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Green Business & Green Buildings

Build Green

A program that demonstrates the personal, cultural, and economic benefits to be had by utilizing a variety of modern techniques and technologies to plan and build environmentally friendly, safe, comfortable, and attractive homes. Features various houses and communities that have been designed and constructed using an assortment of building materials and energy sources deemed sustainable and ecologically conscientious.

City Farmers.

A journey down New York City's meanest streets where inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats of abandoned land into burgeoning vegetable and flower gardens. The gardeners vividly narrate stories about life on both sides of the garden fence: from their fight against drug dealers and gangs to the successes of the gardens as food for needy families and senior citizens. 1997. 31 min.

Ecological Design: Inventing the Future

Beginning in the 1920's with the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, moving through the 1960's and the Counter Culture and ending on the doorstep of the 21st century, the film follows the evolution of ecological design from the visions of a few independent thinkers to the powerful movement it is now becoming.

Energy And Resource Efficiencies.

Climate-accepting vs. Climate-rejecting buildings -- Designing it right to begin with -- Case studies: Rocky Mountain Institute, NMB Bank -- Panel 1: Design process and design synergies -- Demand side management -- Panel 2: Economic incentives for Green Market -- Case study: Way station -- Panel 3: Trends in codes, standards and regulations. 1993. 78 min.

Environmental Architecture

With proper research and a little ingenuity it is possible to build or renovate houses which improve our social environment without destroying the physical environment. This program shows how architects are now designing 'environmentally friendly' buildings that are energy efficient and in harmony with nature. 1990. 30 min.

Going to the Source: A Video About Waste Prevention

Creating a sustainable environment for future generations depends not only on recycling, but on our ability to prevent waste from occuring in the first place." Looks at "Alameda County's Source Reduction and Recycling Plan, which places renewed focus on source reduction and waste prevention" with visits to firms which have successfully implemented waste reduction programs. Oakland, CA: Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, c2003. 28 min.

Gokak Goes Green

Documentary on the establishment of an industrial greenbelt through afforestation by the firm Gokak Mills in the Belgaum District of India. PAL format. 1999. 12 min.

Green Dreams.

Describes activities of the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) as they organize and supervise gardening projects in troubled urban neighborhoods. Film documents how these gardening projects are offering real job skills and a sense of accomplishment to low-income youth, ex-convicts and people recovering from drugs.

Green Means 1.

The first in a two part series of short video programs about ordinary people who are making positive contributions to the health of the planet. Includes segments on environmental activism in relation to grasslands preservation, eco-architecture and energy conservation, eco-agriculture, waste disposal, community gardens, marsh, stream and forest ecology, marine pollution, endangered species, the reintroduction of species and recycling.

Green Means 2.

The second in a two part series of short video programs about ordinary people who are making positive contributions to the health of the planet.