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(Photo courtesy Andreas Carlgren)

Loyola University Chicago
Sweden's former Minister of the Environment, Andreas Carlgren, instructs students at The Newman Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and in this Q&A, provides unique insight into the environmental consciousness that pervades the country.

An aerial view of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton, Delaware. Wetlands, like those shown here, has many benefits for a bay's ecosystem, including filtering runoff, mitigating floods, and as a home to baby fish and invertebrates. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

University of Delaware
The health of the Delaware Bay is in question. Human activities, even those at the far reaches of a watershed, can deeply effect a bay's ecosystem. So how can we prevent more damage and work on restoration?
Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Columbia University
There's a lot to love about Trader Joe's, including their impressive food donation program, which benefits local communities of each and every store.
Beef

Sustainable cattle farming creates a smaller carbon footprint in Freiburg, Germany. But is sustainable cattle ranching feasible on the large scale that the U.S. beef market demands? (Shandra Furtado/Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Columbia University
Beef is a major player in our food system, but at what cost? Correspondent Katherine Baker discusses the effects of beef on the environment and our health in this op-ed. 
Tara McLaughlin, president of Kalu Yala Institute

Tara McLaughlin, president of Kalu Yala Institute, speaks about her background doing volunteer work abroad and current efforts of Kalu Yala to increase integration with San Miguel. (Abigail Foerstner/Medill)

Northwestern University
Real estate entrepreneur Jimmy Stice hopes to build small, sustainable houses in Kalu Yala, the jungle retreat, eco-town, and host to an institute for college interns he founded in the Panamanian rainforest. Medill's Leah Dunlevy reports.

Biology student Selah Phillips collects algae at the Pacora River. She hopes the oil she has extracted from the algae can be processed into sustainable biodiesel. (Maddie Burakoff/Medill)

Northwestern University
Maddie Burakoff of Medill reports that at eco-institute Kalu Yala, researchers seek out environmental solutions in the midst of one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, but grapple with sustaining their own progress.

The responses to the Freshest Cargo truck have been really positive, said Danielle Hamilton, Education Program Manager at Fresh Approach. One of their regular visitors explains that in their hometown of Antioch, California, finding fresh produce is difficult, as “the closest decent grocery stores are over 10 miles away.” Additionally, prices, sustainable farming, and CalFresh discounts make this truck a great addition to the community. (Photos courtesy of Fresh Approach)

UC Berkeley
A California nonprofit uses an innovative, sustainable approach to combat food insecurity in the Bay Area, finding solutions by understanding the challenges communities face.
Northwestern University
Medill's Nefertari Bilal reports: The rise of tourism in Guna Yala promises profit, but locals face challenges posed by both globalization that tourism brings and the threat of the industry's collapse, posed by climate change. 
Zoe St. John farm tour

Kalu Yala agriculture director Zoe St. John discusses the food they are growing to feed the community. (Colin Boyle/Medill)

Northwestern University
Kalu Yala is host to small scale agroforestry in the Panamanian jungle — rows of alternating crops integrated with the natural environment, an image of the symbiosis that can exist between humans and the environment. Grace Wade reports for Medill.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
We just concluded our 2018 Planet Forward storytelling expedition to Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Our Storyfest winners were dazzled by the ecosystems and the wildlife.

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