CLS: Peter Huston

This week’s Environmental Sustainability programming is generously supported by the Dale and Tina Knobel Endowment. 

“Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes”
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 | Orchestra Hall 

The United Nations ranks plastic pollution as the second most dangerous threat to the global environment, only behind climate change. Plastic was designed to be durable and last a long time, so single-use plastics are by nature irresponsible and unsustainable. Nearly half of the 300 million tons of plastics produced each year are only used a few short minutes before they are tossed away into our lakes, oceans, and landfills to sit for hundreds of years.

In terms of plastic abundance, Lake Erie, the smallest Great Lake, has the second highest number of plastic particles out of all the Great Lakes, and one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the world. Most people don’t realize that Lake Erie has as much plastic, and even more in some cases, than the huge garbage patches reported in the oceans. Because of its rough waters and location near multiple cities, these plastics are broken down into microplastics, which are almost impossible to filter out of the water. These microplastics can disrupt natural food webs and even reduce the quality, size, and reproductive capabilities of the local fish we eat.

After finishing studies at Ohio State Universities’ School for Film, Peter Huston attended Boston University where he received his degree in broadcasting and film from the School of Public Communication (SPC’81). In 1992, Huston co-produced “WorldScape,” a 13-part PBS series hosted by Walter Cronkite featuring maritime historical painter John Stobart. In 1993, Huston and two partners established Emotion Pictures and created the award-winning series “The Visionaries” hosted by Sam Waterston.

In 2010, Huston established FilmAffects to pursue documentary and factual program production. His current project is “Glass Ceiling-The Victoria Woodhull Story”. Huston also directed the EMMY nominated documentaries “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial” and “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story”. As Director and Senior Producer Huston has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey and Home & Garden, and has co-produced a feature film and continues to do scores of corporate and educational projects. He was honored as Put-in-Bay Islander of the Year, is the Past-President of the Put-in-Bay Arts Council, Past-Chairman of the Planning Board, and Director of the bicentennial celebration for The Perry Group (Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial). He is on the board of directors at the Lake Erie Island Historical Society, Past-President of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, board member of Lake Erie Shores & Island, and he was Director of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and is now the Project Manager for Great Lakes Islands Alliance. To learn more, visit


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Aug 10, 2022


10:30 am - 12:00 pm




Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

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