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1.

The Age of Stupid

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Pete Postlethwaite (the only fictional character) stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 when a cataclysmic climate change took place. As he sifts through the relics of our lost and misguided civilization, the archivist asks why Earth's inhabitants did nothing to reverse the effects of climate change while they still had the chance.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth

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"An inspiring groundbreaking documentary filmed around the world exploring the solution to global warming, an answer that saves money, our food supply and most likely our children's lives. This is a story about hope. This is a story about how to use the tools we have to heal what we all depend on to survive: the Earth." -- Amazon.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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State of the Planet

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Deforestation, global warming, depletion of aquifers, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions--how much longer can Earth compensate for these damaging forces? In this timely three-part series, David Attenborough and some of the world's leading experts on environmental matters consider probably the most important issue of the 21st century: the future of life on this planet.
VHS
2001; 2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Getting in Step: A DVD Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns

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Learn how four diverse groups conducted successful outreach campaigns using the six basic steps to outreach.
DVD
2003; 2008
Alderman (US Documents (3 New)) Map
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Industrial and Sustainable Farming [electronic resource]

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the agricultural industry today is feeding the world's rapidly growing population while also caring for the environment. At the center of the challenge is the tension between sustainable and more mainstream industrial farming practices. This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Garth Lenz - the True Cost of Oil

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project-and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. Lenz' touring exhibition, The True Cost of Oil, has played a major part in the fight against Alberta Tar Sands Mining.
Online
2012
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Conducting a Home Energy Audit [electronic resource]

A professional energy audit is essential to transforming an older residence into a fuel-efficient home. The procedure lets homeowners know how quickly they are consuming energy and which parts of the dwelling need improvement to keep utility costs down. This program covers the step-by-step process of performing a home energy audit and gives details about the specific techniques and tools needed for the job. From assessing the building envelope to inspecting HVAC/R systems and major appliances, then making recommendations for the most commonly-needed improvements, the video informs viewers while providing helpful tips along the way.
Online
2014
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Installing a Solar Electric System [electronic resource]

Solar electricity is a top choice for providing clean energy, and thanks to lower prices in getting a system up and running, consumer demand for this alternative keeps rising. This program explains exactly how to install a solar electric system, with segments on determining where to place the panels or modules; proper installation of both the mechanical and electrical components; testing the system, including grounding and voltage; and what to review with the homeowner in terms of the system's operation and maintenance. The video also advises on OSHA safety regulations for rooftop and electrical work, and offers smart building tips to increase the system's efficiency.
Online
2014
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Installing a Solar Hot Water System [electronic resource]

A solar hot water system is an eco-friendly, cost-efficient alternative to gas or electric heaters, and with a conventional heater as a backup, can provide hot water even on cold, cloudy days. After a brief overview, this program explains the process of installing an active solar hot water system. Viewers learn the specific tools, hardware, plumbing, and electrical components needed, how to test the system, and key points about its operation to discuss with the homeowner after installation is complete. The importance of setting up a safe, OSHA-compliant jobsite is also covered, and smart building tips are offered throughout.
Online
2014
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Upgrading a Forced Air Furnace [electronic resource]

Because heating and cooling utilizes the most energy in a home, one of the best decisions a homeowner can make to improve efficiency and lower bills is to upgrade these systems. This program lets viewers know how to install a new residential forced air furnace, with segments on disconnecting and removing the existing unit, inspecting and testing components, and details of the actual installation - all with an eye toward safety. Information is also given on putting in a digital thermostat, adding a humidifier and HEPA filter, and testing the entire system once it's complete. Smart tips are offered throughout, and the video closes with suggestions for homeowner training.
Online
2014
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Air Sealing and Insulating [electronic resource]

Besides helping a house use less energy, properly-installed insulation means greater comfort and less noise. This program explains insulating and air sealing as part of a new home build, and also as a retrofit to an existing home. Beginning with the establishment of energy goals, the video takes viewers through the process of choosing the right kind of insulation, evaluating and accessing current insulation on a retrofit, locating and sealing leaks, and installing different types of insulation, including spray foam, fiberglass batt, and blown-in loose-fill, with safety always in mind. Verifying the installation with a blower door test and reviewing results with the homeowner is also covered, and smart building tips are provided throughout.
Online
2014
12.

