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1 online resource (1 video file, 53 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water - combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? And what does it do to us? From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer to get rid of household and industrial waste, yet the contaminants we flush resurface in our food chain. Fish swim through waste water dumped into rivers, while sewage sludge is spread on farmland as fertilizer. Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions whether the sewer is actually compounding our waste problems. While scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, activists, engineers and concerned citizens challenge our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 23 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
With humor and compassion, Mama earth provides an inspiring introduction to the concepts of environmental economics, sustainability and new paths to healthier communities and protecting natural resources, all while attaining a more profitable bottom line.
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1 online resource (1 video file, 52 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The making of five documentary films that explore the impact of global warming on Canada's North.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 26 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based in Philadelphia, is a recognized leader of the "green" architecture movement in the U.S. As this film illustrates, its founders Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles with off-site construction for the mass customization of houses. The firm's Loblolly House, built in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland in 2007, and the Cellophane House, a specially-commissioned design executed for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008, serve as outstanding examples of the firm's research-based approach. The film takes the viewer on a tour of the small, elegant Loblolly house, named for the pines indigenous to the area, and demonstrates how the architects employed an aluminum scaffold system, off-site fabricated floor and ceiling panels (called 'smart' cartridges) to distribute radiant heating, water, ventilation, and electricity throughout the house. With the five-story 1,800 square foot Cellophane House, erected for The Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Home Delivery: fabricating the modern dwelling, the architects incorporated lessons learned from the Loblolly House combined with SmartWrap, an energy gathering building envelope for a 2003 exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. As the film makes clear, the Cellophane House's aluminum-frame structure and glass panels snap in place, so that welding and sealing are not needed. On top of that, the house is constructed with 82 percent recyclable materials, LED lighting, and photovoltaic cells for energy supply. Producer: Edgar B. Howard. Director: Tom Piper.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 25 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The people of Santa Lucia, a farming community on the slopes of the Andes, were forced to abandon their traditional way of life because of laws brought in to protect the cloud forest where they live. The Eco Lodge: before, they were destroyers of the forest. Now, they have learned the skills of conservation and sustainability. They have built a lodge for tourists. It is a stunning place, a treasurehouse of bio-diversity. Marketing: but ecotourism is also a business. This is perhaps their biggest challenge, to market themselves in a competitive tourism Busines a drop in the ocean? Eco-tourism is seen as the model for sustainable tourism, but how can projects like this make a difference when so much of the rain forests is still being destroyed?
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 15 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Food production systems touch nearly every aspect of life from farms and industrial processing plants to markets, grocery stores and the dinner table. Students will learn about the future sustainable food cycle'.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 24 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Going green every home an eco-home mixes humor with down-to-earth examples as a group of middle-school kids tours the original eco-home and discovers first-hand how to make simple, inexpensive changes at home to become more earth-friendly. Eco-pioneer Julia Russell leads the children through the eco-renovated older home as they discover sun pipes that light up a room without electricity, find out what xeriscape gardening is, learn about toxic everyday products that lurk in our homes, munch on delicious slices of organic apples from one of the property's 28 fruit trees, help to make compost that turns kitchen waste into food for the soil, get to know what a graywater system is, and pick organic tomatoes right off the vine to make tomato juice. The show's essential theme is that an individual or family can start on the road to Going green by doing Just one thing. You don' have to be rich or know anything about ecology. Going green shows you simple, fun, and money-saving ways to get started, even if you live in the middle of a city. Going green is a fun, half-hour, family-friendly program that delivers eco-living basics right to your door. Narrated by Tony Shalhoub.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 240 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
This encyclopedic video version of David Johnston's acclaimed seminar provides practical information about building in ways that are energy-conscious, healthy and environmentally responsible covering everything building professionals need to know to build green. It provides practical, accurate information about building from the ground up and is packed with information about how to do it in ways that are energy-conscious, healthy and environmentally responsible.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 31 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Environmentally Sustainable Construction is a philosophy for designing and constructing homes and communities. By incorporating these principles, architects, designers, builders and tradesmen can create a living environment that is truly sustainable. Each chapter in the DVD is devoted to separate concepts that combine to contribute to the overall philosophy.
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1 online resource (1 video file, 62 min.) Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it's time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience. From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America nearly doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed "Tiny Housers" live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. Tiny takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners' stories and the design innovations that make them work. Tiny is a coming-of-age story not only for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, but also for a society that is redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, Tiny invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small. "Like a perfectly realized tiny house, the film is compact, economical and elegant, a fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house movement and the DIY trend in non-fiction filmmaking." - HotDocs Film Festival. "A story about learning to live large - about expanding our concept of what our domestic spaces can do for us, in connecting us to our communities, to nature, to our loved ones, and to our dreams." - Austin Chronicle.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 100 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The Pritzker-prize winning architect Thom Mayne has been identified with muscular, bold, steel-and-glass design since the founding of his firm, Morphosis, in 1971. With the Federal Office Building in San Francisco, Mayne proves that innovative and sustainable architecture can be introduced successfully into a building type typically considered predictable and boring. In this tour of the dramatic high-rise building, Mayne takes us through its many awe-inspiring spaces, including the main lobby, upper-level offices, and an elevated outdoor bridge. During the compelling visit, the architect's engaging remarks about various green features also provides added insight into the building's inner workings. Producer: Edgar B. Howard. Directors: Tom Piper and Charles Gansa.

