Grist staff

Readers sound off on “sustainable” buildings that ain’t, Clinton’s record, and more

  Semanticable Re: Lofty Ambitions Dear Editor: I absolutely applaud Boyle and Brown’s efforts to create such an amazing living space. Their commitment to reusing materials is exactly the direction that construction, as well as industry, should be headed. My …

Hunter Lovins, thinker on sustainability, answers questions

Hunter Lovins. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am a member of several real environmental organizations, like Environmental Defense and Earth Island Institute. Recently I have founded two new organizations: Natural Capitalism, Inc. (NCI), a for-profit consulting company …

Bye Polar

Polar Bears Are in Peril The latest charismatic megafauna on the chopping block of the modern age is the polar bear. Despite the work of dedicated conservationists, polar-bear populations are declining and experts worry they may disappear entirely within decades. …

Andrew Light, an enviro-academic, answers questions

Andrew Light. What work do you do? I’m a philosopher specializing mostly in environmental ethics and am currently Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy and director of the graduate program in Environmental Conservation Education at New York University in Manhattan. How …

Politics

Ray Vaughan, an environmental lawyer, answers questions

Ray Vaughan. With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am executive director of WildLaw. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? WildLaw is a nonprofit environmental law firm that represents hundreds of …

Erin Simmons, an advocate for healthy oceans, answers questions

If Everybody Had an Ocean With what environmental organization are you affiliated? I am West Coast organizer for Oceana. What does your organization do? What, in a perfect world, would constitute “mission accomplished”? Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the …

Readers sound off on eco-jobs, old growth, and more

  Kicking Peterson’s Tongass Re: Shake Dat Tongass Dear Editor: U.S. Representative John Peterson (R-Penn.), who commented that old-growth forests don’t support the kind of wildlife he and his fellow hunters like, is right. That’s because they live in Pennsylvania …

Politics

EPA chief Mike Leavitt hits the swing states

Leavitt, alone. Photo: U.S. EPA. Have a look at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt‘s calendar over the last several months and you’ll notice that it appears to be in lockstep with the Karl Rove playbook. “I’d hardly call …

Tim McCormick, public transit evangelist, answers questions

What environmental organization are you affiliated with? I’m planning manager at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. It provides public transit for the state of Rhode Island. What do you really do, on a day-to-day basis? My job is really …