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The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

27 June 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Black, urban farmers have formed a grassroots "ecosystem" to grow and distribute fresh, affordable produce in St. Louis neighborhoods where food insecurity and gun violence go hand in hand. Heru Urban Farming is a sta...

WBTV-TV

Jamie Boll

Jessica Dyer

25 June 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Charlotte's tight housing market can prove unaffordable to young professionals, with high rents equal to half a person's income. The "essential housing" niche, a middle ground between luxury homes and lower-cost "affo...

Gastropod

Nicola Twilley

Cynthia Graber

Geoff Manaugh

22 June 2021

Barrow Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Off the coast of Australia, the energy company Chevron is experimenting with new quarantine management techniques to ensure that any plants and pests don’t hitchhike to new places, which can devastate the global food ...

Mongabay

Marissa Carruthers

22 June 2021

Cambodia

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In Cambodia 2.5 million people use stoves fueled by forest biomass; charcoal and wood. The emissions caused by using biomass are extremely harmful not only to people but also to the environment. The emissions caused b...

Sifted

Freya Pratty

22 June 2021

Israel

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For the past 200 years, crops have been bred for yield, for feeding livestock, rather than nutritional value. However, as more people shift away from meat the industry is looking to produce crops for flavor and nutrit...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

10 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The food-supply business is known for exploitative pay and poor working conditions. But Brooklyn Packers, a Black-owned cooperative launched in 2016, pays its owner-workers and vendors fair wages and is founded on tra...

The Real News Network

Euan McKirdy

Jaisal Noor

3 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Chicago is owned and run by formerly incarcerated women of color. The business' five owner-workers responded to the pandemic's effect on food insecurity, in neighborhoods that already had high rates of that p...

Next City

Shiva Nagaraj

3 June 2021

Boise, Idaho, United States

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In the late 1800s a local water company found hot springs in Boise. They decided to build pipes and transport the water to some nearby homes and towns to heat them, creating a geothermal heating system. In the 1980s, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Richard Mertens

3 June 2021

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The Sewing Machine Project has helped thousands of people who rely on sewing as a livelihood. The organization refurbishes used sewing machines and sends them across the world. For some recipients, access to their own...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

1 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Homecare aides traditionally receive low wages in an industry with high turnover and great stress during the pandemic. Women of color typically care for their companies' elderly or disabled clients. Cooperative Homeca...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Giedrė Čiužaitė

1 June 2021

Lithuania

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Employment intermediaries from VšĮ SOPA act as workforce development counselors and recruiters for both employers and people with disabilities. By preparing people for jobs that fit their abilities, and then aiding in...

NPR

Katia Riddle

29 May 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The boom in green-energy spending and government grants fuels the work of Leaders Before Legends, a Portland startup that lines up well-paying jobs installing solar panels and the like. The jobs go to people formerly ...

The Washington Post

Annie Gowen

28 May 2021

Somerset, Colorado, United States

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A ski company and oil and gas executive were able to work out a deal to turn the Elk Creek Mine into a power plant that puts out 24 million kilowatt hours a year and prevents hundreds of billions of methane each year ...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

26 May 2021

United States

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In service industries that traditionally pay and treat workers poorly, worker-owned cooperatives serve as a humane alternative. Worker-owners at eight co-ops in four states describe the difference their jobs make in t...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

25 May 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A startup in California called Crop Swap LA is converting unused front yards into community gardens that can grow crops like kale, rainbow chard, and tomatoes as a way to feed neighbors. Community members can pay for ...

Grist

Katie Yoder

25 May 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The app Too Good to Go helps restaurants and other shops prevent food waste by selling their extra food to people for a cheaper price. So far, more than 700,000 people in the United States have downloaded the app and ...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

19 May 2021

United States

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Pregnancy tests account for two million pounds of plastic waste a year. If you were born before the 1980s, chances are your mother's pregnancy test is in a landfill. Since its creation in the 1970s, pregnancy tests re...

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Oscar Perry Abello

18 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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“UNDSCVRD SF," funded by the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund and produced by the nonprofit Kultivate Labs, is a night market held once a month from July to November that features a range of Filipino vendors. There ...

Roar News

Laura Saracino

18 May 2021

Italy

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Albergo Etico prepares people with disabilities for work in the hotel industry, using training based on the Montessori method. The "download" method helps people learn job skills at their own pace, translating lessons...

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Oscar Perry Abello

17 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco-based New Resource Bank was launched with environmental sustainability lending as its niche. But it pursued easier profits for a time, risking its survival and mission until a new CEO turned its fortunes...

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Ambika Chawla

14 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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An initiative to bring solar power to public housing in D.C. is helping residents of Jubilee Housing. Community solar, which shares the electricity generated amongst multiple households, makes solar energy an affordab...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

13 May 2021

United States

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Worker-run co-ops in the food industry and in the care sector, industries hard hit by COVID-19, have proved resilient in weathering the pandemic. Some, like Cooperative Home Care Associates, partnered with other co-op...

BBC

Celestina Olulode

11 May 2021

Louisiana, United States

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After oil and gas platforms reach the end of their working lives, some are being turned into artificial reefs that can create new ecosystems in the ocean. Since the 1980s, 550 platforms have been reefed in the Gulf of...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

8 May 2021

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In Erie County, New York, residents are receiving a free drink along with their Covid vaccine as part of a program that aims to encourage those who have been on the fence about getting vaccinated. Although it is not b...

Colorado Public Radio

Michael Elizabeth Sakas

3 May 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

Radio

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A new county initiative in Colorado aims to support regenerative agriculture projects on farms as a way to take carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil in an effort to combat climate change. Restaurants do...

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