As a 2009 Fellow in Environmental Journalism,
I was given financial support to report any story I chose.
I decided to investigate the environmental legacy of the auto industry, focusing on Indiana's factory belt.
After a few months reporting, I discovered that the automakers' pollution had a paradoxical effect: It slowed economic recovery while speeding up the adoption of "green" development policies.
The old Nicholson File plant in Anderson, Indiana
I wrote four articles based on this research.
Rust Belt rising, OnEarth
Old factories offer new hope for wildlife, E Magazine
The incredible shrinking city, E Magazine
Link to Middlebury site
In 2012, I surveyed 30 of the nation's largest urban farms and visited farm clusters in Philadelphia and Cleveland.
Moon Dog Farms in downtown Denver
To date, I have written four articles for Grist based on this research, with several more in process:
The Fund for Environmental Journalism is sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.