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Pitzer College Launches Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

redford“Happy, honored and humbled” is how actor, director, producer, and environmental activist Robert Redford described his feelings about the Nov. 19th Pitzer College launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. Addressing a full house of faculty, students, media, and eco-enthusiasts at the Los Angeles Press Club, the Sundance Kid said he was proud to serve as advisor and trustee for the conservancy that plans to fuse art, media and environmental sciences to equip students, help shape public policy and solve the most pressing sustainability issues facing our planet.

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Join Bill McKibben For The Math 350 Tour

math360It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. Read More

Green Business Networking and PGA Green Summer Bash

eco-fairOn a recent summer night on a sound stage at Smashbox Studios historic Culver City location, PGA Green and Green Business Networking members and guests met for the inaguaral Summer Bash. With the support of Smashbox/Quixote Studios, Net Impact, The Hub, Sustainable Works and a bevy of organic and mostly vegan food and drink sponsors, the event was a terrific opportunity for Eco-minded producers, business leaders and entrepreneurs to meet and talk shop in a fun and festive environment. Read More

PREMIUM RUSH Producer Goes Green

premium-rushJoseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon star in the action thriller PREMIUM RUSH, due to be released this summer by Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Action thriller”? Doesn’t sound like the perfect opportunity to produce a green movie, with reduced carbon emissions and environmental impacts. But executive producer Mari Jo Winkler saw it differently. Read More

Water Take 1 Launches Global Online Short Film Contest

water-take-oneEvery person on this planet relies on water. In Ventura, our water is from local sources and it’s our responsibility to protect it for future generations. To help spark that awareness, Ventura Water is partnering with Limoneira’s Limco Del Mar, Patagonia and iThentic for the inaugural “Water: Take 1” Online Short Film Contest. We hope that this exciting initiative will highlight people’s relationship with water and promote water awareness, efficiency and recycling programs. Read More

2012 Film Biz Recycling Eco-Expo and Mixer

skye_eco_biz_150x150The Gowanus canal is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. In March of 2010, it was added to the EPA’s list of national Superfund sites, areas designated for cleanup of hazardous substances. Completed in the late 1860s, the canal served as an industrial artery for New York Harbor, and was home to manufacturing plants and mills that flooded the canal with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), often used as coolant in heavy machinery. It’s a desolate area, even more so when it’s juxtaposed to its Brooklyn neighbors, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. But seen through a flawed lens, the area surrounding the canal is a mystical place where you’d see the Zennist protagonist from a Jim Jarmusch film, wandering through a locked off wide shot. Read More

Green Production Incentives in California: The Good, The Bad and The Bottom Line

creative_commons_3118408862_spdpProducers, by nature are problem solvers. We solve budgeting problems, scheduling problems, technical problems and communication problems. We manage personalities, locations, equipment and the weather. One problem we have yet to solve is how to get a decent bagel in Los Angeles…wait, scratch that—that’s a personal problem. But there does truly seem to be a problem when it comes to us all being on the same page when it comes to green production practices. Read More

CBS Eye on the Environment Sustainable Event

wood_salvy_ecofairPGA Green West Co-Chair of Outreach Woody Clark and member Salvy Maleki hosted the PGA Green table at the Third Annual CBS Eye on the Environment Sustainable Networking Event at CBS Radford Studios that showcased over 200 suppliers and organizations that are committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. PGA Green members Shahnti Olcese Brook and Dan Halperin also attended to help represent PGA Green. Read More

Quixote EcoFair Update

ecofairPGA Green West Co-chair Rachael Joy recently spoke on the “How Green is Your Production?” Panel as part of Quixote Studio’s 2nd Annual EcoFair at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood. Read More