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The planet is changing. The cockroaches will be fine, but what about us? See what these PF Members are doing to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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Can we create a green American dream home? Can we take those green building methods to a larger scale? Can we build a green office park? PF Members think so.

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So...where are you going to put all that energy you just created? Storing energy might be just as important to green energy as generating it!

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Algae! Trash! Poop! Organisms convert energy from the sun into energy for life. PF Members offer their solutions on how to turn that biomass into an energy source for mankind.

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Global climate change will have massive economic impact. Learn how changes in the environment will affect the bottom line for businesses and cost - €”or save - you money in your pocketbook.

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Hybrids. Plug-ins. Solar panels on the car roof. You're heard a lot about electric vehicles, but you might also wonder about the trade-offs. PF Members offer their solutions on how they're using less to go far.

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Climate change affects all of us and all the systems on planet Earth - from natural disasters to disrupted growing seasons, our changing climate is having widespread effects. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, how to adapt and how to try and cut down on the change while we still can.

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Innovation doesn't just happen in a beaker, some teachers are creating new ways to inspire students to learn more about climate change, and changing their own campuses in the process.

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Can you really "do more with less?" Sure thing. PF Members tell you how here.

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If it gets built, there's an engineer involved somewhere. Check out some ideas on engineering the things we use everyday to be cleaner and more efficient.

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Our Planet Forward Featured Global Journalists are members of the world journalism community who are highly regarded reporters in their countries and regions. We're sharing their work here to help broaden your perspective and knowledge of environmental issues facing people around the world.

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Eat better, smarter. Grow cleaner, more sustainable food. Great bumper stickers, but how do you do it? PF members offer their solutions on how use science and good practice to feed ourselves more sustainably.

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The Global Food Challenge – Emerging Leaders for Food Security, a program of Land O'Lakes, Inc., tackles global hunger and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people, together with a group of exceptional and passionate college students. Read on to see what The George Washington University Emerging Leader has been working on this year.

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Bad News: the US Government uses more energy than any other entity on the planet, and the Military uses a huge amount of fuel. Good News: they're working on getting more efficient. Learn about ideas to help make government and the military green.

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It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

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A lot of simple, seemingly insignificant things can add up to a positive and meaningful global change. PF Members have solutions to living a more sustainable day to day life.

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The GW Food Institute is home to faculty and student scholars engaged in research about all things related to food, from sustainable agriculture to the way diet and meals shape human society. Healthy communities depend on sustainable food systems that are resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent. Established in September 2015, the GW Food Institute brings together a wide range of scholars to focus collaboratively on:

  • The science and technology of food, health and nutrition
  • Food history and culture
  • Policy, law and justice
  • The business and economics of providing food
  • Food citizenship and leadership

Here you'll find select posts from the Food Institute Commentary page, a food forum by GW students, faculty, and staff. 

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Storms are getting bigger. Droughts are getting longer. As the climate changes, natural disasters are ramping up - here's how we're dealing with them, trying to prevent the worst consequences and learning how to clean up after them.

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In what some are calling the next gold rush, Natural Gas is rapidly changing the fuel landscape.

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Nexus Media is a syndicated newswire covering climate, energy, politics, art and culture. 

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Carbon-free but potentially dirty in other ways, nuclear energy is both praised and condemned. PF Members offer their solutions to how to fit nuclear power into our energy future.

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Not just talk: policy leads to law which leads to action, but the politics behind going green are complicated.

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Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

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We're going to run out of any kind of fossil fuels, so we need to move on to a renewable source.

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Sunlight is the most abundant energy source known to man: it powers solar cells, warms the air and is the essential energy for photosynthesis. PF Members offer innovative plans to utilize this valuable resource.

