James Redford Launches the Redford Stories Project, 2019


Highlights from Year One, 2019-2020

Hosted by The Redford Center, Redford Center Stories is an environmental storytelling Contest designed for teachers who are ready to empower their middle school students to re-imagine materials use, production and waste in the 2019-2020 school year. Redford Center Stories celebrates young minds by offering a showcase for students to share their ideas through a Visual Storytelling Contest, with winners announced on Earth Day 2020. This project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, invites creativity, builds confidence and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world environmental problems. Join us in elevating youth voices and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.  For the 2019-2020 school year, Redford Center Stories asks students to explore a world where we adopt the three principles of a circular economy: design out waste and pollution; keep products and materials in use; regenerate natural systems.

This means looking beyond recycling and the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model and finding innovative solutions for building a regenerative economic system. Instead of a ‘”less bad” approach, we should be aiming for approaches that can be deemed “good”. This entails gradually changing the way we use finite resources, to design waste out of the system entirely and change the pervasive paradigm of growth and development to one that yields a positive community and a global-wide benefit. Working in small teams, students identified and researched a story idea based on the theme—re-imagining materials use and production and exploring the path to a circular economy. Teams presented their learning in a short 30-90 second Apple Clips film submitted to The Redford Center by their teacher sponsor by March 9, 2020, with winning films announced on Earth Day 2020.





In 2005, Robert Redford and his son James Redford co-founded The Redford Center to harness the power of film, video and new media to engage people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action. Over the years The Redford Center has produced, funded, and fiscally sponsored over 40 impact-driven film projects that showcase individuals taking action to protect and restore the planet.