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CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

25 October 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has started cracking down on high-emission vehicle drivers by creating restricted zones that fine drivers of cars that emit a designated amount of pollution into the air; the carbon emissions in thi...

Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon

Kris Maher

7 October 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania uses creative financial incentives for companies and businesses that invest capital gains in low-income areas of the city in order to pull itself out of economic hardship caused by the decrease in i...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

Marin Independent Journal

Richard Halstead

24 August 2019

Marin, California, United States

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A program run by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin uses government vouchers to encourage landlords to create additional affordable housing units with extra rooms in their home. The program, which prim...

U.S. News & World Report

Casey Leins

21 August 2019

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Building networks of physicians in rural areas helps reduce shortages of healthcare specialists. A partnership between Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana, known collectively as WWAMI, brings doctors to th...

Houston Chronicle

Perla Trevizo

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14 August 2019

Sargent, Texas, United States

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To protect the natural lands of the Texas coast and battle climate change, a new nonprofit is working to create a carbon dioxide storage program in partnership with private landowners. The innovative models give lando...

CNN

Julia Hollingsworth

12 August 2019

Wellington, New Zealand

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Since July 2019, New Zealand has held gun buybacks across the country and collected over 10,000 firearms. After a mass shooting at Christchurch mosque, the government rushed through legislation to ban semi-automatic a...

The Guardian

Eleanor Ainge Roy

11 August 2019

New Zealand

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A month after a mass shooting at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque, New Zealand’s government has bought back over 10,000 firearms. The country passed legislation banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons a month af...

KSHB

Cat Reid

5 August 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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As Kansas City tries to decrease violent crime in the area, it looks to a decades-old initiative that may have worked in the past: gun buybacks. Such a response was first tried in 1994, and saw a decline in homicides ...

The New York Times

Emily S. Rueb

Karen Zraick

25 July 2019

California, United States

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California is offering up to $300,000 of debt relief to doctors who accept Medicaid in an attempt to incentivize physicians to move to the state and serve low-income communities. The program is funded through revenue...

Bridge Magazine

Robin Erb

22 July 2019

Grant, Michigan, United States

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A state-funded loan repayment program makes Michigan stand out in a competitive market for doctors and health care professionals. To help reduce the shortfall of healthcare professionals in underserved, rural communit...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut looks to Boston as an example of a city that has succeeded in establishing a connection between nonprofits - who can donate payments to the city that are exempt from property taxes - and the loca...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Greg Bordonaro

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut has made significant cuts to city spending in an effort to ensure the revenue they get from taxes goes further. The mayor ensured tight spending by working with local union groups, ceasing new bo...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Gregory Seay

8 July 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Hartford looks to local governments nearby that have found success in the adoption of creative taxation, from restaurant meal taxes to taxes levied on hotel stays. Massachusetts, which has raised significant funds fro...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

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17 June 2019

Oslo, Norway

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Financial incentives in Norway have contributed in a huge switch to electric vehicles. By eliminating certain taxes and tolls, drivers of electric vehicles reap financial benefits. Improved infrastructure in recent ye...

Seven Days

Ken Picard

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12 June 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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The Vermont nonprofit, RecycleBalls, has partnered with over 950 tennis facilities to collect and recycle used tennis balls. The organization has collected more than 1.7 million thus far, and using a processor is able...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

12 June 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, taxpayers are funding a program called democracy vouchers, in which registered voters and other eligible residents receive $25 vouchers that they can contribute toward city council races. In this program u...

Washington Post

Peter Holley

3 June 2019

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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As former inmates face the immense challenge of finding employment post-incarceration, some have turned to YouTube as a way of turning their stories into financial security. With just a handful of prison channels garn...

The New York Times

Christina Goldbaum

13 May 2019

Utica, New York, United States

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Places like Utica, New York are working to convince refugees and new immigrants to move to their cities to stimulate the local economy and counteract population decline over the decades. Through more comprehensive ser...

WGME

David Singer

2 May 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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Rural areas of Maine were being underserved when it came to dental hygiene, so the state opened a dental college and a loan repayment program in order to increase the amount of industry professionals. Since opening, t...

Undark

Michele Catanzaro

1 May 2019

Budongo forest, Uganda

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In Western Uganda’s Budongo forest, the Budongo Conservation Field Station is saving chimpanzees by giving poachers the opportunity to do something different. The organization operates on two levels: First, employing ...

National Geographic

Juli Berwald

29 April 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Banned refrigerants called CFCs are being cleaned up and recycled to help offset climate change. The refrigerants were banned decades ago as part of the Montreal Protocol due to the extremely destructive effects they ...

Next City

James A. Anderson

22 April 2019

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) is a model that charges residents of a given city for the trash they throw away, aiming to spur people to decrease the amount of waste they dispose. Acting like a utility payment, this model ha...

Pacific Standard

Brendan Seibel

15 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip code...

IndiaSpend

Disha Shetty

23 March 2019

Mawphlang, Meghalaya, India

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In 2007 a program in Meghalaya, India called The Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project was created to bring together the community members in an agreement to protect the sacred groves there. This was part of the larger ...

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