Effective environmental and science communication is needed now more than ever. Planet Forward, a project created by Middlebury Alum Frank Sesno ‘77 and hosted at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by college students.

Three speakers on the stage; behind them are signs that read "2022 Planet Forward Summit" and "George Washington University."
(Credit: Frank Sesno, JMA, Sustainability )

Share your stories

The Planet Forward Storyfest Awards highlight the voices of students, seeking to understand and illuminate their own innovations for how to best care for the earth. Stories that inspire, motivate, and drive change. Stories that are compelling, thought-provoking, and vibrantly stimulating. 

Submit a Story

Check out the 2023 Storyfest finalists from Middlebury: 

A photo portrait of Joshua Rosenstein, a student of Middlebury College and a Planet Forward Correspondent.

At Middlebury, sustainability is about more than our renewable energy projects and ‘green’ buildings. It is an integral part of how we teach, work, and play. With innovative ideas from the campus community, a supportive administration, and the oldest undergraduate environmental studies program in the country, Middlebury provides a unique atmosphere to explore real-world problems. At Middlebury we have set milestones for carbon neutrality and renewable energy, for greening athletics, and for increasing local foods in our dining halls.

–– Joshua Rosenstein, Planet Foward Correspondent | Middlebury College

Become a Planet Forward Correspondent

Planet Forward Correspondents post their stories and work closely with staff to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas and determine how best to present these stories.

As a correspondent, you will have:

  • Featured Stories

    Submit 4 stories during the school year featured on planetforward.org. One story will be entered in Storyfest;

  • Travel Grant

    Receive a travel grant to the April Planet Forward Summit at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • VIP Access

    Enjoy VIP access at the Planet Forward Summit and other events.

  • Correspondent Lunch

    Attend a private correspondent lunch with former CNN Washington Bureau Chief and Planet Forward Founder Frank Sesno.

  • Workshop & Opportunities

    Access storytelling workshops, leadership opportunities, and mentorship from Planet Forward’s experienced media team.

Apply to become a Correspondent

Become an Indigenous Correspondent

The Ilíiaitchik: Indigenous Correspondents Program (ICP) is entirely led by Indigenous mentors and offers one-on-one feedback from Indigenous writers, journalists, and media producers to our student correspondents.

Read the ICP 2022-23 Annual Report here.

Apply to become an Indigenous Correspondent
Shoreline cliffs at Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia.
(Credit: Joshua Rosenstein )

Utilize the Planet Forward Storytelling Toolkit

The Storytelling Toolkit is designed to introduce you to the core communication pillars of format, structure, and aesthetics and to guide you towards mastering the communicative techniques that will make your story resonate with an audience.

Storytelling Toolkit

Planet Forward Pillar Schools

School logos from left to right: Arizona State University, Tuskegee University, The University of Arizona, ESF, Middlebury College, George Washington University.