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Asheville Bioneers Conference

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 pm, Saturday, April 8 from 1 to 5 pm, and Sunday April 9 from 2 to 5 pm. 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.

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.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 5

Wednesday, April 5
Program from 6 pm - 8 pm; Doors open at 5:30 pm.

6 pm National Talk: Thomas Linzey and Mari Margill of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund on Community and Natural Rights

6:30 pm Local Talks: Community rights, natural world rights, citizen rights, and citizen science - Southern Environmental Law Center, Pisgah Legal Services, and Mary Ellen Hannibal (author of Citizen Scientist).

Saturday, April 8

Saturday, April 8th
Program from 1 pm - 5 pm; Doors open at 12:30 pm with live music at 5 pm.

1 pm National Talk: Vien Truong of Green for All, Social Justice Meets Environmental Justice

1:30 pm Local Talks: Social Justice meets Environmental Justice - Green Opportunities, Chemtronics Superfund Community Advisory Council, Asheville Greenworks, Everybody’s Environment

2:30 pm: Live music by Rhoda Weaver

3 pm National Talk: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on Youth Activism and Intergenerational Engagement

3:30 pm Local Talks: Youth Activism - Youth Outright, Asheville March for Science, Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council

5 pm - 5:30 pm: Live music by Jonathan Santos

Sunday, April 9

Sunday, April 9th

2 pm : Wiring our Brains for Sustainable Collaboration Workshop

3:30 pm: Unifying Movements to Connect our Community Conversations and Imaginative Drawing

Conference Details

Conference Presenters

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

Event Sponsors

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.


Susy Chandler

Center Affairs Coordinator, Asheville Campus
Asheville Campus