Since Christy Gray co-founded Zero Land Fill in 2006, the targeted recycling effort has worked with architects and the interior design community to steer more than 1 million pounds of expired material samples away from landfills and into the hands of artists and teachers and others who will use it. This year the former executive director of the Red Dot Project launched her own art consultancy, Gray Haus Studios. The company works with the likes of Nordson, Ronald McDonald House, Glidden House, Roetzel and Andress, and others to choose and install art. She also coordinates the commission of art for specific locations, from identifying artists to project management. “I work with clients on communicating their mission and values through art,” Gray says. Photographed by Herb Ascherman.