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!

The George Washington University
My submission focuses on the GroW Garden, a community composting and gardening center run by GW students in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability.    
The George Washington University
The subject of my piece on urban sustainability is City Blossoms, a DC-based non-profit that works to create kid-friendly green spaces around the District. I specifically recorded at Girard Community Garden, located in Columbia Heights, during a... Read More
The George Washington University
The focus of this piece is on Community Forklift which is a non-profit organization in Bladensburg, MD, which specializes in recycling construction and demolition waste.    
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The ESF/SU Food Recovery Network not only reduces food waste and feed the community, but it brings two colleges together, where they normally wouldn't interact.
The George Washington University
How GW Solar Institute find a more economic solution for GW electricity usage.      
The George Washington University
Glen's Garden Market is a DC based grocery store and restaurant that focuses on improving the environment and reducing the carbon footprint in DC.
Appalachian State University
This short documentary depicts a newly formed non-profit entity, the Boone Community Bicycle Collective (BCBC).
University of Mississippi
This video briefly talks about the expansion of Ole Miss and what the program is doing specifically with bikes to allow more people to have access to transportation.    
American University
Chesapeake Footsoldiers is a 26 minute documentary that tells the stories of unsung heroes who work to confront some of the Bay’s biggest ongoing challenges.

(Photo by Sabrina Dorow)

Indiana University
Food beauty standards cause consumers and supermarkets to have unrealistic expectations when it comes to how fruit and vegetables look.