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Attacking Root Causes

Solving problems by addressing the underlying factors. By digging deep and attacking the root causes of a problem, changemakers are able to treat the disease rather than just the symptoms. These solutions offer help to those in need, employ a comprehensive approach to problem-solving, and address the determinants that keep individuals and communities from succeeding.

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How does Portland's Street Response Team compare with a similar program in Denver?

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Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to mental-health and other crisis calls with medics and counselors rather than poli...

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How NYC Is Stopping Textile Waste With Low-Tech Donation Bins

Next City

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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, who either sells donations in their thrift shops, sends them to other nonprofit s...

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Agroforestry and land reform give Brazil cacao farmers sweet taste of success

Mongabay

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

After there was a fungal disease outbreak in the 1990s that affected cacao crops in Brazil, a group of 150 community members got together to collectively manage a farm to grow back cacao trees using agroforestry techniques. Because of their efforts, they sell their cacao to major chocolate brands...

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How Vermont's Energy Efficiency Utility Is Helping Businesses Sweat the Small Stuff

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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 Retrofit program, the utility helped install insulation, LED lighting, and high-e...

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Green House nursing homes kept COVID cases low via small sizes, private rooms, universal workers

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The Green House Project, which is a network model of nursing homes across states, has been able to largely avoid the spread of Covid-19 amongst residents, with five times fewer cases than the national nursing home average. While the small size of the nursing homes has played a role, it has also b...

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Instead of Eviction, Landlords and Tenants Talk It Out

Reasons to be Cheerful

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Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program has helped keep more than 400 landlord-tenant disputes out of eviction court proceedings, mainly by using volunteer mediators to work out mutually agreeable plans for tenants to get caught up on their rent payments. The program started last year as a way ...

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How Banana Waste Is Turned Into Rugs, Fabric, And Hair Extensions

Business Insider

Video / 5-15 Minutes

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, TEXFAD has grown to also employ 23 people, many of whom started in their internshi...

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DIY-style school helps educate Indian migrants facing eviction

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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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 India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using loc...

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Vaccine nationalism? Why Jordan includes refugees in rollout.

Christian Science Monitor

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The Jordan government is prioritizing offering the Covid-19 vaccine to refugees before most citizens with the goal of decreasing the transmission rate for those who must live closely together and in crowded conditions. Working with The U.N. Refugee Agency, this antidote to "so-called vaccine nati...

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Towards a greener construction with fly ash bricks

Climatetracker

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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 waste from coal-based thermal plants, which often gets disposed of by being dumped...

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