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Causes: Arts & Culture, Citizen Participation, Environment, Environmental Education, Media & Communications

Mission: Our mission is to publish environmental news and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to take action on behalf of the environment.Half of our core readers are in their 20s and 30s, an audience that too often has not engaged with environmental organizations. Grist's readers include the heads of many environmental organizations, leading environmental scientists, congressional staffers, educators, students, journalists, grassroots activists, and people around the world who care about conservation but don't necessarily identify themselves as environmentalists. Millions of individuals are exposed to our work.

Target demographics: fight against climate change

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 million reader per month become more informed about the environmental issues that impact the planet.

Geographic areas served: Seattle

Programs: daily environmental journalism, a strong fellowship program and in-depth reporting of environmental issues across the United States and the globe.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I rarely read emailed bulletins, but Grist is a major exception. I work in conservation and count on Grist to bring me environmental news that is useful, accurate, and also fun to read. I also look to Grist for the environmental perspective on other issues, often opening my eyes to something I wouldn't otherwise have considered. I look forward to receiving and reading Grist every week.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed Grist over the past 3 years and whether I was leading a green building not-for-profit or now as a water data project leader, the online source of commentary on the most relevant environmental topics of the day is very refreshing and often thought provoking.

I have found myself following far too many email lists, tweeters, etc. and although Feedly is a great aggregator - I am often burnt out by the amount of content in this genre coming at me....but for some reason I always feel that I can digest Grist and find myself reading it thoroughly end to end each time it arrives on my desktop.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a sustainability professional I greatly enjoy the daily updates from Grist Magazine. I've followed some great leads over the years. Their links are always good and I particularly like the insights of Dave Roberts. Good reporting, good attitude and easy to use. I haven't found another environmental news site I like better.

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Kristin T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The rapid response to and thoughtful analysis of pressing environmental news issues Grist provides can't be beat. I am a policy analyst and clean energy advocate working on complex energy issues. I read many technical reports and studies, but find the work of Grist's authors and staff to be absolutely top notch execution, with a sense of timeliness that is hard to match. All while managing not to take themselves too seriously. Grist is a gem, and I relish reading Grist articles.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Grist gets it right all the time and keep me and many others informed on key environmental issues.
Thanks to them,
Doug

Leslie H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a habitual user of Grist. It's funny, insightful, timely and reading it is a great way to make sure I know what's happening every day without feeling like I'm actually working. I read it because it provides cutting edge information about the issues that I'm workiing on, in addition to informative articles about topics of a more personal interest, such as what sun screen works and is safe to use.

I also find that Grist's articles -- their writers specifically -- inspire our community to think more carefully about what we are doing. A good example is Dave Roberts' articles about how to change human behavior. I was so intrigued by these that I suggested he come to the annual meeting of a donor affinity group to talk to us about this -- and he is! We're very excited.

Thank you Grist!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Daily Grist is a great source of moment-to-moment news on the environmental front. Their coverage is broad, and they definitely have their pulse on what's happening. I'm a State regulator in environmental protection and the grist often provides useful information for me work-wise before I hear it from other sources. I look forward to reading the Grist every day -- their sense of humor it delightful!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Always on the forefront of environmental news reporting, GRIST is a trusted source for real-time information. I get the best news wrapped up in a fun package every day!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is a great source for the latest environmental news, as well as thoughtful commentary and analysis of green trends in the U.S. and beyond!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

There are any number of blogs and info sources out there that try to meet the need for meaningful environmental news and commentary. Grist is THE one that does it with any real fun & style. The edge of its humor and wit sharpens the edge of its relevance.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist makes green issues fun and sexy, something we could use a lot more of. Plus, they know what the hell they are talking about, and do a great job of reporting on important issues.

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Jeff H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who works in politics on many issues, Grist has become my go to resource for coverage of issues related to climate change. In particular, Dave Roberts coverage has combined the policy and politics of climate change in the Obama years better than any reporter or analyst has covered any issue, let alone the most important issue facing the planet.

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Kathy U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is absolutely the most reliable and enjoyable source of environmental and sustainable news. The Grist staff has perfected the ability to convey the news in a pertinent manner, while maintaining a sense of humor and tapping into the current cultural paradigm. I have worked in the environmental field for over 10 years and find the daily news I get from Grist to be refreshingly positive, while keeping me on top of what is going on.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Masters student and entrepreneur, I find Grist a fantastic resource for current environmental issues. Grist is humourous, informative and well-researched.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist provides a variety of services that are important to those of us working for a more sustainable world. We are inundated with daily reports from many directions and it is hard to keep up with the volume of information thrown at us. Grist manages to distill and highlight the important and intelligently present the material in digest form with links to more in-depth information.
I consider it one of my important resources.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been an interested subscriber for a few years now, and it's still my go-to source for energy- and environmental-related news. It's organizations like grist that shine the spotlight on issues that would likely go fairly uncovered by the mainstream media (quite unfortunately i should add). Thank you to grist for intelligently written articles that inform and tickle at the same time!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've subscribed to Grist for over 10 years. It is smart, entertaining, informative, and thorough. Even the commenters are informative. I read it daily.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I value Grist's daily newsletters for updates on environmental issues presented to the public with wit and humor. Their approach is so accessible. Grist is a valuable service and is much needed.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a Canadian environmental non-profit charity, and I've been reading Grist's daily updates for a number of years. They provide insight both into the US environmental state of things, as well as general information without evidence of corporate interference.

They provide tremendous insights eg. into global climate policy (David Roberts), general FAQs (Umbra Fisk), and food policy to name just a few. Plus they provide links to important news and video sources, often with commentary.

The only bit of constructive feedback I'd offer is that because environmental issues are so tragic that sarcasm seems to be the only response, occasionally I'm concerned that the uninitiated and/or people for whom sarcasm is culturally less familiar, may miss the sarcasm and read it literally.

I confess, I don't read every article word for word, and sometimes I even have to re-read something to make sure i get the correct gist of the argument.

In sum, humour is useful; sarcasm can create confusion, and Grist's forte is effective communications on enviro issues.

I would encourage anyone to support Grist's continued excellence in this field.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist does an amazing job bringing the vast topics that environmentalism covers, pulling apart the layers and letting us look inside. It brings humor and wit to subjects that can be depressing and frustrating and calls out those in power that refuse to make the environment, the world that we live in, a priority.

One example is their continuing support of growing a healthy food system and exposing the flaws in the industrial food system we currently have. When the tainted egg incident happened, Grist was right there with the details of how the particular farmer that owned the mega-egg production farms had receive many saftey violations over the years, but didn't change his practices.

I really don't have any negative feedback for Grist. This is one newsletter I look forward to getting everyday!

GO GRIST!

Review from Guidestar