Planet Forward is pleased to announce seven student winners for our fourth annual storytelling competition — Storyfest.
Winners will travel to Alaska, courtesy Alaska Airlines, for an 8-day voyage between Sitka and Juneau with Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion with Lindblad-National Geographic photo instructors, naturalists and scientists to explore Alaska's coastal wilderness.
“The Planet Forward Storyfest winners brought together commitment, information, and storytelling to spark our imaginations and inspire us,” said Frank Sesno, Chief Executive at Planet Forward and Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. “They are already moving the planet forward."
"Sven Lindblad's investment in this initiative reflects his passion of the environment, his love of exploration, and his belief in the power of story. The stories our students we will tell aboard his ship will showcase the incredible ecosystems of one of the last frontiers," added Sesno.
The grand prize winners are:
MOST COMPELLING CHARACTER(S)
Tutors for a farming illiterate society
Shandra Furtado, The George Washington University
MOST CREATIVITY IN THE ART OF
ENVIRONMENTAL STORYTELLING (TIE)
Changing minds in the age of changing climate
Navya Pothamsetty, University of California-Berkeley
We've been 'shellfish' enough already: It's time to take care of the Chesapeake Bay
Ashley Gallagher and Jordan Mullaney, The George Washington University
BEST USE OF SCIENCE OR DATA IN
Counting calories? Count your carbon, too
Katherine Baker, Columbia University
BEST SCALABLE INNOVATION
From waste to wetlands: A small town solution to water scarcity
Vanessa Moss, Sewanee: The University of the South
MOST AMBITIOUS IDEA
New gadget helps find household leaks, save water & money
Emily Arnold, Georgetown University
THE GW PRIZE
Where does it go? Composting at GWU
See the full list of finalists and ALL of the Storyfest 2018 entries.