Category Archives: Speaker/Film Series

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Animal Agriculture and Greenhouse Gases

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

When and where?

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Garbage Warrior

A Film About Eco Architecture

The epic story of maverick U.S. architect Michael Reynolds fight to introduce radically sustainable housing and his triumph over bureaucracy.

When and where?

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Chasing Ice

The award-winning 2014 documentary on climate change

James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers.

When and where?

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Comfort Zone

A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York

What does climate change mean in a place where it is not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise is not a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple.

Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It is the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I am not yet ready to give?

The climate is already changing. Now what about us?

When and where?

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Gasland 2: The dangers of fracking

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.

The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy.”

When and where

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Bag It: Is your life too plastic?

Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways.

In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.

What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

When and where

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library,  in the Friends Learning Center
    2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Let’s Move…Sustainably!

GLT’s Good To Go program can help set you on a more environmentally and economically sustainable path!

Good to Go is an ongoing community wide project of GLT—a NPR-member radio station and a service of Illinois State University (ISU)—and ISU’s Office of Sustainability. The project is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote the use of alternative transportation instead of driving alone.

The initiative’s primary event is a Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition between individuals, teams and workplaces. During the third week of May participants track and report their commutes online.

Enid Cardinal, who helped launch the campaign, will discuss the challenges encountered and the startup of this unique program. Good to Go has evolved into something even bigger than initially envisioned because of the passionate leadership of the program.

When and where

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Slowing Down Stormwater

When it rains, any water that falls on roads, parking lots, and other
impervious surfaces travels rapidly into storm sewers. This water often picks up and transports surface pollutants into our waterways. The best way to reduce this pollution is to slow down the stormwater so it can be absorbed by vegetation. This can be accomplished through use of green infrastructure such as rain gardens, rain barrels, porous pavement, or green roofs.

Mike Guyon from the Town of Brighton, and Todd Stevenson from the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition will present information on  recent stormwater regulations and actions taking place in Brighton to implement green infrastructure along Monroe Avenue and in the Buckland Creek watershed.

When and where

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event

Recycling Beyond the Blue Box

TerraCycle

Learn how Cheryl Bertou and her son were able to partner with TerraCycle, an innovative company focused on reducing waste through the recycling of previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste, to raise funds for a school building project in South Sudan. They have been collecting items that are typically thrown away for two years and they continue to partner with others in the community to recycle even more.

Monroe County ecopark

Join Thomas M. Sinclair, Industrial Waste Engineer and Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator from the Monroe County Dept. of Environmental Services to learn about the Monroe County EcoPark. This first of its kind in the nation facility collects Household Hazardous Waste, pharmaceutical wastes, scrap metal, bulky plastics, certified document shredding, used cooking oil and many difficult to recycle items.

When and where

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
  • Free event