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 Mississippi Meek School of Journalism
I researched the composting program at Ole Miss, and I interviewed Kendall McDonald, a post-baccalaureate fellow in the Office of Sustainability.
The George Washington University
What's your hidden water footprint?
Composting food waste at American University

From the hallways of AU: An orange compost bin found at the front of a line of waste bins. (Photo courtesy of Owain James/The Eagle)

American University
Composting should begin again in April, but will only continue if waste is perfectly sorted.
The George Washington University
Floating Farms is an innovative and sustainable idea from Forward Thinking Architecture in Barcelona that would bring food closer to the ever expanding urban populations while also creating more farming 'land' (a quickly dwindling resource) by... Read More
The George Washington University
The growing population and the industrial development in Shanghai resulted in limited public culture space for people. Therefore, Shanghai government is building more culture space to improve the society, such as new museums and community elderly... Read More
The George Washington University
When researching urban sustainability, I came across Vauban, a neighborhood in the city of Freiburg, Germany, that's inhabitants have mutually decided to go as car-free as possible. Seventy percent of households don't have a car and many of the... Read More
The George Washington University
Educating disadvantaged areas of DC in safe and healthy food production, and donating fresh foods to hungry families. 
The George Washington University
This infographic shows how growing urban environments such as Washington, DC are using green roofs to help create jobs, save the water systems and rivers, reduce energy use and educate younger generations.
The George Washington University
My graphic focuses on the work of NOLA Green Roots, an organization dedicated to sustainable urban agriculture in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. The organization relies on the participation of its community members to take care of ... Read More
The George Washington University
My project was on explaining the problems that are going on in Egypt right. Egypt is facing a huge increase of population in the last few years. However, people are not educated enough about using contraception methods to decrease the population... Read More

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