Sustainability

Student in a GW sweatshirt smiles while holding up a decorated blue water bottle.

Student shows off their newly decorated Didómi bottle. (Brian Bishop/Didómi)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
George Washington University kicked off its campaign to distribute 30,000 reusable water bottles to the GW community through a partnership with Didómi.
Four shots of a model in a black and white colored tunic
George Washington University
Through fashion, Brazilian designer Daniel Davilla detects the intrinsic beauty of “junk” and molds it into a garment that appeals to all audiences.
An illustration of a green globe encompassed by green skyscrapers with a towering hoops with vines at center.

Like many large corporations, Google has made numerous claims about their environmental sustainability and mitigation efforts. (geralt/Pixabay)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Like many corporations, Google has made numerous claims about their environmental sustainability and mitigation efforts. In order to examine their validity, I interviewed a current Google employee about this topic and conducted my own research.
Woman in a mask and brown shirt sits working amidst garment equipment and other workers.

Photo by FABRIC Incubator

Planet Forward Correspondent | Arizona State University
A non-profit fashion incubator based in Tempe, Arizona is focused on helping apparel entrepreneurs enter the industry in a sustainable manner. They have founded several initiatives to minimize waste in the fashion industry.
Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Franklin & Marshall College
Learn more about Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) and their impact in Ghana and on the international stage, from the perspective of GAYO Project Coordinator Betty Osse Bonsu.
White plastic bag floating in a body of water.

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Planet Forward Correspondent | Ithaca College
So Long, Single-Use? | There’s plenty of confusion and debate around plastic bans on both the political and practical level. It’s easy to get lost in the logistics of it all –– but, at the heart of it, there’s one question: Are bag laws effective?
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.
A man in a red t-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, and glasses stands with his hands on this hips looking to the left of the frame, standing in a field of grain.

Greg McGlinch owns Down Home Farms, a 450-acre family farming operation in Darke County, Ohio. “I hate seeing soil go down the creek because you’re losing a lot of valuable nutrients,” he said on June 26, 2021. “A lot of that you can’t put a monetary value on” (Photo by Jules Struck).

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | Emerson College
Interest in sustainable farming practices is building, and while independent and governmental conservation organizations can be good resources for promoting ecological practices, farmers say that swapping information peer-to-peer works best.
A man and woman in casual attire stand several yards apart, looking at one another, in an agricultural feild surrounded by residential houses.

Decker Woods and Sophia Cooper exchange farming tips in Big Muddy Farms’ biggest plot, July 6, 2021 (Photo by Jules Struck).

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | Emerson College
Big Muddy Urban Farm minimizes some of the financial barriers that keep potential farmers from entering the industry, like low profit.
A young woman in glasses and a shirt that reads "America needs Lesbian Farmers." smiles in front of a background of agricultural fields.

Hannah Breckbill, the founder of Humble Hands Harvest, stands near the farm’s vegetable patch, July 2, 2021. “I didn’t grow up in farming, so I didn’t come with any preconceived notions,” she said. “Sustainability seemed like the obvious thing to aim for, as a farmer” (Photo by Jules Struck).

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | Emerson College
It's hard for new farmers to find affordable land to buy. A community of Iowans banded together to solve that issue for a farmer in their neighborhood.

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