Washington, D.C. — A film about carbon sequestration produced with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has received a 2009 Gold Aurora Award in the documentary category for nature/environment. Titled Out of the Air – Into the Soil: Land Practices That Reduce Atmospheric Carbon Levels, the documentary discusses the effects that proper landscape management can have on carbon absorption. Documentaries such as this are an important tool in educating the public on steps being taken to mitigate climate change.
Co-produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, Fargo, N.D., and the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, which is led by the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, N.D., the documentary was a deliverable under Phase II of DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program.
The 30-minute documentary, which premiered on Prairie Public Television on September 26, 2008, is the third in a series of documentaries being produced by the PCOR Partnership and Prairie Public Broadcasting. Out of the Air – Into the Soil also won a 2009 Communicator Award for its high level of quality and excellence in communications.
The Aurora Awards are an international competition designed to recognize film and video excellence. Judging of entrants is performed by panels of working film and video professionals, mostly previous award winners.
The PCOR Partnership includes more than 90 public and private partners and covers all or part of nine states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin) and four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba).