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Designing Healthy Communities
A provocative and challenging new 4-hour public television series (2012), Designing Healthy Communities, hosted by celebrated author and teacher Richard Jackson, MD, MPH. Dr. Jackson makes the case that the rapidly deteriorating public health of our citizens is linked directly to nearly half-a-century of bad design decisions, now frozen in…
Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting
The New York City Designing Healthy Communities Town Hall Meeting (May 2013), examines the connection between poor community design and burgeoning health costs based upon key public health indices: obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression, a concept first researched by Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatricianturned-public-health officer. The panel discussion…
Designing Healthy Communities - Rebuilding Places of the Heart
Part of the Series: Designing Healthy Communities
When U.S. industry and manufacturing collapsed or went elsewhere, cities like Elgin, IL, and Syracuse, NY, (like many communities in the United States) were left with the task of redefining themselves for a new paradigm. Leading the way to a greener, more sustainable Elgin is a group of high school…
Fenceline: A Company Town Divided
Fenceline follows the story of Margie Richard, who claims that her African American community is suffering adverse health effects, due to the chemical emissions of a neighboring plant owned by the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company. The town of Norco, Louisiana which derives its name from the New Orleans Refining…
Designing Healthy Communities Video Resource Library
The Designing Healthy Communities Video Resource Library has been produced as a companion series to the four hour Designing Healthy Communities series. Each video is subject driven and is between 10-20 minutes. Produced and Directed by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell.
Poisoned Lives - Secrets of the Chemical Industry
Alice, Kenton, Bucky, and Rachna are the hidden victims of the chemical industry. They all grew up in either India or in the US, in towns built around plastic and pesticide factories. For a long time, their resounding success has masked the darker reality behind their practices. For several decades,…
Windfall
Wind power: it's sustainable...it burns no fossil fuels...it produces no air pollution. What's more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That's what the people of Meredith, NY first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town's failing economy with a farm of their own -…
Ecocide - A Fishing Community Struggling to Survive After the Gulf Oil Disaster
On April 20th 2010 the Deepwater Horizon, a Transocean-owned, BP-leased oil rig exploded. The blaze claimed the lives of 11 workers and the uncapped well gushed for 87 days pouring an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the sea. It is considered the worst man-made environmental disaster in US…
Soren Hermansen
This episode of the Green Interview features Soren Hermansen, Denmark's "world-class energy magician" with a mission to demonstrate it's possible to create a sustainable society based on renewable energy. The model society--Hermansen's native Samso-- is a small, blustery island nestled in Denmark's Kattegat Strait, once a cluster of farming communities…
Stink! - The Dark Secrets of the Chemical Industry
"Stink!" opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on…
White Water, Black Gold - The Environmental Cost of the Keystone Pipeline
This mutli-award winning film exposes the little-known environmental and health costs of the dirty oil that would flow through the Keystone Pipeline. Canada is the number one foreign supplier of oil to the United States. But this is not a traditional oil field. The oil must be extracted and processed…
Unacceptable Levels - How Chemicals Affect Us
A film about chemicals in our bodies...and how they got there. Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create…