Grist staff

Kipchoge Spencer of Xtracycle and Worldbike answers questions

Kipchoge Spencer. What work do you do? I’m president of Xtracycle Inc. and cofounder of Worldbike. I’m also lead singer of the Ginger Ninjas. What does your organization do? Xtracycle invented and makes car-trip-replacing, life-enhancing, sport-utility bicycles, long bikes, and …

Gerald Prolman, CEO of Organic Bouquet, answers questions

Gerald Prolman. What work do you do? I’m CEO of Organic Bouquet. How does it relate to the environment? Organic Bouquet is the world’s first online organic florist. All the flowers we sell are grown in a manner that is …

Readers talk back about Montreal, nuclear power, holiday lights, and more

  Re: All This Aggravation Ain’t Satisfactionin’ Us Dear Editor: For the first time ever, you got a story completely wrong. Environmental groups just won a huge victory at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on …

Eilon Schwartz, founder of The Heschel Center, answers questions

Eilon Schwartz. What work do you do? I’m the founder and executive director of The Heschel Center, an environmental NGO in Israel. I am also an academic, teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. What does your organization do? Only …

Readers talk back about shade-grown coffee, composting toilets, veganism, and more

  Re: Buzz Alterin’ Dear Editor: You say that shade-grown is not a make-or-break aspect of coffee choice. It is if you want to see the Baltimore oriole. The species is declining by 4 percent a year because the trees …

José A. Zaglul, EARTH University prez, answers questions

José A. Zaglul. What work do you do? I am the president of EARTH University, a private, not-for-profit, international institution. What does your organization do? Our mission is to promote sustainable development in the tropics through the creation of professionals …

Terry Kellogg, director of 1% for the Planet, answers questions

Terry Kellogg. What work do you do? I’m the executive director of 1% for the Planet. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? 1% is a rapidly growing network of companies (more than …

Readers talk back about big-box stores, hot water, peak oil, and more

  Re: The Wrong Target Dear Editor: It’s laudable that Grist would strive to include diverse viewpoints. However, I am disappointed that the editors would accept such a shoddy piece of journalism. Having a minority opinion (at least among environmentalists) …

Rick Durden, green pilot and head of LightHawk, answers questionsRick Durden, green pilot and head o

Rick Durden. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I have recently become the executive director of LightHawk, sometimes referred to as “the wings of conservation.” What does your organization do? We work with other environmental and conservation organizations to …