Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  1997
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Planet Neighborhood: Work

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Energy-efficient skyscrapers, controlling waste, and innovative automobile design and recycling.

Planet Neighborhood: Work

Environmental challenges surround the places in which we work and the cars we use to get there. Featured are a look at 'sick building syndrome' and the design of new office buildings for the 21st century; a visit with a chemical plant that has found solutions for controlling waste emissions; and a survey of new trends in automobiles and auto-recycling.

We see an extraordinary contrast between a multimillion dollar courthouse in Stuart, Fla., that has literally made its workers sick, and an innovative Manhattan skyscraper that even supplies its own fresh air.

The auto industry's trend toward 100% recyclability is illustrated by one man's profitable attempt to instill new life into old plastic bumpers; and a visit to a high school shop class where tomorrow's mechanics tackle the creation of a high-powered electric car.

'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)
Kaper, Bob (Screenwriter)
Kaper, Bob (Producer)
Klein, Larry (Producer)

Other credits

Editor, Sam Green; music, Charlie Barnett; videographers, Robert Bondy ... [et al.].

Distributor credits

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

Docuseek2 subjects

Housing and Construction Sector
Sustainable Architecture

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Business Practices
Renewable Energy
Science, Technology, Society


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