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Released: January 17, 2008
Online views: 87,000
Offline views: 100,000

Posted on over 80 blogs internationally

The Secret Life videos have been broadcast on television and screened at a variety of events, including but not limited to:

  • The Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network
  • Comcast Network
  • Earth Day events around the country
  • The Hudson Valley Fair (attendance of 400,000)
  • The Zero Waste Conference in Los Angeles
  • Total Reclaim Inc.’s ongoing workshops in the Pacific NorthWest
  • High schools and universities across the country

The Videos have also been hosted on several significant government and institutional websites, including but not limited to:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Accountability Central
  • Californians Against Waste
  • Humboldt County REC
  • Melodies in Marketing
  • Montana Associated Technology Roundtables
  • Montgomery County, MD DEP


INFORM is grateful to the following foundations and individuals for their generous support of The Secret Life series:

As You Sow Foundation
The Easter Foundation
The Ettinger Foundation
John and Olivia Farr
Stephen and Jane Land
The Joseph P. Rosen Foundation
Rosina B. Rue
John and Isabelle Silverman
The Starrett Foundation
The Gordon Smith Trust
The Weeden Foundation
Scott and Linden Wise

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