GLBD | Detroit MI

Welcome to Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit - GLBD

GLBD promotes collaboration and networking among SE Michigan individuals and organizations working on sustainability and eco-justice issues.


GLBD's work depends on a "gift" economy: the gift of time from numerous volunteers, the gift of talents and skills from conference presenters, the gift of artists, chefs, farmers, the support of our sponsors, exhibitors and vendors. Contact Gloria Rivera at to learn how you can be a part of GLBD.

We also need and value your financial gift. Your tax-deductible donation helps us bring the conference and ongoing events to Detroit each year.
Thank You.


This year's brochure includes the schedule, plenaries, featured artists and registration information.


Important Refuse Collection Announcement from the City of Detroit - collections are for residents only, not businesses or large apartment buildings. (Click above image for announcement.)


The Detroit Incinerator, located near I-75 and I-94, has been a major odor nuisance to residents living in the area. In 2010 the incinerator was bought and renamed Detroit Renewable Energy in an effort to "green wash" the facility although it remains a toxic, polluting facility. Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) a coalition supported by Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit advocates for the City of Detroit to move toward a waste recovery system and away from incineration. ZWD members work hard to hold Detroit Renewable Power accountable for their actions.

When residents in the neighborhood began to complain of odors coming from the incinerator shortly after it re-opened, ZWD engaged the community to report this information to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). As a result, Detroit Renewable Power has received nine notices of odor violation and was tasked with making repairs to their facility to eliminate the extreme odor.

Take Action:

It is very important that during the spring and summer of 2014 residents living around the incinerator stay diligent in reporting any odors in their neighborhood.
. Report foul odors in Midtown: If you smell garbage in the air in Midtown, you may smell air pollution from the Incinerator at I-75 and I-94. Please report this to the MDEQ at 313-456-4712 or after hours call 800-292-4706.

Together we can make a difference!
Gloria Rivera, IHM
GLBD Coordinator


Let WARM Training Center help you SOLARize your home.

It's finally affordable. Hurray!

10th Annual GLBD Conference
2014 October 24-26

Each year, GLBD brings together people from all areas of the sustainability movement. Whether you are a long-time activist or just curious, we hope you joined us for a weekend of learning and inspiration.

See you there on October 24, 25 and 26th!

As we continue 2014, I am asking you to consider a tax deductible donation.

Please make an online donation.

Or mail your check or money order to:
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

Thank you for your financial and personal support throughout the year.

Let us continue to 'foster life-giving relationships, nurture connections and celebrate solutions that restore and heal Earth's communities'.

May you have a peace-filled 2014!


Gloria Rivera, IHM
GLBD Coordinator


View Detailed Report
Please note: Above graphic shows that we gave $7,405 in scholarships.

As many of you know, we are committed to making GLBD financially accessible to everyone interested in attending our annual conferences. Our rates reflect this. Reduced rates are available for activists, seniors, teachers and students. We have scholarships for youth and persons with low income.

As the detailed report shows, Scholarships are one of the main categories in our expense pie.

Help us replenish our scholarship fund, your contribution is tax deductible. See donation info above (top of page)to contribute to this effort.

ANNOUNCING 10th Anniversary Conference Schedule

Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event

Welcome to the tenth annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference!

Bioneers (biological pioneers) is an annual conference, a movement and a way of life! National BIONEERS is celebrating 25 years and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) its 10th anniversary! We welcome Nina Simons, co-founder and co-director of national Bioneers who will be... Read More

2014 Conference Registration by Mail

For those folks who prefer to register for the Conference by mail:
Click here for Registration Form


These water shutoffs are a serious issue and this piece tells the story well.
This summer, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced that it would increase its shut-off campaign to 3000 shutoffs per week.


Each year, GLBD brings together people from all areas of the sustainability movement. Whether you are a long-time activist or just curious, we hope you joined us for a weekend of learning and inspiration.

See you there on October 24, 25 and 26th!


Listen to GLBD contribute to the Green Radio Network.

GLBD is featured on their program "Resistance".


Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation is sponsoring a Green Communities Program.
Be a Green Leader in Grandmont Rosedale. Learn about this new program and how you can get involved.

At the offices of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
19800 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48223

Find out more @


Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) is a local, self-organized Bioneers Resilient Communities Network group. To learn more about Bioneers, visit

Photo by Ellen Wara

GLBD is now in Facebook.
Join us!