Storyfest 2017


Our Storyfest 2017 grand prize winners traveled to the Brazilian rainforest with the "Godfather of Biodiversity" Tom Lovejoy and Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno in June 2017. The winners are:

  • Fan Favorite WINNER: Don't kill my buzz by Nolan Hausler & Emily Robinson, The George Washington University


The full list of Storyfest 2017 finalists is below.

The Innovator Award:

- An American in India by Kara Morgan, Northeastern University

- Fires of the future: Meet the Oregon innovators fighting global pollution with rocket stoves by Jacob Lebel, Umpqua Community College

- Great Scott! Meet the modern day Doc Brown by Amanda Menas & Zoe Spielvogel, The George Washington University

- Learning from a native perspective with Robin Wall Kimmerer by Zachary Smith, SUNY-ESF

- Redefining progress by Jayme Dittmar, University of Montana


The Right Brain Award:

- Don't kill my buzz by Nolan Hausler & Emily Robinson, The George Washington University

The language of birds by Tomasz Falkowski, SUNY-ESF

Protecting not protesting by Alexandrea Rager, Colorado State University

- The Simple Life by Darby McGlone, Sewanee: The University of the South

- Taking notes from the planet: Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s watershed project by Harrison Watson, Jackson State University


The Left Brain Award:

- Bringing back bald eagles by Carrick Palmer, SUNY-ESF

- Chestnut revival: How genetics could bring back an American giant by Olivia Iannone, SUNY-ESF

- Green infrastructure: A calm after the storm by Dan Douglas, SUNY-ESF

- Island style ingenuity by Matilda Kreider, The George Washington University

- Puerto Rico: A 'canary in the coal mine' for climate change by Janice Cantieri, Northwestern University


The Visionary Award:

- Helping the homeless with Miriam’s Kitchen by Luca Silveira, The George Washington University

Pedestrian streets: The scalability of Strøget by Nathaniel Wiener, Middlebury College

Power walking with purpose: Kinetic energy pathways by Natalie Maher, The George Washington University

Stewards of the sea: Community Supported Fisheries charting a new course for Oregon's seafood industry by Jacob Lebel, Umpqua Community College

- This brunch is grown in the restaurant's basement by Aishvarya Kavi & Annabel Epstein, The George Washington University


The 22nd Century Award:

- Algae: Fuel for the future by Sera Royal, The George Washington University

- Food of the future: How an open-source computing project could revolutionize what we eat by Olivia Iannone, SUNY-ESF

- Paper houses: How one company is revolutionizing the architecture industry by Sydney Greene, Arizona State University

University of Montana
Dr. Tom Lovejoy revels in the importance of a connected rainforest ecosystem in the Amazon and the role that Camp 41 serves — embedding human aspiration in natural landscapes.
Planet Forward
Without further ado, the Storyfest 2017 grand prize winners are...
Planet Forward
A Q&A with our finalists in the 22nd Century category. 
Planet Forward
A Q&A with our finalists in the Visionary category. 
Planet Forward
A Q&A with our finalists in the Left Brain category. 
Planet Forward
A Q&A with our finalists in the Right Brain category. 
Planet Forward
A Q&A with our finalists in the Innovator category. 
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The environmental movement tends to portray humans as this evil parasite sucking the life from this world. I'm not arguing that humans aren't altering the earth at an alarming rate, but the issue is much more complicated than the way we portray it.
Umpqua Community College
Dr. Larry Winiarski and the Aprovecho Research Center are working to bring clean-burning and efficient cookstove technology to developing countries.
Colorado State University
The Keystone Pipeline threatens the livelihood of the Sioux Tribe, ardent advocates of the sanctity of their land and the water which flows through it.