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Interconnections – Earth Week Schedule, Spring 2016

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Interconnections – Earth Week Festival, Spring 2014

Earth Week Research and Arts Festival, Spring 2013

Sustainability Research Workshop, Fall 2012

Film: “Hoot” – An Eco-Film for Kids
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hoot - 2010M.10.05Hoot is a fast-paced and hilarious movie about kids working to save a burrowing owl habitat in Florida – threatened by plans to build a pancake house. Jimmy Buffet provides music, and plays the high school science teacher. Based on the book by Carl Hiaasen.

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Film: Gasland 2
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Film: Gasland 2 @ DCC 308

Because this is such an important contemporary issue/controversy for NY State, the US, and global order; because both Gasland 1 and 2 were so controversial,and provoked industry re-writing; Gasland 2 focuses on industry influence on govt.

Film: Pandora’s Promise
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Film: Pandora's Promise @ DCC 308

Opens with Fukushima; asks viewers to — positively — rethink nuclear power.  Many environmentalists apparently hate it; this review says they should see it.

Film: Arid Lands
Nov 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Film: Arid Lands @ DCC 308 | Troy | New York | United States

About Hanford, which represents the huge challenge of very very long term stewardship of toxic/nuclear sites — which societies will increasingly face.

Film: Engineers Without Borders RPI Chapter
Mar 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Film and discussion: Do the Math
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Film and discussion:  Do the Math  @ Troy | New York | United States

This film is based on a Rolling Stone article by renowned environmental leader Bill McKibben, founder of, which has galvanized people around the world to address climate change.  Van Jones is also featured in the film, calling for the creation of millions of living wage jobs in conservation and the green energy industry. 

Film and discussion (with filmmaker Laura Kissel): Cotton Road, from South Carolina to Shanghai
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cotton Road travels from family farms in South Carolina to the factories of China to tell a story about globalized labor, weaving a portrait of the work and workers we never see and the products that they make.  Cotton Road explores the labor, transportation and environmental impacts behind a typical supply chain for a cotton product.

Film and Discussion: Bhopali
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bhopali is a documentary about the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, drawing out the enduring impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals and questions about corporate and government responsibility. Film by Van Maximilian Carlson.

Film and Discussion: Triple Divide
Apr 25 @ 11:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 1:00 am
Film and Discussion: Triple Divide @ CBIS Auditorium | Troy | New York | United States

Join us for a screening of “the best documentary about fracking”, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.


“Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. “It’s the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release. The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic & Melissa Troutman.

The 90-minute documentary is a project by, a Pennsylvania based nonprofit organization. Triple Divide is built on evidence from cradle-to-grave investigations that attempt to answer the question, “How are state regulations and industry handling impacts from fracking?” Throughout the film’s 10 chapters, which cover waste, class II injection wells, drinking water contamination, split-estates, the “pre-drill test scandal”, and the “pressure bulb” are on the ground accounts of hair-raising journalism.

Hard-hitting, Triple Divide is also fair. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is highlighted in the film for weakly enforced regulations, but “the head of ‘Oil & Gas’ at DEP, Scott Perry, told me he’s seen the film and it’s very well done,” said Troutman. “This attests to Public Herald’s journalistic integrity and ability to reach both ends of the public spectrum: community members and heads of state.”

The film reveals how water contamination is being covered up by the industry and the state, essentially rewriting water quality history in the United States by dismissing predrill tests. Meanwhile, state regulators are using compliance as a means of regulating without enforcing the law, abandoning the public in the wake of shale gas development.”

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Earth Week Finale Festival
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

EW Saturday Poster April 9


Rensselaer’s Earth Week Festival Finale will celebrate Interconnections – between students of different ages, between students and sustainability professionals, between the university and the Troy community.  The afternoon will feature:

  • Performances
  • Games
  • Educational Demos
  • Food
  • Films
  • Discussions
  • A Green Careers Meet and Greet

The Festival Finale will showcase and celebrate teaching and research focused on environmental sustainability, and RPI students will run kiosks for kids to share their excitement and knowledge about an array of environmental topics.  There will be performances by jugglers, parkour athletes, and music ensembles, a green career meet-and-greet, and a screening of the film, Bidder 70, followed by a discussion run by RPI students about intergenerational ethics and environmental activism.


The Festival Finale will be at the RPI Student Union on 15th Street.  All activities will be free and open to the public.