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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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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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Can new bus lines chart a course to better travel options in the West?

High Country News

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Private bus companies are beginning to offer an alternative method of transportation in the American West. As younger travelers seek to reduce their carbon footprint, companies like Flixbus are stepping in where rail connections are still lacking. Especially when compared to flying or owning a ca...

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What it Takes to Keep Independent Grocery Stores Open in Rural Communities

Civil Eats

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. One such store in Wimbledon, North Dakota re-organized as a non-profit and applie...

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Fashion has a waste problem. These companies want to fix it

Vogue

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Fashion has long been known as a major contributor to climate change, but brands (from fast fashion to luxury houses alike) are taking steps to address their carbon footprint. This article lists several initiatives working on reducing fabric waste, such as FabScrap, a NY organization that collect...

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