Chuck sits down for an interview with Jayni and Chevy Chase.


Chuck: I’m so proud to have my new friends, Jayni and Chevy Chase here in the greenroom. Guys, thanks so much for being with me and Janie, so it’s like, with me, it’s all my wife’s fault that I got into environmentalism and being active in it and so I think with, in your case, it’s probably the same thing, isn’t it? Tell us about your efforts with the educational programs that you have.
Jayni: I started an organization in the late ‘80s called The Center for Environmental Education to provide resources for teachers. And it’s just, I’ve just been at it forever and I’m still at it trying to green schools. I think that’s what is, where it all needs to begin, is with our children.

Chuck: What sort of things do you do to green a school?
Jayni: Well, it can be a lot of different things. But the first thing really should be an audit. Then you create a roadmap and go for the low hanging fruit, changing light bulbs, and in colder climates, really trying to seal things up.

Chuck: Right.

Jayni: So you get a tighter envelope. And then also looking at the health aspects of indoor air quality and day lighting.

Chevy: Oh, ‘cause it’s all the floors are lawns, are grass.

Chuck: Very good.

Chevy: Am I wrong on that one?

Jayni: Yes.

Chevy: So they’re natural and organic and…

Jayni: The principle behind this is that children are the place to start with anything in terms of growth and understanding and education. And if they’re a part of this matrix, they’re gonna bring it home.

Chuck: Yeah.

Jayni: Even parents are gonna learn from the children.

Chuck: Yeah.

Jayni: And they’re gonna live that way in life and so it’s a benefit in every way that we begin with education. We begin with children.

Chuck: Can’t start too young. Right, Chevy? You know, to get them educated, to get them in tune with the environment, in tune with…

Chevy: And actually, it’s amazing how many children now are aware of it. In some ways, it’s a shame because they get it from television but at least television is now, you know, doing things such as, “It’s Green Week”, you know, well…

Chuck: Yeah.

Chevy: Great. It’s Green Week for NBC and maybe you’ll watch a little more of NBC.

Chuck: It all helps.

Chevy: But the point is that they are already very aware of these things and it’s time now to give them the opportunity to live it and grow up in it. I grew up in Woodstock, New York which is a beautiful Catskill area and art colony, small town, but that’s where my dad and my grandfather grew up and one of the reasons we live outside of New York City up in the country, because it’s just incredible to be part of that and we moved out of Los Angeles some 14 years ago where I had to be for 20 years or so making movies. You know, like, it’s still like an office. I go out there and shoot and stuff.

Chuck: Yeah.

Chevy: But the fact is children need seasons. They need a sense of renewal.

Chuck: Yeah.

Chevy: They need to see how the earth works. They need to see nature. They need to live in it. And so we’ve really made a great move for our kids. Now that they’re older they feel it. It’s a part of them. Right. Having grown up and you know, having the chance to be out, connect with nature, which is really so important for young people.

Chuck: Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

Chevy: And I’m worried about the kids in our schools right now. We’re losing a lot of really valuable human resources by not taking better care of them.

Chuck: Yeah. Well, listen, through your efforts, that’s gonna change. No doubt. Well, thanks again, guys. It’s been a pleasure. Appreciate you just taking the time.

Chevy: Absolutely. Thank you.

Chevy: Hi. I’m Chevy Chase and you’re watching the Mother Nature, you’re watching Mother Nature. I am Mother Nature. Thanks for coming along on this great trip. No. Hi. I used to be Chevy Chase and you’re watching the Mother Nature Network.