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Preservation and protection of the natural environment. These stories relate to the conservation of land, water, and air environments, as well as the ethical treatment of animals and management of pollution, natural resources, and biodiversity.

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

The New York Times

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The city of Nashville is a model for other U.S. cities focusing on how to deal with homes that are flooding more consistently than before. The National Flood Insurance Program exists to help insure homes that wouldn't be covered by private insurance; for some homeowners, the frustration of consta...

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Columbia Missourian

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local markets in Kansas, multiple organizations across Missouri and the United States are ...

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How Sonoma's Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

The New York Times

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reorient their way of life to mitigate the effects of future wildfires. The Good Fir...

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Campus Thrift Stores

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Recycling and repurposing second hand items helps to reduce a community’s carbon footprint. At Bard College in New York, the FreeUse Store collects second hand items from students and redistributes them free of charge to members of the community. Run by the university’s Office of Sustainably, the...

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Camden PowerCorps Recruits Youth to Green the City

CivicStory

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The ultimate goal is to connect PowerCorp...

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The rise of urban food forests

Smart Cities Dive

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Creating and supporting local food systems requires public-private partnerships in urban planning. Across the United States, nonprofit organizations like Trees Atlanta in Georgia successfully work with cities to operate and maintain community orchards, or food forests, on public lands. Planting f...

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