Planet Forward

Climate, Food, Energy, Water, Urban research clusters



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.

One of the key pieces of engagement Planet Forward uses is Storyfest — its annual student storytelling contest — which rewards winners with a storytelling expedition like no other. Watch our video to see what our 2017 Storyfest winners experienced in the Amazon rainforest — and the real inspiration we provide students, from a diverse mix of colleges across the country.

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Rob Caldwell


The Planet Forward Summit

The Planet Forward Summit convenes annually over two days at GW. We bring together more than 350 students, storytellers, global leaders, innovators, and scientists from around the world to examine, celebrate, and reward inspiring stories of solutions that can move the planet forward. Read about the 2017 Summit and check out the report from our 2016 Summit.


Planet Forward in the Amazon