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SamTrans prepares to roll out 10 electric buses in fleet-replacement program

SF Chronicle

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In California, Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a deadline to have "all transit agencies to eliminate carbon emissions" by 2040. San Mateo County is moving towards this goal by releasing a fleet of electric buses.

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A new house for $286,000? With sweat equity and creative financing, a nonprofit developer aids veterans

Los Angeles Times

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After the army, plenty of military families struggle to buy homes. In Southern California, that’s changing. The non-profit Homes 4 Families acquires funding from the government, good development deals, and donations in order to build communities of homes that are affordable to veterans. The veter...

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Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S.

CityLab

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American cities could find solutions to low transit use by looking to other cities in Europe and Canada where the focus is on robust service and getting people to major transit hubs. These systems don’t necessarily require gigantic new projects, but rather they can use existing infrastructure and...

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This Radical Bank Will Free People Of Debt By Literally Blowing It Up

The Huffington Post

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The Hoe Street Central Bank is an artist run project that raises money through events taking place in a former bank and sells prints designed to mimic paper money. Through the money they raise, the organization buys and eliminates private debt as well as makes donations to organizations affected ...

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Need a Handbag or a Tie to Land Your First Job? Borrow One With a Library Card

The New York Times

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As the New York Public Library's career counseling offerings have grown, one of the most popular features has been an interview clothing rental service. Just as they might check out a book for a set period, patrons can now check out a piece of clothing or accessory for up to three weeks.

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How automakers are helping older workers return to the job

Detroit Free Press

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GM's new twelve-week paid program, called "Take 2," is helping people who've been away from the workforce for more than two years to re-acclimate and train for jobs at their company. The initiative helps people learn new skills and processes and provides intense mentorship, with the possibility o...

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Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

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