Past Screenings

Past Sustainability Pioneers SCREENINGS


Sustainability Pioneers at Allegheny county parks

Where: North Park, Rose Barn, 303 Pearce Mill Road
Allison Park, PA 15101

When: Friday August 26th,  6.30-8.30 pm

Hosted by: Allegheny County Parks



Sustainability Pioneers at Allegheny county parks

Where: South Park, Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA, 15129

When: Friday September 9th,  6.30-8.30 pm

Hosted by: Allegheny County Parks



Sustainability Pioneers at re:NEW Festival

Where: Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh

When: Thursday September 15th,   7-9 pm

Hosted by: re: NEW Festival organized by Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resources Council, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, VisitPITTSBURGH, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

More information and tickets: This event will include a welcome and introduction by Sustainability Pioneers producer Kirsi Jansa, and a 45 minute documentary screening of four Sustainability Pioneers episodes – including the premiere of the 8th episode. After the screening, Mary Beth Mannarino, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology at Chatham University will lead the community conversation on the topic titled “Climate on My Mind, Facing and Transforming our Climate Fears”.


Documentary Salon: Do Documentaries Make a Difference?

Where: Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh. In Classroom Theater, Room 210 (2nd floor, behind the elevator)

When: Tuesday May 24,  6.30 – 9 pm

Hosted by: Will Zavala

More information: Documentaries are often calls to action.   They reveal a problem or an injustice, or bring to light the good work of others in hopes of inspiring change.  But can a film really have such an effect on its audience, and on the world at large?  If so, how does that happen?  If not, then what’s the point of making it?

This month, three filmmakers will share their work and experience making powerful documentaries that aim to go beyond entertainment.  This will be the basis for a discussion about the making, viewing and responding to message-driven films.  The filmmakers are:

  • Billy Jackson  (Enough is Enough: The Death of Jonny Gammage, Wendell Freeland: The Quiet Soldier)
  • Kirsi Jansa  (Gas Rush Stories, Sustainability Pioneers)
  • Steve Hoover  (Blood Brother, Almost Holy)

Pittsburgh Documentary Salon


Sustainability Pioneers at Ithaca Eco Village

Where: Eco Village at Ithaca, SONG Common House, 218 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

When: Thursday June 2,  7-8 pm

Hosted by: Eco Village at Ithaca

More information: Welcome to Sustainability Pioneers screening, followed by Q&A with documentary filmmaker Kirsi Jansa.  Come watch two inspiring episodes – one that includes Ecovillage Ithaca, and another on German town of Saerbeck. This event is open to public. 5 – 10 dollars suggested donation – no one will be turned away. Tea and cookies served.



Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference

Where: La Roche College, Palumbo Science Center, Room 108, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

When: Wednesday April 20,  6-8 pm

Hosted by: La Roche College

More informationConference Activities


Earth Day Environmental Film Festival

Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall, Pittsburgh

When: Friday April 22,  7 – 9 pm

Hosted by: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Watch the short documentary films The Power of One Voice, on the work of Rachel Carson, and Sustainability Pioneers, on the world’s transition toward renewable energy and sustainable living. Filmmakers Kirsi Jansa and Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D., will lead a discussion after the films.


USA Film Festival – Short Films Non-Fiction Showcase

Where: Angelika Film Center, Dallas, Texas

When: Sunday April 24,  5 pm

Hosted by: USA Film Festival


Clean Energy Action & Empower Our Future screening

Where: Boulder Public Library, Main Branch, Boulder Creek Room

When: Monday April 25,  5.45-7.45 pm

Hosted by: Clean Energy Action and Empower our Future

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Pitt Environmental Students meeting

Where: University of Pittsburgh, Posvar Hall, room 1700

When: Wednesday April 13,  9 pm

Hosted by: Free the Planet community organization


Pittsburgh’s Climate Future

Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh

When: Wednesday March 30,  7 – 9 pm

Hosted by: PennEnvironment

Right now, we have a unique chance to influence the state and national fight over climate change, steering the country away from dirty fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and towards a clean energy future powered by wind and solar. All because in the next year, we’ll have to develop a Clean Power Plan to slash carbon pollution from power plants.

This is a pivotal moment in the fight for climate action—and we need you to be a part of it. A panel of community leaders, environmental advocates, and public health professionals, including Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Pittsburgh.


