Storyfest 2022

Check out our Storyfest 2022 Finalists!

Two red foxes in a parking lot in between a car and a moterbike

Foxes in a Finland city (Rural Explorer/Unsplash)

George Washington University
The narrative presented in the media was clear: the COVID-19 lockdowns allowed nature and the environment a temporary reprieve. But how much did lockdown really impact air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Learning about the environment in the environment is a story I have honor in telling.
University of California, Berkeley
We can do our part in refurnishing our yards, and by extension our cities, for birds to feel at home in our neighborhoods (even though they may not have had a choice in moving in).
People in the midst of coastal vegetation pulling out invasive ice plants under a blue sky,

Photo taken by Big Sur Land Trust volunteer coordinator Jose Carlos at ice plant pulling event at Martin Dunes, California, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo courtesy Jose Carlos)

Middlebury College
In the face of the widespread presence of the ice plant along hundreds of miles of coastline, is there any hope that the California coastal ecosystem could ever be returned to its natural state?
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Located on Onondaga Lake, what was once deemed as the second most polluted lake in the nation, the Skä•Noñh Center highlights what it means to care for the Earth.
A white bird rests next to a colorful ball of red and blue plastic waste.

Visible plastic waste (A_Different_Perspective/Pixabay)

George Washington University
The George Washington University issued a ban on single-use plastics at university events, however, it failed to address the microplastics pollution that comes from its merchandise.
Young woman in a green shirt and black cap holds binoculars and stands next to a man in a neutral shirt and cap in a forested area next to a body of shallow water.

(Courtesy of Joann Talano)

Middlebury College
This StoryMap offers readers a creative way to visually grasp the basics of GIS mapping technology and how it is used for environmental conservation and planning purposes.
Amber-colored winged bug on a green leaf.

A Brood X cicada on a leaf (Bill Nino/Unsplash).

George Washington University
During the Brood X cicada emergence in the spring of 2021, an entomologist used environmental education to alleviate fear and spark fascination about the insects among Washington, D.C. elementary school students.
White birds nesting in the hallow of a tree.

Cockatoos nest in tree cavities, many of which are found in the urban parks in Hong Kong’s city centre. (Photo courtesy of Astrid Andersson)

George Washington University
Researchers from Hong Kong University have developed a forensic tool that could help both officials and pet buyers know the truth about an animal’s origins.
Man in cap stands on a pier holding a fishing rod, the line of which is cast into a body of blue water under a blue sky with white clouds.

Fisherman Mark Brooks fishes off the Sunshine Skyway North Pier. Mark is just one example of how fishing fosters community and sustainability. (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Sr. Correspondent | Eckerd College
With an increasing demand for waterfront properties and the growing impact of climate change, fishing communities are in danger; but, the societal and economic roles filled by fishing are irreplaceable.