Transition to a Global Green Economy [electronic resource]

Generating jobs at three times the rate of the conventional sector, green investments have been a boon not just to the health of the planet but to that of the economy. In this program Alisa Gravitz, co-founder of the ethical consumerism group Green America, speaks with Hazel Henderson about environmentally sustainable economic models. Gravitz warns of a bursting "climate bubble" along the lines of the tech and housing bubbles-especially if the U.S. continues to rely on a fossil fuel-based mono economy-and also describes Green America's "break up with your mega-bank" campaign, its Green Business Network, and the Green Pages, all aimed at promoting small, socially-conscious businesses.
Online
2012
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More Than a Box With Windows [electronic resource]: Schluter Headquarters-a Case Study in Green Design and Construction

Building green: that was the goal of Schluter, a company specializing in tile installation systems. It wanted its new Canadian headquarters to be low impact, energy efficient, comfortable to work in, and a showcase for tiles. This documentary narrated by energy conservation specialist Jon Eakes explores the science that went into the design and construction of the award-winning, LEED Gold-certified building while explaining why the integration of green systems is essential to making an office that is ecologically responsible. "A common misconception about sustainable design," says Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, "is that it may be complicated, or that it is not worth the investment. However this project clearly proves that intelligent, environmentally aware decisions ca [...]
Online
2011
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Going to Jail for Justice

During the closing weeks of the Bush White House, environmental activist Tim DeChristopher protested the auction of drilling rights to publicly owned Utah wilderness. After disrupting the proceedings by taking part in the bidding-a unique form of dissent-he was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison. In this edition of Moyers & Company, DeChristopher joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement. DeChristopher is cofounder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.
Online
2013
15.

Is Nuclear Power Safe? [electronic resource]

When reactors at Fukushima Daiichi went into meltdown following Japan's devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the world once again began to question the safety of nuclear power. But is such distrust justified? In this program, physicist Jim Al-Khalili explains why he is convinced, at least theoretically, of nuclear power's value. Al-Khalili travels to Fukushima, Chernobyl, and reactors in Finland to see if nuclear power can work as well in practice as it does on paper - even after political and economic factors come into play.
Online
2011
16.

Bill Moyers Journal [electronic resource]: Rachel Carson, Nature's Guardian

In this program, Bill Moyers pays tribute to environmental crusader Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. Grim footage of ecological degradation from the pre-Carson era is combined with generous excerpts from actress Kaiulani Lee's one-woman play about Carson's life called A Sense of Wonder to honor the legacy of an individual who, heedless of personal cost, sounded the alarm that launched the environmental movement. Moyers also talks with photographic artist Chris Jordan, who turns the statistics of consumerism into indelible images of consumption and waste.
Online
2007
17.

Powerful [electronic resource]: Energy for Everyone

In this documentary, green educator David Chernushenko explores where our energy comes from, who controls and profits from it, and what it would take to ensure a safe, sustainable energy future. Chernushenko's quest began after he discovered that his home's solar panels were producing more energy than he needed, but due to Ontario law, he wasn't allowed to sell or share that excess. Tackling the spin of the energy lobby and, equally, dispelling the myths of a "green utopia," Chernushenko visits places in Europe where renewable energy provides power, creates local jobs, and gets people active in building stronger communities-then tries to find out what's stopping North America from taking the same approach.
Online
2010
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Green Marketing [electronic resource]: How Green Is It?

Heavy hitters in the corporate world have become bastions of environmental responsibility-or have they? At any rate, a newfound commitment has appeared in the ever-evolving cosmos of advertising and packaging. Some brands employ convenient "green" labeling to boost their perceived credibility and sell more products. But critics assert that the activities of these same righteous, eco-friendly companies call into question their assurances of environmental stewardship. In other words, simply identifying yourself as green doesn't make it so. This program investigates the world of self-styled green marketing and exposes the eco-unfriendly machinations behind a number of innocent-looking marketing ploys. A fascinating look at a genuinely disturbing development in 21st-century commerce.
Online
2012
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Planned Obsolescence [electronic resource]: Why Some Durable Goods Aren't So Durable

Are the expensive products designed and sold by companies like Apple and Samsung built to fail? This film investigates the practice of planned obsolescence, in which manufacturers release waves of new models not necessarily because consumers need or want them but because marketing strategy requires it. Apparently it's not enough that an item is purchased with enthusiasm-the buying needs to be repeated on a regular schedule in order to ensure profitability. From the iPod and iPhone, designed with integrated batteries that cannot be changed by the user, to Samsung TVs that are built to burn out after three years, manufacturers do everything they can to limit the lifespans of supposedly durable goods. Viewers learn how big corporate brands implement programmed obsolescence-and how these [...]
Online
2012
20.

Regreening the Desert [electronic resource]: One Man's Global Mission

For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has conducted a worldwide, one-man mission: inspire the global community to reclaim deserts and restore biodiversity. It all started in 1995 when Liu began filming on the Loess Plateau in China. He watched as the local population worked to transform an area nearly the same size as the Netherlands from a dry, exhausted wasteland into a massive green oasis. Since that time Liu has traveled all over the world to convince and inspire government leaders, policy-makers, farmers, and others with his films and his knowledge. This program accompanies Liu on his mission in Jordan, where the royal family has invited him to help stop their country's desertification. Scenes focusing on similar issues in Africa provide additional understa [...]
Online
2012