Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  1997
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
You might also be interested in...

Planet Neighborhood: Community

New to Docuseek2? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

Community regeneration, energy-efficient design, and waste water treatment.

Planet Neighborhood: Community

From Burlington, Vermont, to Sacramento, California, from Brownsville Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota, communities across the U.S. are facing complex challenges in their attempt to balance growth with the preservation of natural resources.

How can citizens effect change in their own communities? This program explores a variety of new approaches and grassroots efforts--transforming a toxic waste threat into a revenue generating eco-enterprise; creation of a 'living machine,' an ingenious system that uses fish, bacteria, clams, snails and plants to clean waste water; and, experiments in sustainable technology where one industry's waste becomes another's resource. We see how citizens have been able to effect change and explore the new technologies that have empowered them.

'An eager writer-host, specific examples, and personalizing case studies examine the ways in which homes, workplaces, and communities can create and sustain more affordable, healthier, and environmentally sensitive lifestyles.' Booklist

'Covers a range of environmental issues related to the home and workplace, including energy-saving designs and technologies...Recommended' Rachel Lohafer, Instructional Technology Center, Iowa State University, MC Journal

'Interesting, informative, and inspiring. If it were offered as part of the curriculum in grade school science classes, our attitude towards environmental responsibility would change.' Conscious Choice

'We have become so used to bad news about the environment...that PLANET NEIGHBORHOOD...comes as an exceedingly pleasant surprise.' The Washington Post


Nationwide PBS Broadcast


Main credits

McDonough, William (Narrator)
Ketcham, John (Screenwriter)
Ketcham, John (Producer)
Klein, Larry (Producer)

Other credits

Editor, Judith E. Herbert; music, Charlie Barnett; principal videographers, Bill Corona, Mel Henry, Tom Kaufman.

Distributor credits

John Ketcham
A Production of WETA-TV Washington DC, Executive Producer Richard Thomas, Produced by Larry Klein

Docuseek2 subjects

United States
Local Economies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Business Practices
Citizen Action
Environmental Design
Renewable Energy
Science, Technology, Society
Urban Studies


community regeneration, energy-efficiency, waste water treatment, healthy communities, sustainable growth, toxic waste, sustainable technology, Burlington, John Todd, living machines, Brownsville, Chattanooga, Minneapolis, cogeneration, Orlando, waste water treatment, artifical wetlands,"Community - Planet Neighborhood",Bullfrog Films

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!