Braden Meiter Allegheny County Parks Lead Supervisory Park Ranger
Kirsi Jansa and Sustainability Pioneers have done something very rare with the debate between two conflicting sides of climate change and global warming. She has found common ground. It’s not easy to do this with heated debate. She has done it with ideas and explanations of how to make this planet more reliant on renewable energy. Her ideas reach common ground and help unite protesters on both sides of the fence. Climate change is THE most serious and important issue we are dealing with in my opinion. I am thrilled to know Kirsi is effecting positive change for the planet with her Sustainabilithy Pioneers work.
SCOTT GOLDSMITH Photographer
Kirsi’s films address the issues of Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability in a very clear and entertaining way yet not sacrificing the importance of personal action. The films are also quite beautiful. I am happy to have access to showing these films.
INDIGO RAFFEL Education Coordinator Conservation Consultants Inc.
The Sustainability Pioneers work showcases what’s going right – and wrong – and how to fix it — in our region. Compelling storytelling from the individuals affected by opportunities like new solar panels or challenges like air quality and its effect on asthma resonates far more than any lecture we can deliver. It’s a powerful weapon in the arsenal for change, and we’re excited to have tools like this available to CCI as we engage people in the Grassroots Green Homes project and other community outreach projects.
JEANEEN ZAPPA Executive Director Conservation Consultants
“Sustainability Pioneers gives a great vision of what can be done by people who have the will to create a healthy future. Each video starts with a clear vision of the problem followed by specific examples of how people work together to solve the problem.”
WANDA GUTHRIE Environmental Justice Committee Thomas Merton Center
“Where Kirsi Jansa excels, and a few of her peers in the movement occasionally falter, is in journalistic clarity. View any episode of Sustainability Pioneers and you will appreciate that Jansa and her team are patient. They do their homework. They isolate the important questions, they ask them, and then they LISTEN to the answers. It is this phenomenon of listening “with” the audience — to the scientists, to the activists, to the authorities, and to the entrepreneurs — that places this series firmly into the category of legitimate interpretive journalism. Yes, interpretive: not, partisan, not special-interest, not liberal, not even political, and certainly not anti energy business. This director’s style is solid, investigative, unbiased storytelling, and in this series she introduces the audience to a variety of our neighbors and friends who just happen to be two steps ahead of the rest of us in understanding the urgency of — and who are moving more quickly forward with — the transition from fossil fuel dependency to the much healthier, more sustainable, and far less costly options represented by smarter energy sources. Jansa’s common sense questions and matter-of-fact narration prompt the viewer to wonder how anyone could still be concerned that focusing on water, wind, soil, and sunlight represents a controversial new idea, or why we aren’t making immediate, large-scale investments in safer, transformative energy sources.”
Tim Hudson, Ph.D. Professor of Journalism Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA
“What makes Sustainability Pioneers so compelling is that it has a unifying effect rather than a splintering effect. So often conversations about the health of the environment are dramatically polarized by economical, geographical or social issues, and because of that it is difficult to get to the heart of the matter. Kirsi has found a way of presenting the environmental issues so that we all can be concerned and we all can be a part of the solution. This is positive progress.”
BROOKE SMOKELIN Environmental Educator
“Lots of people read about environmental issues. They might even bring the subject up at a cocktail party. Kirsi Jansa is doing so much more, establishing a narrative pathway making it possible for everyone to see and understand the impact of what is happening all around us.”
CHARLIE HUMPHREY Executive Director, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts