Gas drilling is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Pennsylvania, which has led many to consider its present and future impact on the environment and public health. But while the state has become caught up in the natural gas boom, there are many residents exploring alternate forms of energy. On Oct. 7th, Carnegie Mellon University will host the premiere of a short documentary series that gives a human face to PA’s energy policy and energy legacy.
Produced by Kirsi Jansa (Gas Rush Stories), Sustainability Pioneers is a Southwestern PA-based short documentary series visualizing a bridge from our fossil-fuel based economy to an economy based on renewable energy and sustainable living. It is funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Fisher Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation, and produced in collaboration with Rachel Carson scholar and energy consultant Patricia DeMarco and The Institute for Green Science at CMU.
Sustainability Pioneers will screen at 7 p.m. in the Mellon Institute Auditorium. A presentation by DeMarco entitled Bridging to a Fossil Free Future will follow. This event is free and open to the public. The series will also screen at Melwood Screening Room on Oct. 8th at 7 p.m.