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Cinnamon Janzer

1 April 2021

Lindstrom, Minnesota, United States

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After talking about solar panels with his students, a teacher at a middle school in Minnesota worked with the school board to raise funds to install a rooftop solar panels for the entire district. All five of the scho...

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Oscar Perry Abello

31 March 2021

New York, United States

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Community health care centers across the U.S. are funded by the 340B drug discount program, which requires "pharmaceutical companies to provide up-front discount pricing on certain medications to qualified private ent...

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Emily Nonko

16 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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People experiencing homelessness can now access hot showers and bathrooms at the Hygiene Hub. Staff at the Portland initiative include both unhoused paid workers and housed volunteers, all with extensive staff trainin...

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Phil Roberts

12 March 2021

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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In a science class in a local New Jersey school, students came up with a green solution to a storm water management and flooding problem in their parking lot when it rained. With help from the Cooperative Extension Wa...

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Cinnamon Janzer

10 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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By redesigning the notices it mails to people who owe the city money for pet licenses or traffic and parking fines, Seattle's Innovation and Performance project greatly improved payment rates. The effort, based on beh...

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Oscar Perry Abello

9 March 2021

New York City, New York, United States

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An equitable alternative to Uber and Lyft is giving drivers ownership of a ride-hailing platform with many perks that aren’t available to workers in the gig economy. The Drivers Cooperative is providing drivers with l...

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Cinnamon Janzer

5 March 2021

California, United States

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After California legalized marijuana, it offered people a way to erase their marijuana-related criminal records. But few tried, in part because the process was difficult. Code for America's Clear My Record initiative ...

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Hannah Chinn

24 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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RefashionNYC provides bins for commercial and residential buildings with more than 10 units, though the Department of Sanitation, to recycle clothes and textiles. When full, the contents are sorted by Housing Works, w...

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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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Emily Nonko

18 February 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Since it was reported that Newark’s lead levels in the city’s drinking water were higher than federal standards, the Newark Water Coalition installed a Water Box. This is a portable filtration system that removes cont...

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Cinnamon Janzer

17 February 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The DEAR program (Durham Expunction and Restoration) put 11,084 drivers back on the road legally and waived $2.7 million in fines in a purge of old cases that had revoked driving privileges for unpaid fines and fees. ...

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Taylor Moore

17 February 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Some cities across the U.S. are offering "free or cheap transportation to vaccine distribution sites" as a means of increasing access for those who don't have access to a vehicle, are unable to drive, or don't live ne...

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Phineas Rueckert

12 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Citi Bike started the NYC Critical Workers program, which offered free bike-share memberships to essential workers in New York City because of the coronavirus pandemic. The free membership started for one month but wa...

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Emily Nonko

11 February 2021

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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To address the growing isolation facing senior citizens, a Brooklyn-based organization started an initiative called The Sharing Network to connect volunteers with seniors via telephone calls. Taking the participants' ...

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Emily Nonko

9 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A collective of artists in Seattle bought real estate for a community center with the help of city funding. Known as Black and Tan Hall, the space drew funding and sweat equity from community members who sought a safe...

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Adina Solomon

9 February 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A new model for community-owned real estate is attempting to bridge the racial wealth gap and build neighborhood wealth in Atlanta. Instead of watching prime real estate go to investors who would hold onto the buildin...

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Kristi Eaton

4 February 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is an immersion program that pays adults to learn the Cherokee language, which is quickly disappearing yet important for preserving Cherokee culture. The program require...

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Zeb Larson

4 February 2021

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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The Mahoning Valley Historical Society reached a broader local audience "by asking tough questions and reshaping itself for the 21st century," bucking the traditional historical-society model of focusing only on white...

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Emily Nonko

3 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Through its Creative CityMaking program, the city of Minneapolis pays artists to use their skills to promote healing and community-building in projects they design on their own. The program had existed for seven years...

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Oscar Perry Abello

28 January 2021

United States

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Cooperatives are getting the funding they need through a “nationwide network of loans funds and incubators that specialize in supporting and investing in cooperative businesses.” Coops lack access to traditional fundi...

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Cinnamon Janzer

28 January 2021

United States

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A pilot program may be able to alleviate the utility debts incurred by struggling customers who were affected by the pandemic-induced economic slowdown. A pre-pandemic program used missed utility payments as an opport...

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Roshan Abraham

27 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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A new law in Michigan will automatically expunge misdemeanors and felonies after several years, making it easier to find employment for those who have a record. The automatic nature of the expungement removes the barr...

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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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Oscar Perry Abello

26 January 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Baltimore is giving employees an “alternative to exploitation in traditionally-structured enterprises.” Employees at Taharka Brothers can eventually qualify for ownership, which enables t...

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Jared Brey

26 January 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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A successful tiny home community in Missouri is inspiring a doctor-nurse duo to establish one in Wilmington, North Carolina. The idea took hold after they realized that chronic homelessness had a huge impact on health...

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