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Making an Environmental Video

2012 February 7

studentMany grants require a video application: the Green Makeover Contest was no exception for the Fairview Net Zero club. We made a ten minute video to apply for an award of $65,000: but how could we create a plan of action to green our school and portray it effectively in a video? We decided to address three solutions and integrate them into our budget proposal: Efficiency, Visibility, and Involvement. From these, we created ideas to impact the community through our proposed purchases: placing solar lights in highly visible areas such as the parking lot rather than just a few classrooms, purchasing trees for students to plant, and buying environmental documentaries for teachers to show students. We structured our video exploring our three solutions and explaining how our budget proposal reflected these goals. Several students showed interest in our green initiatives; we filmed them expressing their excitement and interviewed important administrators and environmentalists about our ideas. For the technical aspects of video making, we teamed up with the film teacher and one of his students to facilitate video production. By enlisting their help, interviewing, and finding three simple and broad solutions, we were able to create a highly effective video application as well as envision future goals for our club and community.

Lizzy is a junior in the Fairview High School Net Zero Club. She is in the IB program and also enjoys swimming for her high school team as well as playing the violin in local music groups. In college, Lizzy hopes to pursue her interests in science and the environment; she aspires to help find a solution to global warming.

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22 Responses leave one →
  1. Justin Lane permalink
    February 8, 2012

    Hi, you have some good ideas, teachers should have a big influence on these matters, and should be teaching more about the green policies
    well written

  2. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2012

    It’s great

  3. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2012

    I would like to see the outcome of these. Basing by the way Lizzy portray it i think it is a video worth watching for.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2012

    Really like that schools go for green energy, we all should really. Might hit my school up with this.

  5. ARD permalink
    February 9, 2012

    highly appreciate your ideas….

  6. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2012

    Lizzy is making a great job even though she’s only a junior in the Fairview High School. It’s nice to know that Lizzy aspires to help find a solution to global warming. Great idea with the environmental video.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    February 10, 2012

    Wow! Great and clear concept! Creating videos has always been a work of joy and ease and I think it is one of the powerful medium to reach masses. Since you are with a good message to spread I should wish you all the best!

  8. Paul permalink
    February 11, 2012

    I agree with Justin very well written and good ideas :)

  9. Anonymous permalink
    February 13, 2012

    How cute. I can’t believe that you’ve made that kind of video, i never expected that.

  10. Anonymous permalink
    February 13, 2012

    doing a video is a very hard job
    keep up with a good work

  11. Alex Mercer permalink
    February 17, 2012

    That’s some useful guidelines for creating a good video. Many people can really learn from this.

  12. Anonymous permalink
    February 26, 2012

    I’m more than happy to find this great site. I need to to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to look at new information on your website.

  13. Anonymous permalink
    March 14, 2012

    I must say you have launched a nice idea.

  14. maxdew permalink
    April 7, 2012

    Great Informational helpful site, thanks

  15. Gary Fisher permalink
    April 26, 2012

    I strongly believe in educating our children about the enviroment and the terrible impact the human race has had on it. The only way to improve everybodies quality of life on this planet is by educating our children to not make the same mistakes as we have.

  16. Jason permalink
    June 26, 2012

    Its good to see such wonderful achievements from young students, and the fact they take pride in what is happening around them.. Congratulations Lizzy, and keep up with your dreams..

  17. Mona permalink
    August 14, 2012

    I’m happy to see our children care about nature. I’m positive that they will teach us on how to protect our planet. Earth has better chance for recovering from our pollution with people like this!

  18. Anonymous permalink
    September 16, 2012

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  19. Anonymous permalink
    November 29, 2012

    Hi, you have some good ideas, teachers should have a big influence on these matters, and should be teaching more about the green policies
    well written

  20. Anonymous permalink
    January 7, 2013

    Excellent post it is a pleasure to reading it. I have bookmarked your post in my computer. Thank you so much.

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    February 4, 2013


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