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Valerie Vande Panne

11 March 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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When big box stores shutter, communities can suffer: vacant buildings deter investment and sites can encourage vandalism and other crimes. Because demolishing the stores can prove prohibitively expensive, three cities...

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Adele Peters

4 March 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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A community in North Amsterdam tackles the issue of rising water levels head on by building homes that can float. The houses are built to include solar energy grids using blockchain so neighbors can share electricity,...

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Jacques Leslie

19 February 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As climate change alters environments across the United States, it has become increasingly important to manage watersheds as a preventative measure to wildfires. Amid responses across the country, one private-public p...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Botkin-Kowacki

14 February 2019

Coral Gables, Florida, United States

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The Million Orchid Project has been reintroducing native, endangered plants into urban areas. From planting in school yards, to city parks, to the sides of busy roads, the initiative aims to preserve biodiversity by c...

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Stacy Nick

14 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Species Survival Plan Coordinators help grow zoo populations across the United States sustainably. In an interview with the vice president of Animal Care at Denver Zoo, Hollie Colahan, she explains how detailed and sc...

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Terrence McCoy

13 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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What started as a far-out concept in Berkeley, California, the goal of becoming zero-waste has spread to cities across the world. The idea makes individuals, communities, and governments think differently about what t...

The New York Times

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Blacki Migliozzi

13 February 2019

Canada

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Across the world, countries are taking heavy swings to reduce their impact on climate change. From British Columbia’s carbon tax, to Norway’s incentivization of electric vehicles, to the European Union’s legislation t...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Botkin-Kowacki

11 February 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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“We’re in the midst of one of the largest solar expansions in the country,” says Alys Daly, a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light, the largest utility provider in the state of Florida. This statement represents a...

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Alessandra Bergamin

8 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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An on-going research study out of UC Berkeley's Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health has partnered with youth from the Salinas Valley for two decades to investigate the influence of pesticides on ch...

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Jared Brey

7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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New grassroots efforts often struggle to get off the ground due to lack of funding. In Baltimore, a group called CLLCTIVLY aims to fix this problem for black-led non-profit organizations by offering a $1,000 prize eve...

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Meaghan Habuda

7 February 2019

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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Black Crow Coffee Co. is the first certified zero-waste business in the state of Florida, meaning that 90% of their waste does not go into the landfill. They achieved this after 6 months of dedication to the mission, ...

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Jessica Kutz

1 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A community in Portland, Oregon piloted a sustainable housing initiative that looks a lot like a micro-scale of the touted Green New Deal. While the Cully neighborhood's local sustainability nonprofit, Verde, already ...

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Dougal Shaw

29 January 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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In Eskilstuna, Sweden, there is a different kind of shopping mall – one that sells used and upcycled goods. In an effort to combat consumerism and bolster sustainability, the mall, called ReTuna, is nicely curated and...

Herald Scotland

Elle Duffy

26 January 2019

Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland

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The Isle of Arran became Scotland's first Plastic Free Community when they were accredited by the Surfers Against Sewage for their efforts to reduce plastic usage in their community. They credit their success to the h...

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Sydney Worth

23 January 2019

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an era of wildly expanding cities, local governments look toward a trend called "reurbanism," which promotes the revitalization of old, locally-owned structures. Cities like Tucson, AZ and Los Angeles embrace reurb...

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Adele Peters

14 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A handful of sustainability-oriented startups are working with concrete companies around the world to reduce their carbon footprint. The concrete & cement industry is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions; how...

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Adele Peters

3 January 2019

Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

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Turning a coal plant carbon neutral requires a community effort. In Holyoke, Massachusetts, community organizers from the Toxics Action Center and Neighbor to Neighbor, a local Latinx organization, succeeded in gettin...

Christian Science Monitor

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Laurent Belsie

28 December 2018

Iowa, United States

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After decades of planting almost solely corn and soybeans, across the Midwest and Plains, farmers are trying new methods to restore nutrients and replenish their soils. Methods like no-till farming, growing diverse co...

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Anna-Catherine Brigida

12 December 2018

Río Sarstún, Guatemala

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After initially not involving the indigenous Q’eqchi community in designating land for the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area – land that this community lives on – the government and the Q’eqchi since partnered together to...

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Ethan Bien

10 December 2018

Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico

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Tosepan Titataniske, an indigenous cooperative in Mexico's Sierra Norte mountains, emphasizes local control at the heart of solar programs. Over the last four decades, the organization has incorporated 410 community-l...

The New York Times

Amy Zipkin

26 November 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Airports around the US are incorporating bike friendly routes and racks for travelers looking for a more sustainable, reliable, and environmentally friendly way to catch their flight. In cities like Portland, Ore., Ba...

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Rachel Kaufman

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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Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In 2008, Vancouver’s mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson said he would transform the city to be the world’s greenest by 2020. One decade later, steps toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions have been made, but the 2...

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Fred de Sam Lazaro

1 October 2018

New Mexico, United States

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As a coal plant closes in Navajo Nation, and taking jobs with it, residents cautiously look to solar energy as a way forward. While the installation of the Kayenta Solar Project did provide jobs, those jobs were tempo...

The Guardian

Stephen Burgen

18 September 2018

Pontevedra, Spain

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Rather than attempt to change traffic flow, the city of Pontevedra cut straight to the source of their congestion frustrations; they eliminated cars from their streets entirely. The city center, which now fills to the...

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