Environmental Studies in Video

Environmental Studies in Video

Environmental Studies in Video is an online collection designed to address the needs of one of the fastest growing academic fields. The collection directly confronts the most compelling questions faced in contemporary society by bringing together seminal documentary films and powerful footage from diverse sources around the globe.

At completion, Environmental Studies in Video will contain 500 hours of film covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. Films were produced from 1970 to the present, and address specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change.

This internationally focused collection highlights issues from dozens of countries across all seven continents. Users can examine environmental factors across all of Antarctica (Antarctica: The Game on Ice), Africa (Greening Africa), and Latin America (Eco Adventures in Latin America) and in specific countries including Egypt, Bangladesh, China, and France.

Noteworthy titles include:

  • Architects of Change—A Ciné Fête series profiling the pioneers who are seeking innovative solutions to protect our planet’s future.
  • Arctic Territories—A series portraying Canada’s efforts to protect the Arctic in the face of threatening environmental and political forces.
  • Award-winning films from Josh and Rebecca Tickell, including The Big Fix (Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival), Fuel (Best Documentary, Sundance Film Festival), and Freedom.
  • Sustainable Futures—A Switch International series examining the impact of human actions on people, animals, plants, and landscapes around the world.
  • Additional major broadcast series Nature Inc., Green Matters, and BBC’s Panorama.

Production partners also include A&E Television Networks, Chip Taylor Communications, Filmakers Library, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, National Geographic, Pumpkin Interactive, and TVF International.

Tools for scholarship, teaching, and learning

All content is deeply indexed for 15 fields—including series, title, country of origin, publication date, narrator, and more—allowing users to quickly and easily find the exact content they’re looking for. Only Environmental Studies in Video allows for such detailed queries as:

  • Show all films that discuss food production in Asia.
  • Are there any documentaries made before 2007 that discuss sustainable architecture?
  • What policies exist in South Africa pertaining to water resources?

Other key features

  • Students can watch videos or review materials using Alexander Street’s newly enhanced video player that features variable bit streaming up to 2.5 mbps and increased mobile capabilities.
  • Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
  • Visual tables of contents let users quickly scan each video.
  • Permanent URLs let users cite and share materials.
  • An embeddable video player lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure Web site pages or via course management systems.
  • Rich playlist functionality lets users create, annotate, and organize video clips and save them alongside text resources.
  • Permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing are all included in the terms of the subscription.

Publication details

The database is cross-searchable with all other Alexander Street Video collections, and will be relevant to students in engineering, the health sciences, anthropology, international affairs, economics, urban planning, and architecture. 

Environmental Studies in Video is an online collection available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser.