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Ethical Businesses With a Better Bottom Line

The New York Times

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Corporations concerned about their social and environmental impact must also consider the costs. Bcorps, a new form of corporation in the U.S., are using a rigorous certification process to gain consumers trust and boost sales.

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New sanitation system tested in Arctic village of Kivalina

Anchorage Daily News

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to be a solution for areas all over the state with lack of access to clean water s...

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Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above

The New York Times

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old roofs into green spaces cool the buildings, enable the containment of more rainfal...

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Hawaii's Longshot for Governor

Motherboard

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Hawaii has burned oil to receive the majority of its energy and paid billions every year to import. With such an expense and environmentally unsound method, the state needed alternative forms of sustainable energy. In 2014, Honolulu became “America’s solar capital” and a man who spearheaded the ...

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Hot, Crowded and Smart

Next City

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has set up rules to limit water use and has recycled water for conservation frugal i...

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On the Road, and Out of the Red

The New York Times

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If you don’t live in a city, not having a car of your own can be prohibitive to maintaining a job and a full lifestyle. But the costs - both financial and environmental - of owning a car can be just as detrimental. A program from a New Hampshire-based non-profit offers a middle-ground solution an...

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How the Fastest-Warming City in the Country Is Cooling Off

Politico Magazine

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Louisville, Kentucky is warming faster than any other city in the country, with summer temperatures in the central urban area up an extra 20 degrees. Although residents turn up their air conditioners, the heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor has launche...

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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off

The New York Times

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Retrofitting buildings for energy conservation in the United States could save $1 trillion over a decade, reduce American greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent, and create employment across the country. Many universities and other institutions are creating green investment funds to sustain proje...

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Illuminating Thoughts on Power

The New York Times

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business model around local involvement, grassroots systems that cater to the immediate c...

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