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Veronika Perkova

5 May 2021

Placencia, Belize

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After a hurricane hit the coast of Belize in 2001, it essentially destroyed the coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Lisa Carne wanted to start transplanting coral to regrow the reefs, but it took five yea...

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Jared Brey

4 May 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Legacy Resident Retention program is helping longtime homeowners remain in their homes despite rising taxes and property values in Atlanta, Georgia. The program aims to mitigate gentrification and displacement as ...

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Aaron Morrison

4 May 2021

United States

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Since 2018, The Bail Project has turned $41 million in donated money into cash bail to free more than 15,500 people in dozens of cities from pretrial detention. The project grew out of the work of Bronx Defenders, whi...

Colorado Public Radio

Michael Elizabeth Sakas

3 May 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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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...

Mother Jones

Tom Philpott

May-June 2021

United States

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In the U.S., a movement of Black farmers is trying to reclaim their legacy as agrarians. Only 1.7 percent of farms were run by Black farmers according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Black farmers are forming colle...

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Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

The New York Times

Alyson Krueger

30 April 2021

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

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Several American cities are attracting potential residents with stipends for down payments and curated experiences for the new transplants. With remote work on the rise, people have more flexibility in choosing a plac...

MIT Technology Review

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James Temple

29 April 2021

California, United States

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A decade after California established its forest offset program as a way to incentivize saving trees to store carbon, a new analysis shows that it might not be working. Loopholes in the program allow for people to cla...

MIT Technology Review

Julia Hotz

28 April 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Democracy Vouchers, a tax-payer-funded program that sends four $25 certificates to residents to donate to local candidates, made Seattle the national leader by increasing the percent of the electorate donating to loca...

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Claire Bates

27 April 2021

Tanzania

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Detection dogs and their handlers can be trained to sniff out any number of problems. In eastern Africa, the Canines for Conservation project has deployed dogs to search for poachers and illegally harvested wildlife p...

The New York Times

Patricia Cohen

27 April 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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SEED for Oklahoma Kids is a statewide effort to help newer generations climb the educational ladder and build assets. Parents are offered $1,000 in their newborn's name and set aside in a college savings account, dest...

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Kagondu David Njagi

27 April 2021

Gazi, Kenya

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A blue carbon credit scheme in Kenya is not only restoring mangrove forests, but it’s also reducing environmental crimes and providing a way for residents to make money. The Mikoko Pamoja carbon project is a partnersh...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Greg Bluestein

26 April 2021

Commerce, Georgia, United States

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The decision to build an electric battery plant is already impacting the local economy and residents in a rural, conservative Georgia town. The project claims it will bring at least 2,600 jobs to the area. Rental prop...

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Kim Harrisberg

22 April 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

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Watergate Estate is working on two issues in South Africa: affordable housing and renewable energy. The housing development is installing solar panels for its residents that are being bought by people all over the wor...

The Washington Post

Eli Rosenberg

22 April 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Guaranteed income is gaining popularity across the world. In Stockton, California, monthly cash payments boosted mental and physical health and increased full-time employment levels. The idea has spread to dozens of o...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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