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Environmental Management



TREES IN TROUBLE: SAVING AMERICA'S URBAN FORESTS

Directed by Andrea Torrice

The first film to document how a city responds to the imminent tree crisis caused by invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer.

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in SW Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke cutting down trees and trying to keep the invasion from damaging property - or worse. The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it. First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina and as far west as Colorado.

TREES IN TROUBLE: Saving America's Urban Forests tells the compelling story of how one community in SW Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and joining together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Designed for audiences of all ages, TREES IN TROUBLE inspires viewers to take action, and points towards first steps.


DVD / 2015 / (Grade Level: 7 - 12, College, Adults) / 27 minutes

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AFTER WINTER, SPRING

Directed by Judith Lit

An intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture.

In an era of rapid growth of mega-farms, the encroachment of suburbia and new European Union rules and reductions of agricultural subsidies, the farmers in the Perigord region of southwest France are forced to confront challenges that threaten the very existence of their small farms.

Their story is recorded by one of their neighbors, an American filmmaker who grew up on her family's farm in Pennsylvania. Inter-weaving her story and theirs, the documentary explores the nature of the farming life and the rapid changes of the last two decades that have impacted the lives of families whose survival is tied to the land.

The Perigordine farmers show us that as agriculture moves out of the hands of families who have farmed for generations and into a model of "agriculture as business," something fundamental shifts. This farming community caught between tradition and an uncertain future struggles to hold on not only to their farms but to a set of values that comes of their intimate relationship with the natural world. AFTER WINTER, SPRING reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adults) / 74 minutes

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REAL LIFE 101: MUSEUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS

The director of Harry P. Leu Gardens shares how the study of horticulture can lead to a career in landscaping, conservation and working outdoors every day. Putting together exhibits and enriching programs at a museum takes extensive expertise. Gracey visits theDali Museum and speaks with the curator of education about this process. The director of facilities tells her what goes into maintaining a public building like the museum, managing the staff, keeping utilities functional, exhibit floors clean and grounds secure.

DVD / 2013 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: DEFORESTATION ISSUES

Thanks to sustainable rainforest management projects and government regulations, the deforestation rates in the Brazilian rainforest have declined over the past 10 years. However, 20% of the world's CO2 emissions are still caused by deforestation in Indonesia, Brazil and Congo. Kenya and Ivory coast are rapidly destroying thousand year-old jungles, affecting much more than just the local ecosystem. Overgrazing and urbanization are causing the loss of fertile land to deserts in Mongolia and China.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: ECO TOURISM

Considering pollution from aviation industry and the cost of green air travel, sustainable tourism is a challenge. Despite the setbacks, eco-tourism is growing, supporting economies and conservation efforts of many countries. The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park unites communities and ecosystems between South Africa and Mozambique that had been divided by colonial borders. Whale watching tours in Australia and nature reserves in Hong Kong and Bangladesh are important destinations for tourists, while the United Kingdom is seeing sustainable entrepreneurship in connection to its well-established culture of rock festivals.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: ECONOMIC ISSUES

The benefits of carbon emission reduction go beyond environmental considerations. They affect future economies, agriculture, sustainability and energy security. Each country is entering sustainability economics with its own history of environmental problems. Local business startups around the world are responding to the demand for sustainable products and provide much needed employment. But, despite being the least responsible for carbon emissions, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most unprepared to face the challenges of climate change.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: FOOD PRODUCTION

The prospect of using farmlands to grow fuel crops is expected to lead to an increase in food shortages and rises in food prices. The scientific community along with government agencies is searching for economic and regulatory incentives for sustainable farming. Genetically modified crops offer a smart but controversial solution to the threats of famine and malnutrition. In Kenya, people cook as a community, while in the Philippines, urbanites turn to subsistence farming.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: GLOBAL WARMING ISSUES

Global climate change is characterized by increased extreme fluctuations in local weather patterns and an overall global warming. An experiment conducted at a biolab in the Rocky Mountains demonstrates how just a few degrees of warming completely change the local ecosystem. Lack of winter ice in the Disko Bay has affected the livelihoods of the locals. Scotland is working toward its record plan of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: GREENHOUSE GAS ISSUES

