Jennifer Langston

Jennifer Langston is a news editor for Sightline Institute a nonprofit research and communications center for the Pacific Northwest. She co-edits Sightline's daily news service and is a former reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Living

Playing house: Making tiny-home living work with kids

Living in a tiny house with kids sounds like a nightmare. But those living the dream say the biggest challenges can turn out to be unexpected blessings.

Food

Immigrant farmers grow against the odds

As the majority of American farmers near retirement age, immigrant and minority farmers are stepping up in the face of adversity to take their places.

Better Eating Through Engineering

I’ve been interested in efforts to improve school lunches ever since my days as a reporter at the Seattle P-I, and here’s one of the coolest ideas I’ve run across: the “smart cafeteria.” Despite our best efforts to get kids to love jicama sticks or broccoli spears, you can’t really force them to eat something they don’t want to. But this nifty New York Times interactive graphic, based on research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Program, demonstrates that subtle changes in the way food is presented and labeled can make a big difference in how …

Statistics help a mom cut the car seat tether

I rode the Seattle streetcar today with my nearly two-year-old daughter. It was her first “school” field trip, and her classmates had been excited about it for weeks. There were lively debates in the Rainforest Room about whether the streetcar would be purple or orange. Edie, who wore her lavender shirt for “trolley day,” picked wrong but didn’t mind. Her daycare class had prepared for the round-trip ride from South Lake Union to Westlake by learning about different kinds of transportation: making trains out of chairs, creating pictures with car wheels dipped in paint, watching seaplanes land in Lake Union, …

Cashed Coal Plants

As the US struggles to agree on an energy policy, Canada is telling energy providers that they’ll have to gradually close their coal plants when they reach the end of their commercial life, which in most cases is 5 to 15 years from now. As a weekend story in The Globe and Mail explains, the companies would not be allowed to replace or extend the life of those coal plants without adding technology to capture and sequester carbon dioxide. It’s not clear exactly how the Canadian government will achieve its goal, but it seems like the strategy is basically to …

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