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Inside the Greenhouse

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Xi Wang photographs group reflection on a concentrated solar power (CSP) site visit in Arvada, CO.Inside the Greenhouse


Photo: Beth Osnes and Max Boykoff teaching in the Inside the Greenhouse course.

In spring 2012, Maxwell Boykoff, Assistant Professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy at CU-Boulder and member of ICE CaPs, and Professor Beth Osnes in the Theatre Department, developed and taught "Inside the Greenhouse: Using Media to Communicate Positive Messages about Climate Change."

The objectives for this course are to generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change, engage with various dimensions and issues associated with sustainability, and to produce and distribute the 'Inside the Greenhouse' compositions created by students for the course.

The student-produced videos are made accessible to a larger audience through the Inside the Greenhouse website and programming, an ongoing university-based initiative to engage the public with the complex issues surrounding climate change and sustainability. The Inside the Greenhouse project was developed in the spirit of the James Lipton-led 'Inside the Actors Studio', based at Pace University, an effort that has been effective in interrogating and enhancing the 'process' behind the 'product' of performance content over the past decades.

Andrew Revkin of the New York Times featured the course Inside the Greenhouse on his Dot Earth Blog in a piece titled "Climate in Classrooms" and Jeff Oath from the Al Gore-led 'Climate Reality Project' visited the classroom.