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Wellsprings Eternal: Imagination and Innovation for Oil and Water

Wellsprings Eternal: Imagination and Innovation for Oil and Water

The challenges we face ahead in managing oil and water resources can be daunting.
What are the imaginative and creative solutions being developed? Can technology and design really solve the problems we face or will we need to consider much more significant changes and sacrifices at the individual, community, and global level?

  • Scott Bernstein - President and Co-founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Greg Watson - Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs; Vice President for Sustainable Development, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
  • Henry Henderson - Midwest Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (moderator)

Before and after the panel discussion, Archeworks director Martin Felsen and current students will be present to discuss the program and several Archeworks community design initiatives, including the Pocket Parks, Local Loops, Water Pressures, and Sustainable Food projects. UrbanLab's award-winning Growing Water project is on display. Also exhibited is iGo's electric car and a suberbarrel from the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about Chicago's award-winning Green Alley Program on a tour of the Couch Place green alley with Janet Attarian, Director for the Chicago Department of Transportation Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM in front of the ABC 7 Chicago television studios (190 North State Street). Space is limited and separate reservations for the tour are required. Reserve your place online, by email, or at 312.422.5580.

Program Partners


Archeworks is an alternative design school with a difference. In place of a traditional curriculum, students work in multidisciplinary teams with nonprofit partners to create design solutions for social needs. Founded in 1993 by internationally known architect Stanley Tigerman, FAIA ...[MORE]

Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation ...[MORE]

WBEZ Radio 91.5 FM

Chicago Public Radio is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:00am


Cost: Free and open to the public. Reservations required:, or 312.422.5580.


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