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Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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8 November 2019

Salida, Colorado, United States

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As the Mountain West transitions away from mining and other industrial economic drivers, rural cities find their way into successful economies by relying on local entrepreneurial spirit and the surrounding landscape. ...

CityLab

Linda Poon

18 October 2019

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

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Tallahassee is coordinating its youth development, violence prevention, and climate adaptation efforts to help out-of-work and out-of-school youth earn their GED and secure jobs helping to shape the city's climate res...

Washington Post

Steven Mufson

16 October 2019

Doha, Qatar

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In Qatar, where temperatures have reached unbearably high degrees, an engineering professor at Qatar University has designed a way to provide air conditioning to the outdoors. Although the method is arguably not a sol...

Desert Sun

Melissa Daniels

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10 October 2019

Desert Hot Springs, California, United States

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California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, has taken many steps toward low-carbon sustainability in its operations. The company uses commercial-scale solar energy, reverse-mounted ceiling fans, and microburst irr...

NPR

Dan Charles

4 October 2019

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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Enrolling administrators and financial planners in sustainable projects takes proving that investments pay for themselves. With the help of pressure from students and faculty, Penn State Universities administrators ha...

NACLA

Melanie La Rosa

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19 September 2019

Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the country, solar energy has stepped in to be a sustainable possibility. Such efforts have included lobbying local legislatures to incentivize communit...

Colorado Public Radio

Kelley Griffin

16 September 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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At both the individual and corporate levels, action is being taken to eliminate the use of plastics. While many people have turned their attention to decreasing their own use of single-use plastics, many say that’s no...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning mach...

Shake the World

Aleksandr Nechaev

2 September 2019

Santiago, Chile

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This podcast is an interview with Gonzalo Muñoz, the founder of a successful recycling organization called Triciclos that started in Chile and has since reached 8 other countries. Triciclos was the first certified B c...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Olivia Cuthbert

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30 August 2019

Palm Island, Lebanon

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In a stark juxtaposition to Lebanon’s polluted beaches, just 150 off the coast lies Palm Island – more commonly known as Rabbit Island – seeking to remain pristine and pollution-free. Promapir, a EU-funded collaborati...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

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27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities...

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 ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

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26 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Across Salt Lake City, Utah, housing developers are building more net zero energy homes. Facing air quality issues, the state has yet to set more energy efficient codes for new homes, which means the kind of homes bei...

Vice

Madeleine Gregory

23 August 2019

United States

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The company, iFixit, is training college students to repair electronics and then create manuals so that others can do the same. The company has helped students make more than 30,000 guides and reaches 1.5 million user...

NBC News

Linda Givetash

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17 August 2019

Sweden

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the move...

The Guardian

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17 August 2019

England

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Gre...

Los Angeles Times

Susan Spillman

19 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For one family, living plastic-free was a lifestyle decision made after they learned more about the harm that plastic waste causes. The Watt family lives as plastic-free as possible – carrying their own utensils, buyi...

High Country News

Avery White

16 July 2019

Ute Reservation, Colorado, United States

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The Ute Tribe’s reservation is building its first large-scale solar array with the end goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The reservation, spanning Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, has partnered wit...

Next City

Sandra Larson

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15 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As gentrification has flourished and Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, “legacy businesses” struggle to find a way to maintain a presence in communities of color. In response, a multi-city fellowship called Shared...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

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11 July 2019

United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom’s Committee on Climate Change has helped the country lead the way in cutting emissions and preparing to adapt to climate change. The committee is independent – meaning it isn’t bound to who is in po...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

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26 June 2019

Holmdel, New Jersey, United States

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A New Jersey nonprofit, Sustainable Jersey, is taking a collaborative approach to environmental health, action, and sustainability. The organization is primarily a certification program, giving New Jersey towns guidel...

Global Ground Media

Daniel Hurst

25 June 2019

Indonesia

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Geoengineering, a term used to cover a broad range of large-scale, drastic measures to combat climate change, has the science and policy communities divided. These measures are currently being explored across the worl...

Apolitical

Amelia Axelsen

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21 June 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Nature-based solutions to climate change involve strategic use of greenery to staunch the negative impacts of climate change broadly, but these solutions also have been proven to increase jobs and contribute to the ov...

The Guardian

Patrick Barkham

19 June 2019

England

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Across the world, TreeSisters is partnering with local organizations to help reforestation efforts. The nonprofit is centered on bolstering local, community-based, and usually women-led initiatives in countries like K...

Ensia

David Soll

13 June 2019

United States

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The rollout of the Green New Deal signals a changing culture and mindset toward climate change. While many past responses have been on the individual level – not using plastic straws or carrying reusable bags when goi...

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