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UN Global Goal 1: End Poverty

7 Stories
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The Goals for Sustainable Development provide an agenda for governments, agencies, and...

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Refrigerant Management

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Inside every refrigerator and air conditioning unit are chemical refrigerants that are harmful to...

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Shifting the Focus to Solutions

3 Stories

Most journalism is about what’s wrong in the world, with very little focus or reporting on what...

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Journalism & Democracy

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Journalism and democracy are inextricably linked. The practice of journalism plays a critical...

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UN Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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The goal of Zero Hunger encompasses food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. In...

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Onshore Wind Turbines

5 Stories
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Wind turbines are rapidly becoming cost competitive with electricity generated by coal-fired...

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Discovering What Works: Using Prizes

7 Stories
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The stories in this collection (one of three about Discovering What Works) provide an overview of...

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The Youth Vote

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The 2018 midterm election witnessed a dramatic increase in young voter turnout—by some measures,...

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UN Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

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The third UN Global Goal—good health and well-being—aims to ensure healthy lives for all people...

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Food Waste

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Approximately one-third of all food produced globally goes to waste. For many people, reducing...

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Discovering What Works: Data and Evidence

4 Stories

This is the third of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

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Making Voting Maps Fair

6 Stories
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"One person, one vote." This phrase originated from a 1960s Supreme Court ruling requiring states...

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UN Global Goal 4: Quality Education

5 Stories
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The UN's fourth Goal—achieving quality education—seeks inclusive education for all youths,...

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The Plant-Rich Diet Climate Solution (Meat Substitutes)

6 Stories
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Project Drawdown lists adopting a plant-rich diet to be one of the most powerful strategies for...

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Discovering What Works: Rapid Results

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This is the second of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

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Disagreeing with Grace

5 Stories

Extreme polarization does not just make for unpleasant Thanksgiving dinners with relatives who...

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UN Global Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Achieving gender parity is a necessary precondition for the UN Global Goals. While the steady...

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The Plant-Rich Diet Climate Solution

6 Stories
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Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains not only good for human health, it’s...

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Measuring Impact

5 Stories

Sometimes what seems like a great idea to solve a social or environmental problem fails—or worse,...

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Putting Youth in Charge of Public Spending

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Teenagers and young adults in Boston decide how to spend one million dollars of the city's budget...

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UN Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

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Water management is one of the most challenging Goals on the 2030 Agenda. As the UN Economic and...

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Tropical Forest Restoration

5 Stories
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Absorbing carbon and filtering water are just two of the many ecosystem services that tropical...

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Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy & Effective Altruism

5 Stories
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Can a science of philanthropy inform spending in a way that maximizes the benefit? This...

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Better Citizen-Government Collaboration via Technology

6 Stories
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Every citizen observes from day to day how well their local government works. When faced with...

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UN Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern sources of energy is...

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Educating Girls

4 Stories
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"Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their...

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Addressing Root Causes

6 Stories

Many well-meaning social programs don’t quite get to the root of the problem—they only treat the...

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Sharing Economy

5 Stories

In a world of 7.5 billion people, there are innumerable scenarios where individual ownership of a...

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UN Global Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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The UN’s 2030 Agenda relies on achieving decent work for all and creating employment through...

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Family Planning

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Effective family planning strategies that focus on well-being, education and empowerment not only...

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Cultivating Collaborations

4 Stories

The solutions journalism stories in this collection illustrate how cultivating collaborations can...

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Harnessing the Power of Many to Fight COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19. The...

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UN Global Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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Investments in sustainable industrial development and resilient infrastructure are indispensable...

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Solar Farms

5 Stories

Solar farms provide an unlimited and clean source of energy, that in many countries is now...

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Embracing the Power of Relationships

6 Stories

What the solutions journalism stories in this collection all have in common is that they are...

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Start with Simple to Adapt During COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19. The...

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Rooftop Solar & Microgrids

5 Stories
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Installing rooftop solar has become an effective climate change mitigation strategy as well as a...

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UN Global Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities Within and Among Countries

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals call for us to build more equitable societies—leaving no...

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Silvopasture

3 Stories
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Silvopasture is a form of agroforestry which integrates raising livestock, planting trees and...

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Empowering people

5 Stories
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When disadvantaged people are given the tools to succeed, they develop confidence in their own...

