Storyfest 2022

Check out our Storyfest 2022 Finalists!

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From left: Planet Forward Founding Director Frank Sesno; Leo, Operations Coordinator at Plantita Power; Jennifer Cuyuch, George Washington University, whose story covered Plantita Power; Halley Hughes, University of Arizona; Sven Lindblad; Farzona Comnas, George Washington University; Ryan Bieber, Ithaca College; and Dr. Imani M. Cheers, GW's Director of Academic Adventures. (Not pictured is Delaney Graham, SUNY-ESF.)

Founding Director, Planet Forward
We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual Storyfest competition – the very best stories from college students around the environment, sustainability, and innovative solutions from the past academic year.
Storyfest 2022
Founding Director, Planet Forward
The competition for the title of Storyfest winner is incredibly tough this year. After much deliberating from our committee of judges, we’re excited to announce the best of the best: this year’s Storyfest finalists.
Grayscale image of a flock of birds flying in an urban landscape

(Ian Battaglia/Unsplash)

The George Washington University
Sunnyvale, California recently began using lasers to deter large flocks of roosting crows. The effectiveness of these tools, however, can vary.
Northwestern University
As the COVID-19 pandemic increased the nationwide prevalence of common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and Chicagoans turned to community gardening to counteract the symptoms last summer.
Infographic showing protein sequencing process and aquaculture components in New Zealand.

Click to expand. (Michaela Compo/George Washington University)

George Washington University
Paving the way for the future of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry, The Cawthron Institute is collaborating with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Wakatū Incorporation to study the native species of karengo.
George Washington University
This podcast introduces the idea of food representation, an addition to the Farm Bill that will turn food swamps and deserts into lush rainforest with diverse variety of accessible, nutritional foods.
Planet Forward Correspondent | Eckerd College
In this video essay, Planet Forward Correspondent Kaitlyn Copland reflects on her coastal upbringing and connects it to the importance of ocean conservation and education.
Arizona State University
In this short documentary, Planet Forward Comcast Sustainable Storytelling Fellow McKenzie Allen-Charmley chronicles the water crisis on the Navajo Nation and changemakers addressing it.
Garden bed with green sprouts covered by a dome of plastic sheeting.

A hoop house composed with plastic sheeting and tubes provides cover for a raised garden in Washington, DC. (Lance Cheung/USDA (Public Domain Mark 1.0))

University of Maryland
University of Maryland international Ph.D. student Krisztina Christmon launched her award-winning idea of repurposing farm plastic as part of a university innovation challenge in 2020. One year later, she serves as CEO of Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC.
A low, gray storm cloud over a body of water.

A cloud looms over the water of Pacific Harbour, Fiji. (Timothy Ah Koy/Unsplash)

Northwestern University
Climate change threatens El Niño and other ages-old weather systems with severe disruptions. Understanding the baseline influences on this system is key to gauging how it may be altered through climate changes.

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