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Environmental Case Studies
 

Baquio Phillippines
Building Sustainability with the Natural Step: UT-Houston’s Journey 
Common Ground and Cleaner Water
James Bay: The Wind that Keeps on Blowing
Oil on Ice
Remembered Earth: New Mexico’s High Desert
Ripe for Change
Shielding the Mountains
Storms over China
Til The River Runs Clear
Times Beach, Missouri: A Toxic Ghost Town



Title Baquio Phillippines
Series None Listed
Publisher Maryknoll, N.Y.: Maryknoll World Productions, n.d.
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 26 minutes
Abstract Working with Merci Dulawan, a Fillipina dedicated to serving her people, Maryknoll Sister Ann Marie Braudis from Boston assists in the struggle of the indigenous Cordillera people against a mining operation on land they hold to be sacred. Braudis argues that the mining operation threatens the Cordillera culture as well as the global environment.
   
Title Building Sustainability with the Natural Step: UT-Houston’s Journey 
Series none listed
Publisher

San Francisco, CA: The Video Project, 1999

Credits

Producer/Director/Writer: Patsy Northcutt
Executive Producer: Brian Yeoman

Format VHS
Length 22 minutes
Abstract

This video briefly explores the Natural Step framework for sustainable building design.  This framework is being applied to the construction of a large scale building designed by the University of Houston Health Science Center as a collaborative effort between architects, engineers, faculty, students, and experts in other areas related to sustainable building design (e.g., lighting, recycling, composting, renewable resources, and energy conservation).  Available in English and Spanish.

   
Title Common Ground and Cleaner Water
Series none listed
Publisher Lexington, KY: KET Duplication Services, 2006
Credits none listed
Format DVD
Length 45 minutes
Abstract This program examines Kentucky’s waterways in light of non-point source pollution, focusing on the environmental degradation involved with agriculture, recreational activities, and household products.  This video is accessible to all ages.
   
Title James Bay: The Wind that Keeps on Blowing
Series The Nature of Things
Publisher Toronto, Canada: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1991 Distributed by CBC International Sales, 1991
Credits A CBC Television production produced in association with the Discovery Channel.

Producer, Director: Nancy Archibald
Researcher, Writer: Holly Dressel
Host: David Suzuki
Format VHS
Length 45 minutes
Abstract Hosted by David Suzuki, this video focuses on James Bay and the effects of the James Bay Hydroelectric Project.
   
Title

Oil on Ice

Series none listed
Publisher

Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, 2004

Credits

Producers/Directors: Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart
Executive Producer: Steve Michelson
Editor: Rhonda Collins
Writer: Stephen Most
Advisor: Adeline Peter Roboff
Contributing Editor: Joseph DeFrancesco

Format DVD
Length 57 minutes, plus special features
Abstract

This documentary focuses on the how American energy policy affects the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the wildlife that migrates through this region, and the Gwich'in Indians native to this area.  Special features on this DVD include the short film of Oil on Ice, extra interviews, and a grassroots action toolkit (with web links and DVD-ROM content).

   
Title Remembered Earth: New Mexico’s High Desert
Series none listed
Publisher

Boise, ID: Idaho Public Television, 2006

Credits

Writer/Producer/Director: John Grabowska
Narrator: Irene Bedard
Music: Todd Boekelheide

Format DVD
Length 30 minutes
Abstract

This program provides a journey through the American West by focusing on the sacred myths, land ethics, and aesthetics of this land.

   
Title Ripe for Change
Series

California and the American Dream PBS Series

Publisher Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Media LLC, 2005
Credits Director: Emiko Omori
Format DVD and VHS
Length 56 minutes
Abstract This documentary focuses on issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability in California throughout the last thirty years.  Two opposing worldviews are examined, both with respect to their basic suppositions and their effects.  One worldview is characterized by large-scale agriculture that supports genetic engineering; the other is characterized by agriculture that is local, organic, and sustainable.  Featured speakers include Miguel Altieri, Claire Hope Cummings, David Mas Masumoto, Dru Rivers, The Edible Schoolyard, and Alice Waters. 
   
Title Shielding the Mountains
Series

None Listed

Publisher Digital Asia, 2010
Credits Directed by Kunga Lama. Produced by Emily Yeh.
Format DVD
Length 20 minutes
Abstract

Why have Tibetans become environmentalists? How do Tibetan conceptions of nature differ from Western ones? What is the relationship between culture and nature? This film explores these questions through a narrative that features Rinchen Samdrup, the leader of a Tibetan community environmental association in a remote area of Chamdo in the eastern Tibet Autonomous Region, and Tashi Dorje, a leading Tibetan environmentalist in China who first became interested in conservation after the death of a good friend at the hands of Tibetan antelope poachers. Viewers learn about the formation of coalitions of Chinese and Tibetan environmentalists that make Rinchen’s work possible, as well as about the religious, cultural, and personal motivations for Tibetan environmentalism, and its basis in a particular understanding of the landscape, of what “nature” is, and why it should be protected. Language of dialogue and subtitles: Tibetan and Chinese; English subtitles
http://www.digitalasia.illinois.edu/video/?contentID=njDvslvcZkGf8jtobWhEUg

   
Title Storms over China
Series none listed
Publisher New York: Filmakers Library, 2006
Credits

A film by Richard Prost and Yves Billy, ARTE

Format

DVD and VHS

Length 52 minutes
Abstract

This documentary discusses how Chinese agricultural practices, an increase in greenhouse gases, lack of rain, and severe wind have led to extreme sandstorms and the threat of desertification. 

   
Title Til The River Runs Clear
Series none listed
Publisher Los Angeles, CA: PBS Video, 2007
Credits none listed
Format DVD
Length 30 minutes
Abstract This is a documentary of the Clearwater, an environmental flagship associated with an active grassroots movement that has helped bring about awareness of the water quality of the Hudson River.  The Clearwater began sailing the Hudson in 1969, launched by folk singer and environmentalist Pete Seeger, and serves as an environmental classroom and forum.
   
Title Times Beach, Missouri: A Toxic Ghost Town
Series None Listed
Publisher Oakland, Calif.: Video Project, 1994
Credits Media Process Educational Films.

Producer, Director: Bruce Lixey
Editors: Bruce Lixey, Nell Lundy, Stephen Roszell
Writers: Bruce Lixey, Nell Lundy
Camerapeople: Keith Walker, Bruce Lixey
Music Composers, Performers: Steve Dawson, Brian Dunn, Dave Gay
Format VHS
Length 57 minutes
Abstract Documenting a case of dioxin contamination in a small Midwestern town, this video consists of interviews and archival research.