Green Film Series: Issues & Dialogue
3rd Thursdays, January-June 2012

Location: Atrium & G002 Hesterberg Hall in the Michigan Tech Forestry Building

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm, movies will be followed by coffee, tea, dessert and facilitated discussion
Credit: Teachers may earn 0.6 SB-CEUs for attending 4 films

Cost: FREE! $3 Suggested Donation


Checkout Green Films

January 19 The Economics of Happiness - A documentary that examines how ‘going local’ is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world –ecosystems, societies and ourselves. (65 min.)

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Daya Muralidharan, MTU School of Business and Economics. Daya has a Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Riverside, with emphasis in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics; M.A. in Economics, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India, with a focus on Development Economics. She is interested in research related to the economic value of water, timber, agriculture.


Feb. 16 Addicted to Plastic - Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. (85 min.)

Dr. Perlinger has degrees in Civil Engineering and Natural Sciences. She’s been at Michigan Technological University since 1995.  For the past 25 years, she has studied the role of the molecular structure of organic chemicals in their transport and transformation in the environment.


March 15 Blue Gold: World Water Wars - This award winning documentary posits that we’re moving closer to a world in which water –a seemingly plentiful natural resource—could actually incite war. (90 min.)

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Alex Mayer, MI Tech Center for Water & Society.
His research focuses on human‐environment interactions , and Great Lakes and Mexico.


April 19 Carbon Nation - Documentary about climate change SOLUTIONS. The film is an optimistic, non-partisan film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. (82 min.)

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sarah Green, Michigan Tech Dept. of Chemistry Dr. Sarah A. Green earned her PhD in marine chemistry from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program. She currently works on the Great Lakes and is chair of the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Tech.


May 17 Food - Food is a local issue, a global issue, a development, health, political and economic issue. How can we design a food system that ensures health, accessibility and affordability for everyone? (49 min.)

Discussion facilitator:  Sara Salo, School Food Tour . Sara is the Founder & Executive Director of the School Food Bicycle Tour , a 6,000-mile solo ride with the goal of empowering students, schools and communities to advocate for equitable access to wholesome food. She earned a M.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University. Sara is fascinated with examining and strategizing how the roles of place, community and individual come together to create and maintain sustainable food systems.  School Food Tour

Seasonal Fruit Cake Recipe

Growing Power

Blue Skies Farm



June 21 Into Eternity - explores the mind –boggling scientific and philosophical questions that long-term nuclear waste storage poses. (58 min.)

Discussion facilitator:  Dr. Wayne Pennington earned his Ph.D. (1979) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with a concentration in Geophysics and Geology. He has been the Chair or the Dept of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech since 2003.



Archive of 2011 Green Film Series

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
Keweenaw Land Trust
Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society
Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Green Film program is partially funded with a grant from:
♦ League of Women Voters of the Copper Country ♦ Friends of the Land of Keweenaw ♦ U.P. Environmental Coalition

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