Is it possible to live completely waste free? “The Clean Bin Project,” the third in a series of movies presented by Clarke University as part of its Environmental Film Series during the 2015-16 academic year, attempts to answer that question.
In this award-winning movie, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society.”
“The Clean Bin Project” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Clarke will partner with several area agencies to present the Environmental Film Series. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) is Clarke’s partner for this film. Each film will be followed with a call to action. For “The Clean Bin Project,” the DMASWA asks attendees to set a goal of having a waste free holiday season.
REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources, projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.
The remainder of the film schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. – “The Lorax,” presented by the Dubuque County Conservation Board.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. – “Last Call at the Oasis,” presented by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. – Showing of top submitted films.
The last film session in April will be unique in that students, families and community members can create their own environmental film. Winners of this film contest will be able to present their video and ideas to others and make their own call to action. The top video will receive a $200 prize. Films must be submitted by March 1.
The Environmental Film Series is open to the public.