YERT appearing at 3RiversBioneers! Oct. 16-18, Pittsburgh

Mark will be presenting all about the project at this event – Sunday at 10:30AM. Pittsburgh Project on the North Side. Check it out!!

“This is the most important national conference in existence. If you go to one conference in your lifetime, go to Bioneers now.” ~Mark Dixon

Maureen Copeland, 412.334.2072

Three Rivers Bioneers Conference Exposes Breakthrough Environmental Solutions – October 16, 17, & 18

World-renowned leaders – Andrew Weil, M.D. and Michael Pollan– meet local change agents to unveil solutions for healthy living, green jobs, and social justice

[Pittsburgh, PA] – September 22, 2009– The first Three Rivers Bioneers ( conference takes place this October 16-18, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Project on the Northside. The Three Rivers Bioneers (3RB) conference is a leading-edge forum highlighting breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.

As a satellite conference of Bioneers (, 3RB provides a hub for people who are hungry for change and are working to make a real difference in their local communities. Bioneers is a nonprofit educational organization hosting the national Bioneers Conference in California for its 20th year. 3RB will broadcast live fifteen visionary speakers from the national conference to Pittsburgh, including Andrew Weil M.D. and Michael Pollan. Weil is the nation’s foremost authority on holistic medicine and Pollan is author of the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

The Three Rivers Bioneers Conference will also feature local leaders in the areas of green jobs, sustainable agriculture, and environmental restoration. Among the forty local presenters will be keynote speakers Khari Mosley, Pittsburgh’s liaison for Van Jones’ organization Green for All, and Greg Boulos, Western Region Director of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). 3RB endeavors to give residents the tools and inspiration to be catalysts for change in their own community. According to organizer, Maureen Copeland, “Combining Bioneers national speakers, with presentations from Pittsburgh’s brightest and most passionate change agents, in addition to interactive art, music, and wellness activities makes for an event to inspire and re-energize Pittsburgh for our greatest work ahead.”

Three Rivers Bioneers builds upon the success of two previous conferences hosted by the Urban Ecology Collaborative—the Green Forum and MERGE (Methods to Engage Residents in Grassroots in the Environment). Providing a space to learn, network, and reflect, 3RB is an incubator for ideas and strategies that inspire positive change. A youth studio, activist network room, and peace garden complement the daily workshops and speakers. The Pittsburgh Project (, a community development center on the Northside, provides the backdrop for the 3RB conference.

To view a full list of national and local presenters, visit Registration is open and a discounted early bird rate is available until October 1st. Register at

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About the Urban Ecology Collaborative

The Urban Ecology Collaborative ( is a ten-city collaborative that cultivates healthy, safe and vibrant cities through collective learning and united action.

UEC does this by developing a unique multi-city network for urban ecosystem research and restoration that makes the connections to issues of social justice; combining programs in education, urban forestry, and advocacy to address common urban ecosystem issues; and creating an integrated tool-kit for sharing these strategies.

About Bioneers

Bioneers ( is a nonprofit educational organization that highlights social and scientific innovations inspired by nature and human creativity. Its acclaimed annual national conference brings together people passionate about making a difference and serves as an incubator for new strategies for just and sustainable change. Through the conference, recordings, books, a radio series, online social network and other resources, Bioneers provides the tools and inspiration to help people connect with each other and catalyze positive change in their own communities.

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