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Safe water is a right, not a privilege

by Susana De Anda, 2017 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalist   Safe water is a basic human right, not a privilege. Yet each year, more than one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water from the taps in their homes and schools. The water crisis impacts low-income communities the most, making it harder...


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Satellite images for vivid environmental stories

by Dan Hammer, 2017 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalist   I don’t know what to trust in the news anymore. I have taken to reading The Onion for hard-hitting investigative journalism. This is an especially troubling proposition for environmentalism. Any efficient or equitable allocation of natural resources depends crucially on open and trustworthy information...


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Making solar power affordable in developing countries

by Lesley Marincola, 2017 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalist   Globally, over 1 billion people are still not connected to the grid. Every year, this consumer base burns over $30 Billion (USD) of their hard-earned income on candles, disposable batteries and kerosene to meet their energy needs. These energy sources are expensive, inefficient and...


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LA’s new cleantech chief and a champion for tomorrow’s talent

Vien Truong, Pritzker candidate, featured in GreenBiz.


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It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist

Lauren Kurtz, Pritzker candidate, featured in the New Republic.


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Dream Corps and NAACP Get New Leaders

Vien Truong, director of the Dream Corps’s Green for All climate-justice program and Pritzker Award candidate, has been named chief executive officer.


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Cooking in the American south

Pritzker Award candidate, Micheal Twitty, writes a book about his journey through African-American culinary history in the south. 


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Meet the Pritzker candidates: 16-20

by Rebecca Ash Next month, we’ll announce the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalists. Until then, meet the final group of candidates for the award, which is dedicated to someone under age of 40. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been getting to know these individuals. Already accomplished in a range of fields—from elephant conservation to...


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Meet the Pritzker candidates: 11-15

by Rebecca Ash Two weeks after the announcement of the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, our 20 candidates continue to be narrowed down to five finalists. All under the age of 40, these environmentalists have shown innovation and leadership. Meet the next group. Their areas of expertise range from aerial spectral imagery to climate science litigation.  ...


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Michael Twitty’s ‘The Cooking Gene’ Explores Intersection of Culture and Cuisine

(Pritzker candidate feature) Michael Twitty, writer, Judaic studies teacher, culinary historian and historical interpreter is a new kind of voice on the food scene. Twitty meshes cooking, food and history in a straight, no chaser kind of way. His first book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, out...


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Meet the Pritzker candidates: 6-10

by Rebecca Ash Deliberations continue to reduce 20 candidates to five finalists for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award. With $100,000 at stake, meet the next group of contestants. Despite being under the age of 40, their accomplishments are impressive, and their areas of expertise range from satellite imagery technology to promoting environmental solutions...


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Downtown Yonkers: A Cleaner, Greener Place to Call Home

Pritzker nominee featured in the New York Times.