Heinz award

Grist founder and prez Chip Giller was one of 10 winners of the prestigious Heinz Award last year. He marked the occasion in typically decorous fashion (ahem).

Today, Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced this year’s 10 Heinz Award winners, and again they’re an illustrious crew. The honorees work in a wide variety of disciplines, but they’re all tackling the big environmental challenges of our times. 

Congrats to the winners!

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  • James Balog, of Extreme Ice Survey, for his dramatic use of photography to document the devastation of global warming.
  • Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri, for uncovering health problems linked to the chemical bisphenol-A. Find out more about BPA.
  • Cary Fowler, Ph.D., of Global Crop Diversity Trust, for establishing the Global Seed Vault to conserve genetic diversity of the world’s food plants despite climate change. Read a Grist post by Fowler.
  • Terrence Collins, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University, for using “green chemistry” to detoxify hazardous chemicals and training the next generation of scientists.
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  • Gretchen Daily, Ph.D., of Stanford University and the Natural Capital Project, for her achievements demonstrating the financial value of natural ecosystems. Read an excerpt from Daily’s book The New Economy of Nature.
  • Daniel Sperling, Ph.D., of University of California, Davis, for advancing sustainable transportation policies and accelerating the transition to low-carbon alternative fuels nationwide.
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, of The New Yorker, for her groundbreaking environmental journalism and devotion to informing readers. Read more about Kolbert.
  • Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., of Princeton University, for assessing the impacts of global warming and air pollution, and working for policies to prevent future harm.
  • Richard Feely, Ph.D., of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, for his extraordinary efforts in identifying ocean acidity as global warming’s “evil twin.”
  • Lynn Goldman, M.D., of George Washington University, for promoting regulation of dangerous chemicals and expanding citizens’ right to know about pollution in their communities.