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Steamboat Green Film Festival tonight

¤ Steamboat Green Film Festival

¤ 7 p.m. today

¤ Olympian Hall at the base of Howelsen Hill

¤ Free to Sierra Club members, $7 for nonmembers

Each year, members of the Trappers Lake Group of the Sierra Club search for films that speak to the moment.

This year, they chose two. The first focuses on energy consumption, and the second focuses on socially conscientious urban planning.

“Designing A Great Neighborhood: Behind the Scenes at Holiday” follows the development of a co-housing project in Boulder where residents participated in the design of their neighborhood.

Steamboat Green Film Festival organizers invited members of the local planning community to the screening.

The Wild Sage Co-housing Community project is a 330-home neighborhood built on the site of the Holiday Drive-In Theatre.

The architectural goal of the Wild Sage project was a “zero emissions” neighborhood using solar energy and including a design that encouraged changing behavior to eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

The neighborhood was designed to be affordable and pedestrian friendly. Many of the people in Wild Sage were first-time homeowners, according to the film’s Web site.

“This film is about designing the community of the future,” said Rich Levy, film fest chairman. “Or, more accurately, the community of the past. It’s about rediscovering community the way it used to be.”

The other film, “Kilowatt Ours,” discusses simple ways people can cut the amount of money they spend on energy.

Levy chose the film after seeing it listed at the Sierra Club National Conference in San Francisco.

The two films will be followed by an ice-cream social hosted by Healthy Solutions and Bamboo Market.

“I believe the more you know about the environment, the more you care about it,” Levy said.

“We all lead busy lives, so our priorities control where we spend our extra time. I would like to see people spending their spare time on our community and the environment.”