Big Ideas For A Small Planet

Episode Guide

Series 1 Episode Guide


Series 1 · Episode 1

Joel Woolf, alternative-fuel enthusiast and inventor of Veg Powered Systems, drag races his truck fueled by the vegetable oil from a fried-chicken tailgate party.


Series 1 · Episode 2

Visionary architect Michelle Kaufmann builds a Glidehouse, an ultra-sustainable modular prefab dream home, for a couple looking to enjoy life off the grid.


Series 1 · Episode 3

Portland real estate developer Dennis Wilde is the pioneering force behind the South Waterfront project, which is turning a polluted brown field into a flourishing sustainable community.


Series 1 · Episode 4

Eco-couture designer Linda Loudermilk creates an outfit for Robert Downey Jr. and prepares for a fashion show in New York featuring her eco-friendly designs made from sustainable materials.


Series 1 · Episode 5

Up-and-coming chef Kris Morningstar takes us on a tour of his new green restaurant Blue Velvet, where the food is grown locally, the décor is created from sustainable products, and the rooftop is morphing into a high concept produce garden.


Series 1 · Episode 6

Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors debuts their limited edition high-performance electric car (0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds) to a select lucky few who get to test drive the $100,000 sports car of the future.


Series 1 · Episode 7

Furniture company Herman Miller’s engineers Scott Charon and Gabe Wing explore green design as the leaders of the Design for the Environment team, developing sustainable concepts as the company strives to make all new lines of furniture 100% sustainable by the year 2020.


Series 1 · Episode 8

World-renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee documents the biodiversity and indigenous cultures of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to demonstrate the effects of global warming in Alaska and the potentially devastating effects of drilling for oil.


Series 1 · Episode 9

Eleven-year old activist Evan Green hosts a kick-off party to recruit new members for his Red Dragon Conservation Team, a group of kids and adults dedicated to saving the rainforest and fostering biodiversity.

Paper or Plastic

Series 1 · Episode 10

The United States Post Office teams up with William McDonough to develop a “cradle to cradle” policy that will reduce the USPS’s environmental impact; Frederic Scheer of Cereplast creates biodegradable containers made from corn and potato starch


Series 1 · Episode 11

Bicyclist Craig Calfee’s unusual bike design uses a highly sustainable resource – bamboo – to build a bicycle stronger than steel for champion cyclo-cross athlete Dorothy Wong.


Series 1 · Episode 12

Mathias Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, audits a Bay Area company in an effort to show it how to reduce its environmental impact.


Series 1 · Episode 13

The Reverend Fletcher Harper inspires environmental concern in the religious world with GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition dedicated to greening places of worship and taking action against polluters.