Option Green 2021: Climate Change & Community
Option Green, the partnership between EBPL and FEBEC has been selected as a grantee for Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association. The Spring 2021 program series will be expanded to focus on climate change and its impact on our community.
Option Green 2021 Program Community Partners
- Highland Park Public Library
- Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library
- New Brunswick Free Public Library
- North Brunswick Public Library
- Old Bridge Public Library
- Plainsboro Public Library
- South Brunswick Public Library
Upcoming Option Green 2021 Programs
Option Green Virtual Film Festival
Join us for our Option Green Virtual Film Festival, where we will enjoy screenings of documentaries and films about climate change! Links to view the films will be sent to ticketholders at the start time of this event, and will expire 48 hours later. Please be sure to view the film during that time. Want to participate in a discussion after you watch? Join us on the EBPL Discord server. To receive a link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to make a free Discord account to join.
- Chasing Ice [2012 / PG-13 / 75 minutes] (01/19/2021 through 01/20/2021)
- How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change [2016 / TV-14 / 127 minutes] (02/16/2021 through 02/17/2021)
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind [2019 / TV-PG / 113 minutes] (03/16/2021 through 03/17/2021)
- Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change [In production / This film is not yet rated. Contains some heavy themes and occasional mature language /102 minutes] (04/20/21 through 04/21/2021)
About Option Green
In 2017, the East Brunswick Public Library began a partnership with the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (a nonprofit dedicated to local environmental education and conservation) on the “Option Green” program series. Each year there are six events, ranging from lectures featuring environmentalists in various fields to documentary screenings with facilitated discussions. Since 2017, over 600 people have attended Option Green programs.
- Documentary Discussion: "Decoding the Weather Machine" with Dr. David A. Robinson (01/13/2021) - Closed Captioning Provided
- The Sky by Day and By Night: an Introduction to the Heavens with Jim Peck (10/07/2020)
- Climate Change in New Jersey: Practical Steps Individuals Can Take to Reduce Its Impact with the Sierra Club (09/02/2020)
- The Nature Conservancy with Mary Conti (03/04/2020)
- "Just Eat It": Documentary & Discussion (11/06/2019)
- Fall is for Planting with Stephen Kristoph (10/02/2020)
- Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State with David Wheeler (09/04/2019)
- Strangers in the Night: Moths in Your Backyard with Elena Tartaglia (06/05/2019)
- Introduction to New Jersey Birds with Kathy Easton (04/03/2019)
- "Bag It": Documentary & Discussion (03/06/2019)
- What’s That Rock? A Look at New Jersey’s Geological History with Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo (11/28/2018)
- Mushroom Tea & Other Fun Facts About Forest Fungi with Garrett Kopp (10/10/2018)
- Seed Saving Basics with the Master Gardeners (09/12/2018)
- Can Recycling Make a Difference? with Dr. Kevin Lyons (04/19/2018)
- East Brunswick’s Butterflies from Azure to Zabulon with Dr. David Moskowitz (03/29/2018)
- "Chasing Coral": Documentary & Discussion with Liti Haramaty (03/13/2018)
- Geocaching - A Modern-Day Treasure Hunt with Steve and Jessica Godun (11/08/2017)
- Birding In and Around East Brunswick with Steven Albert (10/18/2017)
- Discovering Natural NJ: from High Point to Cape May with Jim Peck (09/19/2017)
- Plants and You Lecture (Hydroponics) with Stephanie Alea (04/26/2017)
- Vernal Pools and Spotted Salamanders with Dr. David Moskowitz (03/29/2017)
East Brunswick Public Library Wins Award For Option Green Program Series (10/23/2017)
The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and East Brunswick Public Library received a 2017 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) for their Option Green Lecture series.
The award was presented at the ANJEC’s Environmental Congress at Mercer County Community College on October 13.
The ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award recognizes exceptional projects carried out by environmental commissions and nonprofit organizations that benefit the local environment. The criteria for the award are the project’s impact, originality, educational value, innovation, and response to a need in the community.
The Option Green Lecture Series began in March 2017 as a partnership between the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and the East Brunswick Public Library. The series’ goal is to host speakers on a wide range of topics that offer new or updated information on specific environmental issues.
This year, topics in the series have included climate change in New Jersey, hydroculture, salamander migration and protection, and beekeeping. For more information about the upcoming lectures, including geocaching, visit www.friendsebec.com.