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Microfinance + Microcredit

5 Stories
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Microfinance - or creating financial products such as savings plans, small loans, or insurance to...

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UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires creating cities that are more inclusive,...

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Rooftop Solar

5 Stories
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Installing rooftop solar has become an effective climate change mitigation strategy as well as a...

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Human-Centered Design Solutions on College Campuses

5 Stories
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Human-centered design (video) is an approach to problem solving that combines the creativity of...

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UN Global Goal 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production

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Goal 12 calls for consumers and producers to reverse current trends, decoupling resource...

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Regenerative Annual Cropping

5 Stories
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In the modern era, industrial monoculture has taken a huge toll on global biodiversity. Large...

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Using Creative Financing

6 Stories

Finance is crucial—not only to funding programs, but also as a direct means of giving people...

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UN Global Goal 13: Climate Action

7 Stories
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Goal 13 calls for urgent action against climate change. Currently, the world is falling short of...

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Temperate Forests

5 Stories

Temperate forests lie mostly in the Northern Hemisphere and in total cover 1.9 billion acres,...

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Expanding Access

6 Stories

Making a difference means distributing goods and services more equitably. By extending the reach...

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UN Global Goal 14: Life Below Water

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aim to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources and...

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Perennial Staple Crops

4 Stories

Project Drawdown considers planting and harvesting perennial staple crops to be a potential...

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Overcoming Big Challenges

6 Stories

How can we create and scale solutions that last? Challenges are endemic to social...

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Marketing to the Base of the Pyramid

4 Stories

Ten years ago, a book called "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," introduced the idea that...

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UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land

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Goal 15 reminds us that healthy human communities rely on the health of our land and forest...

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Conservation Agriculture

4 Stories

Conservation agriculture, when looking at a single acre, does not appear to do much in the way of...

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UN Global Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

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Legal systems provide the framework for countries to implement the Global Goals in the 2030...

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Tree Intercropping

5 Stories

Tree intercropping is growing trees and crops together in order to create a richer ecosystem and...

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Crowdfunding

5 Stories

In an age of economic globalization and rapidly-increasing access to technology, new avenues are...

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UN Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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Goal 17 calls for increased international cooperation in the implementation of all the...

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Geothermal

4 Stories

Beneath the surface of the earth is an energy source, geothermal, that could provide 39 countries...

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Integrating purpose with profit to achieve UN SDGs

5 Stories
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The stories in this collection illustrate how real-world businesses are innovating and remaining...

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Repurpose, Redirect & Reimagine Resources to Contain COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19....

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What's Working in the Global Fight to Contain COVID-19

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With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors During the Pandemic

7 Stories

Volunteer groups like Invisible Hands, COVID-19 Neighborhood Volunteers and thousands of others...

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Democracy and Information During a Pandemic

6 Stories

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Flattening the COVID-19 Curve

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With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Breaking Down Constructs

4 Stories
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Creative thinking, managing risk, having fresh perspective and overcoming concerns about failure...

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Removing Barriers for Women and Girls

4 Stories

According to Project Drawdown, increasing access to education for girls, providing resources and...

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Industrial Recycling

4 Stories

Recycling done correctly can solve many problems, including reducing our massive amount of waste...

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Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

5 Stories

Although indigenous communities contribute the least to climate change, they are among those most...

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Forest Protection

5 Stories

Sustaining aboriginal forests has become a critical cog in the effort to fight climate change....

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Green Roofs

4 Stories

An average roof endures not only some of the harshest weather conditions in the winter, but it...

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Bike Infrastructure

5 Stories

Bicycle use is on the rise as cities and their dwellers seek transportation solutions to clogged...

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Walkable Cities

5 Stories

Walkable cities' aim is to minimize the need to have or use cars and to make car alternatives...

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Mass Transit

5 Stories

Urban transport is the single largest source of transportation-related emissions, and growing....

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Electric Vehicles

5 Stories

From a climate perspective, electric vehicles possess huge advantages over internal combustion...

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The Transportation Sector

4 Stories

According to Project Drawdown, transportation is one of the key areas for greenhouse gas...

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Composting

5 Stories

Food waste has to potential to be turned into reusable material but unfortunately, especially in...

