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James A. Anderson

22 April 2019

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) is a model that charges residents of a given city for the trash they throw away, aiming to spur people to decrease the amount of waste they dispose. Acting like a utility payment, this model ha...

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Brendan Seibel

15 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip code...

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Disha Shetty

23 March 2019

Mawphlang, Meghalaya, India

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In 2007 a program in Meghalaya, India called The Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project was created to bring together the community members in an agreement to protect the sacred groves there. This was part of the larger ...

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Sunaina Kumar

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18 March 2019

Karimnagar, Telangana, India

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To address the issue of maternal mortality that was linked with women giving birth at private hospitals instead of public, Telangana implemented a series of reforms including childbirth kits, financial incentives, an ...

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Tina Rosenberg

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5 March 2019

Australia

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Australia has found a promising model to make high-priced medicine cheaper for patients, including expensive treatments for Hepatitis C, which the country is now on track to eradicating by 2026. The strategy works sim...

The Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

5 March 2019

Thoreau, New Mexico, United States

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In Thoreau, New Mexico, many of the district's teachers live in the "teacherage," a neighborhood of modest, affordable homes set aside for the town's educators. Thoreau's model, which offers rent subsidization and a b...

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Adrian Hedden

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15 February 2019

New Mexico, United States

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The state of New Mexico has its sights set on going solar and the state government is incentivizing those who are willing to try. “In a state that ranks second for solar potential nationwide, it’s crucial that New Mex...

All Africa

Mamadou Lamine Ba

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Annie Njanja

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15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

13 February 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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As cities across the United States grapple with the decline in law enforcement applications and officers, New York is adapting by using a workload allocation model to figure out the number of police officers actually ...

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Maki Tazawa

11 February 2019

United States

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Because the upfront costs of transitioning a farm to be certified organic can be burdensome to farmers amidst a growing demand for organic food, large companies like Kashi and Land O'Lakes are creating a number of ini...

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Janet Njung'e

8 February 2019

Kilifi County, Kenya

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In Kenya and Tanzania, butterfly farming is emerging as a viable alternative to those seeking employment beyond illegal logging or hunting practices. While up to 1,200 farmers have participated in various butterfly pr...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 February 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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As gentrification drives involuntary displacement in Denver, Colorado, the city planners elsewhere in Colorado aim to avoid the same fate by instituting policy safeguards. Fort Collins has put in extra protection for ...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

28 January 2019

Bari, Italy

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A city in Southern Italy is starting a program that pays commuters to cycle to work on the heels of similar successful programs in France and the Netherlands. While more cycling can mean improved public health and low...

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Jodi Helmer

28 January 2019

Hinton, United States

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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 ge...

CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

27 December 2018

Oslo, Norway

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Norway's incentives for buyers of electric vehicles have been incredibly successful: half of all cars sold in the country are now either hybrid or completely electric. However, there is concern that success won't last...

The Guardian

Leyland Cecco

4 December 2018

Canada

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After decades of forest devastation coupled with harsh winters, Canada was facing an uncertain future as climate change realities came into focus. To mitigate the damage, the country's government made the decisive mov...

The New York Times

Ian Urbina

24 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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An elk hunt in Oregon shows one way states regulate lead ammunition by prohibiting hunters from firing lead bullets in some state wildlife areas. It’s part of a wider effort to eradicate lead ammunition that can conta...

The Guardian

Joe Wallen

23 November 2018

Ukraine

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Ukraine’s Monobank gives the best interest rates to savings account holders who walk 10,000 steps a day. Ukraine has the second highest death rate from heart disease in the world, but savers who exercise can see healt...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

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30 October 2018

Lancashire, United Kingdom

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A program in the UK rewards select social enterprises by matching year-over-year sales growth. These incentives boost income from trading, as shown in a pilot program that matched up to £10,000.

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Rachel Kaufman

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30 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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A pilot program in Istanbul, Turkey allows subway commuters to pay for their fares with bottles and cans instead of cash. While a one way fare via the "reverse vending machines" costs about 28 1.5 liter bottles, the g...

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Matt Levin

24 October 2018

California, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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Cases of lung cancer dropped in California after the state implemented “early and aggressive anti-smoking initiatives.” By targeting younger communities, taxing cigarettes and starting a tobacco control program, not o...

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Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

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24 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Worker injuries are on a steady decline in Seattle despite a construction boom. Companies are incentivized to create safe working conditions by lower insurance rates and high competition for job bids.

Colorado Springs Gazette

Liz Forster

18 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, trash either ends up in a landfill or is recycled by being shipped to another state. To increase efficiency and implement better recycling practices, an Iowa-born company that turns recycled cartons into ...

The New York Times

Ceylan Yeginsu

17 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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In an attempt to lessen their role in contributing to waste, Istanbul has installed “reverse vending machines” at metro stations that incentivize recycling. For every plastic bottle or aluminum can inserted into the m...

NBC News

Lynne Peeples

16 October 2018

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Plastic waste often ends up in oceans which in turn impacts not only the health of the coastal ecosystem, but human health as well when people consume fish that have ingested the plastic fragments. To keep plastic out...

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