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
The 11th Street Bridge Park is a unique development project that is focused on the community and the preservation of the Anacostia River.      
The George Washington University
I chose to look into the community garden at GW which is student run. I zoomed in on their efforts and what they are doing that can apply to any urban area.    
The George Washington University
An relatively unknown local university outlines its plan to be a global leader in sustainability.        
The George Washington University
This details the work of DC UrbanGreens and how its greenhouse farm aims to grow food to support the local community.      
The George Washington University
I sit down with the owner of Evolve Restaurant, Dr. Baruch, for his take on how vegan food contributes to urban sustainability.      
The George Washington University
I interviewed Mr. Kris Ferguson, recycling coordinator at GW, on GW Green Move-Out Program. The program makes the residence hall move-out process more environmentally- and community-friendly through a multifaceted donation drive.
The George Washington University
Compost Cab offers an urban option for people who want to be a part of earth's life cycle.
The George Washington University
My video is on the GW GroW Garden and how having a garden on campus has impacted the lives of students, and the community around them.    
The George Washington University
Topic: The brand new Washington DC Streetcar. Built by the District Department of Transportation earlier this year, the DC Streetcar is an innovative new way to deal with the rising population of the city.
The George Washington University
DC Honeybees is a group of urban pollinators in Georgetown seeking to encourage rooftop beekeeping during a time when honeybees are rapidly becoming endangered.      

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