Editor's Pick

Planet Forward gets submissions from students, inventors, businesses, researchers - all kinds of people with great ideas to move the planet forward. Here are some of the best our staff have seen, with updates on where the projects are now.

EDITOR'S PICK: Naysayers of global warming point to snowfall and cold weather as proof that climate change is merely a myth. However, there is a difference between the weather happening just outside our windows and the Earth’s climate—the pattern of... Read More
Affiliation:
Minnesota 2020
December 03, 2013
Overall score of 63
EDITOR’S PICK: The average dairy cow produces 148 pounds of manure per day. With 45,000 dairy cows, North Carolina has an annual manure production of 6 billion pounds. What if that waste could be used to power a house? We’re talking about manure... Read More
Affiliation:
Elon University
November 27, 2013
Overall score of 75
Editor's Pick: As the weather begins to cool down, we will begin turning up the heat and grabbing our blankets and hats to try to stay warm.  What if there was a more sustainable and cost-effective way to keep our homes warm in the winter season?
Affiliation:
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
November 14, 2013
Overall score of 109
EDITOR'S PICK: You might call yourself part of 99 percent or the one percent, but what about joining the 10 percent campaign? In collaboration with North Carolina State University, farmers, businesses and communities are pledging to spend 10... Read More
October 23, 2013
Overall score of 58
What if you had to boil your milk every time you wanted a bowl of cereal? That's the reality in some parts of India, but MIT scientists have a cool idea that is changing the situtation.
October 16, 2013
Overall score of 103
Can good vibrations power our future? If you don't know what piezoelectric energy is, jump around--you just created it.
October 08, 2013
Overall score of 63
If you want sustainable design in the world, you first need a school that teaches designers how to think sustainably. The Pratt Design Incubator is doing just that.
October 01, 2013
Overall score of 134
What's greasing the wheels of your elevator? If you're at Penn State, it could be something surprisingly edible.
Affiliation:
The Pennsylvania State University
September 25, 2013
Overall score of 85
This week we take a look at an idea for solar panels that can spray right onto your existing windows - turning your whole building into a solar array.
September 17, 2013
Overall score of 54