Dr. Tony Reames has been selected for the renowned Grist 50 Fixers List for his work on energy justice. His study on energy-efficient light bulb prices and availability, with graduate students Ben Stacey and Michael Reiner, appeared on Grist.org in 2018 in an article titled “Going green is harder for Detroit’s low-income communities.”
Grist 50 is an annual list featuring the most inspiring innovators and do-ers working on fresh solutions to the planet’s biggest problems in order to build a sustainable world that works for everyone. Dr. Reames joins Fixers from across the country which include urban planners and architects, scientists, a behind-the-scenes creator of the Green New Deal, a city sustainability director, a photographer, a podcaster, and an artist using murals and augmented reality to spark new conversations around climate change.
The Grist 50 shows what a vibrant, diverse sustainability movement looks like. Millions of people read the list each year. Grist 50 Fixers becomes members of Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, which convenes and connects Fixers throughout the year.
One of the country’s leading nonprofit media organizations, Grist has been serving up clear-eyed, refreshingly irreverent environmental reporting online since 1999. We believe in a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.
For 2019, Grist received close to 1,200 nominations to the Grist 50 list. Guest editors who helped select Fixers this year included social-justice activist Rev. William J. Barber II; teen activist and Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin; climate scientist Kate Marvel; and comedian Aparna Nancherla.
Dr. Reames in an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab. He earned a PhD in public administration from the University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Dr. Reames is a JPB Foundation Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health. He was also recently named to the Oakland County (Michigan) Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 2019 class.