Bioneers in October

Posted by | June 7, 2012

Every year during the third weekend of October, I always know where I’ll be. This coming October will be my thirteenth consecutive year at Bioneers in San Rafael, CA. Portfolio 21 Investments has been sponsoring the conference since 1999. I’m mentioning it now because this is the time to make travel arrangements if you would like to attend. Bioneers is in its twenty-third year as one of the world’s top sustainability conferences and it attracts 3,000 people, plus 13 satellite audiences around the country.

Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization with a focus on restoration of people and planet. The theme of the conferences is based in part on the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment that concluded: “Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.” This year, some of my favorite speakers include Dr. Gretchen Daily (Stanford University), Paul Hawken, and Bill McKibben ( The long list of presenters for the three-day event is always impressive. Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons founded Bioneers in 1990 with the understanding that, “Taking care of nature means taking care of people - and taking care of people means taking care of nature.”

If you decide to attend, hotel rooms near the venue are not easy to find and public transportation is challenging. That said, the Marin Center is the perfect location with its lake and walking trails. If you can’t make it, live broadcasts of many presentations are online and a DVD set is available each year. You can find me at the Portfolio 21 booth. Hope to see you there.


Carsten is Portfolio 21 Investments' founder and Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in socially and environmentally responsible investing.

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