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Ensia

Kamala Thiagarajan

11 June 2020

Bengaluru, India

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An innovative approach to combat climate change involves growing forests and resorting natural vegetation on degraded or barren land. Known as the Miyawaki technique, planting seedlings of indigenous trees close toget...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

28 May 2020

Khonoma, Nagaland, India

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Despite the lockdown and loss of tourism income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the village of Kohonoma in India has been able to maintain a high level of food security for its people. Because of previous legal changes ...

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Cinnamon Janzer

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28 April 2020

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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The Downtown Greenway in Greensboro was already underway when the coronavirus hit and it has turned out to be quite the respite and economic boon. The Greenway draws visitors in with trails, greenways, public art, loc...

Inkline

Nithin Coca

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21 April 2020

Indonesia

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The degradation of peatlands is a public health and climate change issue. Organizations in Indonesia are working to understand these wetlands better by mapping the location of them throughout the country and around th...

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Valerie Vande Panne

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20 April 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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As communities around the United States face major job losses, those that have kept their economies local, like in Albuquerque, NM and Springfield, MA, are seeing more resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

The Counter

Karine Vann

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18 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The bulk food aisle in grocery stories - where dry goods are weighed and put in containers that consumers can bring from home - is getting more attention as tech solutions arise to revamp this shopping experience. Fro...

Minority Africa

Ope Adedeji

1 April 2020

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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Wine and Whine is a Nigerian organization that creates a space for women only to feel safe and connect. The goal is to create a woman-to-woman network and to create an opportunity to talk about issues that affect them...

Texas Observer

Megan Kimble

16 March 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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The Houston Community Land Trust (CLT) is a nonprofit that sells affordable homes in Houston to help resist gentrification. They keep it affordable by only selling the houses on top of the land and not the land itself...

Fashionista

Daliah Singer

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11 March 2020

United States

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Climate Neutral, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is creating a brand label that identifies companies that are offsetting and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Companies can purchase carbon offsets, where they ...

The New York Times

Aaron Randle

11 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Barbershops are a key part of Black Americans' culture, but the culture within those barbershops tend to be homophobic and alienating to LGTBQ individuals. To address this, a number of barbershops are catering specifi...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

2 March 2020

Cascade Lockes, Oregon, United States

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Washington State could pass one of the toughest restrictions on water bottling operations in the United States, thanks to activists who raised environmental concerns over a bottling facility that wanted to open in a t...

The Guardian

Matt Krupnick

13 February 2020

United States

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Once bustling cities contend with population decline by rethinking their use of space for those who remain. Baltimore, New Bedford, and Youngstown have implemented strategies that range from knocking down abandoned ho...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

12 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A workforce development initiative, PowerCorpsPHL, pays participants to learn skills and gain hands-on experience for jobs that offer long-term career opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability. Particip...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Terri Akman

11 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Powered by a workforce made up exclusively of the formerly incarcerated and people experiencing homelessness, Philadelphia start-up company Graffiti Removal Experts gets paid to clean up signs of blight while giving p...

The Huffington Post

Sophie Mbugua

23 January 2020

Kikuyu, Kenya

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In 2017, Kenya implemented a plastic bag ban and to ensure it was followed, set hefty fines and even jail time for those who broke the law. The law has had an impact – streets are cleaner and the use of single-use pla...

The New York Times

Ellen Rosen

22 January 2020

United States

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Public school districts are gradually transitioning to electric buses. Electric utilities, concerned about environmental impacts and overloading the grid, are helping to cover the high price tag.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board

10 January 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders,...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

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7 January 2020

Gothenburg, Sweden

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With a sustainable, multi-sector collaboration-based approach to urban planning, the cities of Gothenburg, Sweden and Málaga, Spain both won a "Smart Tourism" award to jumpstart 2020. Gothenburg utilizes app technolog...

Grist

Maria Gallucci

7 January 2020

Yap, Micronesia

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Canoes have long been used to navigate the seas, but navigators in the state of Yap in Micronesia are making modifications to the practice to make it more efficient and climate-thinking forward. The canoes, which run ...

Wired

Flavie Halais

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2 January 2020

Shanghai, China

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Data-driven transport can improve access and efficiency if properly implemented. In Shanghai, China, users benefit from customized bus routes designed by artificial intelligence software. Other countries, however, hav...

BBC

Erika Benke

24 December 2019

Ii, Finland

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The town of Ii, in northern Finland, has cut carbon emissions by 80 percent, hitting the European Union's target 30 years before the deadline. Thanks to collective action in the community, businessmen, children, grand...

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Tristen Webb

18 December 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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With Georgia’s Athens-Clarke county landfill nearing its fill limit, residents, organizations, and the city are taking a multi-pronged approach to reducing waste. A key part of this has been the fact that nearly half ...

Bangor Daily News

Bill Trotter

10 December 2019

Maine, United States

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Landfills can offer prime real estate for solar potential due to the lack of trees and access to direct sunlight, and Maine is taking advantage of this. Seen as a sustainable renewable energy project, this is just one...

The Charlotte Observer

Lauren Lindstrom

10 December 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Homestead Community Land Trust offers affordable home ownership in Seattle and the rest of King County, Washington, ensuring that there is always permanently affordable homes available. This opens up homeowner opp...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

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29 November 2019

Telford, United Kingdom

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A recycling plant in Telford, England has found a way to recycle old refrigerators into new ones using a new technology that preserves the plastic without contamination from the refrigerator coolant. Usually, recycled...

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