Our 2020-2021 Planet Forward Correspondents

We are pleased to announce our 2020-2021 team of Planet Forward Correspondents! More information will be shared soon about the exceptional team of students selected. Get to know them below:

  • Maddie Arthur – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maddie is a senior studying life sciences communication and conservation biology.
  • Arielle Bader – George Washington University. Arielle is a senior studying photojournalism.
  • Elly Beckerman – Bates College. Elly is a junior majoring in environmental studies, with a global environmental politics concentration, and minors in Chinese and history.
  • Francesca Edralin – George Washington University. Francesca is a junior international affairs major, with a concentration in environmental studies, and minors in journalism and sustainability. She was a 2020 Storyfest finalist.
  • Greta Hardy-Mittell – Carleton College. Greta is a sophomore and a reporter for The Carletonian. She was a 2020 Storyfest winner.
  • Anthony Karambelas – University of Chicago. Anthony is a graduate student in an interdisciplinary program prepping for Ph.D. studies in political science/sociology. He was a 2020 Storyfest finalist.
  • Eva Legge – Dartmouth College. Eva is a double-major in biology and earth sciences, and is minoring in creative writing.
  • Mary Magnuson – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mary is a senior studying life sciences communication and conservation biology, with a minor in environmental studies.
  • Alex Mangold – Florida State University. Alex is a graduate student studying public interest media and communication. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in strategic communications and a minor in marketing.
  • Donnie Monk – SUNY-ESF. Donnie is a senior studying environmental studies focused on policy, planning, and law.
  • Paulina Oswald – Eckerd College. Paulina is a senior studying psychology, with an interest in marine life and photography. She was also a 2020 Storyfest finalist.
  • Maggie Scholle – University of San Diego. Maggie is a senior studying environmental and ocean sciences.
  • Lizzie Stricklin – George Washington University. Lizzie is a senior studying journalism and mass communication and minoring in sustainability. She was a 2020 Storyfest finalist.
  • Marisa Umeh – University of California-Berkeley. Marisa is a junior studying business administration and media studies.
  • Ali Wilt – Northwestern University. Ali is a junior studying communication and media studies.

2020-2021 Senior Correspondents:

  • Max Sano – Franklin & Marshall College. Max is a junior majoring in government and environmental studies, with a minor in Arabic.
  • Cate Twining-Ward – George Washington University. Cate is a junior majoring in environmental studies and minoring in sustainability. She was a 2020 Storyfest winner.

All Correspondent work will be featured here. Check back frequently!

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Hub Content

New materials are added to a compost pile at Lederer Gardens in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photos by Arielle Bader/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Despite our obsession with food, we throw so much of it away. Learn more about composting, a change you can make at home to help the earth.
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
The Chesapeake Bay, known for its beauty and ecological bounty, faces high levels of pollution from agricultural and urban runoff. Now it has a protective Congressional act, backed by bipartisan support.
Lake Thingvallavatn is shown amid a landscape of snowy mountains.

Lake Thingvallavatn in Iceland used to freeze solid in the winter. Now, it is beginning to thaw. (Axel Kristinsson/Creative Commons 2.0)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Dartmouth College
On March 9, 2017, a strange crack appeared on the ice-laden surface of Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland.
San Deigo Bus coming into a stop.

(Image by Maggie Scholle)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of San Diego
The cornerstone of the 2021 regional plan is the “5 Big Moves”: Five overarching strategies to change the way San Diegans use transit — but these are contingent on a willingness to change the way they commute.

(Greta Hardy-Mittell/Carleton College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Carleton College
When the idea for a reusable container program was pitched last fall, no one could have guessed that a year later, the campus would be overflowing with the green containers — or that we'd be in the middle of a pandemic.

Customers walk through the Dupont FRESHFARM Market in Washington, D.C., which has been open throughout the pandemic under public health restrictions. (Lizzie Stricklin/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Deemed essential services, D.C. farmers markets have remained open since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – but in order to keep vendors, staff and customers safe, markets have had to make sudden changes.

Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, faced drastic customer reductions at the beginning of the pandemic, resulting in the closure of several stands, and yet most still endure. (Jared Kofsky/PlaceNJ.com/Creative Commons)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Franklin & Marshall College
Why do people continue to go hungry in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? And what can we do about the food system to prevent this from happening?

Uganda cob. (Pixabay)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent
To prevent or at least forestall the next pandemic, we clearly have an obligation to examine and prevent the practices that promote close contact between humans and wildlife, particularly bushmeat hunting and deforestation.
Aquatic view from a Filipino jungle

Aquatic view from a Filipino jungle. (SparklingGirl/Pixabay)

George Washington University
When I entered college as an international affairs major, the idea of reporting on the climate for a news outlet never really crossed my mind — until I attended the Planet Forward Summit.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg director Makoma Lekalakala speaks at the Madrid U.N. Climate Change Conference in December 2019. (Photo courtesy of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
In South Africa, a country with the world's largest wealth disparity, poor communities face daily environmental threats. Find out how environmental justice activists are chipping away at this inequality through grassroots efforts.