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Making Yellow School Buses a Little More Green

The New York Times

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Public school districts are gradually transitioning to electric buses. Electric utilities, concerned about environmental impacts and overloading the grid, are helping to cover the high price tag.

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Door-knocking neighbors help avert home seizures in Detroit

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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In Detroit, volunteers go door to door to talk with their neighbors who have properties at risk of foreclosure. The initiative has contributed to a 90 percent decrease in foreclosures in the city since 2015.

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Pramila Bisoyi's journey from protecting India's national bird to the corridors of power

Mongabay

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Pramila Bisoyi, a Member of Parliament hailing from the Indian state of Odisha, has shown the power of women in protecting the environment. She has created and led multiple Women Self Help Groups, who work together to protect forests, plant trees, and encourage native peacocks to come back to the...

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Rewriting the narrative

Boulder Weekly

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At the Motus Theater, formerly incarcerated individuals participate in JustUs – a performative program that gives them the space to share their stories. The Boulder-based program aims to complicate the narrative of those that commit crimes, surfacing the systemic, punitive nature of criminal just...

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Visiting days: How a Detroit high school extends its family feel by sticking with graduates through college

Chalkbeat

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At Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, the support of the high school doesn't stop at graduation. Staff at the school follow up with alumni at their new campuses to make sure they are on track and connect them with the resources they need to succeed, whether academic, financial, or social.

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Public Libraries' Latest Offering: Musical Instruments

Next City

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Instrument rentals help to address a gap in privilege. The Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library in New York City is one of several programs in the US and Canada that loan out musical instruments for free. The program in NYC began with the support of a grant from BKLYN Incubator. Similar prog...

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Dogs are helping save Florida's citrus groves from a devastating disease

Washington Post

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Dogs can detect plant disease earlier than visual inspection and faster than lab testing. In Florida, dogs are helping farmers detect Huanglongbing (HLB), a bacterium with devastating consequences for the citrus fruit industry in the state. So far, HLB has decimated the citrus industry. With thei...

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Sisters encourage Masai mothers to turn to medically assisted deliveries

Global Sisters Report

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To reduce maternal mortality in the Masai region of Tanzania, Catholic nuns with Sisters of Notre Dame are building hospitals and educating local women about the importance of giving birth in a medical setting. Although this goes against the community's use of a "traditional birth attendant," del...

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Vermont's first milk bank opens for parents who can't breastfeed

Burlington Free Press

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Vermont has opened its first donor milk center which acts as a breast milk bank for mothers that are in need of milk for their newborn babies. The Vermont Donor Milk Center aims to be a "one-stop shop," and also offers lactation consultation, maternal education, and supports for non-lactating par...

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Special-needs students are college-bound: UCCS graduates first class in May

Colorado Springs Gazette

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An inclusion program established by lawmakers in Colorado allows intellectually disabled students to attend several colleges throughout the state. Mentors and staff help guide students through their years in school.

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This Montana Group Has Adventurers Working for Scientists

Bitterroot

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Outdoor enthusiasts make effective citizen scientists. In Montana, Adventure Scientists pairs outdoor adventure-seekers with scientists looking to collect data in remote locations. The volunteers gather data that inform US Forest Service and other conservation studies. The project has led to rese...

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Important lessons for Philadelphia from Chicago's three-year decline in gun violence

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders, a partnership that analyzed police decision-making, resource allocation toward ...

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