Sustainable Community Film Series screens ‘Racing to Zero,’ April 4 |

Sustainable Community Film Series screens ‘Racing to Zero,’ April 4

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“All the stuff we used to call waste, it’s not a waste, it's a resource,” said Michael Biddle, with MBA Polymers.
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What: “Racing to Zero,” part of the Walking Mountains Science Center Sustainable Film Series.

When and where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Loaded Joe’s, 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., No. 104, Avon; and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Dusty Boot Roadhouse, 1099 Capitol St., Eagle.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit

imagine a world where there is no trash; where everything is reused, repurposed, recycled or naturally decomposed of in some way. For centuries, humankind has relied on nature to bear the burden of decomposing our waste by tossing whatever we don’t want or use into a landfill, never to be seen again.

Unfortunately, landfills are of very little value to society. Designed to prevent water, oxygen and sunlight from entering, little of what is buried is able to break down. In nature, nothing is thrown away or wasted. Instead, it is reused or naturally decomposed, thus leaving no trace.

Many communities are using nature as their influence and striving to leave no trace through a cyclical zero-waste system that focuses on reusing, recycling or composting. Everything we consume, produce and dispose of can feed the larger system in a constant loop, if only we choose to pay attention, take action and take care.

The Sustainable Community Film Series — a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues this month with two screenings of “Racing to Zero,” a documentary with a forward look at San Francisco and the city’s efforts toward a waste-free and resource-friendly community. “Racing to Zero” will be featured on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and on Tuesday, April 18, at Dusty Boot Roadhouse in Eagle.

Directed by Christopher Beaver, “Racing to Zero” encourages communities to change gears and start asking questions such as, “How do I best utilize my resources?” in an attempt to put more back into the world than what’s being taken. Following San Francisco’s zero-waste efforts, Beavers sets out to expose the city’s initiatives and to encourage other communities to follow.

Through a system that prioritizes face-to-face outreach and education, San Francisco has successfully diverted 80 percent of its waste, with a mission to make the community waste-free by 2020. By consuming valuable resources, reducing environmental impacts such as climate change and pollution and creating more green jobs, San Francisco proves any community can follow in its footsteps and create a community passionate to make zero waste and sustainable living part of its culture.

“A zero waste approach can reduce greenhouse gases that contribute nearly 40 percent of all the greenhouse gases released by the United States to the atmosphere,” writes Brenda Platt, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, on the film’s website.

Walking Mountains Science Center’s Sustainable Community Film Series is intended to help spark community discussion and raise awareness surrounding environmental issues present in today’s world. For more information, visit

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