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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...

Business Insider

Jacqueline Baylon

19 February 2021

Kampala, Uganda

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A Ugandan company called TEXFAD is taking the stems from banana trees that would normally go to waste and is turning them into new textiles like rugs, place mats, and hair extensions. Over its eight year existence, TE...

Climatetracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

Bloomberg

Ira Boudway

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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An early-stage startup with big plans to change bicycling culture and commuting habits has notched one victory already, with its first secure-parking pods in New York City: Out of 60,000 times they've been used, the p...

Kaiser Health News

Christie Aschwanden

4 February 2021

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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Colorado counties have launched "The 5-star Certification Program" as a way to incintivize businesses to comply with COVID-related precautions. Businesses that join the program must agree to adhere to certain public h...

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...

Wired

Sidney Fussell

14 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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BlueConduit, an analytics startup, applies statistical models to identify neighborhoods and households that might have lead pipes. The models include dozens of factors, such as the age of the home and proximity of oth...

Christian Science Monitor

Sarah Matusek

13 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Newly arrived immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers have found a pathway to employment through Emma’s Torch. The nonprofit eatery pays students to learn culinary skills. The program is an important stepping stone f...

Civil Eats

Bailey Berg

11 January 2021

California, United States

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A new app is helping communities facing food insecurity in California. Forage Grocery finds the best bargains for SNAP recipients in their local grocery stores. Users upload their grocery list, select the stores they ...

Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

4 January 2021

Kenya

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, “almost half of schoolchildren, or a total of 121 million pupils, are unable to access remote learning,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report, an even bigger problem during a pandemic when students...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

29 December 2020

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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A housing project in Brooklyn is taking nine apartment buildings and retrofitting them to be more sustainable and cut carbon emissions. Casa Pasiva is a $20 million project that aims to reduce heating and cooling cost...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's largest medical-marijuana dispensary, TerraVida Holistic Centers, struggled to find enough employees, given the state's ban on the industry's employment of people with marijuana convictions, TerraV...

The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

19 December 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a land-based salmon farming operation has optimized the ideal conditions for fish to be raised sustainably on land. “There is no winter here, there are no diseases, there are no sea lice. We optimize every...

The Local

Michal van der Toorn

11 December 2020

Arnhem, Netherlands

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Rather than import masks from elsewhere, an organization in the Netherlands set up a face-mask factory, and then hired "people with a refugee background to make surgical face masks." According to the project spokesper...

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...

The Washington Post

Jessica Wolfrom

10 December 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Mason & Greens is a zero-waste store that reduces environmental impact by selling package-free items, from shampoo bars to organic produce. Dry goods and the wines, oils, and kombucha on tap are bought with reusable c...

Colorado Public Radio

Michael Elizabeth Sakas

7 December 2020

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States

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Thanks to a microloan from a local nonprofit and a willingness to try a new approach, a ranching operation in Colorado has begun introducing regenerative agriculture practices in the form of carbon capture. Using "por...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they apply combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties...

BBC

Jo Mathys

17 November 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Frustrated by a tight labor market, two locally owned Grand Rapids employers discovered the virtues – economic, not just moral – of hiring formerly incarcerated people, whose gratitude for an opportunity translated in...

Scalawag

Kyesha Jennings

16 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A newsletter that began in hopes to help stir up business for local restaurants in the Black community grew into a food subscription box that connects farmers, restaurants, and consumers. Tall Grass Food Box has put m...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

9 November 2020

Moulton, Texas, United States

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Around 20% of high school students in rural Moulton Independent School District in Texas don't have the vital internet connection they need to complete their assignments. Students at Shiner Independent School District...

Grist

Adrienne Day

30 October 2020

United States

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Prime Coalition is financing clean tech startups and climate-focused technologies that often don’t get a lot of funding. These technologies can be expensive to build and don’t generate profits immediately. So far, the...

High Country News

Jane C. Hu

29 October 2020

New Jersey, United States

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A company known as TerraCycle recycles "items other companies won’t accept" – including the many masks, gowns, and gloves that have been used during the coronavirus pandemic. While the service is free for those who ca...

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