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Grand Prize Winners:

Blooming Biosolids - Jesse Gurney, The George Washington University

Smart Floating Farms - Javier F. Ponce, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia​

Fighting Food Waste: The Food Recovery Network - Kira Sommer and Sara Merken, The George Washington University 

Honorable Mentions:

VertiKale - Hannah Abell and Oswin Chackochan, Purdue University

Saving Our Farms, Saving Our Families - Andre Carter and R'Myni Watson, Tougaloo College-Jackson State University

Rooftop Roots: Helping a Community Grow through its Garden - Ilana Creinin, Danielle Baglivo and Sophie Martin, The George Washington University

Our Fan Favorite social media contest winner:

Composting: An Urban Option - Sophie Kaplan, The George Washington University

Our other finalists were: 

To Reverse Global Warming - Shelby Thomas, The University of Florida

DC Streetcar: Washington's Answer to a Surging Urban Population - Connor Farry, The George Washington University

Sky High: Rooftop Farming and Urban Sustainability - Eric Abramson, The George Washington University

We Photographed Ugly Food to Challenge Wasteful Beauty Standards - Halley Rose Meslin and Natsuko Mazany, Indiana University

11th Street Bridge Park - Yuval Lev, The George Washington University

Thanks again to everyone who entered — there was some really tough competition. We look forward to seeing the amazing stories produced over the next year — for Storyfest 2017!

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CONGRATULATIONS, WINNERS! 

Our Storyfest 2017 grand prize winners will be heading to the Brazilian rainforest with the "Godfather of Biodiversity" Tom Lovejoy and Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno in mid-June. The winners are:

  • Fan Favorite WINNER: Don't kill my buzz by Nolan Hausler & Emily Robinson, The George Washington University

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The full list of Storyfest 2017 finalists is below.

The Innovator Award:

- An American in India by Kara Morgan, Northeastern University

- Fires of the future: Meet the Oregon innovators fighting global pollution with rocket stoves by Jacob Lebel, Umpqua Community College

- Great Scott! Meet the modern day Doc Brown by Amanda Menas & Zoe Spielvogel, The George Washington University

- Learning from a native perspective with Robin Wall Kimmerer by Zachary Smith, SUNY-ESF

- Redefining progress by Jayme Dittmar, University of Montana

 

The Right Brain Award:

- Don't kill my buzz by Nolan Hausler & Emily Robinson, The George Washington University

The language of birds by Tomasz Falkowski, SUNY-ESF

Protecting not protesting by Alexandrea Rager, Colorado State University

- The Simple Life by Darby McGlone, Sewanee: The University of the South

- Taking notes from the planet: Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s watershed project by Harrison Watson, Jackson State University

 

The Left Brain Award:

- Bringing back bald eagles by Carrick Palmer, SUNY-ESF

- Chestnut revival: How genetics could bring back an American giant by Olivia Iannone, SUNY-ESF

- Green infrastructure: A calm after the storm by Dan Douglas, SUNY-ESF

- Island style ingenuity by Matilda Kreider, The George Washington University

- Puerto Rico: A 'canary in the coal mine' for climate change by Janice Cantieri, Northwestern University

 

The Visionary Award:

- Helping the homeless with Miriam’s Kitchen by Luca Silveira, The George Washington University

Pedestrian streets: The scalability of Strøget by Nathaniel Wiener, Middlebury College

Power walking with purpose: Kinetic energy pathways by Natalie Maher, The George Washington University

Stewards of the sea: Community Supported Fisheries charting a new course for Oregon's seafood industry by Jacob Lebel, Umpqua Community College

- This brunch is grown in the restaurant's basement by Aishvarya Kavi & Annabel Epstein, The George Washington University

 

The 22nd Century Award:

- Algae: Fuel for the future by Sera Royal, The George Washington University

- Food of the future: How an open-source computing project could revolutionize what we eat by Olivia Iannone, SUNY-ESF

- Paper houses: How one company is revolutionizing the architecture industry by Sydney Greene, Arizona State University

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Planet Forward Member ideas to make the path from Point A to Point B a lot greener.

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Cities are the sustainable hub of the future, where over 80 percent of our population will eventually live. If we can't make cities sustainable, we can't make the world sustainable.

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The human body is 70% water. The surface of the earth is 70% water. It is THE most important substance for making life possible. Learn about insightful ideas for using water, keeping it clean and getting it where people need it.

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Air moves, windmill spins, electricity is generated. Simple right? Not so fast: the Planet Forward community looks at this critical piece of the renewable energy mix from new and often surprising perspectives.