Communications, Climate, Composting: a video project in Baltimore

In the fall of 2022 students in MCS 395 Television Production and MCS 495 Video Ethnography partnered  with the UMBC Climate Action Steering Committee (CASC), and the South Baltimore Community Land Trust (SBCLT), to create a series of short videos on waste and composting. SBCLT defines itself as “working to create permanently affordable housing, development without displacement and zero waste in Baltimore” UMBC includes two groups working on composting under the CASC umbrella: UMBC Composting Initiative; Green Retrievers Residential Compost Program. The video project was coordinated by Dr. Susan Sterett, UMBC Professor of Public Policy and Dr. Bill Shewbridge, MCS.  The project was funded through an Alumni TIES small grant from the U.S. Department of State.

The Communications, Climate, Composting project (CCC) presents information about composting and climate, grounded in stories from community members who have been working on developing campus composting. The videos share stories of student reflections on composting on campus, along with  those of  SBCLT and their efforts to bring a commercial composting facility to Baltimore. By telling these stories, the project hopes to educate the campus community about composting, and what’s being done to institute it at UMBC. 

The completed videos will be included on UMBC’s sustainability website and will also be used by SBCLT to advance their work.

MCS 395

Colin Grayson, Will Henrickson, Lien Hoang, Andrew Hollander, Shahbano Hussain, Nick Ivey, Ben Magder, Ha Mang, Damilola Ojikutu, Lily Stevens, Kara Ung, Parker Vogel, Michael Washington

MCS 495

Tasayeh Nickens, Ruy Benfica, Matthew Green, Levi Lewis, Pranav Pigilam


“Communications, Climate, Composting: A Video Project in Baltimore is funded through an Alumni TIES small grant from the U.S. Department of State.