Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings.

We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future.

Meet Our Team

Trish Riley

Trish Riley is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered environmental issues for national and international publications since 1992. Trish is also founding director of Cinema Verde, an environmental channel and film festival, and publisher of GoGreenNation news. Trish's goal with these projects is to raise awareness of environmental concerns and showcase sustainable businesses to help forge a sustainable future. She likes to play with glass in her spare time.

Christine Heinrichs

Christine Heinrichs writes from her home on California’s Central Coast. She keeps a backyard flock of about a dozen hens. She follows coastal issues, writing a regular column on the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery for the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Her narrative on the Central Coast condor flock will appear in Ten Spurs 2021 edition.Her book, How to Raise Chickens, was first published in 2007, just as the local food movement was starting to focus attention on the industrial food system. Backyard chickens became the mascot of local food. The third edition of How to Raise Chickens was published in January 2019. The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens was published in 2016. Look for them in Tractor Supply stores and online.She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and belongs to several professional journalism and poultry organizations.

Maia Botek

Maia Botek is a third-year journalism major and Spanish minor student at the University of Florida who has grown up in South Florida throughout her entire life. As the daughter of a Jamaican father and part-Norwegian mother, an understanding of cultures, diversity and the world around her has always been an important facet in Maia's life which has resulted in a love of the environment, travel and education. She loves spending time outdoors and with friends, especially at the beach, which she loves. Maia is interested in utilizing journalism to educate others on the importance of the Earth's natural resources and ensuring a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Gauri Nandihalli

My name is Gauri Nandihalli and I am a first year Business Management major from Budapest, Hungary. I'm looking to minor in Sustainability Studies and wanted to explore different manners of promoting environmental activism. Getting involved in Cinema Verde has opened my eyes to how powerful the arts can be as a form of environmental advocacy.

Natalie Heun

Natalie Heun is a fourth-year History and Sustainability Studies major at the University of Florida. She is currently working as the Funding Intern at Cinema Verde, seeking out a variety of grants and other fundraising opportunities to help this organization continue to grow! She has had a deep interest in environmental issues from a young age, and she is so excited to be working with an organization that aligns with these values. In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking, reading, watching films, and playing with her dog!

Sydney Beil

Sydney Beil is the Video Intern at Cinema Verde. She records and edits interviews, and she also creates graphics and promotional videos for the channel. She is a fourth-year Telecommunication Production student at the University of Florida. Beil got involved with Cinema Verde because the organization focuses on two of her passions: environmentalism and film. She loves continuing to educate herself on environmental issues through working at Cinema Verde because she believes that we can always continue learning how to help make a sustainable future. Cinema Verde was the perfect fit to continue growing her video editing skills and passion for sustainability.

Nicole Zaldivar

Nicole Zaldivar is a senior at the University of Florida studying Sustainability and International Studies with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently working as a social media intern to help promote awareness of Cinema Verde to the public. Cinema Verde has allowed Nicole to showcase her skills as well as develop new ones. Nicole's interest in environmental education and ensuring that everyone can have access to it is what led her to Cinema Verde. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crocheting, and taking walks outside.

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