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Oscar Perry Abello

6 September 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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At the old site of Pullman railroad cars, Chicago has found some creative ways to foster development. A community bank created Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, which uses neighborhood input to decide which projects t...

Smithsonian

Molly A. Seltzer

4 August 2017

McIntosh, Alabama, United States

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One of the greatest challenges to integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid has been the issue of storage - where and how to keep power generated during off-hours (such as overnight) when demand is low....

Financial Times

Pilita Clark

18 May 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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An economic shift to renewable energy could take decades, but thanks to rapidly evolving disruptive technologies, dropping prices of solar and wind power sources, and increasing market demand for green business, the ...

Pro Bono Australia

Wendy Williams

11 May 2017

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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A research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering in Australia has developed a world-first technology 3D printer prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics - a...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

27 April 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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To combat the rapid decline in Cleveland's economy after the manufacturing collapse co-ops have stepped in. Co-ops help residents of poor neighborhoods find jobs, build stability and buy houses. They benefit other or...

KPIX

Julie Watts

23 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Prompted by parents concerned about chemicals in car seats a Massachusetts company created an infant seat that is naturally flame-resistant. It's something that most manufacturers have said they cannot do and still co...

BBC

Camilla Costa

9 March 2017

Cubatão, Brazil

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In the 1980s, Cubatão was known as the "Valley of Death" due to extreme levels of pollution in the area. After industrial manufacturers were mandated to install "chimney filters", air pollutions were reduced by more t...

National Observer

Jenny Uechi

9 March 2017

Delta, British Columbia, Canada

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In British Columbia, there is a severe shortage of workers for manufacturing jobs. Eighteen companies are uniting to employ refugees to fill the gap. The B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing is working with non-profit orga...

Ensia

Laura Routh

20 February 2017

United States

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The cotton industry is turning to a wide variety of innovations such as remote sensing, water regulation, no-till methods etc. in order to combat the varied and complex impacts climate change is having on it.

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Mary Hable

6 February 2017

United States

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In the past, apparel companies were not given financial rewards for acting sustainably, and therefore, on the whole, saw no reason to encourage customers to do so. But now, by investing in industry-level research and ...

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Johnny Magdaleno

2 December 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A just-announced $6 million federal grant will help end poverty in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Johnny Magdaleno

30 November 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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As major manufacturers keep "pulling the rug" from under urban areas, low skilled job loss increases. Nevertheless, small-scale businesses have instrumental in their ability to counteract job loss in improvised urban ...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

24 November 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing busine...

High Country News

Lyndsey Gilpin

15 November 2016

Delta, Colorado, United States

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A local energy cooperative in Colorado, Delta Montrose Electric Association, is spurring economic development through renewable energy. The program has allowed Delta County to diversify energy sources, and has become ...

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Johnny Magdaleno

11 November 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Los Angeles Metro service is working to use the U.S. Employment Plan model to upgrade its fleet with eco-friendly buses. Through this model, the manufacturers who invest in and hire disadvantaged workers and suppo...

Yale Environment 360

Christian Schwägerl

20 October 2016

Fredericia, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark

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Denmark occupies a seat in the vanguard of efforts to fulfill carbon emission reduction goals of the Paris Agreement, with DONG Energy -- co-owned by the Danish government, Goldman Sachs and shareholders -- building m...

Devex

Anna Patton

10 October 2016

Uganda

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AFRIpads was started in order to provide reusable sanitary pads to women in Uganda who were otherwise using unsanitary local materials and experiencing discomfort and health issues. AFRIpads is a cost friendly and ef...

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Johnny Magdaleno

16 September 2016

San Jose, California, United States

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In San Jose, manufacturing jobs can help reduce the economic inequalities in the region. Youth from marginalized communities are being recruited to join a high tech manufacturing job with the potential for career adva...

Energy Post

Jeffey Michel

18 July 2016

Hamburg, Germany

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Solar power is an important renewable energy in Germany, but when the sun is out, it can overpower the grid. Likewise, when the sun is not out, the reception of solar power decreases. Germany has piloted battery insta...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

8 January 2016

Chittagong, Bangladesh

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A shipbuilding company in Bangladesh brought down its high rate of workplace injuries from about 1,000 per month to 10 by bucking workplace norms in the country with safety restrictions that include protective gear li...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Bruce Wallace

16 September 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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After years of banning labor unions in Bangladesh, garment workers unionized to fight for higher wages and safer working conditions. For women, this isn't traditionally a space they were welcomed in, but now they’re h...

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Lee Chilcote

22 June 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Northeast Ohio and other former industrial regions are finding a new way to bounce back: investing in hardware startup companies. Technologies from improved 3D printers to tools for livestreaming to aerospace applicat...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

14 June 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In a city with a long-struggling school system, a nonprofit trade program is helping unemployed adults find work in the high-tech manufacturing field. Technical Employment Training in San Bernardino ensures participan...

Al Jazeera

Gelareh Darabi

18 May 2015

Ajdovščina, Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia

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"Ghost gear" are nylon nets and other waste left behind in our oceans by fishing boats - they cause massive environmental damage, releasing toxins in the water, ensnaring wildlife, and clogging up beaches. Now one org...

Bloomberg

Brandon Lisy

13 April 2015

Green Island, New York, United States

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Using mycelium from mushrooms offers a sustainable and biodegradable alternative to synthetic polymers. Mushrooms produce a natural structure that can be used in building and construction, in lieu of plastics or proce...

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