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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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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...

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Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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“More than 107,600 people were forcibly removed from their homes in India in 2019.” Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in In...

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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...

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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...

The Guardian

Richard Orange

8 February 2021

Gothenburg, Sweden

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A pop-up public space was installed in Gothenburg, the latest in a Swedish experiment that’s looking at how to transform parking spaces on city streets into community areas. Previous installations of the experiment, k...

Chicago Sun-Times

Manny Ramos

7 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since June 2019, Chicago's Grounds for Peace pilot project has begun cleaning up vacant, city-owned lots using an approach to urban beautification that has been shown in other cities, and in one Chicago neighborhood, ...

The Guardian

Matthew Ponsford

5 February 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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As London starts to implement its plan for boroughs to implement sustainable urban greening strategies, officials look to Malmö as a guide after the Swedish city used a green space factor (GSF) as a way of calculating...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Michaela Haas

5 February 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Community Safety Partnership Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department has worked for a decade in 10 neighborhoods to prevent crime through building trust among residents, rather than through the LAPD's costly a...

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Katie Ellington

4 February 2021

Rhode Island, United States

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The Substitute Teacher Training Program in Rhode Island is helping to fill a need for substitute teachers, as well as helping those looking for a job a quick way to find employment. The program is completely free, sel...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

1 February 2021

Wales

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A housing initiative in Wales is combining affordable housing with ecological sustainability. The One Planet Development policy (OPD) gives residents an exemption to stringent countryside planning laws if they commit ...

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Christine Byers

28 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When people emerge from long prison sentences, they can be in a hurry to put their lives back on track. But, when enrolled in a voluntary re-entry program called the Concordance Academy of Leadership, they first must ...

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Lyndsay Knecht

27 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When the Public Iconographies project asked people in St. Louis "how would you map the monuments of St. Louis?", it got 750 hand-drawn maps telling stories of often-overlooked sites throughout the city. By letting peo...

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Chase DiBenedetto

24 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Cailynn Klingbeil

22 January 2021

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Edmonton, Alberta, is issuing an increasing number of building permits to create more housing options in already developed areas of the city. The Canadian city is squeezing in living spaces above garages, in backyards...

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Christine Byers

21 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis' Concordance Academy of Leadership turns the traditional approach to prison re-entry programs on its head. Rather than pushing people just released from prison to find housing and a job, the academy pays its...

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Mansur Kurugu

21 January 2021

Bardo, Nigeria

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Community workers in a village in Nigeria worked together to buy a car to use as an emergency vehicle for pregnant women who are in labor. The initiative has caught the attention of local government, which prompted th...

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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...

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Tim Ha

21 January 2021

Kampung Buayan, Borneo, Malaysia

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An indigenous-led nonprofit group called Tonibung installed a micro-hydro electrical system for a village deep in Borneo’s rainforests. The project not only supplied much-needed energy for the villagers of Kampung Bua...

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Ian Duncan

16 January 2021

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Reconfiguring streets to slow automobile traffic through its downtown business district and encourage pedestrians and bicycling enlivened South Bend's street life and proved a boon to its restaurants and other busines...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 January 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Community land trusts typically provide affordable housing but now one is responsible for the revival of a family business in New Orleans. Commercial community land trusts are emerging as viable solutions for tenants ...

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...

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Miles Green

12 January 2021

Arizona, United States

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Arizona's Inmate Wildfire Program trains incarcerated people to fight wildfires, paying them low prison wages to provide a critically needed service as wildfires grow more common. Members of the only all-female crew, ...

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Tom Moran

10 January 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In 2020, six years after the Justice Department imposed a series of reforms on the Newark Police Department, Newark police officers have reduced their use of force so much that they didn't fire their guns at all in 20...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

5 January 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Street Moves initiative in Sweden is pushing local communities to become the designers of their own streets’ layouts and look at urban planning through the lens of the “one-minute city.” Through a public-private p...

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