The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival in celebration of Earth Week, including a showing of Living Downstream tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium. After the show, IISG’s Laura Kammin will join Jeff Levengood (INHS) and Joy Scrogum (ISTC) to answer questions about the film and the connections between human health and the environment. Admittance is free and open to the public.

Sandra Steingraber is an acclaimed ecologist and cancer survivor, and the documentary follows her for one year as she works to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The film follows these invisible toxins, the chemicals against which she is fighting, as they migrate to and through some of the most beautiful places in North America. The themes of endocrine disruption, chemical mixtures, prenatal exposure, and epigenetics are all woven together to tell the story of Sandra’s personal journey in exploring how the rivers, farms, towns, and streets of our childhood affect our heath.

Sandra is passionate about educating people about the impacts that their daily decisions have on the environment, a critical area of outreach and education for IISG. Whether it is teaching people about properly disposing of expired pharmaceuticals or using natural lawn care practices instead of often redundant and unnecessary fertilizers and pesticides, several IISG focus areas tie into the film’s topics on Earth Day and the other 364 days of the year.