by Michael dEstries
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If you’re one of the 25 million or so that subscribe to The Sundance Channel, prepare to cuddle up on the couch tonight as season two of THE GREEN kicks off at 9PM et/pt. Our favorite hosts Simran Sethi and Majora Carter are back and ready to introduce us to a new buffet of original green programming on everything from climate change, energy, design, fashion and architecture.

I was fortunate enough to receive a few screeners of the documentaries and series coming over the next couple months and can’t say enough about the quality of the programming. My wife and I would throw in one disc expecting to only watch a bit and be completely sucked in for the evening. Everything from the impact of coal removal on mountaintops to the comeback of the nuclear power industry is presented in a fashion that educates while keeping you glued. That’s a pretty difficult thing for any documentary to pull off.

Our personal favorite series, Big Ideas For A Small Planet, is back for season two and was one of the first discs we threw in to watch. The format stays the same — quickly covering the green happening in some specific industries (design, fashion, water) — while also introducing some new/familiar faces. David Suzuki and Rachelle Carson make appearances — while a few friends of the Raz such as Josh Dorfman and Danny Seo also lend their advice and experience.

Beyond the shows, Sundance is also heavily promoting season two with a bunch of contests and giveaways. The first one, “What’s The Big Idea?” involves submitting a one-minute short film or photo essay that shows off an inspired eco-solution. The winner will receive $10,000 to make their idea a reality — as well as a free home energy audit from Current Energy.

Also — jump over to the iTunes store right now and you can download the first episode of Big Ideas for free. This expires tomorrow, so be sure to check it out so you can see why I love the show.

For more on THE GREEN, hop on over to the official site here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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