Jonathan Hiskes

Jonathan Hiskes is a writer in Seattle and a former Grist staff reporter. Find him at and on Twitter.

The cost of smart-growth support for green groups

Nature lovers and urbanist types should be a natural alliance for the simple reason that people living in walk/bike/transit-friendly neighborhoods aren't sprawling out into forests, wetlands, or farmlands. Props to the Sierra Club for educating its members on this.

Big exciting news about building codes. No, really

Maybe it's more inspiring to look at glitzy new green developments like UniverCity or Vancouver's Olympic Village, but these new energy codes improve every new home by 30 percent, not just the ambitious projects.

Fix public housing by reconnecting it to the street grid

An aging public housing project faces the same challenge as a ritzy New Urbanist neighborhood -- it's been sliced off from the surrounding grid. Here's how to fix it.

The future we want

It's tough to make compelling drama out of a happy-green-prosperous future -- even if that's where we want to live.

Oregon to help Iraqi universities build green engineering programs

The forms of 21st-century living pioneered here aren't just about fixing the U.S., they're about providing models that other countries can emulate.

'20 is Plenty' campaign takes crazy stance against running over children

Hoboken, N.J., launched a "Twenty is Plenty" campaign to ask drivers to voluntarily slow down to 20 mph where the limit is 25.

Evangelical climate hawk learns hard knocks in House race

Ben Lowe (D) is a 25-year-old first-time candidate getting whomped in a suburban Chicago congressional race. He's also an intriguing candidate, coming from an evangelical bastion and running on clean energy, compassionate immigration reform, "restraint in military spending," and scrubbing …

Biodiversity is an urban concern

Biodiversity doesn't get as much attention as it should now that climate change has become preeminent among environmental quandaries. But it's important!

Gubernatorial tutorial: What's at stake in your governor's race?

Strickland finally talks up energy and transit in Ohio guv race

Gov. Strickland has come out hard against his Republican opponent for talking about repealing the state's clean energy standard. On transit, too, Strickland positions himself as the forward-looking candidate.