About Us

Effective environmental and science communication is needed now more than ever.

Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students. It is the premier engagement tool for GW’s many sustainability initiatives.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno formed Planet Forward in 2009 to empower new voices and lead a global conversation on the planet’s future.

Engaging a diverse audience of college students from across the country, Planet Forward uses storytelling, media, and educational events to tell the stories of invention and innovation that can move the planet forward.

Just one of the ways we work with students is our annual storytelling contest, Storyfest, which rewards winners with a storytelling expedition like no other. Watch the video above to see what our 2017 Storyfest winners experienced in the Amazon rainforest — and hear the real inspiration we provide students, from a diverse mix of colleges across the country.

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