Greenhouse gases have led to a steady increase in global temperatures. Local weather patterns are becoming more and more extreme. The receding and melting of polar ice caps provide easily observable evidence of global warming. Glaciologists measure the changes in the mountain ice, while the CryoSat Project records the changes in the polar ice masses from a satellite. Reduction of dependence of fossil fuels is central to the efforts to stop the greenhouse gas effect.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: LANDFILLS AND WASTE ISSUES

Industrialized societies accumulate tons of waste, and the rising need for electronic devices only exacerbates the issue. The Sierra Club is pushing for standardization of electronic waste recycling, but so far it remains a limited market in the West. Recycling of electronics outsourced to India is done under terrible conditions, exposing workers to an array of toxic materials. Separation of organic and inorganic waste with subsequent recycling of everything from shoes to plastics into construction material is the base of an exemplary waste management program in the Philippines.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: POLLUTION ISSUES

From cardiac and respiratory disease to climate change, the effects of air pollution pose significant health risks to individuals, society and the biosphere. The problem of waste management has transformed the landscapes of poor countries into a tragic view of rivers and drinking water sources, which are littered with unimaginable amounts of trash. See how governments and private organizations struggle to reduce the amount of pollutants from industrial and day-to-day activity.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Throughout the world, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs are transforming their communities, making the dream of sustainable living a reality. The United Kingdom's push for sustainable housing developments raises awareness of energy efficiency and promotes eco-friendly home design. Cement alternatives developed in Australia reduce the carbon footprint for concrete production by 60%. Two industrial designers from Colombia are creating fashion items from recycled tires. In the Philippines, the inventor of coconut fiber nets shows how his company helps prevent devastating mudslides in the region and provides employment to locals.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: THE CARBON ISSUES

Electricity, transportation, industrial, commercial and residential activities produce six recognized types of greenhouse gases, collectively known as carbon emissions. This episode profiles the approaches different countries are taking to reduce those carbon emissions. The city of Vaxjo, Sweden has pledged to become free of fossil fuels by 2030. There is a push to create an international court for environmental law. In the meantime, an emerging market is growing, with new technologies being implemented: from thermography and LED lights for the homeowners to solar fields and wind farms for whole regions.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: THE ENERGY ISSUES

Worldwide fossil fuel consumption is depleting the natural resources and polluting the environment. The need for alternative fuel sources is growing. Photovoltaic power plants, geysers, small wind turbines and even grasses provide an opportunity for the development of cleaner fuel industry essential for sustainable economy.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: THE WATER ISSUES

While some regions of the world enjoy an abundance of water, one billion people live in areas struggling with drought and drinking water contamination. By 2025, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to face a water shortage. This episode profiles water purification and conservation projects throughout the world, which aim to reduce the environmental and economic threats of a future where water is a scarce commodity.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: TRANSPORT POLLUTION

Pollutants from automotive transport are a major source of greenhouse gases. Government organizations, volunteer and business startups throughout the world are taking steps to reduce emissions of particulate and gas emissions from cars, scooters, buses and commercial aircrafts.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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ARID LANDS

A moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West, the area around the Hanford Site in Washington State.

Arid Lands is a documentary feature about the land and people of the Columbia Basin in southeastern Washington state. Sixty years ago, the Hanford nuclear site produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and today the area is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. It is a landscape of incredible contradictions: coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in the sagebrush, and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion.

Arid Lands takes us into a world of sports fishermen, tattoo artists, housing developers, ecologists, and radiation scientists living and working in the area. It tells the story of how people changed the landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. Marked by conflicting perceptions of wilderness and nature, Arid L


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With Study Guide, Subtitles) / 2007 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 98 minutes

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - AMERICA'S TROPICAL RAINFOREST: EL YUNQUE

America's only national, tropical rainforest is located in Puerto Rico and represents one of the most complex ecological systems on earth. El Yunque is home to over 250 species of plants.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 15 minutes

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - REVENGE OF THE AMAZON FOREST?

The wave of destruction in the Amazon has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. From the 16th century to 1970, only 1% of the total forest was felled, since then 14% of the rainforest has been cut down. Every eight seconds, an area equivalent to a football field is chopped down, set on fire, and turned into pasture or agricultural land. Now mysterious viruses and incurable diseases are killing people at an alarming rate. The indigenous Indio people believe the Amazon is getting its revenge, while medical staff in the region agree, there may be some truth in their thinking.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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