose: An Eco-Fashion Show

An interactive, on-site creative garment reconstruction and transformation event involving design students from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Department, and a whole lot of discarded, end-of-life garments. Students cut, shape, drape, fold and stitch to recreate and restyle cast-offs into uniquely modern fashions.

Alisa Gravitz (Green America), Ken Roseboro (Non GMO Report), Leslie Stoddard (GMO Free Idaho), Kathleen Hallal (Moms Across America) Moderator: Jeff Golfman (The Cool Vegetarian)

Inside GMOs: A Survivor's Guide

Large agribusiness and chemical companies oppose our right to know when foods have GMOs. These are the same companies that put GMOs on the market without adequate testing – turning us all into lab rats. Alisa Gravitz, Ken Roseboro and Leslie Stoddard will share why you should care about GMOs and how you can influence the country’s largest food companies to get GMOs out of our food supply.

Jamal Ali (author of "Black and Green: Black Insights for the Green Movement")

Making "Green" Cool - Increasing African American Participation

Offering a message that is unique and different by using music as an example of environmental activism, Jamal Ali will feature bars from Johnny Cash – “Don’t Go Near The Water”, Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy, Me” and others to further illustrate various issues, including water scarcity, oil on ocean floors and more.

Mindy Agnew (Green Team Lead, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Oak Park), Ana Garcia Doyle (Green Team Lead, William Beye Elementary School, Oak Park), Oak Park School District 97 Green Ambassador students

The Dish on Dirt: Composting Demos by Green Schools & Students

Oak Park School District 97 Green Ambassador students and green parent leaders will discuss vermicomposting (with worms), backyard composting and municipal composting. Since 2008, the 5,000 students in our “zero waste” school district have reduced landfill waste by half, and composting has been key! The schools are proud to have won a 2011 Environmental Hero Award from IL Governor, Pat Quinn.

Ingrid Yang

Vinyasa 1-2

 

 
1pm

Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!)

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman pulls back the veil on corporate media reporting to explore the politics of "climate apartheid," the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the movement to halt the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, and the globalization of dissent "from Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza." In her latest book, "The Silenced Majority," written with Denis Moynihan, Goodman shows the work of ordinary people to change their media - and change the world.

John Viera (Ford Motor Company)

Ford Motor Company: The Future of Personal Mobility

John Viera, the Global Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, will talk about Ford's current and future electrified vehicle fleet, how organically-based sustainable materials are being incorporated into Ford vehicles, and how Ford is looking to the future of personal mobility in a world facing the limits of growth.

Marc J. Lane (The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C.; Governor’s Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise); Brenda Palms Barber (North Lawndale Employment Network, Sweet Beginnings LLC); Ryan Maley (The Dunham Fund, City of Aurora Human Rights Commission); Brian Rowland (A Safe Haven)

How Mission-Driven Ventures Drive Positive Social Change

Some of Chicago’s leading social innovators share their experiences, insights and advice about all the ways in which social enterprises can empower the disadvantaged and help address the daunting problems of poverty, education and public health.

Andrea Mattson (Edible Alchemy Foods)

DIY Spring Body Care

Use your kitchen as your apothecary! We know many ingredients in mainstream personal care products are not ideal for a healthy epidermis. Learn the basics of how to craft your own homemade bodycare remedies for a fraction of the cost out of (mostly) edible materials commonly found in your kitchen or grocery store.

Angelique Nelson

Vinyasa Basics

 

 

Natures Creatures Animal Show

Join Erin Yanz and her amazing assortment of rescued animals! Through stories and demonstrations, she teaches families to be more responsible on their pet choices.

2pm

Marianne Williamson (Bestselling Author of A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ""A Course in Miracles"")

Holistic Politics

Calling on Martin Luther King's comments that in order for the world to change, we must have ""qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives,"" Marianne Williamson discusses the psychological dynamic of a new political activism. Merging the major cultural impulse towards personal transformation with the current wave of social activism promises to deliver the United States to a new paradigm politics.

