READING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks Sustainability Team, led by Mahsa Kazempour, associate professor of science education, will host two film screenings in April. These events are supported by the Berks Arts & Cultural Funds Endowment.
- "Good Food"
Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Room 5, Luerssen Building, Free and open to the public
For decades, Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But climate change and the end of cheap energy mean that each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow it more sustainably. "Good Food" visits farmers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. The screening will be followed by presentations by Michelle Mart, associate professor of history at Penn State Berks, and Brian Twyman, city councilman for District 3 in Reading. Light refreshments will be served.
- "Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for our Energy Future"
Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., Room 5, Luerssen Building, Free and open to the public
In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future. Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. The screening will be followed by presentations by Karen Feridun, founder of Berks Gas Truth, and Jayné Park Martinez, coordinator of the Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment and instructor, Division of Science, Penn State Berks. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Kazempour at 610-396-6312 or via e-mail at [email protected].