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.

Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
Throwback Thursday: In preparation for next Friday's Urban Agriculture Symposium, we're highlighting this piece about DC rooftop farming company Up Top Acres. You'll see the farm director at the symposium.

Cutterhead, shield and partial trailing gantries of the tunnel boring machine known as Lady Bird. (Photo courtesy DC Water)

School Without Walls Senior High School, Spring 2016 Editorial Intern
When her husband took office in 1963, Claudia Alta Johnson, better known as Lady Bird, made it her mission to protect and preserve the environment. Now a giant machine, akin to a mechanical earthworm, denominated Lady Bird, has a similar mission.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, "The challenges today are not a question of if we have the the opportunity to make progress on these issues but how do we act when we can’t see the problems?” (Photo: GWU)

Senior Writer, Planet Forward
Effective storytelling rests at the nexus of innovations seeking to address the urgent social and environmental sustainability challenges facing cities across the globe. This was the overarching theme of the 2016 Planet Forward Summit.
Planet Forward Intern/Marymount University
There's a reason ramen is so popular among college students — the price. Is it possible, on a student's budget, to not only eat a balanced diet (hint: put down the ramen) but also shop and eat sustainably? We explore how to do it.
Why Should We Be Excited About Farming?
Why Should We Be Excited About Farming?
George Washington University, Digital Media Producer
What do the experts think about the biggest questions in agriculture and climate change? We tracked them down at the 2015 Feeding the Planet Summit, and asked for you.
Minnesota 2020
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
Elon University
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
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
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?
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
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.

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