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Novato Sustainability Program Launches Green Film Series
The inaugural Novato Green Film Series will kick off on January 18, 2018, 6:30pm at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue, with a screening of the Redford Center’s Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution and will include a special appearance by Marin-based filmmaker and director Jamie Redford.
Happening is the first in a series of five films to be screened through June 2018 as part of the City’s new Sustainability Program. “Watching a great documentary is a wonderful way to introduce people to the kinds of solutions that are readily available to address our most pressing environmental challenges. It can be a very empowering experience for people to see themselves as potential change makers by watching someone else’s journey. Happening ticks all the boxes!” says Gretchen Schubeck, Novato’s Sustainability Coordinator.
Happening follows Jamie as he embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era which is creating jobs, turning profits, and making communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Jamie's discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences' discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, and the promise of a clean energy future.
According to Mr. Redford, “The clean energy revolution is quietly but spectacularly underway, and the clean energy industry now employs more people than the fossil fuel industry. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the Internet.”
The City is partnering with three community organizations to present the film, Environmental Forum of Marin, Resilient Neighborhoods and Sustainable Novato, and Ms. Schubeck sees collaborations with groups such as these as a vital component to creating a resilient and sustainable Novato.
The event is free to attend but is expected to sell out. Reserve your seats at happeningnovato.eventbrite.com.
The next film, Just Eat it: A Food Waste Story, will be screened on February 15 in partnership with Extra Food.