Jeff Smith (Sierra Club)

Offshore Wind for Chicago

Gigawatts of clean, renewable energy are blowing in the wind just a few miles offshore one of America's great metropolises. Could offshore wind happen here? Studies, grants and efforts by citizens and legislators are making it possible. Veteran green activist Jeff Smith, intimately involved in the effort, will bring to life the promise and challenges of Lake Michigan offshore wind.

Andrea Mattson (Edible Alchemy Foods), Cheryl Muñoz (The Sugar Beet Cooperative), Gregory Berlowitz, (Chicago Cooperative), Sharon Hoyer (Dill Pickle Food Co-op)

Chicago's Emerging Co-op Access

In the last few years, there has emerged an incredible surge of co-operatives and bulk-food buying groups in the local scene. Join the newest initiatives in the Chicagoland area to discuss challenges to creating and maintaining co-ops in Chicago. What is it about 2013 that marks such an explosion? Where is Chicago's co-op scene headed? You heard it here first.

Ana, Jim, Celia, Simon & Claudia Doyle (Green Homeowners)

Growing Green Families: Stories from our House

Our family, like many others, strives to learn what we can -- and apply sustainable approaches when possible to into our busy household. We’ll share a few stories and demonstrations of ways we’ve learned to live greener – from trying to create a “healthy green home,” to greening our eating, to working with neighbors and networks for a more sustainable community.

Tristan Krohn

Hatha 1

 

 
Interlude

Young Chicago Authors, featuring Demetrius Amparan and Lamar Jorden

All City readings from Young Chicago Authors

 

       

 

Refuge For Saving the Wildlife

The Refuge for Saving the Wildlife works in joint cooperation with avian rescue groups to educate the public about aviculture issues. Until the need for rescue groups is eliminated, they provide a sanctuary parrots in need of a home.

3pm

John Perkins (Bestselling Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)

Global Collapse, Prophecies, the Future and You

Current events show that economic, social and political systems are collapsing. The post-WWII era created history's first truly global empire. It is a corporate empire that controls the US, as well as other governments. The result is massive failure. In Perkins' view, these crises, prophesied by many cultures, offer great opportunities. His plan of action is aimed at each individual in the audience.

Brekke Bonds (Dill Pickle Cooperative), Kristen Martinek, (Produce Lead Buyer, Dill Pickle Food Coop)

Go Bananas for Fair Trade!

Bananas are delicious, unarguably. But more often than not bananas come from plantations with deplorable environmental and labor practices. Chicago’s only member-owned retail cooperative—Dill Pickle—is working hard to get the word out about bananas and increase demand for Fair Trade bananas. Come sample and learn!

Seneca Kern (WeFarm America) , Sheelah Muhammad (Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market), Todd Jones (Every Last Morsel), Alex Poltorak (Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Illinois Stewardship Alliance)

Chicago's Roadmap to Food Justice

This talk focuses on identifying barriers to Food Justice in Chicago and ideas currently at work or in development around the city. Practitioners will speak to their individual journey and the work ahead. The group will highlight projects in need of support and recognition using physical maps and online resources such as Accelerate 77 and Every Last Morsel, encouraging attendee interaction.

Tyrone Barnes (Master Chef), Lloyd Martin, Jr. (Assistant Chef)

Couscous Salad Magic!

Working as a refined team, Chefs Barnes and Martin will demonstrate how to prepare couscous like you have never had or seen before! Using tomatoes, couscous and other high quality ingredients, these Chefs will cut, combine and present a delightfully bold Springtime vegan meal that can be served hot or chilled. Samples will be available. Come see, smell and taste the goodness!

Diana Oppenheim

Vinyasa 1-2

 

Lauren Kruz (Rock The Love Yoga)

Family Yoga

Join us for fun stretching, imaginative interpretation, and a great sharing experience as we host family yoga for all ages, led by teacher Lauren Kruz of Rock the Love Yoga. www.facebook.com/RocktheLoveYoga