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.

Students in the Fall 2016 Environmental Law class made seven environmental law films. As in past years the films demonstrated their enormous creativity. The films addressed a wide variety of topics ranging from climate change, sustainable vineyards to the Northern Sneakhead. On February 15th, 2017, the coveted "Golden Tree" awards will be presented to the best films in ten categories as voted by an independent panel of judges (Prof. Taunya Banks, Mark Nevitt, Dominic Dachille, Prof. Kathleen Hoke, and Kaia Rose).

  • Mr. Trash Wheel (Shannon Himes, Kerri Morrison & Megan Todd)
  • Glass Half Full: Sustainable Vineyards (Chris Remavege, David Morgan, Ashley Drexel, Katrina Abarcar & Lulu Ye)
  • A World in Retreat (Taylor Lilley, Collin Wojciechowshi, Zach Wilkins & Sara DiBernardo)
  • Star Trek: The Next, Next Generation (Harrison Mont & Laura Tallerico)
  • Climate Change and Change in the Political Climate (Devon Harman, Catherine McGrath, Adam Baig & Mike Hayes)
  • Star Wars (Jennifer Caggino & Seungju Kang)
  • The Northern Snakehead: It’s What’s for Dinner (Brian Carey, Robert Dry, Oluebube Mbarie, Atiji Phiri & Eva Vordogianni)

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  • Past Golden Tree Ceremonies

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