sustainability

A photo of Cross with a brain in her hair and wearing a plaid coat, copying the Evermore cover. She has a chicken standing on her shoulder.

The day after the release of 'evermore,' Cross recreated the album cover with her chicken. Her posts can be seen on her Instagram @whatthecluckeggs.

The George Washington University
Caleigh Cross, a 27-year old Vermont woman, has had pet chickens for years, but she began to do something different with them this past year: pose alongside them to recreate Taylor Swift's album covers. 
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.
A farm, including three tall silos and several buildings, sits on green, grassy land below a blue sky with fluffy, white clouds.

A farm in Ohio, where soybean and corn are the biggest crops, June 23, 2021 (Photo by Jules Struck).

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | Emerson College
Farming sustainably is already hard work, and young potential farmers need to be creative to find a foothold in an aging industry.
Headshots of the 2021-22 Planet Forward Comcast NBCUnivesal Storytelling Fellows

Meet our Fellows (clockwise, from top left): McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Jelina Liu, Erich Eberhard, and Jennifer Cuyuch.

Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
The four Fellows will create mini-documentaries on the frontlines of sustainability to be screened to an audience of academics, professionals, and students in the fields of science and communication at the 2022 Planet Forward Summit.
Digital rendering of the three-level EngiNUity home with a balcony and a small outbuilding

The tri-level home offers two bedrooms and 2.5 baths as well as an additional bed and bath in the accessory dwelling unit. EngiNUity even included a deck. (Photo courtesy EngiNUity - Northwestern Solar Decathlon team)

Northwestern University
A team of Northwestern University engineering students won the 2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge by designing an energy-efficient home. Their approach makes us ask: Could small homes be a viable investment in a sustainable future? Medill's... Read More
Eckerd College
This short film follows Christyna Reagan as she runs her campaign, Planet over Plastic, which aims to hold corporations, such as Whole Foods, accountable for their plastic waste.
University of California, Berkeley
"Color The Water" centers on a recently graduated University of Southern California student who is part of the organization, Color The Water, a nonprofit that gives people of color free surfing lessons as a means of healing.
Columbia University
The pandemic should be a golden opportunity to change the way we think about mental illness. So far, it hasn’t been.

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