‘water’ Category

Jan
28

Green Me Film Festival

 

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9th Green Me Film Festival: Germany

I am very honored to be a partner, contributor, and panelist for the 9th edition of the Green Me Film Festival. This year it will take place at the CinemaxX (Potsdamer Platz) in Berlin from Friday 29th of January until Sunday the 31st. This year’s focus is set on the thematic trio Ocean- Life-Water.

Mission Blue

Over 30 featured films and documentaries addressing the following topics: Ocean, Life and water will be screened. This year’s festival features several special highlights such as Academy Award-Winner “Racing Extinction”Emmy Award Winner documentary “Mission Blue”, which exposes legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s work.

Can You Dig This, Ron Finley

Ron Finley’s Can You Dig This” which is a personal favorite documentary as it focuses on my dear friend and colleague, Ron Finley or otherwise known as the Gangsta Garner and explores the urban gardening revolution taking place in South Central Los Angeles.

In addition to fantastic films that will be screened, there will be discussion panels which include the  film directors, experts and environmentalists to discuss topic relevant issues and sustainability.

Winners will be presented awards by celebrities such as Sarah Wiener or Mateo Jaschik, member of the Culcha Candela band at the Green Me Award ceremony, which will be held on Sunday evening.

Our younger audience will be delighted to see productions such as “Ponyo”, a Japanese animation movie or Oscar Nominee movie “Song of the Sea”, perfectly suited for a family day. Children up to 14 years old are admitted free of charge.

The Green Me film festival is a non-profit event and was put together with the help of its partners and the team of volunteers. The festival does not receive any state subsidies.

This year, Auma Obama, sociologist, germanist and expert on environmental questions gave a moving speech as the documentary The Salt of the Earth received the Green Me Award for best documentary. Auma Obama and the German minister for environment Barbara Hendricks presented the award to the awe-inspiring film director, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

 

Green Me AwardOn a personal note, I am particularly fond of this sustainability festival and received the Green Me Award for my international work in sustainability, specifically my work in Germany in the renewable energy field. I have implemented many wind and solar farms throughout the Country since the early 90’s and helped to create the first feed-in-tariff program.  I was very honored to have received the award from both the German Consulate General Los Angeles and the Green Me Film Festival for my ecological and sustainable achievements. 

As a woman in #stem, it is festivals like this that do make a difference. I do hope you have a chance to enjoy the festival or will support it.

 

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May
19

Solutions to the drought in California

 

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Water Wisdom with Leigh Adams
Practical, cross-cultural approaches to harvesting, utilizing and conserving water.

It is my honor to introduce my dear friend, colleague and a woman who I call my US mum, Leigh Adams tonight at the UNA Pasadena coffee talk. Leigh is the LA County Arboretum’s Artist-in-Residence, teacher, and garden designer, is currently curating and developing The Crescent Farm – A Living Demonstration of Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscapes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Leigh will present a storyteller’s approach to thinking about, teaching, harvesting and conserving water.

We have droughtbeen in a drought in California for many years and are currently faced   with some tough decisions we must make regarding water.  We are challenged by the ongoing drought, rapidly depleting groundwater, and our own cultural biases. Perhaps a look at how water is used in other cultures may offer some valuable clues to improving our local systems and overcoming these persistent, contemporary cultural difficulties with WATER

 

SKYDROP SPINKLER IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS

At tonight’s event, you will also have an opportunity to see some unique approaches taking place in your own neighborhoods. You will also hear about smart sprinkler irrigation controllers and rebates (in Pasadena rebates are as much as $250) you can receive in your area. For attendees and members you will receive a $40 discount off of a skydrop controller using the code ECMC40. The skydrop controller was created to help consumers monitor real-time weather patterns. The Smart Watering Technology gives you the power of weather based watering which saves time, water and money. Please contact me here or at elena@elenachristopoulos.com for more information on skydrop and how to receive your special offer!

When: TONIGHT!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where:
All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

 $10 donation at the door all proceeds go to the United Nations Association.

 

 

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