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Matt Grisafi
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Amelia Bates

Because the World Needs Fixers

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Welcome to Grist 50 2018

Want a reason to feel hopeful? We got 50. Meet the people who are cooking up the boldest, most ambitious solutions to humanity's biggest challenges. We like to call these forward-thinking phenoms “Fixers.” They are leaders who will actually make you feel good about the future.

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Janelle Heslop

Going green is her business

Chadwick Manning

This CEO will make your house into a giant battery

Etosha Cave

She's got the tech to recycle your emissions

Emmanuel Pratt

He's breaking ground on Chicago’s South Side

Ryan Popple

This entrepreneur is electrifying your bus ride

Imani Jacqueline Brown

This artist wants to take oil out of the picture

Virginia Emery

She’s bugging out over the future of livestock

Fred Iutzi

His crops could feed us all

Adair Mosley

He built the 21st century general store

Peter Kalmus

He’ll show you how to cut your carbon

Katharine Hayhoe

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, hosts the PBS Digital series 'Global Weirding.'

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Guru Larson

Sustainable outdoor clothing? No walk in the parka.

Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon is a top-ranked business school with a unique mission and vision that draws strength from their links to the Pacific Rim and the distinctive qualities of Oregon culture: innovation, sustainability, active lifestyles, financial stewardship, and respect for individuality and diversity within an increasingly global community.

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Shawna Meyer

This architect has plans to keep cities afloat

Joseph Kunkel

He has a blueprint for native communities

Favianna Rodriguez

She makes resistance a work of art

Lily Kwong

She's greening the concrete jungle

Josh Healey

He's got jokes for a warming world

Antonique Smith

This climate activist hits all the right notes

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Mustafa Santiago Ali is senior vice president of climate, environmental justice, and community revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.


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Jeremy Bailenson

He's got the gear to show you the future

Justin Hegarty

He paves the way for cleaner water

We asked and our Gristers answered. This pick came directly from our members, a powerful group of individuals working to ignite change in their communities. As a Grister, you’re part of a large movement of people working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

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Rahawa Haile

A writer tells the story of being black outdoors

Tanya Kalmanovitch

This playwright puts Big Oil on center stage

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Joey Jaraczewski

His shakes are good for your body and our farmers

Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon is a top-ranked business school with a unique mission and vision that draws strength from their links to the Pacific Rim and the distinctive qualities of Oregon culture: innovation, sustainability, active lifestyles, financial stewardship, and respect for individuality and diversity within an increasingly global community.

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Payton Wilkins

He brings labor rights to the climate fight

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Mustafa Santiago Ali is senior vice president of climate, environmental justice, and community revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.


Nathaniel Smith

He sets a new agenda for the old south

Mark Ruffalo

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Mark Ruffalo is an actor, filmmaker, and activist. He is a co-founder and board member of the Solutions Project.

Mai Nguyen

She knows farming isn't just for white dudes

Samin Nosrat

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Writer, cook and teacher Samin Nosrat is currently turning her bestselling book SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT into a documentary series.


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Cheetie Kumar

This musician-chef is remixing Southern food

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

This marine biologist wants to connect you to the ocean

Shantha Ready Alonso

She has the faith to tackle climate change

Gregg Treinish

This adventurer wants you to take a hike — for data

Nicole Sitaraman

She cuts the red tape for clean energy

Todd Nedwick

He wants to trim your energy bill

Trenton Allen

He's banking on a renewable future

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Sara Hoversten

She helps corporations green up their acts

Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon is a top-ranked business school with a unique mission and vision that draws strength from their links to the Pacific Rim and the distinctive qualities of Oregon culture: innovation, sustainability, active lifestyles, financial stewardship, and respect for individuality and diversity within an increasingly global community.

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Shanelle Smith

Greening Ohio? For her, it's a walk in the park

Lisa P. Jackson

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Lisa P. Jackson is vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, and a former administrator of the U.S. EPA.

Yudith Nieto

Ask her to take you on a toxic tour of the Gulf

Juliana Pino

This tough negotiator pushes for justice

Varshini Prakash

This organizer gives voice to a rising movement

Jane Zelikova

She'll introduce you to a woman scientist — or 500

We asked and our Gristers answered. This pick came directly from our members, a powerful group of individuals working to ignite change in their communities. As a Grister, you’re part of a large movement of people working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

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Daniel Blackman

There's a greener Georgia on his mind

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Mustafa Santiago Ali is senior vice president of climate, environmental justice, and community revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.


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Rudy Zamora

He's a breath of fresh air for Nevada

Dan Firger

He’s making sure that we’ll always have Paris

Ashley Hand

She’s designing the city of the future

Lydia Avila

She shifts the power to young people

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Leslie Samuelrich

She's taking the fossil fuels out of your investments

Green Century Capital Management provides a way for investors to incorporate their values into their investment decisions. Since 1991, Green Century has worked to create a more sustainable future.

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Mariah Gladstone

She'll teach you to cook bison lasagna

Olatunji Oboi Reed

He wants all of us to go for a bike ride

Esau Sinnok

Rising seas threaten this Alaskan's town. He's suing.

Melissa Freelend

In Nebraska, she's got the power

Devita Davison

She brings Detroit's food entrepreneurs to the table

Samin Nosrat

Grist 50 2018 Advisor

Writer, cook and teacher Samin Nosrat is currently turning her bestselling book SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT into a documentary series.


Oday Salim

From Iraq to Michigan, he's working for justice

Delaney Reynolds

This teen just might keep Miami from drowning

Dan Conant

He sees a solar future in Appalachia

Christine Nieves

She's building an oasis in post-Maria Puerto Rico

José Gurrola

This mayor is pushing back Big Frack. He's 24.