Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Sustainability Video Library

Many full-length sustainability related documentaries are available to watch instantly online. The Office of Sustainability recommends the following movies, which provide a quick overview of some of the greatest challenges of our time. For more than 50 free environmental movies available for instant play, see

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Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.



Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we're in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach.


DVDs to Borrow

The Student Affairs Sustainability Committee maintains a library of sustainability related movies in DVD format. Faculty, staff, and students can borrow movies from the library for classes, office events, student programs, etc. Movies are available on a first come first served basis. Contact Maria Lonsbury at to ask about availabiilty.


NEW! The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom


NEW! The Whale: The True Story of Luna


Bag It


Carbon Nation


Coal Country


Eating Alaska


Extreme Commuting


Food, Inc.




Nourish: Food + Community


The Secret Life of Paper