Congratulations to our Storyfest 2020 finalists:
- Brooke Bowser, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Soulardarity: A community’s success in energy democracy
- Natalie Chun, Northwestern University. Climate change is simply scientific fact for Illinois school districts regardless of political party
- Codi Clark, Texas Tech. Urban resilience for rural revitalization
- Mahalia Dryak, Reed College. What do we do about urban heat islands
- Alexander Gottdiener, Princeton University. Bird-watching in an age of anxiety
- Greta Hardy-Mittell, Carleton College. A society for the birds
- Anthony Karambelas, Santa Monica College. Remember Who?
- Matilda Kreider, George Washington University. Tipping the balance for fisheries on the small scale
- Brendan Rose, SUNY Purchase. Florida’s aquifer is in crisis — but there’s still time to save it
- Deepti Bansal Gage, GW Law School. Wait! Before you squish that bug…
- Emily Mortensen, SUNY New Paltz. Mushroom shed
- Arik Palileo, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. Saving the bees
- Lucie Rochat, Middlebury College. This is now: The climate crisis at Middlebury College
- Dylan Simard, Arizona State University. Making a home for fish in the desert takes a little help – and a lot of PVC
- Lizzie Stricklin, George Washington University. How do you speak for the river?
- Avery Van Etten, Northwestern University. Sea-level rise threatens the Florida Keys (3-part series)
- Arielle Bader, George Washington University. SUPing garbage man
- Angelica Gonzalez, SUNY-ESF. Ghanian guide to sustainable living
- Matilda Kreider, George Washington University. Sandcastles and the seawall
- Paulina Oswald, Eckerd College. Seaside Seabird Sanctuary saviors
- Meg Rossie, SUNY-ESF. The effects of human disturbances on national parks
- Keaton Smith, Middlebury College. Life lessons from the farm
- Cate Twining-Ward, George Washington University. Clinging onto chimps: Why you should think of chimpanzees during the climate crisis
- Francesca Edralin, George Washington University. The solution is in the seaweed
- Carolyne Im, George Washington University. The myth of single-use plastic bags
- Jess Makler, George Washington University. Precious Plastic: Providing a solution to plastic waste
- Jake Meyers, University of Arizona. Can urban farming feed the future?
- Lindsay Eberhart, SUNY-ESF. Tourist attraction, or environmental disaster?
- Francesca Edralin, George Washington University. You’ve heard them on the streets, now hear their stories
- Jordan Elder, Arizona State University. Using sunlight to make water
- Anne Flaherty, Eckerd College. We have a plastic problem. Eckerd College took action
- Caroline Hedgcock, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Crave Brothers: Dairy farming done different
- Jake Meyers, University of Arizona. Trump’s wall divides endangered species, unites activists
- Sarah Noyse, George Washington University. What’s happening to oysters in the Chesapeake Bay?
- Sarah Sem, George Washington University. What’s the beef with meatless burgers?
See all the 2020 Storyfest entries below - and don't forget to give your favorite pieces a thumbs-up. Every entry is in the running for our Fan Favorite Award!
Despite an increase in extreme weather, like that of 2012's superstorm Sandy, research tends to suggest that extreme weather does not have a lasting impact on public opinion. Shown here are areas of Long Island, N.Y., following Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/U.S. Coast Guard)
In 1987, Congress designated Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert as the permanent repository for all U.S. nuclear waste, and spent $15 billion on the site throughout the years. But facing strong local opposition, the site was never put into use and the project was abandoned. (White House photo)