Sustainability Film & Discussion Series


2024 Sustainability Film & Discussion Series

Time: 7 PM, 3rd Thursday each month, Jan-May.

Location: Fisher 135 or 138 (main campus), refreshments in lobby

Cost: Free. $5 donations are greatly appreciated or use this link to make a donation:

For more information, contact Joan Chadde at

The Sustainability Film Series brings a full house from
campus and the local community.

Now in its 14th year, the Sustainability Film & Discussion Series continues to bring relevant and provocative films to Michigan Tech’s campus to spur discussion and reflection amongst faculty, staff and students, as well as K-12 teachers and students, and the entire Keweenaw community. The film series provides an opportunity for people of diverse ages, backgrounds and life experiences to engage in meaningful discussion facilitated by a local expert on the topic.

Films are shown at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month, January to May, in Fisher Hall 135 or 138 on main campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Each film is followed by discussion with refreshments & coffee. Films are free. The film series is supported by donations from co-sponsors and participants. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated or use this link to make a donation: Michigan Tech Fund Sustainability Film Series. Teachers can earn SCECHs for attending by contacting Emily Geiger,

Films may be used for educational purposes at no charge. Films (DVDs) are available for a 2-week checkout for classrooms, meetings, or home viewing. To borrow films, contact Alan Turnquist ( at the Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability & Resilience, Room 230, Van Pelt Library. CLICK HERE for a list of available films.

Film Schedule

2040 - January 18, 2024 - Fisher 135
The film producer, a father, asks 'what will be the legacy that I leave for my 4-year-old daughter?' This hopeful documentary looks at the technologies that we already have that could greatly contribute to reversing climate change by 2040. Refreshments provided by the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva - February 15, 2024 -  Fisher 138
Explores the interconnectedness of seeds, food, environment, and social justice through the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva. Refreshments provided by the Keweenaw Co-op.

Going Circular - March 21, 2024 -  Fisher 138
Imagine a future where we mimic the genius of nature—to re-calibrate the way humankind lives, breathes, builds—respecting the limits of our resources and transforming the modern world. The film investigates the concept of circularity, an economic system that eliminates waste and saves the planet’s resources, and offers concrete solutions to move toward a more circular economy.

Climate Sisu - April 18, 2024 -  Fisher 135
Take a journey through Michigan in search of community knowledge about climate action, resilience, adaptation, and education. Climate SISU offers an urgent, yet optimistic call for climate action.

The Engine Inside - May 16, 2024 -  Fisher 138
Follow the lives of six individuals from around the globe who have devoted themselves to a simple, age-old machine – the bicycle. Witness how bicycles have the potential to transform lives and contribute to a better world.

People visiting at end of film
Community members enjoy refreshments and
engaging discussion.


The film series is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability & Resilience. Film co-sponsors include: Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, WUP MiSTEM Network, Keweenaw Co-op, MTU: Dept. of Social Sciences and Civil, Environmental & Geospatial Engineering, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Sustainability Demonstration House, Students for Sustainability, and Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action.