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The Electricity Sector

4 Stories

The power sector is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases each year, accounting for...

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Residential Recycling

6 Stories

Using recovered items instead of virgin materials, recycling saves energy and reduces waste....

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Wave and Tidal

5 Stories

Power generated from wave and tidal energy systems have the potential capacity to provide 25% of...

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Microgrids

4 Stories

Many rural and low income communities are disconnected from electrical networks that are...

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Methane Digesters

4 Stories

Methane is 34 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, making it a...

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Buildings and Cities

5 Stories

By 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in cities.  The energy required...

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Women Smallholders

5 Stories

Although women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force and produce between 60 and 80...

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Clean Cookstoves

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Throughout the world, some 3 billion people prepare meals each day over an open flame or...

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Lessons from Asia and Africa in Containing a Pandemic

4 Stories

While the United States, the UK, Italy and other wealthy Western countries have struggled to...

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TEMPLATE: Solution Stories that Have Impact

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This collection was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, XXX. We invite you to...

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Custom Course Collection: Entrepreneurship Capstone: Small Business Management

6 Stories

This collection was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, the students in the ...

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Custom Course Collection: Prescott College Photojournalism Course

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More and more people around the world are saying how tired they are of the 24-hour news cycle and...

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Custom Course Collection: Villanova U Seminar: Who Am I in Relation to the Natural World?

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This collection was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, the students in the...

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Making Media Literacy Matter

6 Stories

By Kyle Plantz, Solutions Specialist

One morning in mid-March, amidst the chaos of public places...

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Custom Course Collection: The Development of Scientific Thinking, Villanova U

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This collection of stories was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, the students...

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Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic

6 Stories

Every year, we produce 310 million tons of plastic globally. Much of it is single-use plastic,...

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Sustainable Fashion

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The fashion industry has global impacts far beyond the clothes in the local mall. From the fiber...

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Solutions Journalism: A Tool for Creating Civic Empowerment

7 Stories

This collection of stories was curated for the October 7, 2020 Campus Compact workshop on how...

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First Steps Toward #DefundThePolice

5 Stories
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By Mark Obbie, Solutions Specialist

Protests erupted nationwide after Minneapolis police killed...

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Campus Compact Workshop: Solutions Journalism: A Tool for Creating Civic Empowerment

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This collection of solutions journalism stories was curated for today's Campus Compact workshop...

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Talking About the Tuskegee Effect

4 Stories

In the United States, Black citizens experience drastically shorter lifespans and higher infant...

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Racial Equality and Voter Suppression

4 Stories

By Jenn Rosen, Solutions Specialist

Voter suppression includes both legal and illegal methods of...

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Face to Face

4 Stories

By Lucille Crelli, Story Fellow

It can be difficult to have the tough conversations about issues...

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Acceptance Through Arts and Culture

5 Stories

Art, in its many forms, possesses great transformative power, especially when confronting and...

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Confronting Bias

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The partisan divide over politics and racial justice has reached a boiling point in the United...

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Reducing Street Violence With 'Interrupters'

6 Stories
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By Mark Obbie, Solutions Specialist

As discussions over defunding police departments and...

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Custom Course Collection: Agenda Setting, Voter Suppression, & Racial Equality (Clemson University)

4 Stories

Voter suppression includes both legal and illegal methods of preventing or discouraging voters...

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Telehealth in Rural Communities

6 Stories

This is an example of a teaching collection focused on a health solution. Professors use...

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Rebuilding Trust in Media via Local Journalism

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Publisher and assistant editor of The Quoddy Times (a local paper out of Eastport, ME) Lora...

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Nuclear Energy

3 Stories
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Nearly 30 countries generate electricity through nuclear plants, producing 11 percent of the...

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Custom Course Collection: MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Policies and Strategies for Social Change

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Managed Grazing

5 Stories

Managed grazing techniques "improve soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention, and...

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Biomass

4 Stories

Biomass provides a stepping stone in the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy,...

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The Food Sector

4 Stories

Agricultural production (crops and livestock), food preparation and consumption, and food waste...

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Farmland Restoration

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According to Project Drawdown, 424 million acres -- or close to half of the deserted farmland...

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Women Smallholders Microfinance

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Although women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force and produce between 60 and 80...

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