Film Festival at LCOOCC Promotes Sustainability

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-3: Food Sovereignty, Spring 2011, Tribal College News

By Sarah Ashenbrener

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College’s (LCOOCC, Hayward, WI) Sustainable Living Institute brought the Second Annual Environmental Film Festival back to Hayward. Working with the LCO Green Team and Happy Tonics Butterfly Sanctuary, the tribal college’s goal is to promote sustainable living on the campus and in the surrounding community

At the kick-off event on November 3 at the tribal college’s main campus, guest speaker Theresa Depies of Springbrook Organic Dairy discussed the importance of local foods and the economic benefits of buying local. The film was The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, and after its showing, LCOOCC Sustainable Living Institute staff led a community discussion.

Monthly events are planned through May 2011 and include a potluck, a guest speaker, an environmental film, and a community discussion relating the topic back to the local community. Attendees are also encouraged to visit informational booths before or after the film. Topics featured at booths include local foods, recycling, rain barrels and rain gardens, bee boxes, and fuel efficiency. Films planned for this year include: Collapse, Be the Change, and Trashed.

Attendance at the 2009 events ranged from 30 to 75 LCOOCC staff, students, and local community members.

Films showed included: Risky Business – Biotechnology and Agriculture, Pollen Nation, Flow, King Corn, The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies, and America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie. For more information, contact Amber Marlow marlowa@lco.edu.

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