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Working to develop and strengthen communities. These stories center on programs that build and strengthen the social, physical, and economic aspects of communities, urban and rural alike. Included are programs and services such as sustainable development plans, financial services, community housing, job counseling, public transportation, entrepreneurship, and tourism.

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The Viral Hashtag That's Getting People to Clean Up Garbage

CityLab

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Viral social media trends can be harnessed for social and environmental good. A social media#trashtag challenge that spread from Reddit to Instagram draws upon the satisfying nature of a before-and-after meme. People all over the world who participated in #trashtag challenge went out and beautifi...

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Mourning the Demise of a Zen Place to Die

The New York Times

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Instead of simply prioritizing growth, nonprofits need to implement carefully sized solutions with consideration to the longevity of their model. The closure of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California, demonstrates how issues stemming from rapid growth scaling can undermine the long...

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From Shampoo To Breast Implants To Airplanes, This Startup's Lab-Grown Spider Silk Could Go A Long Way

Forbes

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Bringing in bio-manufactured materials can make existing commercial supply chains more sustainable. The German company AMSilk has created a plastic-free alternative to synthetic and farmed silk. By growing biodegradable silk proteins and selling the plastic-free, bio-manufactured material to othe...

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Fighting climate gentrification with a radical community garden

Scalawag

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To cope with and combat gentrification, residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood created a community garden called the Femme Fairy Garden, founded by Fempower. Community members come together every Sunday to tend to their plants and connect with their neighbors.

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Interested In Biking More, But Scared By Busy Streets? There's A New Kind Of Map For You

Colorado Public Radio

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With community support from a network of neighborhood volunteers and financial support from a local business, the Bike Streets Project makes biking more accessible for those “interested, but concerned” about road safety. The Bike Streets Project maps bicycle routes in Denver with less congestion,...

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These College Classes Are Going to Work

The New York Times

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Community colleges, equipped with retrofitted trailers, are offering on-site training to mid- to late-career professionals, providing them with a convenient chance to keep their skills up-to-date in the face of rapidly changing technology. "For adults who are bound by family and life obligations,...

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