Colleges & Education

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.

Mark Lichtenstein on a boat in Brazil

Mark Lichtenstein, Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is shown here while exploring the Amazon river outside Manaus, Brazil, with Planet Forward in June 2017 for our Storyfest storytelling expedition. (Hannah Dale/Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability expert Mark Lichtenstein discusses the social equity aspect of sustainability, which is often overlooked when discussing environmentalism.
Planet Forward Copy Editor | George Washington University
Genevieve Cullen, president of the Electric Drive Transit Association, joined Frank Sesno in a conversation about the future of electric transit in the United States at our Planet Forward Salon: The Future of Electric Transit.
Gaby Galvan holds compost on campus
Arizona State University
Universities in Arizona are stepping up how they handle food waste and single-use plastic. Now, Flagstaff businesses are taking similar steps.
George Washington University
In the final piece of our Alaska series, watch this video and hear about the connections made with those in Alaska using different types of storytelling, and how we might find our own stories.
Alaska sunset

A sunset photo from on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, during my recent life-changing trip to Alaska. (Photos by Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Columbia University
Next in our Alaska series: While many still find climate change up for debate, perhaps the way to engage and persuade these individuals is by focusing on its effects in their own communities rather than in far away places.
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Watch this video, part of our Alaska series, to learn more about the Inian Islands Institute and how one family is keeping things running in the Alaskan wilderness, mostly cut off from the outside world.
Inian Institute

The Inian Islands Institute, dubbed the “hobbit hole” by its residents, sits in a remote area near where the Inside Passage meets the Gulf of Alaska. This patch of land has been a hotbed of human activities for centuries; from Tlingit summer fishing camp to fox farm homestead. Now in the hands of scientists the land is used as an ecological research field camp. (Photos by Shandra Furtado/George Washington University)

George Washington University
In this photo essay, part of our Stories of Alaska series, learn about a climate and nature research center hidden among the temperate forests speckled along Alaska's southeastern coast: the Inian Islands Institute.
Mountains near Glacier Bay National Park

Mountains near Glacier Bay National Park in southern Alaska. (Photos by Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Columbia University
Next in our Alaska series: Climate change isn’t just seen – it’s felt. Weather and temperature fluctuations aside, many experience health impacts caused or exacerbated by climate change.
A view in Alaska
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
The next piece in our Stories of Alaska series looks at the human impact, from warming climates to microplastics, in one of the least-inhabited places in the United States — and what we're doing about it.
Whale breaching

“Killer whales are apex predators, the dominant animals in these waters," explains Christine West, a naturalist aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. This means their health reflects that of the entire habitat, as pollutants at every trophic level will travel up the food web and into these organisms. By the time these impacts are visible, however, it may be too late for a simple, one-size-fits-all solution. (Mike Harris/Lindblad Expeditions)

UC Berkeley
In story three of our Stories of Alaska series, we hear from a Lindblad Expeditions naturalist, who talks about living and working in a place where people see the consequences of their actions in real time.

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