Storyfest 2016

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!

Storyfest winners in attendance, Jesse Gurney, Kira Sommer and Sara Merken, are flanked by Ajay Markanday, the Director of the FAO Liaison Office for North America, on their left, and Planet Forward host & founder Frank Sesno. (Photo: GWU)

Planet Forward
Congratulations to the 2016 Storyfest Grand Prize winners, who won $500 and a trip to the UN headquarters in New York City:

(Photo by Jaclyn Merica)

The American Word
Composting is simply nature’s way of breaking down organic waste, relying on microorganisms in the waste to help in the decaying process.
American University, Spring 2016 Video Intern
It was in 2006 that beekeepers in the United states started to notice mass die-offs in their colonies. Since then, about 10 billion bee hives have been lost completely, leaving us with about 2.5 million honeybee colonies in the United States.
The George Washington University
A video concerning local DC company Fat Worm Compost.        
University of Florida
The World Health Organization has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century.”
Johns Hopkins University
Many senior citizens still want to maintain an active and social lifestyle, but are no longer able to get around as easily as they once did.
The George Washington University
A brief introduction of GWU's green roof project.        
The George Washington University
To tell my story, I decided to write several Cinquain formatted poems and string them together. The finished poem tells the story of a hurting world in which the solution is around every corner, but no one seems to realize it.
The George Washington University, Spring 2016 Video Intern
What do you when 30-40% of America's food supply goes to waste? Learn how the Food Recovery Network at the University of Maryland combats one of the environment's biggest threats. — Sara Merken and Kira Sommer    
University of Arizona
The Community and School Garden Program here in Tucson Arizona is an innovative program that stands as an exemplar to others all over.

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