Sustainability Film Series


The True Cost

Film Screening and
Sustainable Fashion Show
A collaboration with:
U of M and St. Catherine University Apparel Design students,
Sol Inspirations and
It All Adds Up

April 5th, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Best Buy Theater – 4th floor of Northrop Auditorium

Program Schedule:

5:00 – 6:00
Light refreshments will be served.
Please bring your own serving ware, if possible, to support zero-waste

Tabling and information from student groups

5:00 – 5:30
Sustainable design fashion show by UMN Apparel Design and St. Catherine students and emceed by Alex Detrick, founder and president of Sol Inspirations, a Twin Cities go-to resource center for eco-fashion and ethical style

5:30 – 5:45
Fashion Show judge deliberation

5:45 – 6:00
Fashion Show awards

6:00 – 7:30
Free screening of the documentary True Cost in Best Buy Theater
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

7:30 – 8:00
Talk and discussion of fast-fashion and human rights in Best Buy Theater, led by Dr. Anupama Pasricha.

Dr. Pasricha is the Chair of the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN and a Sol Inspirations advisory board member. For nearly a decade, Pasricha has been exploring strategies for sustainable fashion, design and ethical industry practices. As of late, she has a strong commitment to emphasizing the consumer’s power of choice to consume less and use more by looking for quality products that have longevity, to give businesses a decent price/profit to promote a sustainable system, and to deliberately not ask for cheap products that cause harm to people and the resources that are involved in the process of their production. She also researches ways for fair trade companies to strengthen their messaging, advertising, and marketing through the fair trade principles, including information on emerging best practices.

Don’t forget to join us during the day for our Worn Wear Tour Repair Fair on Coffman Lawn!




Before The Flood

February 1st, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 8:00
Panel and Audience Discussion | 8:00 – 8:45

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Stay for the panel and audience discussion about local initiatives and ways to be a part of the solution and build stronger communities

Panel Speakers:

Muhammad Jiwa, Outreach Coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Luke Hollenkamp, City of Minneapolis Sustainability Coordinator

Jothsna Harris, Public Engagement Manager for Climate Generation

Elizabeth Braatz, U of M Senior in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management/Pres. of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

Catching the Sun

March 2nd, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Bell Museum Auditorium

Speaker: Shalini Kantayya, Catching the Sun Filmmaker

Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry.  With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands.

Program Schedule
Food and tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:40
Filmmaker Q&A with audience | 7:40 – 8:30