DYING GREEN: Natural Burial and Land Conservation 
Institutions, & Businesses
$49 K-12 Schools,
Public Libraries &
the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one mans vision of using
green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the towns only physician,
and his efforts have radically changed our understanding of burials in the
United States. Dr. Campbells dream is to conserve one million acres of land.
Dying Green focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund
land conservation and create wildlife preserves.
Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:
30 million board feet (70,000 m3) of hardwood caskets 90,272 tons of steel caskets 14,000 tons of steel vaults 2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults 827,060 US gallons (3,130 m3) of embalming fluid, which usually includes formaldehyde. When formaldehyde is used for embalming, it breaks down, and the chemicals released into the ground after burial and ensuing decomposition are inert. The problems with the use of formaldehyde and its constituent components in natural burial are the exposure of mortuary workers to it and the destruction of the decomposer microbes necessary for breakdown of the body in the soil.