When I asked Emily Gertz to cover the Verdopolis confab for Grist, I requested that she focus mainly on what I considered the more weighty topics — green energy, green urbanism, and green markets. This was, in part, to counter the impression — found even (gasp) among some Grist staff members — that the "bright green" movement celebrated by Verdopolis is mainly about a chic lifestyle or a set of consumer products. It is much, much more.

However, it does include a chic lifestyle and consumer products. To wit, Emily’s coverage of the last day of Verdopolis over on Worldchanging describes presentations from makers of eco-friendly jeans, furniture, and meat. As excited as I am about reimagining cities and energy grids, I must admit I also look forward to being able to buy a pair of pants with a clean conscience.