Programs & Centers

Environmental Law Program

Annual Environmental Law Golden Tree Film Festival and Awards Ceremony

Since 2002, students in Professor Percival's Environmental Law class have enjoyed an unusual assignment: to split up into small groups and make a short film about an environmental issue that concerns them. The purpose of the ungraded assignment is to make students think about how to communicate complicated regulatory policy issues to the public. With the rise of You Tube and other new media outlets, digital video-making has become a valuable tool for influencing public opinion.

A total of 13 students in the Fall 2014 Environmental Law class made three environmental law films. As in past years the films demonstrated their enormous creativity. The films addressed a wide variety of topics ranging from highlighting the FERC approved natural gas line extension through Baltimore County to the controversy over the recent expansion of the Cove Point LNG Facility.  On April 1st, 2015, the coveted "Golden Tree" awards were presented to the best films in ten categories as voted by an independent panel of judges (Prof. Taunya Banks, John Brosnan, Dominic Dachille, and Prof. Kathleen Hoke.)

The 2015 Golden Tree awards went to the following:

  • Best Picture “The Gas and the Furiousby Bethany Henneman, Taylor Kasky, Laura Lutkefedder, Kat O’Konski and Andrea Olsen
  • Best Acting: “Maryland Solar Energyby Julia Carbonetti, Erik Pramschufer, and Richard Starr
  • Best Animation/Special Effects: “Maryland Solar Energyby Julia Carbonetti, Erik Pramschufer, and Richard Starr
  • Best Sound: The Gas and the Furious by Bethany Henneman, Taylor Kasky, Laura Lutkefedder, Kat O’Konski and Andrea Olsen
  • Most Educational Film: The Gas and the Furious by Bethany Henneman, Taylor Kasky, Laura Lutkefedder, Kat O’Konski and Andrea Olsen
  • Best Interviews: The Gas and the Furious by Bethany Henneman, Taylor Kasky, Laura Lutkefedder, Kat O’Konski and Andrea Olsen
  • Best Cinematography: Cove Point LNG by Salomee Briggs, Sean Dobbs, Marina Ivanovskaya and Jaime Jacobson
  • Best Use of Humor: The Gas and the Furious by Bethany Henneman, Taylor Kasky, Laura Lutkefedder, Kat O’Konski and Andrea Olsen
  • Best Music: Cove Point LNG by Salomee Briggs, Sean Dobbs, Marina Ivanovskaya and Jaime Jacobson
  • This year's Special Judges Award for “Cutest Child Actor” was awarded to Maryland Solar Energy by Julia Carbonetti, Erik Pramschufer, and Richard Starr

A special thanks to all of our judges!


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