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Ietef Vita: Rapping the righteousness of wheatgrass juice

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Three blocks from his old high school in the historic Five Points district of Denver, Colo., recalls Ietef Vita, stands a youth penitentiary where friends Vita hasn't seen since middle school are still locked up. Gentrification is now starting to …

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Neverending nigiri: Kristofor Lofgren fights for sustainable sushi

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Kristofor Lofgren says he never imagined "in a billion years" that he would end up trying to save the world as "the proprietor of a sushi restaurant." After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, having majored in political science and American studies, …

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Alexi Arango: Teaching solar to take a quantum-dot leap

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. From the moment Alexi Arango walked into Professor Sue Carter's physics lab as an undergraduate at U.C. Santa Cruz and started learning how to make his own photovoltaic solar cells, he was "hooked." "It sounds really weird," he acknowledges, "but …

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Justin Maxson: An Appalachian trailblazer for sustainability

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Justin Maxson has learned at least one big thing in his 10 years as president of MACED, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development: When he tries to convince rural eastern Kentucky residents about the benefits of energy efficiency or …

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Karen Luken: A one-woman waste management authority

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. When Karen Luken says she feels "blessed" to have had a career in solid waste management, she isn't joking, even if you can hear the lilt of a laugh behind her words. For 25 years, Luken -- currently the global  …

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Julian Rodriguez-Drix: An organizer whose lectures ruffle feathers

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Google Julian Rodriguez-Drix's name and one of the highest ranked hits is an April 2010 article in the arch-conservative American Spectator magazine, "Lyin' For Climate Indoctrination." Writer Paul Chesser breathlessly alerts readers that the "slick" Rodriguez-Drix is nefariously spreading "the …

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Rue Mapp: Black and green and web all over

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. As an African-American kid growing up in Oakland, Calif., in the 1970s and '80s, Rue Mapp stood out. Unlike most of her peers, her family left the city as often as possible to drive two hours north to their ranch …

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House’s collaboration cart puts community planning on the street

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. As an architect, Brooklyn resident Dylan House has always preferred hands-on work. Instead of drawing up blueprints and sketching designs, he likes to build things. That may explain why one recent weekend in November he and some of his colleagues …

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Grassroots pesticide fighter takes on the big polluters

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. If you spend a little time Googling Mari Rose Taruc, the staff director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, you'll find that the adjective most likely to be applied to her is "fierce." Taruc laughs delightedly when told this. "I'm …

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A co-op movement grows in Cleveland

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Conventional wisdom holds that the forward-looking coastal enclaves of the United States are where we're supposed to expect cutting edge experiments in building a green economy. But if Ted Howard has his way, every activist who wants to promote green …