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LRU's Asheville Center presents Bioneers Conference
LRU's Asheville Center presents Bioneers Conference

Asheville Bioneers Conference Webpage
In partnership with the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville will present the Fifth Annual Asheville Bioneers Conference on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 8 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday April 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. The three-day conference is free and open to the public.

As a Bioneers Resilient Community Network event, the conference will explore community rights, social and environmental justice, youth activism, and opportunities for unifying movements. Discussions will be held to explore themes including how to build a stronger, more inclusive community, expanding rights for all citizens, organizations addressing the intersection of social justice and environmental justice, and inspiring youth activism and intergenerational engagement. Open dialogue sessions will allow attendees to join local non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions in conversation as they present these diverse topics.

The following local groups will present:

Green Opportunities
Southern Environmental Law Center
Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Science
Asheville Greenworks
Chemtronics Superfund Community Advisory Board
Center for Collaborative Awareness
Youth Outright
Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council
Pisgah Legal Services

Discussions held during the National Bioneers Conference in California will also be broadcast at the conference. Keynote speeches during the National Conference were given by Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund on the Community Rights Movement, Vien Truong of Green for All on Social Justice Meets Environmental Justice, Xiuhtexcatl Martinez on Youth Activism, and Kenny Ausubel of Bioneers on Unifying Movements.

"In a time when communities, individuals, and the natural world are being threatened by a range of forces, it is important for us to come together to find better ways to build a more unified effort that simultaneously addresses social and environmental justice issues," said Dr. Keith McDade, Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies at LRU's Asheville campus. "One aim of this conference is to bring many community members and groups together to find ways to help each other to make Asheville and Western North Carolina more resilient."

Sponsors for this year's event include LRU's Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources, The Center for Collaborative Awareness, and Catawba Brewing Co.

To learn more about this event contact Susy Chandler, Center Affairs Coordinator, at 828.407.4263 or susy.chandler@lr.edu or visit lr.edu/bioneers. For more information on LRU's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville visit lr.edu/Asheville.