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!

George Washington University
Did you know that hydraulic fracturing in just a state away from your home could be affecting where you live?
Abstract painting: Urban Environmentalism
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
"To make this world work, it takes all different kinds."
Middlebury College
The pending reintroduction of passenger rail to Middlebury, Vermont, paves the way for a rural college town to be linked by public transit to New England and the rest of the region.
George Washington University
Rooftop Roots is a local D.C. organization that gives food to residents and visitors at local food banks. Their goal is to reinvest in the local food chain and reconnect people to their food, by harvesting community gardens.
American University
Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they represent a critical aspect of African-American cultural history.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Landscape Laboratory is a proposed design for Chain Works District, a 95 acre post-industrial redevelopment project in Ithaca, New York.
University of Florida
As we approach the year 2050 with unprecedented poverty and a population rising to 9.6 billion people, I believe a key investment to be made is found in the leadership potential within the current millennial population.
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC)
Projects like the Smart Floating Farms can help change some of the existing paradigms which have led us to the present situation and open new possibilities which can improve the quality of human life and the environment.
University of Florida
This simple formula will require each student to submit a statement of purpose after the first semester at their university that demonstrates their passion and direction for a holistic education.
University of Florida
I was fortunate to be selected to share my idea at One World UF with Challenge 2050 on February 19, 2016. The YouTube video above is my submission video for One World.

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