Darby Minow Smith

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

Cities

A green Salt Lake City? Thank the Mormon pioneers, says Sustainability Director Vicki Bennett

A forward-thinking mayor and progressive community help the cause, too.

Cities

Breaking: Portland sustainability chief admits ‘Portlandia’ isn’t really a parody

Sustainability boss Susan Anderson explains how America's green capitol got that way -- and how Portland faces challenges that go beyond making sure the cool kids have enough food trucks.

Cities

Phish Food for thought: Even Burlington can get greener

Burlington, Vt., is the land of socialist senators and Ben & Jerry’s. But sustainability chief Jennifer Green says the town still has its work cut out for it.

Living

Heritage seed icons bring back pioneer chic

Emilee and Jere Gettle run the largest mail-order heritage seed business in the U.S. -- and have neo-Amish wardrobes straight out of an old Sears catalog.

Cities

Can you green a ghost town? Lauren Riga of Gary, Ind., is going to try

Gary, Indiana: It’s not all Music Man. The sustainability chief tells us what it’s like doing environmental work in a shuttered, post-apocalyptic town.

Living

San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn

Artist Michael Swaine fixes clothes for free on San Francisco streets. But he envisions going beyond fighting throwaway culture to start helping others build community.

Cities

Sustainability doesn’t happen overnight, says Santa Monica’s Shannon Parry

Santa Monica couldn't have gotten so green without an engaged community, says its assistant director of sustainability. Solar-powered ferris wheels don't hurt, either.

Cities

Flagstaff sustainability chief Nicole Woodman keeps a cool head as temperatures rise

It’s one thing to paint the town green if you live in left-leaning, eco-conscious climes. It’s another story altogether if you live in Arizona.

Cities

Southern sustainability: Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

The manager of Asheville, N.C.’s sustainability office talks about her Twitter profile, making sustainability pay, and how her city is blowing Portland out of the water.

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