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The Guardian

Josh Wood

19 September 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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When Alexandria, Kentucky's police chief realized how many of his officers' calls were for mental health crises or minor interpersonal disputes, and then how many of these unresolved problems resulted in repeat 911 ca...

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Jared Brey

15 September 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate developer has teamed up with homelessness service organizations to house working families. The Lotus Campaign gives landlords $1,000 a year to rent a unit to a family that is at risk of homelessness or i...

The Land

Grant Segall

9 September 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Two newly-formed companies in Ohio are the nation's first businesses to create a "fully automated production of woven, washable masks." The project became a reality thanks to partnerships and funding support between s...

The Daily Yonder

Meg McIntyre

8 September 2020

Brattleboro, Vermont, United States

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A food-relief initiative in Brattleboro, Vermont is helping connect people facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic with free meals that are provided by local restaurants. The initiative – which also requir...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Landowners, state employees, environmental groups, and local hunters are working together to protect Hawaii’s forests and drinking water by eradicating invasive plants from the state’s protected forests. By allowing n...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Kevin Knodell

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Members of the Marine Corps in Hawaii often pull double duty: military training and endangered species protection. For example, in June, the Marines roped off 13 green sea turtle nests on a local beach. Part of their ...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

3 September 2020

Orlando, Florida, United States

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What started as a small group of young adults wanting to help their aging parents navigate telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, is now a multi-state program that provides devices to seniors and low-income peopl...

Southerly

Christine Baniewicz

2 September 2020

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States

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Indigenous communities in Louisiana are working with scientists to restore wetland ecosystems and protect tribal mounds along the Gulf Coast through backfilling projects. Depleted oil wells and canals in the area are ...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

1 September 2020

Culver City, California, United States

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High school and college-age volunteers in Culver City, California are playing a significant role in the creation of a food-distribution system that aims to help their neighbors who have been financially impacted by th...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Ben Levine

27 August 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Using AI technology, home address data, and algorithms, the Metro21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon was able to find the best school bus routes to deliver school meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The soluti...

The Huffington Post

Alexandra Kirkman

24 August 2020

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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To protect the Mesoamerican Reef from the effects of climate change, key stakeholders in Mexico created the world’s first insurance policy to protect a natural asset. The policy provides an immediate infusion of cash ...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

24 August 2020

Torre Guaceto, Italy

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Fishers, researchers, and managers came together to create Torre Guaceto, a marine reserve off the coast of Italy. The area was previously exploited, but because of this cooperative management project, biodiversity ha...

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Emily Nonko

20 August 2020

New York, United States

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The Thinkubator, a Bronx-based nonprofit, launched "Thinkubator Solves" a virtual internship program that pairs Bronx high school students with local businesses. The paid one-month summer internship allows students to...

The Guardian

Lynne Curry

19 August 2020

Oregon, United States

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An unlikely partnership between ranchers and conservationists is working together to protect grassland biodiversity on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Oregon. The Nature Conservancy has cultivated relationships with l...

The Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

15 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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In Massachusetts, a local health care institution has teamed up with a handful of community-based organizations to help those who are facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The program includes screen...

The Boston Globe

Mary Ann Sorrentino

13 August 2020

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island are "repurposing parking lots, waterfronts, and any adjacent land where an al fresco meal can be savored, public health preserved, and restaurant profits protected" during the c...

Kaiser Health News

Martha Bebinger

13 August 2020

Brockton, Massachusetts, United States

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In Massachusettes, contact tracers for COVID-19 are tasked with an additional responsibility that includes acting as a care resource coordinator to better help those they're interacting with make "the best choice for ...

New Mexico In Depth

Shaun Griswold

12 August 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Although the pandemic has brought on its own unique challenges, childcare centers in New Mexico have developed safe and effective techniques to keep children and workers safe. At the UNM Children's campus, children ar...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 August 2020

Milwaukee, Minnesota, United States

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The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides a comprehensive approach to providing affordable housing in seven counties across Minneapolis and St.Paul. The large area it serves allows families to move into either urb...

The Seattle Times

Michelle Baruchman

7 August 2020

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Artificial intelligence and traffic cameras are being used to identify dangerous intersections in Bellevue, Washington. Data from thousands of hours of footage revealed that intersections where drivers, bikers and ped...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

7 August 2020

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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Mental health agencies in North Carolina have partnered with a mobile phone carrier to provide data-enabled smartphones to individuals who lack access to technology during the pandemic. Because this doesn't provide a ...

Model D

Kate Roff

4 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Homeowners in Detroit can now access home improvement capital to fix up their historic homes, many of which date back to the early 1900s. The aid is in the form of a zero-interest loan which is paid back over 10 years...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

31 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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After two failed attempts, Oakland Ceasefire retooled its approach and since 2013 has been a significant factor in lowering homicides and nonfatal shootings. The program, used in various ways in many cities, identifie...

WAVE-TV

David Mattingly

28 July 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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Alexandria, Kentucky's 17-officer police department avoided the expense of hiring more police officers by adding two social workers to assist police in responding to the types of calls that can often turn into repeat ...

Civil Eats

Lela Nargi

27 July 2020

United States

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University-based food pantries around the U.S. had to quickly rethink the ways they could continue to provide students with access to food during the pandemic, despite students not having the same campus access as bef...

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