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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.

Environmental Studies in Video contains over 700 films covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. Films address specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change.

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), 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., and Green Matters.

Other key features

  • Students can watch videos using Alexander Street’s newly enhanced video interface.
  • Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
  • Permanent URLs let users cite and share materials.
  • LTI functionality allows for integration within learning management systems with single sign-on access.
  • Clip-making functionality
  • Limited public performance rights available.

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


In order to understand the realities of the environment, sometimes it’s necessary to witness scenes of a smog-bound city in China, the carcass of a bird whose stomach is filled with plastic debris, or a large piece of glacial ice crashing into the sea. Environmental Studies in Video makes that possible, while also presenting glimmers of hope that such problems will be recognized and addressed.

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