Tracking emerging trends and pushing the envelop when those trends weren’t moving fast enough, I took on the main environmental issues of the day at Sierra. They included intimate roundtables where icons of the environmental movement, industry, politics, science, and labor shared ideas about how to move forward on energy independence and climate change. I also created special issues for the magazine on biotech and green living—long before being green hit the covers of everything from Vanity Fair and Dwell to The Economist.
- "Climate Exchange: Cool heads tackle our hottest issue." In 2006, I conceptualized, executed, and edited this roundtable and public forum, which included Al Gore and Senator Barbara Boxer as well as venture capitalists, climate scientists, and energy industry executives
- "Power Lunch." What happens when energy executives sit down with environmentalists? They come up with a plan for the future that leaves fossil fuels to the dinosaurs. I conceptualized, executed, and edited this roundtable in 2002.
- "The Soul of Green Machines." As a way to ground all that heady roundtable talk, I wrote an accompanying story about gearheads in the Nevada desert trying to bring us the new-tech car of the future.
- "The Best Things in Life are Green and here. In 2005, I conceptualized, executed, and edited a package about the emerging idea of eco-lifestyles (old hat now but ahead of the curve then). The issue includes homes with high style and low impact; fashion with a conscience; natural fitness; advice from a cranky eco-opinionator; and an eco-makeover.
- In 2001, I conceptualized, assigned, and edited an issue devoted to biotech, which explores what happens when biology meets big business. Check out “Brave New Nature.”
- “Power Hungry” — With climate change a growing concern, some are taking a second look at nuclear power. In this story I follow the uranium trail, from the nation’s largest nuclear plant to the land and people that have been profoundly affected by uranium mining.