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Sustainability Film Series begins Jan. 29

BOONE—The fourth annual Sustainability Film Series opens Jan. 29 with films focusing on issues related to alternative energy, community building and fracking. The feature-length films will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Each film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local activists, community leaders, academics and students.

The series is designed to raise awareness of current environmental, political, social and economic issues and help provide solutions to those issues. It is also meant to inspire dialogue and activism, both personal and civic, toward a more just and healthy way of life.

Sponsors of this semester’s series are the Office of Sustainabiity, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Belk Library and Information Commons and the Department of Geology.

Detailed information can be found at

The film series schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, “Switch” follows energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker who explores the world’s energy sources – coal, solar, oil, biofuels – to get answers from national and international leaders of government, industry and academia. He discovers that a potential path exists to our energy future that is surprising and remarkably practical. Sponsored by the ASU Renewable Energy Initiative (ASUREI).
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, “Lords of Nature” examines observations from famous naturalist and writer Aldo Leopold about the role of predators in the ecosystem. The film connects the dots of the importance of carnivores as indicators of healthy ecosystems. Sponsored by the Department of Biology.
  • Wednesday, March 20, “Arise” follows stories of women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth and inspire community building. Sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development’s Global Women’s Series.
  • Tuesday, April 23, “Gasland” investigates the truth about environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, called “fracking,” for natural gas. Filmmaker Josh Fox embarks on this journey after being asked to lease his land for drilling. Sponsored by the sustainable development program.

For more information about the film series, contact Brian Zimmer in the Department of Geology at or Crystal Simmons in the Office of Sustainability at

Parking is available free of charge in the College Street parking deck after 5 p.m. For more information about parking, contact Parking and Traffic at 828-262-2878 or or visit for a campus map.