The Reality of Change – Pete Pearson

Pete Pearson is the founder of Solstice Enterprises, which catalyzes community action for sustainability projects. Pete’s presentation tonight titled “The Reality of Change” focuses on an initiative which began in the Fall of 2014, where 5 schools in the Boise School District set out to set “green” standards for the district. While change seems easy at first, their story will show the realities of change, highlighting both successes and challenges along the way.

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Boise, The Ultimate Base Camp – Steve Stuebner

Steve Stuebner knows that “Boise is the Ultimate Base Camp” in America for the outdoor enthusiasts, like himself. Steve believes Boise is making great progress in becoming the Most Livable City in America, but that we all  need to make an effort to help those in need who aren’t enjoying these wonderful amenities and give them a helping hand so they can experience the wonderful feeling of freedom and learning that comes with exploring the great outdoors.

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Seet – Jeremy Maxand

Jeremy Maxand has entitled his talk “Seet,” which is a Tlingit word for a dug-out canoe. It is about our individual journey and the collective impact our journeys make together to improve our world and ourselves. Jeremy is currently serving as the Executive Director of Life’s Kitchen, a nonprofit social enterprise providing job and life skills training to at-risk young adults.

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Tiny Living Revolution. Tiny House Not Required – Ryan Harris

Ryan is a tiny house enthusiast who spends his weekends building his own tiny house on wheels. He’s the organizer if the Idaho Tiny House Enthusiasts Meetup group. Ryan is blogging his own tiny house build on his website at ryanstinyhouse.com.  He will share information about the tiny house movement that is sweeping the nation, and how we can all start to “live tiny” as a way to help heal society and our planet.

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Pushing the Limits of Green and Speed – Patrick Johnston

Patrick, of GreenSpeed Research, will share a story of how a vegetable oil powered vehicle set a world record and of two pivotal moments that have sparked an opportunity for renewable energy education and hands on learning.

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Educate, Don’t Incarcerate – Mario Pile

Mario is currently working at the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy after discovering the potential he had in helping teens avoid entering the correctional systems. Mario simply loves creating of a better and more hopeful tomorrow for today’s youth.

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Sustainability: It’s Simply Elementary – Sonia Galaviz

Sonia is a fifth grade teacher at Garfield Elementary.  This year she and three pilot schools; Garfield, Lowell and Whitney Elementary implemented sustainability programs through the overarching sustainability initiative. Sonia will highlight challenges and successes associated with the new efforts this year.

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Boise Eco Village, A New Beginning – Sunny Freeman Genz

Sunny is an active member of our community working with a variety of initiatives. Most recently Sunny created The Boise EcoVillage Project.  A vision  for “community living in harmony with the earth and with each other through green building, renewable energy, shared governance and permaculture principles.”

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Snow School: Connecting Kids to Nature Through Snow – Dr. Kerry McClay

Kerry, National Snow School Director, is currently working for Winter Wildlands Alliance in Boise after helping establish the flagship Snow School site at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and serving as its first-ever director. An outdoor enthusiast, Kerry focuses on enhancing the quality & scope of the Snow School program nationally, and each winter works to introduce thousands of students to the magic of on-snow exploration.

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Sustainability at South Junior High – Tyler Bevis

Tyler teaches 8th grade English at South Jr. High and runs their Ecology Club. Tyler will be discussing South’s story this year as the pilot Jr. High School within the sustainability initiative conducted in the Boise School District.

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Together We Can Change the World – Dallas Crum

Dallas is one of 4 co-founders of Vivid Roots, a start up company that is part of the Boise State Venture College, a program to help student entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition.  He will be sharing how each of us can make a difference in the lives of others, and that together we can change the world.

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The Wonder of Worms – Jan Shirley

Jan has been raising Red Wiggler Compost Worms for more than 8 years. Her mission has been to educate children and adults about Worm Composting, and Food Recycling. Jan is a Boise native, retired career nurse, worm farmer and educator with a strong passion for life, health and earthworms.

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Healing Soil and Reversing Climate Change – Autumn Freer

Autumn is the owner and operator of Freer Organics LLC. Autumn has been involved in the horticulture and agriculture world for most of her life. Autumn is an Idaho native with a strong passion to educate the importance of healthy environments using biological techniques and implementing systems that reduce the need for harmful chemicals and unnecessary toxins and pollutants.


Writing for Your Life – Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm

Jeff is an internationally-known teacher, author, and presenter.  A classroom teacher for 15 years, Jeff Wilhelm is currently Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State, director of the Boise State Writing Project and teaches middle schoolers each spring.


Sustainable Opportunities at Timberline – Kate Ringer & Sydney Durk

Kate and Sydney are seniors and co-presidents of TREE at Timberline High School.  They will be sharing how the district’s sustainability initiative began and their involvement in the program.

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