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The Seattle Times

David Gutman

Michelle Baruchman

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28 April 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When public transportation is not an option and commuting alone is undesirable, vanpools are a great option for shared commuting. Seattle’s vanpool program is the largest in the country, with 1,469 vanpools, followed ...

BBC

William Kremer

Harriet Noble

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16 April 2018

United Kingdom

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Cash prizes push people to solve all sorts of problems. Advancements in aircraft and spacecraft in particular have came out of public innovation challenges.

Wall Street Journal

Emily B. Hager

Clara Ritger

11 April 2018

Medford, Oregon, United States

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Oregon is helping its residents save for retirement by automatically enrolling those eligible for the Roth IRA retirement savings program. Employees can choose to contribute or opt out, and thus far the participation ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

9 April 2018

Naguabo, Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico communities, land and the local coasts. With many relying on fishing as a significant source of income, fishermen have been suffering since with polluted waters and a diminished ...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

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28 March 2018

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States

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Repurposing contaminated sites for clean energy production may not sound like a common tactic to take, but Massachusetts has found a way to be highly successful at it. In fact, out of over 250 renewable energy install...

The Guardian

Lorenzo Tondo

19 March 2018

Sutera, Sicily, Italy

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Immigrants are reviving the local economy in Sutera. Before 2014, the Sicilian town was shrinking fast. All but a few hundred people had moved to look for work in bigger cities. Welcoming asylum seekers from Nigeria, ...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 March 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

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Rather than selling his business in the traditional way, a business owner in Glasgow decided to transfer ownership to his employees through an employee ownership trust after researching the best ways to plan for succe...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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6 March 2018

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In cases where funding is short for social programs, social impact bonds are becoming an increasingly appealing funding mechanism. Private investors and philanthropic institutions invest money upfront to fund a social...

The New York Times

Christina Anderson

Winnie Hu

Weiyi Lim

Anna Schaverien

26 February 2018

Stockholm, Sweden

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Cities like New York that are trying to decrease traffic congestion are looking to Stockholm, London, and Singapore. These three cities have all implemented forms of congestion pricing, in which they charge drivers a...

NPR

Julia Travers

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22 February 2018

Iraq

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For Syrian refugees staying in camps in Northern Iraq, gardening and greenery can be a way to stay connected to home while also providing a sense of purpose. The U.K. based nonprofit The Lemon Tree Trust works to help...

Apolitical

Jack Graham

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15 February 2018

San Isidro, Peru

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Peru formerly had one of the highest rates of stunting in South America, with chronic malnutrition affecting more than 1 in 4 children under five. Thanks to results-based budgeting and a government-wide commitment to ...

BBC

Fi Glover

11 February 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal, a revolutionary volunteer program called the “Female Community Health Volunteers” has led the country to drastically decline the number of women that die giving childbirth. Over 50,000 volunteers look after ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

7 February 2018

Sweden

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Sweden is the first country to put gender equality at the center of its foreign policy, calling the protection of women and girls’ human rights one of the greatest challenges of the century. Announced in 2014, the sta...

High Country News

Mark Fogarty

5 February 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A private company called Travois acts as a bridge between tribes and private investors in order to help make affordable housing more accessible in tribal homelands across the West. The company brings investors to trib...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

4 February 2018

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Bozeman, Montana can look to Bend for a creative mix of solutions that tackle the issue of affordable housing. As both mountain towns increase in size, Bend has been successful at finding innovative ways to ensure aff...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

31 January 2018

Preston, England

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The city of Preston, northern England, models a new local procurement plan after an initiative in Cleveland, Ohio that keeps money spent by large community institutions, like hospitals and schools, within the local ec...

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Virginia Gewin

30 January 2018

United States

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The advancement of technology has created the capability to consider solutions never before possible. Conservation X Labs, a startup based in Washington, D.C., has committed their focused on marrying the worlds of con...

Politico

Ethan Epstein

18 January 2018

Riverside, California, United States

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Riverside County is maintaining its college graduates and instilling them with community spirit. University of California at Riverside has a new medical school that provides free education to young adults, who agree t...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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18 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the United States, executive leaders of non-profits have a high turn-over rate due to workplace fatigue. The Durfee Foundation has pioneered funding 3-month sabbaticals for directors of non-profits to “decompress” ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Miles Bryan

22 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Income inequality and limited access to healthcare contribute to high rates of infant mortality in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. The University of Illinois has partnered with the Cuban Ministry of Public Heal...

WABE

Martha Dalton

21 December 2017

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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For many parents childcare can be very expensive, however, recently employers have started helping employees overcome this barrier. Little Apron Academy is a childcare center that Home Depot is partnered with and allo...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Deepa Fernandes

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17 December 2017

Florida, United States

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In Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers found a way to end sexual harassment on the tomato fields. Through organizing, they convinced big companies like McDonald’s and Walmart to only buy tomatoes from “fields...

Jackson Free Press

Ko Bragg

29 November 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Media and public scrutiny as well as the experience of being detained can worsen the outlook for juvenile offenders. Increasing court involvement, keeping the media at bay, and having a juvenile facility can help the ...

NPR

Luke Runyon

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18 November 2017

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is only now recovering from a 16-year long drought that resulted in the aquifer irrigation system becoming increasingly dry. Until the farmers decided to tax themselves for water consumption, realizing that s...

Vice

Emily Weitz

12 October 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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'Tha Flower Factory' is setting out to help provide employment, mentor kids, and restore hopefulness and beauty to the city of Baltimore. This project employs individuals to plant flowers and seeds, helping bring down...

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