Riversmart DC: Clean Water and Sustainable Communities

Thanks to Booz Allen Hamilton for their sponsorship of this program.

Introduced by filmmaker Liz Norton

THE ANACOSTIA RIVER: MAKING CONNECTIONS (USA, 2014, 11 min.)В For decades, heavy industrial pollution has infiltrated the waters of the Anacostia River, which cuts right through the heart of Washington, D.C. A broad coalition of city and federal officials, nonprofits and corporations are working hard to reverse those effects. This issue is seen by many as one of environmental justice as the river not only divides the city geographically but socioeconomically and culturally as well. This film takes a hard look at the issues, the progress thus far and the stakes involved in making the river fishable and swimmable for future generations. Directed by Liz Norton. Produced by Stone Soup Films with support by the Summit Fund of Washington.

Introduced by filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown

GREEN ROOFS: RIVERSMART ROOFTOPS ( USA, 2015, 27 min.) World Premiere The District of Columbia is determined to be the most sustainable city in the U.S. and green roofs are part of the plan. Find out how Washingtonians are transforming their rooftops from unattractive, harmful spaces into beautiful, environmentally friendly places. These elevated green spaces range from small, residential roof-top gardens to vast spaces on commercial and government buildings. In D.C., youв’ll even find green roofs atop a traffic tunnel and a reservoir. Directed by Sandy Cannon-Brown. Produced by Peter Ensign.

FIND YOURSELF IN ROCK CREEK PARK (USA, 2015, 4 min.)В World Premiere Rock Creek Park is an 1,800-acre oasis in the middle of the crowded Washington, D.C. metro region. For some visitors, it’s a place to gather your thoughts as you run on the trails; for others, it’s a place where you can reconnect with nature while listening for migrating songbirds. This short film features four different people and how they ‘find’ themselves in Rock Creek Park.В Directed by Jorge Ribas. Produced by Rock Creek Conservancy.

Panel discussion follows screenings with Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment; George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager, DC Water and filmmaker Peter Ensign, Director, DC Greenworks.

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.

FREE. No reservation required.

Carnegie Institute for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St., NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital