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Using Creative Financing

Harnessing the power of economics and investment. These solutions take advantage of money, not only in its ability to fund programs but also as a means of giving people autonomy and the power to solve the challenges they face in the ways they see fit. From providing freed slaves in Thailand with cash grants to offering small loans to businesswomen in developing countries, these solutions take advantage of the incentives, power, and leverage of finance.

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At Colleges, What's Old Is New: Retirees Living on Campus

The New York Times

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At Arizona State, retirees pay a fee to live on campus, take classes, and be a part of the college community. This setup offers a unique opportunity for intergenerational mixing and mentoring and a new revenue stream for institutions with declining enrollment.

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Can tourists coexist with nature on Lebanon's Rabbit Island?

Deutsche Welle (DW)

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In a stark juxtaposition to Lebanon’s polluted beaches, just 150 off the coast lies Palm Island – more commonly known as Rabbit Island – seeking to remain pristine and pollution-free. Promapir, a EU-funded collaboration between Lebanon’s Environment Protection Committee and the Office d’Exploitat...

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The all-electric home: Tackling air pollution by cutting off natural gas

The Salt Lake Tribune

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities, will work with Rocky Mountain Power to determine how to integrate such technol...

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Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out.

Vox

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective strategy with less unintended consequences, as banning often leads to a sharp in...

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Homes are a big part of Salt Lake City's air pollution problem. They also are the solution.

The Salt Lake Tribune

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Across Salt Lake City, Utah, housing developers are building more net zero energy homes. Facing air quality issues, the state has yet to set more energy efficient codes for new homes, which means the kind of homes being built by developers like Redfish, Garbett Homes, and Ivory Homes, are being c...

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West Marin tenants benefit from second-unit program

Marin Independent Journal

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A program run by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin uses government vouchers to encourage landlords to create additional affordable housing units with extra rooms in their home. The program, which primarily focuses on "junior accessory dwelling units" that offer small but low-pric...

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Inside the innovation lab solving climate financing

Apolitical

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Turning climate solutions into opportunities for investment can help mobilize capital to address climate change. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab), part of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) based in San Francisco, California, promotes public-private partnerships to reduce ...

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Former Juvenile Inmates Are Earning Double Minimum Wage to Grow Crops — and Business Skills

NationSwell

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For young adults leaving prison in Atlanta, they have the opportunity to participate in Gangstas to Growers, a local nonprofit that provides job skills training and personal development. The program, created in 2016, gives participants the opportunity to learn skills like farming, gardening, and ...

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What do you do with a derelict Center Parcs? Map out a waste-free world

The Guardian

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Abandoned buildings can become spaces for economic innovation and experimentation. An abandoned resort spa in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, now houses BlueCity, an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises. The initiative aligns with The Netherland’s 2050 circular strategy, which aims to reduce waste an...

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Got a parking ticket? In some cities, you can pay for it with school supplies or cat food.

Washington Post

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long as they aren’t related to public safety – when residents donate things like cat...

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