Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish one third of this country’s existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient “green” structures. Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources? Or, like the urban renewal programs of the 1960s, is this well-intentioned planning with devastating environmental and cultural consequences?
On Thursday, May 12, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene will present The Greenest Building, a new hour-long documentary by local film producer and University of Oregon graduate Jane Turville. The film presents a compelling overview of the important role building reuse plays in creating sustainable communities. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, The Greenest Building delves into the myth that a “green” building is necessarily a new building. It demonstrates how renovation and adaptive reuse of existing structures fully contributes to the triple bottom line of economic, social, and ecological balance.
Turville’s film reveals:
- How reuse and reinvestment in the existing built environment leads to stronger local economies that can compete on a global scale
- That sense of place and collective memory, while intangible, are critical components of strong sustainable communities
- The direct correlation between reuse of existing buildings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, degradation of the natural environment and overuse of precious natural resources.
Here are the details:
What: A special screening of the documentary The Greenest Building, by producer Jan Turville
When: Thursday, May 12, 2011 – Doors open: 7:00 PM – Film begins: 7:30 PM; Q&A session with Jane Turville follows
Where: The Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR
Cost: $10 at the door; $8 online at http://wwwthegreenestbuilding-eugene.eventbrite.com/