talks and events related to the Sustainable Energy class – part II


“If you create your own electricity, heating and water systems, you create your own politics. Maybe that’s what they’re afraid of.” — Michael Reynolds

  • Garbage Warrior tells the story of Michael Reynolds, a renegade environmental architect striving to build sustainable off-the-grid housing communities. Using beer cans, abandoned auto tires and disposable water bottles, among other materials, Reynolds creates environmental “earthships,” but not without conflict with the mainstream architectural bureaucracy. But after the catastrophic tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the need for self-sufficient housing is all the more pressing. Reynolds and director Oliver Hodge will join us for a Q&A.

The film is screening with *The Story of Stuff*, an exploration of the global materials economy and its impact on government, environment and health.

  • Garbage Warrior

Oliver Hodge, UK, 2006; 85m

  • screening with*The Story of Stuff*

Louis Fox, US, 2007; 21m

Garbage Warrior Green Screens Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 6:30 pm Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, plaza level 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam to buy tickets:


Movie: “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” followed by facilitated discussion.

When: Friday, March 28, 7 PM

Where: 6th Street Community Center 638 East 6th Street, Manhattan (between Avenues B and C)

A second screening of the film is also planned for:

Thursday April 10, 7 PM 15th Street Friends Meeting House 15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan, (15th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

suggested donation $5

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and imports of oil were reduced 50% and food 80%, Cuba was faced with instant peak oil. This film tells of the hardships and struggles, as well as the community and creativity, of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how during “The Special Period” they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to local, urban gardens using organic methods of farming.

The film opens with a short history of peak oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope. World peak oil production is expected to peak by 2015.

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Sierra Club NYC’s new report Sustainable Energy Independence for NYC calls on city officials to form an energy volatility task force, as has been done in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to prepare for volatile energy supply and price. It sets out recommendations to step up NYC’s sustainability initiatives in transportation, buildings, agriculture and electricity generation. Get the report at

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Sponsored by: Sierra Club NYC Group Oil Awareness Meetup Neighborhood Energy Network Tristate Food Not Lawns 6th Street Community Center 15th Street Meeting House: Friends in Unity with Nature & 15th Street Arts Committee


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