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Frances Moore Lappé

29 January 2019

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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In 1993, a new administration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's fourth largest city, declared food access a fundamental citizen right. The city government partnered with rural farmers to bring fresh food into the city limit...

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Jennifer Guay

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9 January 2019

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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The government of Victoria, Australia partnered with businesses across the state to workshop ways cultural, gender, and other biases could be eliminated in workforce interview processes. By creating anonymous CVs, usi...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 December 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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An initiative in St. Petersburg has reduced the number of vacant houses while increasing access to affordable housing. The city takes ownership of vacant lots and abandoned homes, then sells the properties to affordab...

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Susan de Witt

30 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively ne...

The Colorado Sun

Jesse Paul

23 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The same technology that helps companies like Uber find their customers is now available to public safety agencies to ensure accurate location detection from cell phone calls. Denver is among the first cities to imple...

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Anya Kamenetz

13 November 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Researchers are using an approach that has reduced unsafe drinking on college campuses and applying it to preventing sexual assault and harassment by giving students actual facts about what their peers are doing and t...

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Rina Raphael

8 November 2018

California, United States

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Evolve BioSystems developed a diagnostic tool to determine if babies have healthy microbiomes. Many infants are born without enough bacteria in their guts which can lead to poor health outcomes. The test will determin...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

29 October 2018

Chula Vista, United States

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Police in Chula Vista, Calif., are using drones to respond to some emergency calls as part of a pilot program between the Federal Aviation Administration, Chula Vista and the city of San Diego. It’s an idea from Ensen...

CityLab

Linda Poon

22 October 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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The city of Houston is changing its approach to measuring the full scope of damage from Hurricane Harvey so it can get help where it is most needed and improve future flood mitigation. Using data from numerous sources...

Next City

Melissa Bruntlett

Chris Bruntlett

15 October 2018

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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The Dutch city of Eindhoven was built around the car, even into the 1970s, but as part of remaking itself after its main industries declined or moved away, it has made a dramatic shift to emphasizing cycling. City off...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

10 October 2018

Paris, Paris Region, France

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Climate-adapted schoolyards are just one way that Paris is adjusting and preparing for climate change under the leadership of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Although it hasn't been simple and has involved a shift in cultural per...

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Nick Fouriezos

3 October 2018

Luanda, South Africa

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A three-decade civil war left Kissama National Park in South Africa void of much of its formal animal population. To repopulate the area, officials reached out to a specialist, asking him to perform the nearly impossi...

Daily Nation

Aggrey Omboki

27 September 2018

Kenya

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Kenya is launching a program to build more affordable housing by providing infrastructure like water and roads, as well as funding from the World Bank and lower levies on the cost of doing business in order to attract...

Devex

Nithin Coca

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27 September 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Indonesia's fisheries are responsible for a significant portion of the country's gross domestic product and job market. The industry is also one of the most threatened outlets due to a history of abuses including ille...

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Molly Fosco

26 September 2018

Slovenia

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Although not immune to environmental degradation, Slovenia still has the highest portion of protected land in Europe. This is largely in part to tourism efforts, active outreach and proactive education tactics.

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Fergus Peace

25 September 2018

Japan

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Japan is taking major steps to putting autonomous buses on the roads in rural areas because there is a need for reliable transportation and not enough funding as more young people move to the cities. It has the potent...

The New York Times

James Barron

23 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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S’Well, the namesake of trendy water bottles, was founded on the environmental principle of reducing single-use plastic bottles throughout the world. As part of their mission, the company is donating a water bottle to...

Washington Post

Vidhi Doshi

23 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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India launched a new nationwide healthcare program dubbed “Modicare.” The massive plan is supposed to provide healthcare to 500 million people. Most importantly, it will provide “poor families insurance of up to $6,95...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 September 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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Moving from an ineffective approach of using pit toilets, communities in Rwanda are finding success through the implementation of a biogas system. This effort, part of a government-led initiative to reduce deforestati...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 September 2018

Linköping, Sweden

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In Sweden, waste is not just waste, or so the country explains with a total of 34 waste-to-energy power plants that turn garbage into electricity. With an already staggering low percentage of waste ending up in landfi...

Public Radio International

Jason Margolis

18 September 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Michigan, and Detroit in particular, has focused on bringing in immigrants to help the area grow. Several programs are helping migrant business owners succeed in their new home. Hatch Detroit helped Hamissi Mamba, a r...

Daily Nation

Duncan Mboya

18 September 2018

Nairobi

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For years, farmers in Nairobi were at the mercy of weeds and then armyworms that both destroyed large amounts of cropland that was dedicated to growing maize. Researchers from the International Centre of Insect Physio...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

17 September 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, the nonprofit behind the city's bike share system plans to expand with a dockless model that will bring bikes into more neighborhoods while addressing some of the issues that model has encountered in o...

The Guardian

Venetia Rainey

4 September 2018

Trikala, Greece

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To improve government services and fight brain drain, the Greek city of Trikala transformed itself into a hub of innovation. Rather than spend money the city didn’t have, officials partnered with the EU and tech compa...

NPR

Mose Buchele

30 August 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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In Austin, Texas, the city is piloting a new system to prevent injuries and fatalities from flooding in a region known as Flash Flood Alley. The vast majority of flash flood deaths occur on the road, so the city is be...

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