Grades 9-12, College, Adult
Directed by John Ketcham
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-739-6
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-721-2
Awards and Festivals
Nationwide PBS Broadcast
Planet Neighborhood Series
Community - Planet Neighborhood
Community regeneration, energy-efficient design, and waste water treatment.
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.
Other titles in the series are:
Home - Green technology and innovative design save energy.
Work - Sound office building design, car recycling and waste water disposal.
"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."
"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."
"We have become so used to bad news about the environment...that PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD...comes as an exceedingly pleasant surprise."
The Washington Post