BLUE GOES GREEN, a documentary airing nationwide on PBS, has local ties

Published 11:48 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

Grayson Yaden is intern for Cincinnati filmmaker

Blue Goes Green, a documentary on the nation’s first net zero energy police station, will air on KET, which reaches Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Bowling Green and Paducah markets in Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati, Ohio, Evansville, Indiana and Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia.

The half-hour documentary by Cincinnati filmmaker Laure Quinlivan will be shown on KET Friday, April 12 at 10:30 p.m. The film has a local connection, with Grayson Yaden, a 2016 graduate of Lincoln County High School, serving as Quinlivan’s intern. Yaden, now a senior at Northern Kentucky University, works on the website and social media for the film.

Quinlivan’s documentary, which was selected by the National Educational Television Association for distribution to PBS stations across the country, documents the Cincinnati Police District 3 West Side headquarters over a 2-year period, including the construction of the building. The headquarters is the country’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building.

The film has already aired in New Mexico, Washington, Indiana and Idaho and is slated for additional viewing in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, California (including top 10 market in Los Angeles), Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan.

Stations are picking up the program for Earth Day in late April, and some also plan to air it to celebrate National Police Week in May.

“My film agent tells me the PBS programmers she has spoken with are thrilled to show a film that portrays police in a positive light, and a path to improved police-community relations,” says Quinlivan, former Cincinnati Council Member and Peabody Award-winning investigative TV reporter in Cincinnati.

“I’m grateful this story of community engagement and sustainability success now has a chance to inspire others around the country to build green and save taxpayer money. If we can do it here in Cincinnati, any city can do it!”

Jim Weiner, Program Director for CET in Cincinnati, agreed to present the film after getting over his surprise that midwestern Cincinnati would be first to build a Net Zero Energy police station, before a progressive city on the west coast.

“This film is an eye-opening primer for local governments” says Weiner. “Going Green can save them operating expenses in year one.” Wiener is airing the film again on Cincinnati and Dayton PBS stations on April 17th and April 21st, 2019.

Blue Goes Green is funded by presenting sponsors Stephen H. Wilder Foundation and Frisch’s, plus many other local companies, foundations and individuals in the Cincinnati region.