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 22 students in the fall 2013 Environmental Law class made nine 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 lack of action to address silt buildup behind the Conowingo Dam to the controversy over a Maryland stormwater discharge fee that its opponents have cleverly dubbed a “rain tax.” On March 26, 2014, 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, Sonja Gloeckle from the Voice of America, Prof. Kathleen Hoke, former Program Coordinator Laura Mrozek, Mark Nevitt, and Jill Smith.)
The 2014 Golden Tree awards went to the following:
A special thanks to all of our judges!