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Grand Valley to host award-winning environmental documentary

  • The documentary stars Ben Evans, Julie Dingman Evans and Mark Dixon.

Posted on March 07, 2013

The Sustainable Community Development Initiative will host a screening of an “eco-docu-comedy” about a group that takes a trip across the country to raise awareness about waste and its impact on the environment.

“YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” will be shown on Monday, March 11, from 5-8 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center. The documentary’s producer, Mark Dixon, will be at the event to answer questions and discuss the film.

The award-winning documentary follows three friends and their garbage as they take a one-year road trip across all 50 states. Along the way, the group meets people who are tackling some of the world’s greatest environmental crises and challenges. The film features well-known environmental advocates, including Bill McKibben, an environmental and climate change writer, educator and activist, who visited Grand Valley last September.  

The film has been an official selection in 26 film festivals, including the Planet in Focus International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival and Environmental Film Festival at Yale, and has been named Best Documentary Feature, Audience Award Winner, and Best Environmental Film at festivals across the world. The documentary stars Dixon, Julie Dingman Evans and Ben Evans.

The event is approved for LIB 100 and 201 classes. See a trailer of the film on the SCDI website at

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