12. How to boil a frog [2011]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 88 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
There’s plenty of serious documentaries on the world’s environmental problems. How to Boil a Frog takes a different approach, mixing fast-paced comedy with hard-hitting facts to help make complex subjects both understandable and more engaging. The accompanying study guide, done in the same style as the film, is an additional useful and unique resource. This highly entertaining film features everyman dad narrator, Jon Cooksey (a screenwriter in real life), who is a guy worried about his daughter’s future. Cooksey effectively plays a dozen different characters in the film to illustrate his points, from a lab-coated scientist to a surfer. He recounts his own wake-up moment, on the subject of climate change, and his subsequent discovery that global warming is part of a bigger problem: “global overshoot” – humans putting too much demand on our limited natural world. After presenting the consequences of overshoot, Jon launches into a clever review of five major problems and how they’re connected: overpopulation, the war on nature, income inequality, peak oil and finally global warming. From there, he offers a set of positive solutions that can be accomplished by individuals and families to help turn things around. Along with the comedy, the movie interweaves high quality animation and world-class experts in relevant fields (presented both briefly and humorously) to help encourage both awareness and action.

13. Deep green in China [2012]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 46 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The deep green production crew gave their Chinese crew their video footage which they edited into their own Deep green version for China, in Mandarin Chinese with Mandarin subtitles. Briefly, American Matt Briggs goes to China to learn how to "go green Chinese style".
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 15 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
What is the cost of convenience? Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. This film is full of information that all consumers should know about the products that we use everyday, and the steps we need to make towards a more sustainable world.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 60 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable as well as sustainable food and agriculture system, filmmaker Simon Cunich heads to Venezuela to investigate what we might learn about food sovereignty from the country's various initiatives to reduce the price of food by opening up urban land to community farming. So they may become urban gardeners, the nation is providing citizens with free seeds, tools, and other materials needed to organically grow food.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 18 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
"Nature gives us everything for free, " says a Yanomami chief - "all that nature asks in return is that we protect it." In Children of the Land, Brazilian Indian leaders discuss their careful and sustainable use of the land. The forest provides indigenous people with food, medicine and supplies, and they know that they have to preserve these for future generations. This is reflected in their sustainable lifestyle; the Ashaninka calendar, for example, measures seasons by the reproductive cycles of plants and animals so as to keep these populations healthy. The Baniwa make woven baskets for sale in department stores, and the Ashaninka harvest Mumuru, a plant product used in the cosmetics industry, for sale. However, both groups make sure not to abuse their resources for these ventures, and use them as a vehicle for promoting their culture.

17. Houses of straw [2004]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 43 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
This film shows the recent development of strawbale building in Germany. In interviews with owners, builders, architects and experts many relevant green building topics are discussed. Straw is an annually renewable crop, available wherever grain crops are grown. It is indeed a waste product, much of which is currently burnt in the fields. The thick walls offer superior insulation value. With a natural plaster, straw bale walls 'breath' and together with the sound absorbing qualities, provide a quiet healthy interior environment.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 44 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Scraphouse was a temporary demonstration home, built entirely of salvaged material on Civic Center Plaza adjacent to San Francisco City Hall. Over the course of just six weeks, a team of volunteers scoured Bay Area dumps and scrap yards. A group of architects, landscape architects, lighting specialists, and metal fabricators repurposed the materials, giving them new life. Scraphouse illustrated the possibilities, as well as the challenges, of green building, recycling, and reuse.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 77 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Travel to 9 countries with Matt Briggs to uncover the best ideas, cutting-edge technologies and restorative solutions to help curb climate change. Deep green chapter editions include: energy efficiency, green building, decarbonizing transportation, renewable energy, smart grids, coal nuclear power, sustainable agriculture, restorative forestry.

20. Eating Alaska [2008]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 56 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
What happens to a vegetarian who moves to Alaska and marries a commercial fisherman and deer hunter? Join her on a wry search for a sustainable, healthy and ethical meal. Women try to teach her to hunt, teens gather traditional foods, vegans give cooking lessons, she fishes for wild salmon, scrutinizes food labels with kids and finds toxic chemicals getting into wild foods. With humor and compassion, the documentary Eating Alaska shows natives and non-natives trying to balance buying industrial processed foods with growing their own and living off the land in the 21st century. Made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska, it is a journey into regional food traditions, our connection to where we live and what we put into our mouths.

