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Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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8 November 2019

Salida, Colorado, United States

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As the Mountain West transitions away from mining and other industrial economic drivers, rural cities find their way into successful economies by relying on local entrepreneurial spirit and the surrounding landscape. ...

Los Angeles Times

Julia Rosen

5 November 2019

Broadback, Quebec, Canada

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In Northern Quebec, scientists, government officials and researchers have seen the positive environmental effects that stem from giving indigenous groups their land rights back. Because many of these indigenous commun...

The Press Democrat

Stephen Nett

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25 October 2019

Sonoma, California, United States

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California’s Sonoma and Butte counties have been taking new approaches to wildfires – rather than preventing them, they’re hoping to support the ecosystem to withstand them and bounce back. This resilience-centered ap...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

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23 October 2019

Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

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Pennsylvania law is preventing a Philadelphia neighborhood from converting an empty lot into a solar farm, but community members are working to fight against this by citing neighboring states that are seeing positive ...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

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17 October 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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A company based in Addis Ababa makes water filtration systems that simultaneously help rural and urban dwellers have access to clean water as well as keep the entire supply chain within Ethiopia. Despite challenges fa...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

17 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A plan to redesign Market Street in San Francisco uses a controversial approach used by cities around the world: eliminating personal cars entirely. This bicycle, pedestrian and bus-oriented layout approach reduces tr...

NPR

Marni Sommer

8 October 2019

Bangladesh

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The simple addition of adding handles to bathroom stalls in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has helped the camps' pregnant women regain a sense of empowerment and dignity. Providing support and balance, the d...

U.S. News & World Report

Laurie Mazur

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8 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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To combat excessive flooding in low-plain areas, cities like Charlotte are passing critical legislation that regulates fill-and-build development, a type of construction that leads to more intense flooding in vulnerab...

Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon

Kris Maher

7 October 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania uses creative financial incentives for companies and businesses that invest capital gains in low-income areas of the city in order to pull itself out of economic hardship caused by the decrease in i...

The Outline

Aviva Stahl

26 September 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota’s Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program takes a restorative, rehabilitative approach to sex offender re-entry and has lowered the risk of recidivism by 88%. The initiative provides participant...

The Colorado Sun

Adrian Miller

25 September 2019

Colorado, United States

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As congregations are struggling to engage younger people in faith communities, many are turning to food to energize young people. These "food-based ministries" span Jewish and Christian communities alike to connect wi...

The Sprawl

Hadeel Abdel-Nabi

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24 September 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Though Calgary already goes further than some cities in the public transportation sphere by offering a free-fare downtown zone, other cities that offer free transportation -- often through added taxes -- have seen dra...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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20 September 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland’s Ceasefire initiative takes a collaborative, comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence. City officials, community advocates, residents, and law enforcement work together by prioritizing data analysis, m...

NACLA

Melanie La Rosa

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19 September 2019

Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the country, solar energy has stepped in to be a sustainable possibility. Such efforts have included lobbying local legislatures to incentivize communit...

WRAL 5

Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

Carlsbad Current-Argus

Adrian Hedden

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13 September 2019

Permian Basin, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico's Permian Basin, controversial fracking operations are taking steps to reduce water usage and save money. Now, Devon Energy operates eight water treatment facilities in the area and reuses about 80% of i...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning mach...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

30 August 2019

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Getting away from daily publishing helps local newspapers focus on serving their audience. The Quoddy Tides, a family-owned newspaper in Eastport, Maine, publishes only twice monthly. Publishing less frequently allows...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

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27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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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...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

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26 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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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 bei...

Nonprofit Quarterly

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Elizabeth Sawin

22 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A collaboration between an Atlanta-based nonprofit and an international climate organization sparked the Just Growth Circle, an initiative that brings topics like racial equity, economic justice, and climate change to...

The Guardian

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17 August 2019

England

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Gre...

AZFamily.com

Kristine Harrington

16 August 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Because of a collaborative effort between a high school cross country team and Chispa, an environmental advocacy group, Arizona’s Phoenix Union High School District has bought its first electric school bus. While near...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

12 August 2019

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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In Wilmington, Delaware, Gaye Harley repurposes her hospital's operating room wraps, the oversize sheets of synthetic material used to package instruments, into portable maps for the homeless. Instead of disposing of ...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

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10 August 2019

Barrow Island, Western Australia, Australia

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In the wake of a massive natural gas extraction project by Chevron, the Australian government asked the oil behemoth to bury as much as 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which would otherwise be released into t...

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