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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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These shipping container farms will soon be in grocery store lots across the U.S.

FastCompany

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A direct line from local producer to consumer reduces carbon emissions and strengthens community food systems. A partnership between farming tech company Square Roots and Gordon Food Services aims to create local food supply chains by placing cargo-container hydroponic farms directly at store s...

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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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Colorado's first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program is hitting its stride just as the industry needs it to

The Colorado Sun

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In 2018, Western Colorado University became the first school in the United States to offer an outdoor-industry MBA degree. The nascent program offers students a deep dive into many aspects of industry leadership -- sustainability, diversity, public lands, climate, global trade and supply-chain ma...

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Out-Of-Work Appalachian Coal Miners Train As Beekeepers To Earn Extra Cash

NPR

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For people in West Virginia who have lost their jobs due to the decline in the coal mining industry, the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective can help them - and other low-income residents - learn about beekeeping and generate supplemental income. The nonprofit provides free introductory classes and...

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My hometown is going to burn. Here's how my neighbors are preparing

Grist

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In wildfire-prone Nevada County, California, community squads that do controlled burns are on the rise. According to the Nevada County fire council, some 23 associations are active, while about 50 more are forming. By reducing wildfire "ladder fuel," these local groups can reduce the severity of ...

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