About Author Christine MacDonald

About Author Christine MacDonald

I’m Christine MacDonald, a journalist and the author of the book: “Green, Inc., An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad.” Here’s a video promo about the book. And here’s an interview on Democracy Now!

Check out my website: christinemacdonald.info

I started this blog to talk about environmental news and quality of life issues unfolding where I live in Washington, D.C. and around the world. When I’m not blogging, I write freelance articles that appear in a variety of publications including the Washington City Paper,  The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, E Magazine and The Nation.

Here are a few of my stories:

Mapping a Lifetime of Health Risks

Can New Corporate Pledges of Zero Waste Make Landfills Obsolete?

Is extreme weather linked to climate change?

Sidebar: The Implications of Runaway Warming

Italy’s Ecomafia has gone “green” but not in a good way.

How Climate Change Could Be the Ruin of Los Angeles

Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens

The Bike Share Station Sponsorship Dance

The Food Truck Industrial Complex

Goodbye ‘Shop Til You Drop’ Mentality: Renegade Band of Economists Call for ‘Degrowth’ Economy

When It Comes to the Environment, Are We the 99 Percent or the 1 Percent?

Corporations, Meet Transparency

The Big Green Buyout
Countless Green Brands Have Been Snapped Up By Big Corporations. Can They Still Be Trusted?

Building a Responsible Brand
Advice from Four Green CEOs

The Little Company That Could
Organic Cereal Maker Nature’s Path Has Charted Its Own Course and Thrived

The Protest Will Be Protested!
The Yes Men’s Latest Hoax-Within-a-Hoax Entangles a Canadian Pipeline Giant

Green or Greenwashing?

Dow Chemical’s $10 Million Plan to “Value Nature”

The New Environmental Activists
Despite Apathy and Climate Skepticism, a New Grassroots Environmental Movement Is On the Rise

In Frederick, Md., aiming to build ‘green homes’ that don’t break the bank
A house in Bethesda and guesthouse in Garrett Park are pushing the boundaries of green: They rely on insulation for heating and cooling.

The Spill’s Silver Lining? The BP disaster could be the catalyst for an invigorated environmental movement.

The Fate Of A Subprime Loan: Can This Man Hold On To His Mortgage?

The New Environmental Activists
Despite Apathy and Climate Skepticism, a New Grassroots Environmental Movement Is On the Rise

Bad Gas (You’ve got to read to believe the goings on at this District gas station.)

For U.S. Anti-War Group, Life Not So Rosy in Obama Era

Together Forever
Your recycling and your trash, sharing cramped quarters in the trucks of private D.C. haulers

The Crap Shoot
Is your neighborhood pool making you sick?

Thinking Inside the Box, Winemakers Tackle Their Carbon Footprint

Is This the End for Coal?
Momentum is building to block new coal-fired power plants and end mountaintop removal mining. Is there enough political will to make the break?

High Tension over Big Timber


Conservation Corp.: Enviros Ally with Big Grain Traders

Comments, criticism, tips? Email me: thegreendistrict@gmail.com

  1. I found you through Twitter and I’m so glad I did! Can’t wait to read your book!

  2. Christine,

    This is an awesome blog. I’ve added it to my list of must reads each day.


  3. C,
    Congratulations on the launch of the Blog.
    Best of luck.


  4. Hooray! I love this blog, so glad I discovered it! Thanks for helping to get the word out about greening DC! –Monika (The DC Green Connection)

  5. Hi Christine,

    I thought you may be interested in covering a special Earth Day premiere of a PBS World documentary, “Growing Greener Schools,” to be held at the UMUC Marriott Inn in College Park, MD (20 minutes from DC), on April 22 from 4:30-7 PM in honor of the role that the Maryland Green School Program has played in the national green schools movement. This one-of-a-kind documentary is also scheduled to air at the same time (4/22, 4:30 PM) on Maryland Public Television.

    Initiatives in Maryland and Washington D.C. are featured prominently. At Phelps School of Architecture, Construction and Engineering in Washington D.C., a Title 1 school, students express confidence that the green curriculum they are studying will prepare them for future jobs and better lives. Also inspiring is Judy Dent, Principal of Patuxent Elementary School, a green school in Upper Marlboro. In the program, Ms. Dent speaks with passion about how she had to persuade reluctant teachers to overcome their fear of bugs and get their hands dirty in soil in order to teach an environmental curriculum. She lovingly describes the joy she sees in students’ eyes when the have the opportunity to be outdoors and interact with nature, and she speaks the mantra, “no child left indoors.”

    The documentary is produced and directed by Dale Bell and Harry Wiland of the Media & Policy Center in Santa Monica, California. It includes educators, government officials, school administrators, architects and of course, children. You can see a preview clip of the documentary at http://www.growinggreenerschools.org, a comprehensive website offering videos, resources, and an upcoming community forum uniting everyone across the country concerned with this issue. As far as we know, it’s the first site of its kind. We hope you’ll be able to join its blogging community, once this feature is available within the next few weeks.

    If you would like to do a story on this documentary and the green schools movement, we would be pleased to arrange interviews with any of the participants in the program. Please call or e-mail me if you’re interested or would like more information. I can send you a news release, fact sheet and calendar listing for the premiere event.

    Best regards,
    Dara Salem
    Cell: 713-594-6815

    • Hi Dara,

      I’m stranded in Berlin and won’t be back in time for the screening. But thanks for the invite. I came here last week for a tour of German green building and we visited a “passive house” school – a school designed to run on very little energy. So I would be interested in learning more about what’s happening on the greener schools front in the US. It sounds like the approaches are very different, however, I might be able to incorporate both into an article. Could we touch base when I get back? I am scheduled to fly into Dulles just about the time the documentary airs Thursday but it’s still unclear if the flight ban will be lifted by then. Could you send me your email to thegreendistrict@gmail.com? I’ll get in touch when I’m back in DC.




  6. Christine,

    Very nice content here!


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  7. Hey Christine:

    Would you be interested in possibly participating on a media panel as part of a conference called “The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation”? The conference website is http://www.medcityconference.org.

    Let me know.


    Brian Sheridan

    • Hi Brian,

      In theory I’d love to. But you do know I’m based in DC? I’m open to participating by webcast. Last year I spoke at a Vancouver conference via Skype and cell phone. It worked surprisingly well though a panel discussion could be trickier. Let me know what you think.

      If we move forward with this, I’d also want more information about the conference and the panel.

      Thanks for thinking of me.

      PS — feel free to email me directly at thegreendistrict@gmail.com

  8. Hi Christine:

    Sorry for the delayed response. I’ll email you offline.

  9. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like
    you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can
    do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog.
    A great read. I will definitely be back.

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