21. Life off grid [2015]

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1 online resource (streaming video file) (86 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
A two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 59 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Our current industrial method of food production is increasingly viewed as an unsustainable system, destructive to the environment and public health. But what is the alternative? Fresh profiles the farmers, thinkers, and business people across the nation who are at the forefront of re-inventing food production in America. With a strong commitment to sustainability, they are changing how farms are run, how the land is cared for, and how food is distributed. Their success demonstrates that a new paradigm based on sustainable practices can be profitable and a model for our food system, if people choose to support it. Fresh opens with a short summary of the problems and consequences of industrialized food production, then focuses primarily on the individuals who are creating new approaches to address environmental, health, and economic challenges throughout the food chain. Joel Salatin is a world-famous sustainable farmer and entrepreneur who, by observing nature, devised a rotational grazing system for his animals that heals the land while making his operations many times more profitable than his conventional farming neighbors. Will Allen, a former pro basketball player and recipient of a Macarthur "Genius Award", is now one of the most influential leaders of the urban farming movement. He teaches people in the inner city the value of healthy food and how to grow their own. David Ball saw his family-run supermarket and a once-thriving local farming community dying with the rise of Walmart and other big chains. So he reinvented his business, partnering with area farmers to sell locally-grown food at an affordable price. His plan has brought the local economy back to life. Fresh also features a farmer in Iowa who illustrates the struggles family farmers face, a hog farmer in Missouri who stopped using antibiotics on his pigs, and commentary by noted food expert and author Michael Pollan.
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4 online resources (4 video files, approximately 240 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color. Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
  • 1. Retrofitting suburbia --2. Rebuilding places of the heart. --3. Social policy in concrete. --4. Searching for Shangri-La.
1. Retrofitting suburbia: Dr. Richard Jackson MD MPH, investigates the link between our nations obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency. To prevent disease through better urban planning, Boulder, CO redesigns the city to make bicycles a safe alternative transportation. Two Denver suburbs transform dead malls into --2. Rebuilding places of the heart: When U.S. industry and manufacturing collapsed or went elsewhere, cities like Elgin, IL, and Syracuse, NY, (like many communities in the United States) were left with the task of redefining themselves for a new paradigm. Leading the way to a greener, more sustainable Elgin is a group of high school --3. Social policy in concrete: Dr. Jackson believes it is every citizens right to live in a clean, healthy environment. This isnt the case for many low-income neighborhoods, built near big transportation hubs and struggling industrial cities like Oakland, CA and Detroit, MI. We meet a morbidly obese grandmother struggling to raise seven grandchildren, all --4. Searching for Shangri-La: Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of the nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, PA, Prairie Crossing, IL, New York City, Charleston, SC, and the forgotten 1960s urban renewal project of --Kanopy.
A provocative and challenging new 4-hour public television series (2012), Designing Healthy Communities, hosted by celebrated author and teacher Richard Jackson, MD, MPH. Dr. Jackson makes the case that the rapidly deteriorating public health of our citizens is linked directly to nearly half-a-century of bad design decisions, now frozen in concrete. Each of the 4 hours looks at the different impacts our built environment in urban and suburbia areas have on key public health indices---obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson links bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyses and illustrates how ordinary citizens, including many young people, are trying to do about this urgent crisis, by looking upstream for solutions before ill health and disease occurs. Dr. Jackson inhabits the frontier between public health and urban planning, and offers us hopeful examples of innovative transformations.--Kanopy.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 86 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences. Experts predict that by mid-century hundreds of millions of people will be uprooted as a result of sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events, droughts and desertification. Little is being done to plan for the potential mass migration of millions of refugees who will be forced to cross national borders. According to the UN, there are already more environmental refugees in the world than political or religious refugees. The Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the phrase “climate wars” is being talked about in war-rooms. The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing inhabitants of countries forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide political instability. Climate Refugees was filmed in Bangladesh, Tuvalu, China, Fiji, Chad, Sudan, Kenya, Maldives, Europe and the US.
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1 online resource (1 video file, 54 min) Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
In this haunting portrait of America's oil-fueled excesses, director Adolfo Doring explores the inextricable link between the energy we use, the way we run our economy, and the multiplying threats that now confront the environmental health and stability of our planet. Taking as its starting point the inevitable energy depletion scenario known as "Peak Oil, " the film surveys a fascinating range of the latest intellectual, political, and scientific thought to make the case that by whatever measure of greed, wishful thinking, neglect, or ignorance, we now find ourselves at a disturbing crossroads: we can continue to burn fossil fuels and witness the collapse of our ecology, or we can choose not to and witness the collapse of our economy. Refusing to whitewash this reality, Blind Spot issues a call to action, urging us to face up to the perilous situation we now find ourselves in so that we might begin to envision a realistic, if inconvenient, way out. Certain to inspire debate in classrooms across a range of disciplines, especially in economics, environmental studies, the natural sciences, and political science.

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