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Chad Small

23 February 2021

Bennington, Vermont, United States

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To make their restaurant more energy efficient and to cut its carbon footprint, The Publyk House utilized the services of Efficiency Vermont, a publicly funded energy efficiency utility. As part of their Deep Energy R...

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Meg Wilcox

9 February 2021

Fairfield, Maine, United States

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Stonyfield, an organic dairy company, is working with six of its suppliers to pilot how farms can measure the amount of carbon it’s trapping in soil through regenerative farming practices as a way for the company to a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

8 February 2021

Norway

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After Norwegian pop band A-ha made headlines for using an electric vehicle in 1989, the government began implementing incentives for people to drive the cars. These perks made electric vehicles so popular in the Scand...

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Fanni Daniella Szakal

28 January 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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Initiatives set up by NGOs and private-public partnerships aim to make innovation possible around the world and support sustainability entrepreneurs in countries that often don’t have access to those opportunities. Th...

The Washington Post

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Gabriella Demczuk

22 January 2021

Rock Hall, Maryland, United States

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester ab...

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Chad Small

21 January 2021

Florida, United States

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This pr...

The Huffington Post

XiaoZhi Lim

18 January 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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As the amount of farmland decreases in the United States and climate change brings hotter and drier conditions, many farmers are turning to agrivoltaics — growing crops and installing solar panels on the same land — a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Andrew Wear

25 December 2020

Samso Island, Denmark

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Denmark’s Samso Island has not only succeeded in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy - which is the nation’s goal by 2030 - it is now carbon negative. Locals initially pushed back on the i...

Gimlet Media

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Alex Blumberg

10 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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BlocPower retrofits buildings with energy-efficient equipment in financially underserved communities by offering loans to building owners for no money down. The company has completed about 1,000 projects by bundling t...

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Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

9 December 2020

Magog, Quebec, Canada

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After its fossil fuel–powered furnace started to fail, St. Paul’s United Church converted its old radiators to electric units in order to better insulate the building and be more environmentally friendly. The church g...

CityLab

Chris Malloy

23 November 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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As Tucson works to combat the effects of climate change, the Arizona city has been implementing policies to conserve its limited water supply through initiatives like a city rebate program. By focusing efforts on wate...

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Frederick Clayton

15 November 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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After running out of water during a drought in 2002, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District took proactive steps to conserve the region’s water for future generations. Thanks to public...

Richmond Confidential

Cameron Nielsen

5 November 2020

Richmond, California, United States

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Urban Tilth, an urban farm in California, is providing food directly to communities in need and upending the traditional food supply chain so they can help people access healthy and sustainably-grown food. They have b...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Breda

3 November 2020

Norway

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Despite a nationwide months-long coronavirus lockdown in Norway, the economy was able to remain stable due to a "decades-long effort to create an equitable economy" that helped the government to enact a package that p...

The New York Times

Abby Goodnough

27 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A substance abuse program known as contingency management offers incentives to those who to stay in treatment and remain abstinent from the use of drugs. Although not all agree with the merits of the program and quest...

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Claire Marie Porter

13 October 2020

California, United States

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In an attempt to curb carbon emissions from the transportation sector, Californians are trading in old, environmentally-unfriendly cars in for greener electric cars or vouchers for alternative transportation. Clean Ca...

Hakai Magazine

Nick Dall

8 October 2020

Kleinmond, South Africa

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A research project in a marine protected area (MPA) off the coast of South Africa brought fishers and scientists together to understand the abundance of fish and rock lobster in the waters. The project paid fishers to...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

3 October 2020

Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

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Coastal Shellfish, an Indigenous aquaculture company in British Columbia, is focusing on sustainable food and food security through its product Great Bear Scallops. This is the first project funded by the Costal Funds...

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Erika Bolstad

23 September 2020

Watford City, North Dakota, United States

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North Dakota is using some of its COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to plug 239 abandoned oil wells and reclaim 2,000 acres of lands. Abandoned wells can contaminate groundwater and leak methane that is hazardous to huma...

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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...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

8 September 2020

Pender County, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, it can be difficult to attract health care workers to rural areas, but a few counties have seen signs of success from various efforts. Tactics such as using financial incentives, creating a pipeline...

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Oscar Perry Abello

8 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Investors are using their clout to call for racial justice through the investment consulting firm Activest. The firm is attracting millions of dollars from companies that want to make fiscal justice investments. In a ...

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Neal St. Anthony

6 September 2020

Melrose, Minnesota, United States

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A new housing program in Minnesota is building off of an existing program to better provide housing for the developmentally disabled and their potential caregivers. The program known as "Rumi" helps cut costs associat...

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Jodi Helmer

28 August 2020

Hoosick, New York, United States

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Some food producers are helping dairy farmers transition away from animal agriculture and into growing crops for plant milk. For example, Hälsa Foods, makers of plant-based milk products, contracted with an organic fa...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

28 August 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dividend housing is an innovative initiative in Cincinnati giving renters the benefit of building equity without buying or selling real estate. Residents earn credits by maintaining the property, attending monthly ten...

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