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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 30, 2009

City to host green movies at high schools

To bring attention to two environmental issues -- water pollution and ubiquitous plastics -- the Bellevue Utilities Department will show free movies at two local high schools in December.

"Poisoned Waters," a 65-minute PBS documentary, will show at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 in the auditorium at Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave. SE. Exhibits will be on display starting at 3:30 and a discussion led by an expert will follow the movie.

"Addicted to Plastic," a 65-minute documentary from an independent filmmaker, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the auditorium at Bellevue High School, 10416 Wolverine Way, with a discussion led by an expert to follow. Exhibits will be on display at 2:30 p.m.

"Poisoned Waters" focuses on pollutants and toxins from everyday activities showing up in waterways, such as Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, and the impact they have on fish, wildlife and potentially human health. "Addicted to Plastic" explores the history of plastics over the last 100 years, the effect plastics have on the environment and human health, and current solutions related to recycling and biodegradability.

Pizza and other refreshments will be served prior to each movie, when attendees can visit table-top displays and talk to representatives from environmental organizations.

Cedar Grove Composting will provide refreshments at Sammamish High, and Allied Waste Services will provide them at Bellevue High. Presented by Bellevue's Conservation and Outreach Program, the movies are funded through a grant from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and stormwater outreach funds.

For more information on the series, alternative formats or disability accommodations, call Kerry LaFranchi at 425-452-6932. TTY Relay: 711.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=mmay@bellevuewa.gov

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