Synopsis: Recognizing the many benefits of green roofs, a small group of individuals, in partnership with the UNU library, have come together to build their own green roof.
Librarian Mayako Matsuki, who has worked at the UNU since 1992, had been dreaming of ways to better utilise the empty third floor roof balcony as a way of fulfilling part of the library's environmental responsibility and as a means of promoting related collections and information resources to clientele.
Last year, in response to calls by senior staff to "green" the UNU building, Matsuki saw this as a prime opportunity to pursue the garden that she had always envisioned. She wanted to create something that was not too costly but beneficial to the wider community. With only donations by a team of volunteers, raising the equivalent of US$2,000, the 9 square metre garden started as a small experiment this year, with a view to increasing the project in the coming years.
Featuring: Mayako Matsuki
Producer/Director/Camera/Editor: Megumi NIshikura
Additional Camera: Luis Patron
Shot on location in Noakhali, Bangladesh
Duration 4:34 minutes
Developed and produced for United Nations University (UNU) by UNU Media Studio.
See related article on Our World 2.0: ourworld.unu.edu/en/grow-a-green-roof/
United Nations University has published this work under a Creative Commons license - share alike, attribution, no derivatives, non-commercial.
*About the filmmakers*
Megumi Nishikura- Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
Megumi Nishikura's life purpose is to use the power of media to enlighten and inspire individuals to make choices that build a more positive sustainable world. She has been producing documentary films addressing global issues since 2003. She has a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tish School of Arts (Sydney) and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies through the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.
United Nations University Media Studio
The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu
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