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A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Date Published: March 21, 2007

"A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world."

A Passion for Sustainability

Date Published: January 15, 2008

"A Passion for Sustainability" provides a glimpse into the how 14 Oregon Business Leaders are applying Natural Step Principles.
Director: Eric G. Stacey

An Inconvenient Truth

Publisher: Paramount Classics and Participant Productions
Date Published: 2006

"With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization."

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature (Part one and two)

Publisher: Bullfrog Films
Date Published: 2002

Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life

Publisher: Bullfrog Films

"Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Encounter the world's most celebrated buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans."

Crude Impact

Publisher: Vista Clara Films
Date Published: 2007

Crude Impact is an award-winning documentary film which Chris Vernon of TheOilDrum.com called " a terrific film... the best documentary I have seen on the subject." This feature film explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil.

Energy Crossroads: A burning need to change course

Publisher: Tiroir A Films Productions
Date Published: 2007

This award-winning documentary exposes the problems associated with our energy consumption. It also offers concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves and be part of the solutions in this decisive era. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of their field bringing legitimacy and expertise to the core message of the piece.

Fast Food Nation

Date Published: 2006

Eric Schlosser's book Fast Food Nation was the basis of this movie, directed by Richard Linklater. The 2006 film is "an ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well."

Homo Toxicus

ISSN: 1-59458-888-0
Publisher: Bullfrog Films
Date Published: 2008

Tons of chemicals are released into the environment everyday. The average citizen is not only unaware of this daily exposure, but of the long-term effects these toxic substances can have on living organisms. The majority of the 100,000 industrial compounds developed since World War II that are now in daily use around the world have never been tested for the type of consistent, low-level exposure we experience in our day-to-day lives.

These compounds find their way into the body in a variety of ways: in the food we eat and the air we breathe, through contact with the skin, and in many cases passed from mother to infant in the womb. Up to 247 toxic substances have been found in newborns alone. Today we are handing down a toxic load to our children along with our genetic legacy.

Carried out with intelligence and humor, Homo Toxicus explores the myriad links between these toxic substances and increasing health problems such as cancer, allergies, hyperactivity, and infertility. Interviews with industry scientists and independent researchers shed light on inconsistent standards used for evaluation and regulation of chemical agents. The findings are disturbing and strongly challenge us to re-evaluate the laws and procedures currently in place to safeguard our health against man-made chemicals and potential environmental pollutants.

i Love Trash

Date Published: October 23, 2008

I Love Trash is a documentary about the art of dumpster diving. Just how much do we throw away? David Brown and Greg Mann try an experiment in trash. Starting with an empty apartment, only the clothes they were wearing and a flashlight, David and Greg find everything they might otherwise buy in trash cans and dumpster. All their food, clothes, electronics, art materials and entertainment, all out of the trash.

King Corn

Date Published: April 29, 2008

KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naivete, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary.

National Geographic: Human Footprint

Date Published: April 15, 2008

In a National Geographic special event, The Human Footprint reveals the extraordinary impact that each of our lives has on the world around us. In a playful, surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth, National Geographic demonstrates, in a series of remarkable visuals, what makes up an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us. In this unique journey through life, it shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel youll consume and how much youve got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on Earth.

Naturally Successful: Entrepreneurship that redefines the bottom line

Publisher: Arnold Creek Productions, Inc.
Date Published: 2008

A new type of entrepreneur is changing industries and the world at the speed of business. Making a profit is essential, but their measures of success include the social, environmental and economic impacts. And these innovators see limitless opportunities in the challenges of the 21st century.

Naturally Successful features interviews with some of the country's top business consultants, educators, authors and speakers who are inspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. They offer insights on entrepreneurship, with a focus on building a values-driven business, providing meaningful leadership, achieving results beyond profits, serving customers, thinking long-term, seizing opportunities in new and existing markets, creating a thriving business and embracing a new type of capitalism.

NOVA: Solar Energy - Saved by the Sun

Date Published: July 31, 2007

In the face of steeply rising oil prices and political turmoil in the Middle East, there is new urgency in finding a solution to our uncertain energy future. Breakthroughs in new materials and ingenious designs for solar collectors are transforming the technology into a vastly cheaper, more efficient alternative. NOVA presents the latest thinking from solar enthusiasts and skeptics as it investigates cutting-edge research developments. The film introduces viewers to the scientists and businesspeople who are racing to make solar power practical—for lighting, heating, and running power plants.

Revolution Green: A True Story of Biodiesel in America

Publisher: Rock Solid Pictures

Revolution Green is a revealing documentary about the renewable energy called biodiesel and it’s importance to the world economy. Based on a true story, the 75-minute documentary follows the lives of biodiesel pioneers in Maui, Kelly and Bob King, who along with Willie Nelson share their unique perspectives on living a sustainable way of life and help to elevate the discussion of biodiesel in America. Revolution Green aims to educate and empower audiences with the idea that one person can make a difference. The DVD also features 10 bonus segments all on sustainable ways of living.

The 11th Hour

Date Published: April 8, 2008

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.
The 11th Hour is directed by Nadia Connors and Leila Conners Peterson and features narration from Academy Award® Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Blood Diamond).

The Corporation

Date Published: April 5, 2005

This documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we know it has been around for only about 150 years.

The Next Industrial Revolution

Publisher: Earthome Productions

"THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION is a 55 minute film, produced by Earthome Productions to communicate the work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, two leaders in a growing movement to transform the relationship between commerce and nature. McDonough and Braungart work with corporations with over half a trillion dollars in annual sales, companies like Ford and Nike, to redesign buildings, processes, and products to work according to nature's rules."

The True Cost of Food

"This video was produced by the Sierra Club Sustainable Consumption Committee as part of a campaign to encourage people to think about the environmental impacts of their consumption choices. We hope that the information in the video and the accompanying guide will provoke discussion and further action. The video was created by Free Range Graphics, www.freerangegraphics.com, a socially responsible video production firm (producers of The Meatrix)."


Date Published: July 16, 2007

“Trashed” is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture…the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, “Trashed” examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.

Weather Report

ISSN: 0-7722-1222-8
Publisher: Bullfrog Films
Date Published: 2007

Climate change is already here. In another decade, the damage will be irreversible. Weather Report is a sneak peek into the future. This year-long road trip takes us around the world, to places where global warming is having an immediate effect. We meet people for whom climate change already has life-and-death implications.

Who Killed The Electric Car?

Date Published: November 14, 2006

Paine proceeds to show how this unique vehicle came into being and why General Motors ended up reclaiming its once-prized creation less than a decade later. He begins 100 years ago with the original electric car. By the 1920s, the internal-combustion engine had rendered it obsolete. By the 1980s, however, car companies started exploring alternative energy sources, like solar power. This, in turn, led to the late, great battery-powered EV1.

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