City hosts major environmental conference Bioneers by the Bay: sign up now and save

NEW BEDFORD — Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” Annie Leonard producer of “Story of Stuff,” and Van Jones, pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy will lead the list of speakers for the Sixth Annual “Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference.”

The conference, to be held in downtown New Bedford, runs from Oct. 22-24 and is sponsored by the Marion Institute. Organizers said the three-day event is a “solutions-based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities.”

“When we get in touch with the fact that we are all connected, and that we all have a critical role to create deep love, justice and sustainability in the world as well as in our own lives, we see the urgent need to connect for change,” said Desa VanLaarhoven, executive director of the Marion Institute. “When we build bridges from local leaders — and that’s all of us — to other leaders from around the world, we inspire each other to do just that.”

The Connecting for Change conference will feature keynote speakers, afternoon workshops, family programming, a downlink from Bioneers San Rafael [], a Youth Initiative program, exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, a farmers’ market, films and live music, an open mic night, seasonal, local and organic food, art installations and more.

For those registering on or before Saturday, Sept. 25, significant discounts are offered. A three-day pass is $150 ($225 after Sept. 25), a two-day pass is $120 ($175 after Sept. 25) and a one-day pass is $65 ($100 after Sept. 25).

The organizers stress that “if these fees are prohibitive to you, please be aware that you can attend for a discount by applying for a scholarship to attend the conference or by volunteering. We attempt to eliminate barriers to attending the conference, including economic ones.”
More information on that, the speakers and the overall conference is available by visiting or by calling (508)-748-0816.

September 21, 2010 8:56 PM

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