Land Use Documentaries
- Bull Frog Films
- Detroit Public Television
- WKAR Public Broadcasting
- MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
- Other Films
Bull Frog Films
Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. Founded in 1973 it has been honored with a retrospective screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and with a special award from Medikinale International in Parma, Italy.
- The Barcelona Blueprint
Barcelona today is a model of urban planning that may prove sustainable.
- Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens
A model of community supported agriculture in the midst of suburban sprawl
- Design with the Sun
Take a tour of passive solar homes and buildings.
- Designing A Great Neighborhood: Behind the Scenes at Holiday
A model co-housing project, where future residents participate in the design of their own neighborhood.
- Livable Landscapes By Chance or By Choice?
How growth and sprawl affect the quality of life in New England, and some possible solutions.
- Pointless Pollution America's Water Crisis
We all contribute to nonpoint source pollution of our water!
- ReInventing The World Series (3 Programs)
Three 50-minute programs on creating sustainable cities, food systems, and lifestyles.
- Save our Land, Save our Towns
This two-part video examines the causes and effects of - and then remedies for - suburban sprawl.
- Save Our Land, Save Our Towns (Classroom Version In 2 parts: 18/22 mins.)
The causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.
- Subdivide and Conquer A Modern Western
Suburban sprawl: causes and remedies.
- Vanishing Wetlands
Wetlands destruction leads to flooding and the loss of wildlife habitat.
- Ways We Live Exploring Communities Series (10 programs)
New models of community living and building in the US and Canada are featured.
Detroit Public Television
WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market. Our vision is to educate, entertain and inspire, in partnership with our community.
- Pathways for People
Detroit Public Television takes a look at the impact GreenWays are making on people across the region. The GreenWays Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan that launched in 2001, is a comprehensive effort aimed at expanding and enhancing our region's natural landscape. The GreenWays Initiative is about linkage, leverage, and collaboration: linking communities - leveraging vision, resources, and people - and collaborating to promote and protect the health and well-being of the community for the present and the future. Watch this program online through Detroit Public TV Video on Demand. (Note: It may take a couple of minutes for the program to fully load before viewing.)
WKAR Public Broadcasting from East Lansing
PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches nearly 73 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions.
- America's Walking
This PBS's series highlights great walking destinations across the county and features inspirational stories of individuals who have seen their lives transformed by simply walking. Walking doesn't just make us healthier, it also gets us in touch with our own communities and environment. That's why America's Walking offers viewers ideas on making our neighborhoods safer and more pedestrian-friendly.
- Michigan at Risk
This award-winning series examining regional issues. Check out the various programs available to watch online.
MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism is part of the School of Journalism in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. It trains both student and professional journalists to cover the environment, and it has published EJ Magazine since 2002.
- Dying to be Heard
This is a half-hour documentary on DDT and Rachel Carson's book "The Silent Spring," which was produced at Michigan State University in coordination with the Knight School for Environmental Journalism.
- Everything's Cool
"Everything's Cool" is a film about America finally "getting" global warming in the wake of the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action. While industry funded nay-sayers sing what just might be their swan song of pseudo- scientific deception, a group of global warming messengers are on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, the magic language, the points of leverage that will finally create the political will to move the United States from its reliance on fossil fuels to the new clean energy economy - AND FAST.
- Greening of Cuba
Told in the voices of the women and men-the campesino, researchers and organic gardeners-who are leading the organic agriculture movement, "The Greening of Cuba" reminds us that developed and developing nations alike can choose a healthier environment and still feed their people.
- The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half-and food by 80 percent-people were desperate. The film, "The Power of Community" tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time.