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NationSwell

Chris Peak

19 October 2015

Lovingston, Virginia, United States

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farms which follow the sustainable farming style, Silvopasture, but few farmers take advantage of the program. ForeverView Farms in Vermont is advising policy groups about wa...

The Lo-Down

Ed Litvak

8 October 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A starting point for addressing the problem of small-business extinction - a description of possible solutions being enacted in New York City.

Orange County Register

Jordan Graham

7 October 2015

Costa Mesa, California, United States

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Illicit activity is rampant in the rundown motel rooms dotting Costa Mesa’s Harbor and Newport boulevards. Officials think they finally have a plan to make some of those motels disappear: Property zoning.

Issue Media Group

Douglas J. Guth

5 October 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Cities along the USA's rust belt, such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit, have been encouraging immigrants to settle in their cities through various organization as a way to combat their population decline. The in...

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

4 October 2015

Pernambuco, Brazil

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Brazil's Straw Hat project helps women affected by domestic violence leave abusive situations and enter the economy, creating a path to self-sustainability.

The Denver Post

Ray Mark Rinaldi

3 October 2015

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoo...

TakePart

Samantha Cowan

2 October 2015

Burkina Faso

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By supporting small-scale female farmers, Groundswell International, an NGO, is diversifying diets and combating food insecurity in countries in West Africa.

Model D

MJ Galbraith

22 September 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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With the help of a grant, a high school in Detroit is making "13th grade" desirable. Upon completion, graduates of the tuition-free 5-year "Early College" program are certified to work in a range of roles in the healt...

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

22 September 2015

Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya

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Kenya's female water tank masons are delivering measurable benefits to their communities and empowering other women to take up leadership roles.

The New York Times

Ankita Rao

18 September 2015

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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In India, corruption in the distribution of government ID cards leaves the poorest without legal identity or protection. A non-profit group is creating and distributing unofficial ID cards and legal aid for day worker...

Daily Bruin

Jonaki Mehta

17 September 2015

Vadamanappakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

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An organization called Rural India Social and Health Improvement (Project RISHI) founded by a professor and four students at UCLA works with villages around India to develop sustainability projects that work for the c...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Bruce Wallace

16 September 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh’s garment industry saw two disasters in recent years: the Tazreen fire in November 2012 and the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April of 2013. International action to reform the industry followed, but so did...

The Huffington Post

Adrian Ely

14 September 2015

Addis Ababa, Oromia, Ethiopia

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In so-called 'developing countries,' the focus is often simply on industrializing areas without electricity. In an effort to think beyond this to create sustainable and forward-looking infrastructure, socially- and en...

Slate

Mark Obbie

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11 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Four community groups in the Los Angeles area work to address the root causes of what draws young people into gangs with a mix of approaches to help people leave the gang life, including education and job services, co...

Issue Media Group

Christina Sturdivant

11 September 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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As cities are flooded with new residents, parking becomes a bigger issue. Some cities, such as Denver and Cleveland, are opting against a parking lot that takes up a lot of place, and are investing in more creative id...

Civil Eats

Sarah Henry

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Ent...

Anchorage Daily News

Scott Jensen

7 September 2015

Kivalina, Alaska, United States

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to...

Vox

Erica Gies

5 September 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

The New Republic

Steven Cohen

1 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Responding to the volatility of the current job market and the potential for a bursting bubble, digital media employees are unionizing to protect themselves in the midst of ongoing change. While these efforts have pro...

Next City

Cassie Owens

1 September 2015

Exeter, United Kingdom

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Larger green spaces may be critical to a city, as they can support more complete ecosystems. In contrast to smaller "parklets," large parks paired with high-density neighborhoods allow for healthier cities.

Roads & Kingdoms

Amy Yee

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28 August 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh, whose garment industry is second only to China’s in size, is responding to both international and domestic pressure and undergoing the most radical revamping of worker safety it has ever seen, in large par...

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

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26 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...

WHYY

Irina Zhorov

20 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As city leaders reconsider their urban spaces—and particularly, urban waterfronts—through the lens of a post-industrial economy and renewed urbanism, moving urban highways has become more of a priority. Urban planners...

The Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

9 August 2015

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

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Around the globe, countries have taken actions that have helped reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. Although the state of Florida feels the effects of climate change, its state representa...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

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