The first annual HRL-sponsored sustainability film festival was held on March 24th in the beautiful Science Teaching and Student Services building.
Three captivating documentaries were shown: "Tapped," which examines the privatization of public water systems by the powerful bottled water industry; "Fresh," about alternatives to our wasteful and unhealthy food production system; and "Mother Nature's Child", which discusses the barriers to outdoor activity amongst urban youth and the benefits to raising children with an appreciation and a sense of stewardship for the environment.
We were priviledge to have many on-campus partners involved with the event, hosting resource tables and facilitating discussions, with the goal of presenting opportunities for involvement in campus and community programs addressing the issues brought up in the films. Our partners were:
- IonE - River Life + National Park Service River Rangers
- Minnesota Public Interest Research Group
- The Women’s Center
- University Recycling Center
- Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
- The U of MN School of Public Health
- University Dining Services
- U Students Like Good Food
- Center for Outdoor Adventure
- Institute for Child Development
- The Shirley Moore Lab School
Given the unseasonably warm and sunny weather, attendance was good and participants remarked that the event was “totally worth attending.”
The second project was the Live Green Newsletter that I edited and then formatted in Google sites. I started by trying to get it uploaded on our department's website, but that was a clunky and frustrating endeavor, requiring me to go through two other people for approvals and have one of them upload all images. Google sites is not a perfect format, but gave me much more autonomy and took a quarter of the time to complete. The format is not ideal - I would like to have had all the article titles in the main body instead of in the nav bar - but the nav bar allows the reader to jump to any article from anywhere in the newsletter. Anyway, I may still fiddle with it a bit when I get some time.