Events Calendar


The Sustainability Film Series is Back!

Thursday, January 19, 2023

The 2023 season kicks off with a film and discussion about our backyards. This is a great opportunity to learn steps that youth, familys and schools to make a positive impact on their community and future. All are welcome to attend. 1.5 SCECHs available for teachers who sign-in at the event. Please share with your parent and teacher list serves.

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home (90 min.)

Date & Time: Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: G002 Hesterberg Hall, MTU Forestry Building
Cost: FREE. $5 suggested donation per film to support the Sustainability Film Series is appreciated. Make donation online or in -person at the film showing

For the past several decades, global bird and insect populations have been plummeting. Unlike many looming environmental catastrophes, however, these can be addressed in part by individuals willing to make a difference in their yards and communities. The solution: change our approach to landscaping. In Hometown Habitat, renowned entomologist and best-selling author Douglas Tallamy invites us to incorporate native plants into our yards and cityscapes, where they provide life-saving "hometown habitat" for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman traveled around the U.S. to visit hometown habitat heroes and film their stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these stories to re-awaken and re-define our relationship with nature‚Ä”and inspire us to create our own hometown habitats.

About the Discussion Facilitator:
Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography, is a documentary filmmaker working primarily on education and environmental issues. Her environmental videos include global warming documentaries for CNN Presents and New York Times Television; Save Rainforests/Save Lives, Freshfarm Markets, Wildlife Without Borders: Connecting People and Nature in the Americas, and America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden. Catherine is a certified horticulturist and landscape designer-based in SW Ohio. She is accredited in organic land care through the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and has designed and taught a course in organic landscaping for the USDA Graduate School Horticulture program. Catherine hopes her projects will help fire up the movement and make natural landscapes the new landscaping norm.

Questions about the film, contact Marcia Goodrich with Keweenaw Wild Ones at

Questions about the film series, contact Joan Chadde at

Cosponsored by:
Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability and Resilience, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, MTU College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, MTU Dept. of Social Sciences Sustainability Science Program, MTU Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Sustainability Demonstration House, MI Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Students for Sustainability, and Refill UP.

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