7.17.12 – Screening and Discussion: Crapshoot

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday July 17th, 6:30 to 9pm

7pm – Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes

A hazardous mix of solid and liquid waste is flushed into the sewer every day. With literally billions of gallons of water passing through municipal sewer systems – composed of unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste, and food – the question becomes: where does it all go? And what effect does that have on us? From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer as the waste management system of choice, flushing untold amounts of household and industrial contaminants that inevitably resurface in the food chain; fish swim through rivers choked with waste water, while processed sewage sludge is spread on farmland as a fertilizer.

With CRAPSHOOT, filmmaker Jeff McKay takes viewers on an eye-opening journey around the world to explore different approaches to sewage, starting at the 2,500 year old Cloaca Maxima in Rome, where the modern concept of sewers began. Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions whether the sewer is alleviating or compounding our waste problem. While scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, our fundamental attitudes toward waste are being challenged by activists, engineers, and concerned citizens alike. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public health and safety? What are the alternatives?

8 pm – Discussion with Local Perspective

Immediately following the movie, we will have reactions to the film and an open discussion with two local experts .

Lance LeComb, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Lance LeComb is the Manager of Public Information and Spokesperson for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). He is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of MSD’s strategic and tactical public information functions, including media relations, stakeholder communications and outreach, strategic planning, issues management, and crisis planning.

Lance joined MSD in October 2003 and has over 18 years experience in public affairs, media relations, stakeholder relationship building, and issues management. Currently, he serves as Vice Chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Communications and Public Relations Committee. He is also board president of Heat Up/Cool Down St. Louis, a regional charity focused on assisting the elderly, disabled, and low-income families with their heating and cooling bills.

Lance graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; has earned a graduate certificate in local government management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and is a graduate of the Water & Wastewater Leadership Center located at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lance is also a graduate of FOCUS St. Louis’ Leadership St. Louis Program.

Kathleen Logan Smith, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Kathleen Logan Smith joined the Coalition as Executive Director in August 2006. Her professional background is in journalism, communications, community organizing, development, and management of nonprofit organizations. She long has been an environmental activist and organizer. She began canvassing in college working with embattled communities and rural residents fighting polluters on issues like toxic waste, medical waste, Superfund, factory farms, and nuclear fuel facilities. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University and moved to St. Louis in 1995. As an organizer with the Medical Waste Incinerator Group, she helped to build a grassroots, community-based organization. This effort resulted in passage of a St. Louis City ordinance that ended medical waste incineration in St. Louis. Kathleen helped found Health & Environmental Justice-St. Louis (HEJ), an organization that exposed systemic failures to end childhood lead poisoning in St. Louis.

$3 suggested donation

This event was planned in coordination with Maurice Lange, Director of Eco-Justice of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. FSOLPH regularly holds free screenings and discussions of sustainability-related documentaries at their Kirkwood location.


Links Mentioned at the Discussion

From The Story of Stuff Project

Also, keep this on your calendars, National Drug Take-Back Initiative

11.17.09 – Green Drinks Movie Night

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 17th, 6:30 to 9pm

Green Drinks partners with the Sierra Club for a 40-minute showing of Coal Country, the stunning new documentary about mountaintop removal coal mining and the impacts of coal on our health and the future of our world. Discussion will follow with input from local activists and experts.

Doors open at 6:30, viewing begins at 7:00.

Suggested donation: $3

5.20.08 – Green Drinks Movie Night

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6 to 9 p.m.

Cover: $3 suggested donation

Join your friends from Green Drinks at 6:00 p.m at the Schlafly Bottleworks for conversation and drinks, then stay for the 7:00 viewing of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil and audience discussion afterwards.

St. Louis Green Drinks is a loose knit network of environmentally-minded citizens, businesspeople, and activists. We meet monthly to discuss the green movement and how we can change the world.

2.19.08 – Screening: The Story of Stuff

What: The February edition of Green Drinks features the airing of a 20-minute film, The Story of Stuff, a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, followed by discussion and conversation.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Macklind Avenue Deli
4721 Macklind Avenue (at Nottingham)
St. Louis, MO 63109

Links and Resources from the Discussion

Reading list

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash (Paperback)
by Elizabeth Royte (Author)

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (Paperback)
by William McDonough (Author), Michael Braungart (Author)

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Paperback)
by Bill McKibben (Author)

Other resources

See the movie and other resources

Check on companies: see who is green and who is not

Find local businesses

Co-housing in St. Louis


CSA for St. Louis area

Local green general store

Recycling of IT equipment and other stuff. They’re a local company, but can recycle all over

Recycle everything

Voluntary Simplicity course in St. Louis

2008 Conservation Lobby Day Tuesday, February 26

Renew Missouri is a non-profit corporation working for clean & safe (renewable) energy in Missouri. Watch for upcoming petition for MO Clean Energy Initiative.

Follow the story of a family who put themselves on a “waste diet”