Leaving the Carbon Economy
One person’s not going to do it alone…


“Leaving the Carbon Economy” is the story of one eco-saavy homeowner’s frustration with her carbon footprint and how it led her to dig up her property, literally, to make a change.  This 15 minute film shows Sue Butler’s thinking and decision making process as she re-engineers her life and her house to get her carbon footprint as close to zero or below as possible.  She is getting close, and may even in the end, make extra electricity, and sell it to the grid, thereby going carbon negative.  Come see what the possibilities are.

Endorsed by:

“A great story about how one household can go all the way. One house has moved off imported energy and onto new technologies gathering all its energy from sunshine that lands in the lot.  See the film; change your life too.”  —Emily Norton, Chapter Chair Massachusetts Sierra Club
“Sue is a visionary and a true ‘Mother Out Front’, caring enough to courageously lead us all toward a healthier future for our planet and ourselves.”
“Leaving the Carbon Economy is a great example of how citizens can save energy and make a difference – something which Cambridge Energy Alliance works to help residents do every day!”

Film Festivals and Screenings:

Harvard Extension Environmental Club: April 28, 2017 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Artemis Film Festival: April 21-23, 2017 Beverly Hills, CA

Grove Film Festival: March 29, 2017,  5 PM The Brightside Tavern 141 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Boston Globe Film Festival: October 2, 2016 Change Makers Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA

Chain NYC Film Festival: August 9, 2016 Fourth St Theater East Village, NY, NY



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MIT dept of building sciences

“…your enlightening film will make a great addition to our lineup.”

Lisa Viola
Boston Globe Docs Film Festival

MIT dept of building sciences

“Your individual initiative could scale to the governments of countries large or small: dissatisfaction with carbon footprint can lead to big changes.

We do what we can, professionally or in personal lives. Your approach is measurably reducing carbon emissions, an inspiration to many.”

Professor Leslie Keith Norford
Dept of Building Technology, MIT Department of Architecture

From the Blog:

Measure and Reduce

You want to get better, but where do you start?      Measurement.       What is your baseline?  How much energy did you use last month?  How much the month before?   How much does your monthly use vary?   Your utility bills should tell you your use for the last 13...

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Use Efficient Technology

When you do use equipment that uses energy, choose to use efficient models.  Shop for your equipment with energy use in mind.  Energy Star is a rating system to help you select efficient appliances and equipment.  There is even an Energy Star rating for homes!  How...

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Let Nature Do the Work

What is the difference between conservation and efficiency? You can use both to your advantage! Conservation is your decision to use less energy. You may choose to turn things off, or to use nature, no equipment, or to use equipment that is more efficient, energy saving. Efficient equipment uses less energy than the old equipment to accomplish a task as well or better. You can choose to conserve, and use less energy or none at all.

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