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Sustainability Film Series ’13: Switch

March 6, 2013Elizabeth HokeEvents, GeneralComments Off on Sustainability Film Series ’13: Switch


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (3/5) – The Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota is partnering with the Bell Museum of Natural History and University of Minnesota Housing and Residential Life to produce the 2013 Sustainability Film Series.

The second film in the Series, Switch, will be showing Thursday night at 7:00PM in the Bell auditorium. Pizza Lucè  will be served prior to the film, and Elizabeth Wilson, energy expert at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota will be leading a discussion the key themes from the film after the screening.

“Switch is the film I am most excited about,” Beth Mercer-Taylor, director of the Sustainability Education program. “I think it may cause people to really question their own assumptions about energy and to inspire them to actions that they didn’t expect.”

Switch is the first truly balanced energy film; supported across the energy spectrum, it gives straight answers to tough questions from the individuals driving energy today. Switch is part of the greater Switch Energy Project, a multi-prong effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy. The Project includes the film, a huge video-based and data supported website, as well as elementary, middle, and high school curricula co-developed with the American Geological Institute.

The film follows Dr. Scott Tinker on his exploration of the future of energy. The film gives a glimpse into highly restricted energy sources that have never been shown before. Dr. Tinker’s adventure took two years to film, visiting 11 countries and 27 different energy sites.

Switch is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for several prestigious awards.

Other upcoming films in the Sustainability Film Series include If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front on Thursday, April 4, at 7PM and The City Dark on Thursday, May 2, at 7PM, all showing at the Bell Museum.

For more information, visit

About the Project

Switch and the GSA program are part of the Switch Energy Project (, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

The project was created by Arcos Films, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and co-produced with energy expert Dr. Scott Tinker. It also includes a continually expanding website of 300 videos on the energy topics that drive our world; an education program of videos and curricula co-developed with and the American Geological Institute; and eventually a broadcast/webcast series to discover solutions to our most pressing energy challenges.

About Dr. Scott Tinker:

Dr. Scott Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world’s toughest energy challenges. Toward that end, he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 50 countries. Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and the acting Associate Dean of Research at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

About Harry Lynch:

For 17 years, Harry Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer, whose films include Switch, Unconventional, Recapturing Cuba, Ride Around the World and Making the Modern. He is the co-founder of Trinity Films and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company focused on building a practical understanding of today’s most pressing social issues.


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The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.
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