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!

University of Florida
Ferns for Feed is a company which installs patent-pending aquaculture systems which have the ability to rapidly sequester carbon. By utilizing the aquatic fern azolla, aquaculture systems become more self sufficient as azolla is capable of purifying... Read More
The George Washington University
Green roofs are simply roofs that have greenery on them. But that greenery is there to do more than just look nice for those brave enough for the heights.
The George Washington University
The Capital Partners Solar Project is a partnership between The George Washington University, American University, and the George Washington University Hospital to utilize solar energy to power more of their electrical needs.
Tougaloo College-Jackson State University
Saving Our Farms, Saving Our Families highlights the obesity and chronic disease disparities in Mississippi and what two local innovators are doing to bring about change in the area of urban farming and public health.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
I focused on a local community garden and its impact on urban sustainability in Syracuse, New York.
George Washington University
Over 2 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water daily.
University of Mississippi
On Sept. 1, the University of Mississippi established a campus garden.

(Proposed streetscape improvements from the Van Ness plan.)

American University
If recommendations from a new action plan come to fruition, Van Ness would swap its extra wide sidewalk space for greenery, a stormwater management system, local artwork and more retail and dining options.

(Screenshot from the D.C. Office of Planning report.)

American University
The future of Adams Morgan may look a little greener with new park spaces and sustainability programs and have a stronger sense of community and culture, under new recommendations from the D.C. Office of Planning.
Food Loss Where We Can Least Afford It
George Washington University
One third of our food is lost from farm to table in developing countries. Can you believe that about one in nine people are starving, according to the World Food Programme?

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