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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 2015 Environmental Law class made four 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 electronic waste created by todays throw-away culture to the way Apple functions in China. On April 6th, 2016, 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, Mark Nevitt, Dominic Dachille, Prof. Kathleen Hoke, and Kaia Rose).

The 2016 Golden Tree awards went to the following:

  • Best Picture: “Perspectives on Electronic Waste and Recycling” by Christine Wang
  • Best Animation/Special Effects: “Apple in China” by Jinxin Sui and Fangzhou Xie
  • Best Sound: “Apple in China” by Jinxin Sui and Fangzhou Xie
  • Most Educational Film: “Tough Time to Be a Bee” by Renee Lani and Brieanah Schwartz
  • Best Interviews: “Perspectives on Electronic Waste and Recycling” by Christine Wang
  • Best Cinematography: “Perspectives on Electronic Waste and Recycling” by Christine Wang
  • Best Use of Humor: “Tough Time to Be a Bee” by Renee Lani and Brieanah Schwartz
  • Best Music: “Apple in China” by Jinxin Sui and Fangzhou Xie
  • This year's Special Judges Award for “Best Alcohol Ad” was awarded to “Tough Time to Be a Bee” by Renee Lani and Brieanah Schwartz

A special thanks to all of our judges!

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