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.

Monday Community Movie Nights - Monday April 28, 2014

A FREE monthly Gathering celebrating the connections between health, the environment, agriculture, food security, the economy & our community.

Popcorn and Refreshment! Discussions after the Movie!

Blue Gold
Blue Gold Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars. The film follows numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. Discussion after the film will focus on the privatization of Detroit's water system.

hosted by: People's Waterboard Coalition
MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward
Parking is available on Woodward and in the lot off Erskine St.

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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 begin 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


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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.


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!


The Nature of Innovation

April 9th
250 Alger
Detroit, MI, 48202

As a boy in Australia, Jay Harman noticed that nature's favorite form is the spiral. From the shape of galaxies and hurricanes to how blood flows through your veins to how water goes down a drain, this ancient sacred form - the Golden Mean - has preoccupied a lineage from indigenous peoples to Plato, Pythagoras, Descartes and Da Vinci. Harman had the genius to apply nature's favorite form to industrial design. Through starting numerous biomimicry firms and research conducted for his acclaimed new book, The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation. He'll share inspiring examples of companies and governments that are adopting biomimicry and how it teaches us how to live in harmony with nature.

Local Communitry Representative is TBD

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Claire Maitre and Chrysalis Transitions invite you to a six part Conversation about the book

ACTIVE HOPE: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy

What: A facilitated discussion group that will include Ritual & Group Exercises from the extensive work of Dr. Joanna Macy and Dr. Chris Johnstone

When: Six consecutive Wednesday Evenings 7-9 PM */* April 9, 16, 30 and May 14, 21, 28

Where: Friends Meetinghouse of Ann Arbor */* 1420 Hill St., Ann Arbor 48104 (fireplace room)

Register: Contact Claire- 248-613-8803 or

Space is limited to 14 people. */* Donations of $10-$20/class help pay expenses and support this offering.
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Free Events extending the Conference

Frequently at the end of the annual conference participants say "You should do this more often". So, we have heard you and have scheduled Five Re-connecting Events featuring the plenary speakers we were not able to share at the conference as well as a person or organization from our local community doing similar work.

All events are FREE and will be from 5 to 6:30 PM. Save the dates.
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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

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For the past several months GLBD has been working with several organizations on a project called State of the Environment.

The goal is to meet with people in the various districts in Detroit asking them to identify three or four key environmental justice issues which they know need attention. The input from Detroit citizens will be compiled into a report and this information can be used by citizens in each district when they speak with potential candidates for City Council. The information will include not only the issues of most concern but also ordinances that already exist or need to be put in place so we can move toward solutions of these issues.

A meeting for District 6 took place January 31st.Gloria Rivera, coordinator of GLBD, was part of the group that planned this meeting. Eighty people attended: representing various neighborhoods, elected city and state government representatives as well as representatives from various organizations that are currently addressing environmental justice issues. A variety of speakers provided information concerning health issues such as lead poisoning, asthma and cancer. Other topics covered what has been done to date to address the environmental issues in SW Detroit for example; tree planting, health studies, retrofitting diesel trucks asking industry for community agreements that benefit people. Though we have a lot of work ahead, those present showed interest in working together to address these issues.

Photo by Ellen Wara

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