Water Blues Green Solutions

An interactive documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future.

Water Blues Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water.

Produced by Penn State Public Media

Contact the Project Team

Penn State Public Media is a national leader in the creation of public service media—national, multimedia projects that address our nation's most pressing social issues.

Frank Christopher

Frank Christopher, Producer/Director

Frank's award-winning public television documentaries cover a range of topics including American healthcare, marine wildlife, and nuclear waste disposal.

A producer, director, writer, and editor, he has garnered the highest recognition for his work, including an Academy Award nomination for best feature-length documentary, six Emmys, and four CINE Golden Eagle Awards.

814.865.3333 / fgc3@psu.edu

Cheraine Stanford

Cheraine Stanford, Producer

Cheraine brings experience in journalism, independent film, and public television to our team.

Before joining Penn State Public Media she was production coordinator for the Peabody Award-winning election roadshow series at Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and worked on the documentary Muhammad and Larry for Maysles Films. She was selected as a CPB/PBS Producers Academy Fellow for 2011.

814.867.1390 / cheraine@psu.edu

Lindsey Faussette

Lindsey Faussette, Project Manager & Public Relations

With a background in Arts and Women's Studies, Faussette has been a member of the Public Service Media team for six years. She has played an integral role in developing and managing some of our most impactful national Public Service Media projects, including Liquid Assets, Geospatial Revolution, and Telling Amy's Story.

814.863.5489 / lindseyf@psu.edu

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson, Multimedia Producer

With more than a decade of experience in web development and programming, Tom leads our multimedia team.

Increasingly, Tom's group is exploring opportunities to develop web-first projects and instructional learning objects. In 2010, the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) recognized Tom and his team for excellence in instructional design.

814.863.6236 / twilson@psu.edu

Patrick Baxter

Patrick Baxter, Associate Producer

Patrick Baxter is the manager of "Penn State On Demand," a VOD service run through Comcast Xfinity and is the editor for the "Blue Robot" local music blog.

He previously worked as an assistant producer on the Vote '08 and Vote '10 projects at Penn State Public Media.

Elaine Brzycki

Elaine J. Brzycki, Project Development Consultant

Elaine provides strategic direction to the development of large-scale engagement and education projects that include public television documentaries, interactive media, and collaborative outreach partnerships. She manages foundation and corporate relations for the unit, and she served as project manager and funding executive for Liquid Assets, Geospatial Revolution, and Explore Shale.

814.863.5604 / elaine@psu.edu

Cassie Caldwell

Cassie Caldwell, Project Manager

With a background in political and non-profit project development, Cassie joined the Public Service Media team as a project manager, offering strategic and organizational management experience. She adds a passion for community outreach and education around sustainable solutions to the Water Blues project team.

814.863.6225 / cgm17@psu.edu

Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes, Executive Producer

During his 24-year tenure with Penn State Public Media, Jeff has produced programming spanning a wide-range of genres including music, sports and documentary. He has won two Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmys for Music from Penn State and Making the Blue Band. His projects have also earned the Telly Award and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award of Excellence.

814.863.9539 / jah10@psu.edu

Cole Cullen

Cole Cullen, Editor

A Penn State alum, Cole joined the Penn State Public Media family in 2005. He won a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award for producing Making the Blue Band, and the Outstanding Editor Emmy for his work on Dirt Track Memories and Heart of the Lion. Before joining PSPM, Cullen worked on programs that aired on NBC, FOX, TLC, CourtTV, and HGTV.

814.863.9751 / cxc286@psu.edu

Mark Stitzer

Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography

Mark is a versatile member of the production team whose skills range from shooting and editing to Steadicam and motion graphics. Prior to working with Penn State Public Media, he did freelance audio, editing, videography, and graphics for companies including Jockey Clothing and the U.S. Navy. His work has been recognized with a Regional Emmy and two Telly awards.

814.863.1214 / mjs367@psu.edu

Laura Miller

Laura Miller, Marketing

Laura Miller provides strategic marketing and management and leads the team in marketing planning and promotional communications. Laura is a Penn State Alumni and has been with Penn State Outreach since 1999. Prior to coming to Penn State, Laura worked in advertising sales with The Centre Daily Times and Centre Publications and was the marketing manager for Woodcraft Industries.

814.865.5954 / lum1@psu.edu

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Meet the Project Advisory Board

José M. Almiñana, FASLA, LEED AP

José joined Andropogon Associates in 1983 and has been a principal since 1995.

Trained as a landscape architect and architect, he excels at thinking outside the box while unearthing the realities of innovative construction techniques. With a passion for detail, José creates sustainable designs that respond directly to each site's unique environmental conditions.

Peter Binney

A professional engineer with 35+ years experience, Peter holds post-graduate degrees in civil engineering and water resources management.

He is currently is Vice President for Infrastructure Systems at Merrick & Co. in Aurora, CO. Previously, as director of a major water utility facing critical water shortages, he instituted a comprehensive water conservation program. He serves on ASCE's Committee for Sustainability.

William Carlsen

Penn State professor of science education Bill Carlsen has helped dozens of schools conduct interdisciplinary watershed research projects.

He is a coauthor of Watershed Dynamics and three other books in the Cornell Scientific Inquiry Series. Bill has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Stanford University.

Ben Grumbles

Ben Grumbles is president of the U.S. Water Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization based in Washington, DC and committed to uniting people and policies for water sustainability throughout the country. Mr. Grumbles served as Assistant Administrator for Water at US EPA from 2004 through 2008. He launched EPA’s water efficiency labeling program, WaterSense, and initiatives on green infrastructure, water and climate change, and pharmaceuticals

Michael Ogden

Michael Ogden is founding director and principal engineer for Natural Systems International, an ecological engineering firm that applies natural systems to the problems of water pollution. He has worked on more than 600 projects in over 40 states and internationally. A USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, he is a member of ASCE and ASLA.

Denice Wardrop

Denice Wardrop is assistant director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, associate professor of Geography and Ecology at Penn State, and the associate director of Riparia (formerly the Cooperative Wetlands Center). She has a Ph.D. in Ecology from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from The University of Virginia.

Stuart Echols

A registered landscape architect, Stuart Echols is currently assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Penn State. His research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating better strategies for managing urban runoff as a natural resource. He holds a B.L.A and M.L.D from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech.

Raymond Najjar

Raymond Najjar is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. His research concentrates on the impact of climate change on coastal regions, with a particular interest in estuaries of the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. He also studies marine biogeochemistry, with a focus on dissolved gases.




Press Contact

Lindsey Faussette