Darby Minow Smith

Darby Minow Smith is Grist's assistant managing editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Climate & Energy

How to explain the atmosphere with a soccer ball

The next time your climate-denying uncle says it's arrogant to assume people can affect the atmosphere, show him this.

Living

Lose the girdle: Sustainable ‘Mad Men’ fashion for plus-sized awesome

Anslee Connell is one of the few full-figured designers making her fare out of recycled fabrics. And she hopes her work will empower women to feel good and do something awesome.

Living

There must be 50 ways to share your sweater

We'd like to help you in your struggle to be free. Here's how to stop buying and start sharing, swapping, and renting clothes.

Living

Knit together: Can collaborative fashion change the way we approach clothing?

Amy Twigger Holroyd wants to slow fashion down and empower people to make their own long-lasting, sharable clothing.

Cities

Lessons from the women who are leading the sustainable cities movement

Grist’s assistant editor, Darby Minow Smith, looks back at more than a dozen interviews with urban sustainability directors and reflects on what they -- and all of you -- taught her.

Cities

Oak Park test drives a blackout-proof, solar-powered smart grid

Our infrastructure should be as smart as our phones, says Oak Park, Ill., Sustainability Manager K.C. Poulos.

Cities

Keeping a growing Austin green — and weird — is no easy task

Austin, Texas, grew a whopping 51.1 percent in 10 years. Is it possible for a city to grow quickly and retain its character? Lucia Athens, Austin's sustainability director, hopes so.

Cities

Ignore the Midwest at your own risk, says a Kansas sustainability director

Kansas may be the testing grounds for a Tea Party America, but we need the Midwest if we're going to get anything done, argues the sustainability coordinator of Lawrence, Kan.

Cities

Norfolk, Va., has a plan to keep its head above water

The lovely old city floods regularly -- and scientists warn the area will experience worse-than-average sea-level rise. Sustainability chief Denise Thompson shares Norfolk's plans for staying dry.

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