Biophilia Pittsburgh: Connecting to Climate through Stories presentation and SP 7: From Paris to New York PREMIERE

Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom, Pittsburgh

When: Thursday February 4, 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Hosted by: Phipps

What if we saw the bigger picture of climate change, and ourselves in the middle of that picture? What if we had a collective vision of a future without fossil fuels?

By now we know the magnitude of the challenge climate change presents us, and as a society we are becoming more and more aware of our need for a rapid energy transition. Yet people have been slow to move from climate awareness to climate action. In the February Biophilia Pittsburgh presentation, Kirsi Jansa, a Pittsburgh-based journalist and a documentary filmmaker, shares her experiences using visual story telling as a way to connect the dots and help people move from climate awareness to climate action.



Climate Action Event: Creating Bridges to Clean Air 

Where: Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh

When: Tuesday September 29, 7 pm

Hosted by: Sierra Club, Moms Clean Air Force, CCI, PennEnvironment

Screening of Sustainability Pioneers and Don’t Just Sit There Do Something videos by Communitopia,  followed by panel discussion. Suggested donation: 5 dollars


Allegheny Green and Innovation Festival

Where: Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater

When: Saturday September 26, 11 am – 4 pm

Hosted by:  Allegheny County


Sustainability Pioneers POTLUCK DINNER & SCREENING

Where: Monroeville Public Library

When: September 21, 7 pm

Hosted by: Sustainable Monroeville

The event, organized by Sustainable Monroeville, begins with whole foods, plant based pot luck dinner at 6:00 PM, followed by Sustainability Pioneers screening and community conversation at  7:00 PM. The event is free and open for public.


Solarize Allegheny screening

Where: Robin Hill Park, Moon Township, PA

When: Thursday June 4, 2015, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Hosted by: Township of Moon and Solarize Allegheny Project

Learn how to go solar through Solarize Allegheny by connecting with qualified installers. Get inspired by Sustainability Pioneers documentaries.


Sustainability Pioneers BRIDGE PARTY

Where: First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh

When: Friday April 24, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Hosted and sponsored by: Thomas Merton Center and Green Sanctuary Committee at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh

This Earth Day celebration consists of: The premiere of the fifth Sustainability PIoneers episode, Over the Hurdles. Live music by Ricardo Iamuuri and Brooke Smokelin. Community conversation. Social hour with wine and cheese. This event is free.


Sustainability Pioneers Screening at Sustainability Salon

Where: Maren’s house at Frick Park, Pittsburgh

When: Saturday January 31, 2015, 4 – 10 pm

Sustainability Pioneers is the topic of Maren Cooke’s 36th Sustainability Salon. Here’s more information about the event:


Sustainability Pioneers Screening & Panel Discussion on Community Power

Where:  East End Food Co-Op / Gemini Theater

When: Wednesday Jan 21, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Panelists: Patricia DeMarco, Sharon Pillar from Solarize Allegheny, Fred Brown from Kinsley Association, moderated by Kirsi Jansa.


Sustainability Pioneers Bridge Party & Community Conversation

Where:  PointBreezeway, 7113 Reynolds Ave, Pgh 15208

When: Wednesday Jan 14, 5 – 7 pm


Sustainability Pioneers at Unblurred Gallery Crawl

Where: Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh

When: Friday December 5th, 7.30  pm


 Sustainability Pioneers at Unblurred Gallery Crawl

Where:  Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh

When: Friday November 7, 7.30  pm


Sustainability Pioneers Community Screening

Where: EcoFest at Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh

When: Saturday October 11, 10 – 1 pm


Sustainability Pioneers Screening and Panel Discussion

Where: Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh

When: Wednesday October 8th, 2014, 7 – 9 pm

Tickets: $10

Sustainability Pioneers screening followed by a panel discussion “How to Begin Energy Transition”. The panelists are Grant Ervin, sustainability manager for Pittsburgh, Patricia DeMarco, Rachel Carson scholar and energy consultant, Hal Saville, energy project consultant at Energy Independent Solutions, and “solar citizen” Fred Kraybill.


Sustainability Pioneers premiere

Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon Institute Auditorium

When: Tuesday October 7th, 2014, 7 – 9 pm

Sustainability Pioneers screening followed by a presentation “Bridging to Fossil Free Future” by Rachel Carson scholar and energy consultant Patricia DeMarco.