Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  1997
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Planet Neighborhood: Community

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Community regeneration, energy-efficient design, and waste water treatment.

Planet Neighborhood: Community

From Burlington, Vermont, to Sacramento, California, from Brownsville Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota, communities across the U.S. are facing complex challenges in their attempt to balance growth with the preservation of natural resources.

How can citizens effect change in their own communities? This program explores a variety of new approaches and grassroots efforts--transforming a toxic waste threat into a revenue generating eco-enterprise; creation of a 'living machine,' an ingenious system that uses fish, bacteria, clams, snails and plants to clean waste water; and, experiments in sustainable technology where one industry's waste becomes another's resource. We see how citizens have been able to effect change and explore the new technologies that have empowered them.

'An eager writer-host, specific examples, and personalizing case studies examine the ways in which homes, workplaces, and communities can create and sustain more affordable, healthier, and environmentally sensitive lifestyles.' Booklist

'Covers a range of environmental issues related to the home and workplace, including energy-saving designs and technologies...Recommended' Rachel Lohafer, Instructional Technology Center, Iowa State University, MC Journal

'Interesting, informative, and inspiring. If it were offered as part of the curriculum in grade school science classes, our attitude towards environmental responsibility would change.' Conscious Choice

'We have become so used to bad news about the environment...that PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD...comes as an exceedingly pleasant surprise.' The Washington Post


Awards

Nationwide PBS Broadcast

Citation

Main credits

McDonough, William (Narrator)
Ketcham, John (Screenwriter)
Ketcham, John (Producer)
Klein, Larry (Producer)

Other credits

Editor, Judith E. Herbert; music, Charlie Barnett; principal videographers, Bill Corona, Mel Henry, Tom Kaufman.


Distributor credits

John Ketcham
A Production of WETA-TV Washington DC, Executive Producer Richard Thomas, Produced by Larry Klein

Docuseek2 subjects

Technology
Sustainability
Ecology
United States
Local Economies
Engineering

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Business Practices
Citizen Action
Citizenship
Community
Energy
Environment
Environmental Design
Recycling
Renewable Energy
Science, Technology, Society
Sustainability
Technology
Urban Studies
Wetlands

Keywords

community regeneration, energy-efficiency, waste water treatment, healthy communities, sustainable growth, toxic waste, sustainable technology, Burlington, John Todd, living machines, Brownsville, Chattanooga, Minneapolis, cogeneration, Orlando, waste water treatment, artifical wetlands,"Community - Planet Neighborhood",Bullfrog Films

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