Sara Bernard

Sara Bernard is a Grist fellow, wilderness junkie, and globetrotter. Follow her on Twitter.

Business & Technology

How much does your state care about the environment?

One company analyzed enviro-minded Google searches by state and called out the superstars. Nice work, Cali.

In California, people of color are dangerously close to oil train disasters

A new report finds that minority and low-income residents are more likely to live in California's oil train "blast zone."

You should be excited about this SCOTUS decision, too

ICYMI: The Supreme Court ruled on another major discrimination case last week.


Why Seattle still has a huge garbage problem

The city says it wants to get to "zero waste," but residents apparently have a hard time with change.


Tent cities: Seattle’s unique approach to homelessness

To hold back a rising tide, Seattle has embraced an approach that other cities have outlawed.


Can the “whitest city in America” deliver green living for all?

Portland, Ore., has set out to bridge the "green divide," bringing environmental justice to poor communities and communities of color.


Diverse cities don’t always have diverse neighborhoods

Some of the most racially "diverse" cities in the country are also the most segregated.


People of color suffer through extra long commutes

If you're Latino and live in the Twin Cities, you burn more than a month of work time each year just getting to the office, when compared to your white counterparts.

Climate & Energy

Mississippi utility must repay $281M for illegally financing “clean coal”

The state supreme court ruled that Mississippi Power "exceeded its authority" when it raised electricity rates for 186,000 households to fund a controversial, $6.17 billion power plant.