Vanessa McGrady

Vanessa McGrady is now 60 percent more smug since she purchased a 2006 Prius, but she is also biodiesel-curious.

One woman’s eco-evolution, from off the grid to on the clock

Before: The simple life. In Chimacum, on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, there are probably more dairy cows than humans. It is a place where it’s common to see a 1972 Ford F-100 hard at work, way past its expiration date. Where those who own a patch of ground extend their hospitality to friends to park a trailer/bus/boat and live a while until they find a job/squeeze/studio space. Where the pie is from scratch and serving bad coffee is a sin. In Chimacum, not everyone bothers to replace their missing teeth, and that is perfectly acceptable. It is also the place …

Daryl Hannah makes a splash with her new eco-blog

Daryl Hannah. Courtesy The day started a long, long time ago, but Daryl Hannah’s got that laid-back, just-woke-up vibe — occasionally stumbling for a word, inserting a slow, easy laugh here and there. And who can blame her? She’s been working long nights shooting a film in Vancouver, B.C., about dirty cops. And on the weekends, she works on her new eco-video blog. The willowy blond has more than 60 films to her credit, but she’s permanently etched in many people’s minds as the guileless mermaid in Splash. She surfaced more recently as a crackerjack one-eyed assassin-nurse in Kill …

A report from the Environmental Media Awards

Buenos Diaz celebrates with Trippin’ producer Elizabeth Rogers. © Alex Berliner, Berliner Studio/BEImages. Six months ago, I traded the comfy coffee hangouts of Seattle for the vermilion sunsets of L.A. I wanted to expand my universe, to write for movies and television, to not have so many Birkenstocks in my direct line of sight. So naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to cover the Environmental Media Awards for Grist. I dressed carefully in my kicky Audrey Hepburn-inspired black dress and John Fluevog flat Twiggy boots. I had my nails done specially, then promptly ruined the manicure digging for my keys. …

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