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

8.16.05 – Beyond Newspaper and Cans: What to do with everything else?

August 16th , 2005 @ Schlafly Bottleworks


Jill Hamilton – Recycling Program Manager, City of St. Louis Refuse Division
All of the City’s MANY great handouts are available on their website.

Laura Yates – Waste Management Specialist, St. Louis County Health Department – Solid Waste Management Program
St. Louis County Solid Waste Management Program’s webpage which contains info on electronics recycling, safer recipes, paper recycling, etc. The County’s new Solid Waste Management Plan completed in 2005 discusses the current state of waste and recycling happening in the counties (generation rates, location of landfills, etc.) and options for the future.

Sara Graham – Sustainable Design Specialist, HOK Construction
As Sustainable Design Specialist at HOK, Sara promotes the use of sustainable design practices in HOK projects worldwide. Most recently, Sara led the coordination and execution of finding users for many of the materials scrapped during the renovation of HOK’s new office space in downtown St. Louis, going for LEED-CI certification. This is a HOK (60kb) summary of the materials. Sara is a LEED accredited professional, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is playing an instrumental role in the development of a construction and demolition materials online exchange through the non-profit St. Louis Sustainable Buildings Co-op.

Dale Behnen – Co-owner & Project Manager, Peerless Park Landfill
Dale Behnen is co-owner of Peerless Landfill, Peerless Resource Recovery, Terrafil, the Meramec Valley Processing Facility and Throw & Go Trash, Co. Since 1996, she has assumed the roll of project manager and has been actively pursuing avenues to incorporate recycling and material recovery into daily waste disposal activities at the Peerless facility in St. Louis County, including harvesting materials on the working face of the active landfill, cardboard recycling pickup routes, pilot projects using processed wood waste as a temporary erosion control product and a hot asphalt mix that blends demolition roofs into asphalt roads.