Storyfest 2019

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STORYFEST 2019 WINNERS!

Grand prize winners will travel with Planet Forward and Lindblad Expeditions for an unrivaled expedition to the legendary and unique ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands in August 2019, and report on the unparalleled stories found there.

- ARTICLE:  Peter Jurich, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 'Gross' and unpopular, but dumpster diving can help the planet

- MULTIMEDIA / PHOTO ESSAY: Vicki Deng, Reed College. The unseen heroes to our plastic waste

- PODCAST: Guy Ginsberg, The George Washington University. Resilience Ep. 1 - How electric vehicles are making Costa Rica more resilient

- SHAREABLE / SHORT VIDEO: Terrius Harris, University of Mississippi. Conservation meditation

- VIDEO: Ellen Wang, The George Washington University. How we can get a handle on food waste

- FAN FAVORITE: Haley Knighten & Christina Trexler, University of Arkansas. Environmental STEMinism

Santa Fe College
Humans have acquired the power to significantly alter the changing world around us. How can we make changes for the better?
Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
A governmental push to monetize the national parks of Argentina faces scrutiny from residents protesting both the blatant grab for tourist dollars and the concern over commercializing pristine, natural areas.
View of Earth from Messenger

(NASA)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
As we experience the repercussions of environmental damage, it is easy to dwell on the negatives. But every action and policy people have worked for pays off! Here are six environmental achievements showing ways humanity has not let us down.
compost bins

Two compost bins side-by-side. The bin on the left contains broken down organic material, while the one on the right contains fresh food scraps that have yet to break down. (David Silver/Flickr)

George Washington University
Urban composting programs have been popping up nationwide, and Common Good City Farm offers the DC area to have one of its own.

Anand Varma spoke at the 2018 Planet Forward Summit about his parasite project. He said he tried to approach something most people would shy away from and make it interesting enough that the audience will investigate and learn. (Adam Mason for Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
National Geographic Explorer and science photographer Anand Varma has a unique approach when crafting a story that involves complex science subjects, always with the audience's interests in mind.
Tequile native spins thread

A Tequile native spins thread. (Isabella Zambrano/George Washington University)

The George Washington University
The story I am telling does not belong to me, it belongs to the people on the island of Taquile, Peru. This story map tells of the concept of "El Buen Vivir" and how it breaks the ideas that some countries may have about sustainability. 

(Middlebury College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Middlebury College
At one of the most prominent institutions to make the commitment to divestment, students' dedication and a change in tactics proved successful — and garnered support from faculty and the college community along the way.
Planet Forward Correspondent | GW Law School
Algae blooms have created toxic conditions in lakes around the world, but is there a way to naturally control them?
Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
Researchers at Northwestern University are transforming complicated biotechnology into a simple an easy tool for farmers to test for crop disease with Plant-Dx.
scooters on the sidewalk

A row of Lime scooters ready for public use in Austin, Texas. (Luis Tamayo/Creative Commons)

University of Georgia
Despite drawing ire from some, pay-by-ride electric scooters are rapidly gaining popularity in urban areas across the country, creating a greener option for getting around town. 

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