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Chermaine Lee

8 September 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Harnessing body heat provides energy-saving heating to commercial and residential buildings. The Stockholm Central station in Sweden and the Mall of America in Minnesota both capture body warmth to provide some of the...

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Jessica Jones

26 August 2020

London, England

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Bartering has surged in popularity as neighbors and community members seek hard-to-find items during the pandemic. Groups with thousands of members have emerged, and people are trading household items as well as their...

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Elissaveta M. Brandon

25 August 2020

Harlem, New York, United States

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PLAY NYC, a nonprofit in New York, is reviving a historic pop-up playground concept, which started over two decades ago, in order to increase children's access to playgrounds and physical activity. The concept is simp...

The TRiiBE

Jessie Roti

19 August 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago-based grocery delivery services are alleviating the hardship faced by those who live in food deserts. Black and brown communities with limited access to groceries were hit especially hard during COVID-19, when...

Civil Eats

Andy Hirschfeld

13 August 2020

United States

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Produce prescription programs across the United States are seeing a resurgence in activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs provide healthy foods at a subsidized price to patients with chronic health issue...

FoodPrint

Lela Nargi

23 July 2020

United States

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The ability of community gardens to supply healthy food to those who might not have their basic needs met has grown in importance as coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. For example, the New Roots...

Law at the Margins

Ariel Boone

14 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland and local activists use a similar response to the problem – building encampments of "tiny houses" – but there are critical differences between the two programs. An activist group called The Villag...

The Economist

The Economist

2 July 2020

Vietnam

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“Rice ATMs” allow people in need to withdraw free rice each week and are popular throughout Vietnam. Created by private companies, the ATMs are now sustained by private donations in a country that hasn’t developed a l...

Inkline

Soumaïla Diarra

28 June 2020

Bamako, Mali

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As Mali’s population increases and urban centers grow, women in the West African country are coming up with different solutions to reduce their consumption of charcoal and wood and reverse the worsening effects of cli...

The Local

Emma Löfgren

23 June 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Hospitals in Sweden have one of the lowest counts of ICU beds throughout Europe, but when Covid-19 began to spread, the country doubled their number of intensive care beds in preparation. Although hospitals took their...

CityLab

Amanda Hurley

23 June 2020

United States

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Covid-19 created space for everyday citizens, who are not trained architects, designers, or urban planners, to alter how public spaces are used. Known as tactical urbanism, everyday people are using inexpensive and cr...

LAist

Stephanie O'Neill

27 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A chance encounter sparked by a Facebook post led to the creation of RVs 4 MDs, a Facebook group pairing donated recreational vehicles for front-line medical workers who needed to distance themselves from their famili...

Teen Vogue

Vikki Law

13 May 2020

New York, United States

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The Photo Patch Foundation helps connect children with parents who are experiencing incarceration. Using its website or mobile app, children can write letters and upload photos, which will then be printed and mailed b...

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Barry Yeoman

12 May 2020

Houma, Louisiana, United States

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The Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw has long had a culture of cyclicality which is now coming in handy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Because they assume that hardship will come after periods o...

LAist

Matt Tinoco

7 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, a government-sanctioned camp has been developed for individuals experiencing housing insecurity. The camp, with around-the-clock security, offers residents water, meals, health care, and electrical out...

The Guardian

Amelia Gentleman

7 May 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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Across England and Wales, over 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness have found temporary accommodations in hotels. Paid for by the government as part of it’s COVID-19 relief efforts, hotels are working with soc...

Invisible People

Ari Honarvar

5 May 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Hotel Vouchers 4 All was created as an emergency response to finding housing for San Diego residents experiencing homelessness. Funded by donations, the initiative has partnered with a loca...

The Hechinger Report

Jo Napolitano

28 April 2020

United States

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To reach English Language Learners, who are particularly hard to contact during the coronavirus pandemic as a result of language barriers and other factors, teachers are trying low-tech approaches. From letters to pho...

Al Jazeera

Malika Bilal

27 April 2020

Dakar, Senegal

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As the COVID-19 pandemic picked up across the world, Senegal, taking lessons from its experiences with Ebola, acted quickly. Measures like hard travel restrictions and lockdowns, daily information briefings and broadc...

Colorado Public Radio

Hayley Sanchez

24 April 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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An Islamic organization called Downtown Denver’s Islamic Center is helping members of their community adjust to the quarantine and maintain their spiritual practice. All services and counseling has been moved online, ...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

18 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the city-led effort, Project Roomkey, is working to get 15,000 people experiencing homelessness into hotel rooms in the fight against COVID-19. Working with the LA Homeless Services Authority and state...

Grady Newsource

Ethan Monteagudo

14 April 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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In Georgia’s Athens-Clarke County, schools and the community have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up a food delivery and pickup program for students and families that experience food insecurity. Busses h...

KSUT

Sarah Flower

14 April 2020

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Premier Vacation Rentals Group offers free lodging in about 30% of its 350 vacation rentals for frontline workers to avoid exposing their families to Covid-19, which gives them peace of mind that they are protecting t...

The Guardian

Anna Tims

13 April 2020

England

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Across England, businesses are stepping up to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s Glasses Direct, which is gifting 4,000 pairs of glasses to National Health Service workers, and Fully Charged, o...

Southern California Public Radio

Jeff Lunden

11 April 2020

United States

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Theaters across the country have been forced to find virtual alternatives to reach their audience. For the price of a ticket, theater companies are offering access to videos of recorded shows with links that expire af...

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