Editor's Pick

Planet Forward gets submissions from students, inventors, businesses, researchers - all kinds of people with great ideas to move the planet forward. Here are some of the best our staff have seen, with updates on where the projects are now.

Planet Forward Copy Editor | George Washington University
Genevieve Cullen, president of the Electric Drive Transit Association, joined Frank Sesno in a conversation about the future of electric transit in the United States at our Planet Forward Salon: The Future of Electric Transit.
View from shore of ocean and sky

The new California law will protect the plethora of life beneath the ocean's surface. (Emily Vidovich/George Washington University)

George Washington University
By no longer allowing California's swordfish fishery to use driftnets, the state has prioritized the creation of an environmentally sound industry and stood up against outdated, harmful practices.
Tutorial: How to Use OpenStreetMap
Tutorial: How to Use OpenStreetMap
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin - Madison
Who said changing the world had to be difficult? With new mapping technology, you can do it from nearly anywhere—even the comfort of your own couch.
World leaders enter to speak at the Global Commission on Adaptation

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva enter the Hall of Knights. (Molly Glick/Northwestern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
This Tuesday marked the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation, an environmental initiative led by Bill Gates, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.
The George Washington University
Planet Forward recently hosted a conversation: “The Science of Science Communication: Telling a Story with Impact.” Our expert presenters brought a realistic approach to the pitfalls of science communication and offered some advice for improving it.
Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
Throwback Thursday: In preparation for next Friday's Urban Agriculture Symposium, we're highlighting this piece about DC rooftop farming company Up Top Acres. You'll see the farm director at the symposium.

Cutterhead, shield and partial trailing gantries of the tunnel boring machine known as Lady Bird. (Photo courtesy DC Water)

School Without Walls Senior High School
When her husband took office in 1963, Claudia Alta Johnson, better known as Lady Bird, made it her mission to protect and preserve the environment. Now a giant machine, akin to a mechanical earthworm, denominated Lady Bird, has a similar mission.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, "The challenges today are not a question of if we have the the opportunity to make progress on these issues but how do we act when we can’t see the problems?” (Photo: GWU)

Senior Writer, Planet Forward
Effective storytelling rests at the nexus of innovations seeking to address the urgent social and environmental sustainability challenges facing cities across the globe. This was the overarching theme of the 2016 Planet Forward Summit.
Planet Forward Intern/Marymount University
There's a reason ramen is so popular among college students — the price. Is it possible, on a student's budget, to not only eat a balanced diet (hint: put down the ramen) but also shop and eat sustainably? We explore how to do it.
Why Should We Be Excited About Farming?
Why Should We Be Excited About Farming?
Digital Media Producer, Planet Forward
What do the experts think about the biggest questions in agriculture and climate change? We tracked them down at the 2015 Feeding the Planet Summit, and asked for you.

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