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What Green Can Be – Official Selection Sedona Film Fest
As seen at the 2013 Burlingame Green Fair - on a reclaimed Mac computer at the Yea!MAC booth!  Yea!MAC is a local green business that repairs  (and also sells restored) Apple products

As seen at the 2013 Burlingame Green Fair – on a reclaimed Mac at the Yea!MAC booth! Yea!MAC is a local green business that can fix your Apple product.

Official Selection – Sedona Int’l Film Festival
Sustainable Film / Sedona Green
[Press Release]   [Thank You Sedona]
Winner – 2013 Silver Davey Award
 As Featured on 
Marin TV

 We have all heard the phrase… reduce, repurpose, reuse, recycle.

Those are the four R’s of being green. But it’s hard to know your impact or whether you’re having one. This is a story about how one small town is encouraging green building and the beautiful results that can occur when we decide together to go green. What Green Can Be… one little town, one big idea. . . a timely idea applicable to Anytown, USA! Watch the trailer (click ‘play’ below)!

Want This Movie?

Want to support us in our storytelling? Contact us to find out how you can arrange a screening or own “What Green Can BE” on DVD.

What They’re Saying…

“Thank you for sharing this! I enjoyed watching it a lot! An amazing story from Burlingame!”  — viewer commentfilm-green

“Very nicely done. A beautiful message – and a beautiful home!” — viewer comment

“I loved the movie. Go Elfenworks!! Creativity is your middle name!” — viewer comment

“What a marvelous film! I learned so much watching it! This should be sent to all the local elementary, middle & high schools. The kids would love to see their town & I think would take ownership of the idea of perpetuating the idea of Burlingame being GREEN!”  — viewer comment

Spread the word! #whatgreencanbe

A Few Film Details

  • A brief history of the environmental movement, tracing back from the 13th century, where it got stuck, and where we are.
  • Big and small ways each of us can live green, whether building, remodeling, or day-to-day living… for the joy of it!
  • Informative interviews with local architects, interior designers,  town representatives, and even a few Elfenworks folks.
  • A film by Lauren Speeth featuring never-before-seen archival Earth Day footage by documentarian Christopher Speeth.
  • Editing: Janice Rivera. Cinematography: Kelly Madsen, Janice Rivera, Tim Schaller, Lauren Speeth.
  • Photography: Lauren Speeth. Artwork: Kelly Madsen.  20 minutes total run time, DVD format.

Where It’s Been

A Word to Teachers

You can incorporate What Green Can Be into the classroom, with case studies that also teach math or science. Consider how easily you can incorporate green ideas into math questions, using examples like these:

Q: You enjoy the local club house, but it isn’t very warm in winter.  You want to make a case for some more insulation.  If you estimate that the uninsulated attic costs an extra $15/month “out the window,”  for the six months a year in which it gets very cold, how much is that uninsulated attic costing, every year?

ANSWER: Not having insulation in your attic is costing you an extra $____/year.

Q. If you think the club house can buy and install insulation in its attic for $420 how many years would it take for the insulation to pay for itself?

ANSWER: It would take _____ years for the insulation to pay for itself

You are in charge of a small school. Your job is to decide what sort of appliance to buy. You know that new refrigerators last twenty years. Your refrigerator needs replacing and you can choose between a new inefficient refrigerator at $355 and a new efficient refrigerator at $475 with a $20 rebate on “smart appliances” and that saves $4/month over the less efficient model.

Q: How much of a difference are you actually paying between the two refrigerators?

ANSWER: The difference is $___

Q: How much would you save, every year, with a more efficient model?

ANSWER: You would save $___ per month, twelve months, so $____ per year

Q: How much would you have gained, over the 20 years, by choosing the more efficient model?

ANSWER: You would have gained $___ per year but spent $__ difference, so the total is ____

Q: What will you decide?  Discuss in class.

Teachers, we’d love to hear from you about how we might make What Green Can Be a strong, accessible teaching resource!