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Jonathan L. Wharton

21 April 2021

Connecticut, United States

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A shortage of affordable housing options in Connecticut may be mitigated if proposals such as those in nearby states are implemented. New York and New Jersey require developers to set aside a certain percentage of new...

Hothouse Solutions

Willem Marx

20 April 2021

Hem, France

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Inspired by the Dutch concept of “Energiesprong,” or “energy jump,” a developer in France retrofitted a group of townhouses for social housing to be more environmentally friendly. They installed polyurethane facades t...

The Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

20 April 2021

Scarborough, Maine, United States

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The Hannaford supermarket chain has achieved their goal of creating zero food waste. Over the past year, they diverted 65 million pounds of unsellable products to food banks, de-packing facilities, and anaerobic diges...

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Richard Kenny

20 April 2021

Zambia

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Onyx Connect sprang from the imagination of one entrepreneur who saw how poor roads and poverty made bicycles the only practical alternative to walking great distances in southern Zambia. Onyx sells sturdy bikes with ...

WSHU Public Radio

Tom Kuser

19 April 2021

Connecticut, United States

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Innovative housing solutions in nearby states may help alleviate the lack of affordable housing in Connecticut. Vocational housing in New Jersey has enabled teachers and police officers to live in the areas they serve...

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Teresa Carey

17 April 2021

Maine, United States

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Running Tide Technologies, a shellfish hatchery in Maine, is betting on kelp forests as a way to store carbon deep in the ocean and sell that carbon to corporations looking to combat climate change and offset their ow...

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Kevin Duggan

15 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs relied on help from 34 community groups to distribute a $20 million relief fund from the Open Society Foundation. The groups verified who needed the funds, and no p...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kagondu David Njagi

15 April 2021

Kwale, Kenya

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As a way to combat unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further deforestation in Kenya, local rangers are using smartphones, satellite feeds, and global mapping to monitor their forests. The projec...

Transitions Online

Lyudmila Maslova

13 April 2021

Andriyivka, Ukraine

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A dairy cooperative in Ukraine has brought jobs to farmers in the region and allowed them to work together to sell their milk on the market. An international nonprofit helped the Andriyivka Prosperity cooperative get ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

13 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 2012 federal JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) took some time to gain traction, but in recent years it has democratized the financing of worker-owned co-ops and other community-based entities that ordinar...

The Seattle Times

Brier Dudley

9 April 2021

Indiana, United States

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A wealthy investor bought 21 local publications in Indiana to prevent them from closing, an increasingly common trend in the U.S. The 21 Indiana publications employ about 60 people and have relied on a model to be pro...

The Guardian

Ashifa Kassam

9 April 2021

El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

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A Spanish chef piloted a project to start a “marine garden” — cultivating eelgrass and obtaining grains it produces to be used in different recipes. The grain has healthy benefits, including 50 percent more protein th...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

5 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Four local organizations have teamed up to provide $15 million in loans for the Latinx community in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The affordable loans have gone to affordable housing, small businesses, ...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

2 April 2021

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Chelsea, Massachusetts, is supplementing its traditional welfare system with a guaranteed income. Cash payments will be provided to recipients who can spend them without any restrictions. Similar universal basic incom...

Seacoast Online

Hadley Barndollar

31 March 2021

Hampton, New Hampshire, United States

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A respite and resource center in New Hampshire is offering a reprieve to overburdened and stress-riddled parents during the coronavirus pandemic. The Relief Parent Respite and Resource Center has received positive rev...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Richard Chin

29 March 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A clean tech startup called Forever Ware created reusable, stainless steel containers for restaurants to use instead of single-use takeout containers. So far, four restaurants in Minneapolis are participating in the p...

CNN

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Maria Morava

28 March 2021

United States

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16-year-old Maayan Segal and her father launched Queeng, a deck of cards that represents gender equality and includes a range of racial and cultural identities. The first iteration sold over 50,000 decks but was re-de...

Architectural Digest

Jeanine Barone

26 March 2021

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Evides Waterbedrijf, a drinking water company, created Europe’s largest floating solar park. They installed almost 3,000 solar panels on an island in the middle of a reservoir that allows it to move with the sun to ma...

Telegram & Gazette

Hadley Barndollar

24 March 2021

United States

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The Child Tax Credit included in the coronavirus relief package provides a guaranteed income for families with children. The merits of guaranteed income have been established in multiple countries as well as local pro...

The New York Times

Rhodri Davies

23 March 2021

Alto Belice Corleonese, Italy

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La Placido Rizzotto is one of nine farm co-ops in a network of properties that were seized from Sicily's Mafia and reused to create a productive alternative to the area's crime-based economy. Part of the Libera Terra ...

Next City

Jared Brey

23 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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City-supported housing projects must adhere to a stricter “Zero Net Carbon” standard in Boston in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. All new buildings that meet the green requirements also qualify for rebates and incen...

Rwanda News Agency

Daniel Nzohabonimana

23 March 2021

Rwanda

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Babyl Health provides over 3,000 daily e-health consultations to bridge the gap between Rwandan providers and patients. The two million registered users can dial *811# to book an appointment and are triaged, with thos...

Bridge Michigan

Robin Erb

22 March 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan state legislature temporarily boosted the pay of direct caregivers working with seniors and people that have disabilities by $2 an hour in recognition of their essential and sometimes risky services durin...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

19 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Cash payments have proven to be effective in decreasing child poverty rates. Eastern Cherokee families in North Carolina receive bi-annual casino profits which have led to multiple positive outcomes that were not shar...

Ensia

Ambika Chawla

19 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Platte Farm Open Space used to be a garbage dumping ground in Denver, but it’s now an urban green space thanks to the efforts from community members, organizations, and the government. This community-led project was a...

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