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Bloomberg CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

4 November 2019

Brumunddal, Norway

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Norway is leading the world in low-carbon structural wood development; now, the country is working to bring factories into the country to turn the trees into usable lumber within the nation's borders. The city of Brum...

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Ria Gehrerova

4 November 2019

Genk, Belgium

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Genk, Belgium is a prime example of how Slovakia can transition to a post-industrial and greener future. The city "bet on innovation and creativity" to bring back jobs and persuade youth to remain in the area. Genk bu...

Vox

David Roberts

28 October 2019

California, United States

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Localized, distributed energy systems are popping up around California. As the larger electricity system becomes less reliable in the face of wildfires, more individuals are turning to microgrids and solar energy with...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

25 October 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has started cracking down on high-emission vehicle drivers by creating restricted zones that fine drivers of cars that emit a designated amount of pollution into the air; the carbon emissions in thi...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

18 October 2019

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

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Tallahassee is coordinating its youth development, violence prevention, and climate adaptation efforts to help out-of-work and out-of-school youth earn their GED and secure jobs helping to shape the city's climate res...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

16 October 2019

Doha, Qatar

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In Qatar, where temperatures have reached unbearably high degrees, an engineering professor at Qatar University has designed a way to provide air conditioning to the outdoors. Although the method is arguably not a sol...

Desert Sun

Melissa Daniels

10 October 2019

Desert Hot Springs, California, United States

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California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, has taken many steps toward low-carbon sustainability in its operations. The company uses commercial-scale solar energy, reverse-mounted ceiling fans, and microburst irr...

NPR

Dan Charles

4 October 2019

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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Enrolling administrators and financial planners in sustainable projects takes proving that investments pay for themselves. With the help of pressure from students and faculty, Penn State Universities administrators ha...

Bloomberg CityLab

Norman Garrick

30 September 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

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In Zurich, Switzerland, urban planners designed streets that put pedestrians and streetcar riders first as an effort to cut back on car usage and promote sustainable transportation. While cars are limited to one lane ...

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Leila Hussain

30 September 2019

Thailand

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A company in Thailand called Universal Bio Pack created biodegradable packaging made out of cassava starch and natural fiber that could reduce the amount of single use plastic that people consume. Another company in S...

NACLA

Melanie La Rosa

19 September 2019

Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the country, solar energy has stepped in to be a sustainable possibility. Such efforts have included lobbying local legislatures to incentivize communit...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

19 September 2019

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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To reduce carbon usage in electric grids, companies around the world have turned to new technologies that store wind energy that can be converted to electricity. One such company called Hydrostor, based in Ontario, Ca...

Colorado Public Radio

Kelley Griffin

16 September 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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At both the individual and corporate levels, action is being taken to eliminate the use of plastics. While many people have turned their attention to decreasing their own use of single-use plastics, many say that’s no...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning mach...

Sierra Club

Jason Mark

September/October 2019

Patagonia National Park, Chile

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After amassing a large amount of property in Chile, the Tompkins Conservation would donate millions of acres to the government to maintain as national parks for wildlife conservation and sustainable land use. This was...

Shake the World

Aleksandr Nechaev

2 September 2019

Santiago, Chile

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This podcast is an interview with Gonzalo Muñoz, the founder of a successful recycling organization called Triciclos that started in Chile and has since reached 8 other countries. Triciclos was the first certified B c...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Olivia Cuthbert

30 August 2019

Palm Island, Lebanon

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In a stark juxtaposition to Lebanon’s polluted beaches, just 150 off the coast lies Palm Island – more commonly known as Rabbit Island – seeking to remain pristine and pollution-free. Promapir, an EU-funded collaborat...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

28 August 2019

Logan, Utah, United States

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VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are a type of pollutant that can be found even in homes and small businesses, but across Utah, small businesses are finding creative ways to reduce their emissions. A mix of mandat...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

26 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Across Salt Lake City, Utah, housing developers are building more net zero energy homes. Facing air quality issues, the state has yet to set more energy efficient codes for new homes, which means the kind of homes bei...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Nate Berg

24 August 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco is using technology to calculate the cost of parking throughout the city, depending on the demand in specific neighborhoods at any given time. While critics were wary of the effect flexible pricing would...

Vice

Madeleine Gregory

23 August 2019

United States

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The company, iFixit, is training college students to repair electronics and then create manuals so that others can do the same. The company has helped students make more than 30,000 guides and reaches 1.5 million user...

Albuquerque Journal

Theresa Davis

23 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A river-water treatment project and water conservation efforts are restoring Albuquerque’s groundwater levels in the aquifer beneath the New Mexico city. Residents have cut their water use in half by switching out gra...

The Guardian

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17 August 2019

England

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Gre...

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