About Us

About the Website

Living Green is more than just a new public television series from WUFT-TV/DT, it reflects a new way of life for the 21st century. Living Green focuses on how communities incorporate environmental concerns into their homes, neighborhoods, and businesses to help conserve natural resources and wildlife for future generations. The purpose of this website is to provide additional information about sustainable living practices, and as a companion to the show, to help you make informed decisions to cultivate a healthy environment in your own community. The content and design was originally created by Mark Hostetler, Elizabeth Swiman, and Sarah Webb Miller. With the help of IFAS Communications, the current look and functionality was built for the Solutions for Your Life extension website in 2006. Al Williamson of UF/IFAS Communication Services uploads the steaming video for each episode. The site is currently maintained and updated by Jennifer Walford Vann and Mark Hostetler.

About the Production Team

Mark Hostetler, PhD - Executive Producer/Host/Writer
Hostetler is an associate professor working with state and county agencies to develop and implement community-wide sustainable design and management strategies. He is part of the University of Florida's Program for Resource Efficient Communities, which works with developers and municipalities to create "green" communities. He is author of the award-winning book That Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to North American Insects.

Dennis Gaston - Videographer/Director
A Florida native from Jacksonville, Gaston graduated from UF in 1973. His first job was at WJKS in Jacksonville, working as commercial photographer/cinematographer/film processor, and then he spent twelve years as a television news photographer in Jacksonville and Memphis. He was chief photographer for WJXT Channel 4 in the early 1980s, and joined WUFT in 1988 as videographer/editor/producer/field director. He has since worked on about a dozen award-winning documentaries, including the Vision of Nature series, Florida's Historic Lighthouses, Gainesville Wins the Pennant, Protest: The Story of the Gainesville Eight, and The Jumping Game, a documentary on steeplechase horseracing hosted by Bo Derek.

James Scott - Editor
Scott studied film and video at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Since 1995 he has worked on various TV shows, documentaries, and short films. He works in all aspects of production but prefers post-production, in particular special effects and motion graphics. Currently he resides in Gainesville, Florida, where he produces local broadcast material. Editing the Living Green series offers him the chance to work on challenging social and environmental issues.

Vinnie Jones - Producer/Editor
Jones is a seasoned, award-winning producer with over 20 years experience producing and directing series and live event programs in Public Television.

Titus Rush - Station Manager
As station manager for WUFT-TV/DT, Rush is responsible for all of the programming produced by and for the station. He provides support for the administrative aspects of the series. He has a background in television production dating back twenty years, and he has received awards in several areas of television/production/programming, including several Emmys.

Contact Us

Mark Hostetler
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
University of Florida
215 Newins-Ziegler Hall
P.O. Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430
Phone: (352) 846-0568
Fax: (352) 392-6984
E-mail: hostetlerm@wec.ufl.edu