Karen J. Kocher,
"Origins of a Green Identity:
Austin's Conservation Pioneers"
Directed by Karen J. Kocher and Monica Flores, the documentary Origins of a Green Identity: Austin's Conservation Pioneers examines past and present public and private efforts to preserve the city’s green spaces and water resources while maintaining and/or developing their public accessibility. The documentary focuses on the campaigns to preserve Barton Springs and Barton Creek as well as the endeavors in the 20th century to keep Austin green by influential philanthropist/conservationist and Chairman of the Austin Parks Board Roberta Crenshaw and the prescient Parks and Recreation Department director Beverly Sheffield. Origins of a Green Identity: Austin's Conservation Pioneers is now available to stream at PBS.org. The documentary is a companion piece to the Living Springs project. Created and produced by Karen J. Kocher, the Living Springs multiplatform documentary series offers a web-based video tour of Barton Springs while recounting its history and importance to the City of Austin. Origins of a Green Identity: Austin's Conservation Pioneers co-director Monica Flores previously worked with Galán Productions in various capacities on the documentary Songs of the Homeland and the documentary series Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement andGo Back to Mexico.
Aired: Feb. 11, 2021