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Kevin Simpson

4 May 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across Colorado, grassroots groups have come together to create homemade masks for the state’s most vulnerable populations to protect against COVID-19. Two of those populations are Denver’s Downtown Detention Center a...

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Jennifer Brown

30 March 2020

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, most mental health services have been moved online as a response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Called telemental health, the virtual sessions give those that regularly see a therapist, or need to bec...

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Jason Blevins

31 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Since 2007, Protect Our Winters (POW) has engaged outdoor athletes to advocate for climate change. They believe in “imperfect advocacy,” in which they focus on corporate polluters whose habits can create larger-scale ...

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Erica Breunlin

9 December 2019

Colorado, United States

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Over one-third of juniors and seniors enrolled in Colorado public high schools are also taking postsecondary education courses. The model is saving students time and financial costs and is helping to close the achieve...

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Nancy Lofholm

28 November 2019

Colorado, United States

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The Four Corners region in southwest Colorado has become home to nearly 500 varietals of apples, revitalizing the industry as a whole, thanks to the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project. The practice of researching a...

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Tamara Chuang

26 November 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the pr...

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Tamara Chuang

19 November 2019

Lowry, Colorado, United States

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Older populations in Colorado want more out of the available technology classes, which often teach too much of the basics and not enough to keep them from falling behind in the age of social media, Etsy, and online vi...

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Kevin Simpson

7 November 2019

Bennett, Colorado, United States

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Emerald Garden farm in Colorado is a microgreens hydroponic farming operation that is using a comprehensive approach toward conducting business. From experimenting with new practices to reduce food waste to diversifyi...

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Adrian Miller

25 September 2019

Colorado, United States

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As congregations are struggling to engage younger people in faith communities, many are turning to food to energize young people. These "food-based ministries" span Jewish and Christian communities alike to connect wi...

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Kevin Simpson

24 September 2019

Hoehne, Colorado, United States

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Las Animas County in Colorado is a large rural and remote area which makes it difficult for emergency responders to access people in a timely manner. To address this, emergency medical responder (EMR) classes are bein...

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Jesse Paul

28 August 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Hospitals in Colorado are changing their approach to opioid crisis by treating patients that come in as emergent cases and rushing them into medication-assisted addiction treatment. The model has proved so successful ...

The Colorado Sun

John Frank

20 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In 2016, Utah debuted SafeUT, a streamlined crisis center with on-call mental health specialists that students can call or text about potential threats to schools or personal mental health concerns. SafeUT was born ou...

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Amanda K. Clark

12 August 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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A garden at Boulder, Colorado’s Museum of Natural History is being used to track the effects of smog and educate visitors as well. Called an “ozone garden,” this plot – and other like it around the world – shows resea...

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Monte Whaley

7 August 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Rural parts of America are often lacking in resources such as addiction treatment centers, but a project known as Strengthening Families is working to connect families in these areas with people that can help. In Colo...

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Tamara Chuang

29 July 2019

Palisade, Colorado, United States

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Eradicating invasive species requires enrolling a community effort. Although quarantines and chemical treatments have not proven effective in preventing the spread of Popilia japonica, or the Japanese beetle, to farms...

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Dan England

15 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Exercise has long been regarded as healthy, but it's now being used as a way to combat addiction. From specialized gyms that require 48 hours of sobriety to addiction recovery centers emphasizing exercise, people batt...

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Jason Blevins

11 July 2019

Blanca, Colorado, United States

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The Trinchera Blanca Ranch is setting an example for successful forest management in the face of drought and other challenges. A nearby sawmill processes wood from the ranch into lumber, generating revenue, creating j...

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Jennifer Brown

9 July 2019

Buena Vista, Colorado, United States

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Researchers from the University of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are hoping the experimental antifungal bacterial baths they gave toads in the Rocky Mountains are working. A fungus called Batrachochytrium d...

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Tamara Chuang

27 May 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Cybersecurity industry in Colorado has started recruiting and training veterans, finding that ex-military members gave what it takes to combat digital "bad guys" and other cybersecurity issues. While Colorado has ...

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Erin McIntyre

27 May 2019

Ouray, Colorado, United States

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By combining biomimicry with biodiversity, Colorado’s forests have kept damaging fir beetles at bay. The city of Ouray, Colorado, and the Colorado State Forest Service have been working with the help of volunteers to ...

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Kevin Simpson

6 May 2019

Branson, Colorado, United States

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Innovation is the key to resilience. In Branson, Colorado, the community of only 55 residents and with volunteer town council has taken on the massive task of bringing its water system up to compliance with the Colora...

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Joe Purtell

1 May 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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After a string of fatal and near fatal accidents rocked the Colorado climbing community--a community already all too familiar with such accidents--climber Madaleine Sorkin established the Climbing Grief Fund. By conne...

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Christopher Osher

30 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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At St. Vrain, a public school in Boulder County, Colorado's district, students work on projects for IBM and about 100 other industry partners, sometimes earning money and college credits in the process. Educators from...

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Jason Blevins

22 April 2019

Edwards, Colorado, United States

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Colorado's Eagle County identified that the community was facing a suicide crisis after rates started rapidly rising, especially amongst adolescents. To combat the issue, Vail Health invested $60 million towards impro...

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Nancy Lofholm

18 April 2019

Fruita, Colorado, United States

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A small city in Colorado turned an act of bigotry — someone publicly flying a Nazi flag — into an opportunity for growth for the city. Fruita considers itself a welcoming, inclusive community, so they seized upon this...

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