Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Stroud Water Research Center Recognizes The Redford Center With Award For Freshwater Excellence

More than 120 guests virtually joined the
Stroud Water Research Center, its board of directors, and the presenting sponsor, Wilmington Trust, at the 18th annual Water’s Edge gala as they honored The Redford Center.

On behalf of The Redford Center, Jill Tidman, its executive director, accepted the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence in recognition of The Redford Center’s dedication and determination to protect the environment and fresh water.

Executive Director David Arscott, Ph.D. commented after the event, “We are so grateful for the many sponsors and guests who support the Stroud Center and its mission, and who have helped us distinguish others in pursuit of freshwater excellence. We are fortunate to be able to recognize organizations such as The Redford Center, which works so hard to protect our nation’s resources and give it a voice. The Redford family, and the center they created, are a perfect example of how people can make a difference in this world by inspiring others.”  

Stroud: The Redford Center

Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James Redford, The Redford Center uses impact-driven film and media to accelerate environmental and climate justice, solutions, and repair.

They produce, fund and fiscally sponsor a diverse portfolio of projects that aim to balance out the pervasive, alarmist environmental narrative with stories that feature individuals, communities, and organizations taking action to protect and restore the planet.

Drawing on the family’s multi-generational expertise in filmmaking and activism, The Redford Center supports stories and storytellers from communities most negatively impacted by inequitable policies, structures, and distribution of resources.

The environmental challenges we face today go deep and wide, and The Redford Center recognizes that our collective storytelling arsenal needs to reflect the immense task of inspiring action.

The Redford Center model is designed to demonstrate what’s possible, by supporting the creation and dissemination of hopeful stories that showcase environmental progress and solutions.

Their approach is rooted in the belief that through resonate, inspiring stories, they can foster the awareness and learning that leads toward positive environmental change.

Redford Center Grants provides early-stage funding for environmental impact stories that drive awareness, engagement, and action on a variety of topics.

The Redford Center’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program extends its nonprofit status and excellent filmmaker support to kindred environmental impact film and media projects.

The Redford Center’s original productions include: 

-- Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars (2008), which helped prevent the construction of 177 new coal-powered plants; and

-- Watershed (2012), which has secured more than $13 million to support on-the-ground restoration work and obtain water rights for the Colorado River Delta Region.

The Redford Center’s current film and campaign-- Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (2017)-- has screened in all 50 U.S. states and 45 countries, with more than 2 million views on HBO in the U.S. alone.

The Redford Center’s current production-- The Nature Film-- explores the health benefits of the outdoors and what it will take for everyone to gain access to these benefits.

Since its inception in 2003, The Water’s Edge has featured an impressive list of individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the world of science, fresh water, and conservation. Previous Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence recipients have included Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Water; Bob Irvin of American Rivers; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis; Alexandra Cousteau; Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of Waterkeeper Alliance; Drs. Jane Lubchenco and Kathryn Sullivan of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dr. John Briscoe; and Olivia Newton-John and “Amazon” John Easterling.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Stroud Water Research Center website, Click Here to subscribe to UpStream.  Click Here to subscribe to Stroud’s Educator newsletter.  Click Here to become a Friend Of Stroud Research,  Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter and visit their YouTube Channel.

[Posted: Sept. 23, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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