BEST Students Build Green Solutions
Water Blues – Green Solutions, a documentary about innovators creating green solutions to urban flooding, features about a dozen of our BEST Ecology (BECO) students building a rain garden in the Bronx.
The production crew interviewed Kimberly Beazer, SSBx’s BECO Field Manager, who was leading the class, as well as BEST Academy Director Annette Williams. The documentary is being produced through WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting, and will air on PBS stations nationwide in the fall of 2013.
“We looked at where we could find compelling stories about green infrastructure and where people are engaged in solving water problems,” says Frank Christopher, the producer and director of Water Blues – Green Solutions. “The South Bronx was very compelling because of the confluence of organizations working around the restoration of the river.”
Christopher first heard about SSBx and our partners such as the Bronx River Alliance and Rocking the Boat while in Seattle, researching similar community-based efforts to improve the local environment. The documentary is focusing on urban community groups that are actively addressing problems related to stormwater run-off, water conservation, and the rehabilitation of wetlands. In addition to the South Bronx, the documentary will highlight initiatives taking place in Philadelphia, San Antonio and Portland.
“The event we just went through with Sandy points out how vulnerable we are to climate change. Planning for climate change is really critical,” says Christopher. “We need holistic solutions to flooding, sewer overflows, preventing problems in our water supply and thinking about nature.”