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Rachel Cernansky

6 January 2020

New York City, New York, United States

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Fashion has long been known as a major contributor to climate change, but brands (from fast fashion to luxury houses alike) are taking steps to address their carbon footprint. This article lists several initiatives wo...

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Nurith Aizenman

25 November 2019

Kampala, Uganda

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Liquid morphine offers a low-tech, low-dose alternative to other opioids when it comes to pain management. Uganda has taken steps to increase palliative care by allowing nurses to prescribe doses of morphine to patien...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

24 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the s...

CityLab

Andrew Small

11 November 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.  

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Farida Jhabvala Romero

8 November 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A program through the Mission Asset Fund, based in San Francisco, helps low-income communities get loans and good credit from an unlikely source: each other. The initiative pools together funds from family members and...

Associated Press

Chris Ehrmann

6 November 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut, in partnership with Lyft and the criminal justice reform group, #cut50, is providing transportation credits to formerly incarcerated individuals. The effort aims to help individuals reentering t...

The Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

31 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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A bookmobile program in Queens brings stories, computers and wifi to family shelters to help expand access to these vital resources to children and families without a permanent home. The book-filled bus has served ove...

CityLab

Andrew Small

29 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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New York City's Asphalt Art Initiative - created by Bloomberg Philanthropies - addresses pedestrian and traffic safety by taking to the streets and creating visual traffic flows with just a can of paint. Simple design...

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Aaron Moselle

21 October 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s WIC program, offering people experiencing economic hardship food stipends, is switching from paper checks to plastic cards. The seemingly small change will have a huge effect on how the benefits are use...

CityLab

Lizabeth Cohen

21 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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A plan forged in New York City suburbs in the 1970s addressed urban renewal and income inequality by creating low-income housing dwellings in nine separate towns outside of the city. Though the "Fair Share" program fa...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

16 October 2019

Harvard, Massachusetts, United States

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All over the country, budgets for local newspapers are drying up and these small institutions are dying with them. But in Harvard, Massachusetts (which has no connection with the university), one local paper may have ...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

11 October 2019

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Cities like Santa Barbara are creating "Safe Parking Programs" that designate certain parking lots as safe and legal for residents living in their cars to park at night. An organized intake procedure on-site attempts ...

NPR

Joanne Lu

3 October 2019

United States

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Humanitarian, crowdsourced street mapping has become a crucial part of disaster relief efforts. Initiatives like Missing Maps and OpenStreetMaps call on volunteer cartographers – professional or not – to fill in maps ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

30 September 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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With one in every five newsrooms closing in the country over the last four years (that's 1800 newspapers), many local papers are trying radical new models to buck the trend. Novel strategies employed include turning t...

The Sprawl

Hadeel Abdel-Nabi

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24 September 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Though Calgary already goes further than some cities in the public transportation sphere by offering a free-fare downtown zone, other cities that offer free transportation -- often through added taxes -- have seen dra...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

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16 September 2019

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is a mobile health clinic bringing care to uninsured, rural residents in Tennessee. The initiative has reached nearly 250 people since it started, providing care to six different towns onc...

The New York Times

Anemona Hartocollis

10 September 2019

United States

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At Arizona State, retirees pay a fee to live on campus, take classes, and be a part of the college community. This setup offers a unique opportunity for intergenerational mixing and mentoring and a new revenue stream ...

U.S. News & World Report

Abby Sewell

5 September 2019

Lebanon, Jordan

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The King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan and the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon were both established in order to help children from all different regions battle cancer, but since war broke out, they have ...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

4 September 2019

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Across the United States, rural health-care centers that qualify to receive a Federally Qualified Health Centers designation are better able to provide affordable care for those that need it. Although there are limita...

Forbes

Christine Ro

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3 September 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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As temperatures across the world increase, many low-income areas are being hit the hardest without anywhere to turn. In South Africa, spray parks are becoming more popular as a solution, providing an inclusive place f...

Missoulian

Matt Hoffman

19 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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A six-week, half-day kindergarten jumpstart program in Billings, Montana is helping students to get acclimated to the classroom before formally entering school. While the "preschool-lite" offerings are not meant as a ...

Washington Post

Marisa Iati

13 August 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long...

Things That Work Uganda

Aisha Nanyonjo

7 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Because deforestation in Uganda is rapidly increasing, including in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, a new tactic for constructing bricks for housing that didn't require trees was developed by Mercy Corps, UK Aid, and...

KUMN

Marisa Demarco

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6 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Residents and volunteers from The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Artful Life joined forces to create a "pop-up park" in a long neglected vacant lot in the International District of Southeast Albuqu...

NPR

Patrick Adams

26 July 2019

Butaro, Rwanda

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A hospital in Rwanda is expanding access for cancer treatment while also showing that treating children in impoverished areas doesn't have to be expensive. Through partnerships and low labor costs, doctors at the Buta...

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