Racing to Zero, in Pursuit of Zero Waste

  • The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 2:00 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Mon, Oct 6, 2014 7:30 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 8, 2014 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:59
Director:Christopher Beaver
Producer:Diana Fuller
Cinematographer:Christopher Beaver
Editor:Maureen Gosling
Print Source:Trash 24
Note Writer:Carol Harada


For two decades, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has been working toward the goal of zero waste and now recycles, composts, and reuses a whopping 80 percent of its garbage-but the race to eradicate trash continues, and this rousing film exhorts us to join in. Follow along as the city’s food scraps are collected and transported to Sonoma County farms, where they are composted into the rich soil that grows the crops that feed us all. Find out how glass bottle recycling stays local and forms another closed-loop cycle by addressing garbage at its source. Enthusiastic zero-waste experts show how far we’ve come in wisely managing our resources, from medications and electronics to clothing and building materials. Even turning rubbish into art, these innovators zero in on new possibilities for greater sustainability. WORLD PREMIERE


Sponsored by Marin Sanitary Service

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Christopher produces and directs multi-media projects concerned with the human experience of the environment. His films as a producer, writer, and director include “Dark Circle,” a feature documentary, winner of a National Emmy Award and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy Awards documentary committee, “Treasures of the Greenbelt” and “Secrets of the Bay,” about San Francisco Bay and the surrounding open countryside. “Tales of the San Joaquin – A River Journey” about California’s Central Valley, nominated for the Pare Lorentz Award of the International Documentary Association and his work-in-progress “Tulare, The Vanished Lake,” reflect his recent focus on water issues and how they affect the environment.