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Chad Small

23 February 2021

Bennington, Vermont, United States

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To make their restaurant more energy efficient and to cut its carbon footprint, The Publyk House utilized the services of Efficiency Vermont, a publicly funded energy efficiency utility. As part of their Deep Energy R...

Climate Tracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

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Jacqueline Baylon

19 February 2021

Kampala, Uganda

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A Ugandan company called TEXFAD is taking the stems from banana trees that would normally go to waste and is turning them into new textiles like rugs, place mats, and hair extensions. Over its eight year existence, TE...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

18 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston University is getting all of its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota, which should cover its annual energy needs of 205 million kilowatt-hours. Some energy advocates say the higher education institutio...

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Oscar Perry Abello

16 February 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Firebrand Artisan Breads hires people with high barriers to employment, such as people experiencing homelessness or who were formerly incarcerated. The higher-than-minimum-wage starting salary, paid time off, and insu...

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Ira Boudway

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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An early-stage startup with big plans to change bicycling culture and commuting habits has notched one victory already, with its first secure-parking pods in New York City: Out of 60,000 times they've been used, the p...

Wall Street Journal

Russell Gold

5 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Apartments at Front Flats, a new residential building in Philadelphia, is powered by 492 solar panels that are wrapped around the building. The point: to demonstrate that developers can design buildings that are energ...

Kaiser Health News

Christie Aschwanden

4 February 2021

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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Colorado counties have launched "The 5-star Certification Program" as a way to incintivize businesses to comply with COVID-related precautions. Businesses that join the program must agree to adhere to certain public h...

KERA News

Sujata Dand

3 February 2021

Waco, Texas, United States

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When a Dallas nonprofit failed to attract a corporate grocery owner to one of the city's food deserts, a nonprofit looked to Waco's Jubilee Market as a model for a nonprofit, community-based grocery. Jubilee's parent ...

The Washington Post

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Gabriella Demczuk

22 January 2021

Rock Hall, Maryland, United States

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester ab...

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Kim Harrisberg

18 January 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

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To combat high rates of sexual violence in the Cape Flats neighborhood, an entrepreneur steeped in activism founded a women-only driving school. Hundreds of women have learned to drive without having to fend off assau...

Wired

Sidney Fussell

14 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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BlueConduit, an analytics startup, applies statistical models to identify neighborhoods and households that might have lead pipes. The models include dozens of factors, such as the age of the home and proximity of oth...

Mongabay

Xavier Bartaburu

13 January 2021

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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The Jussara Fortress program helped the indigenous Guarani people turn small-scale production of jussara palm hearts, a delicacy, into the main source of income. Sustainable growing techniques protect the jussara, whi...

Christian Science Monitor

Sarah Matusek

13 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Newly arrived immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers have found a pathway to employment through Emma’s Torch. The nonprofit eatery pays students to learn culinary skills. The program is an important stepping stone f...

Civil Eats

Bailey Berg

11 January 2021

California, United States

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A new app is helping communities facing food insecurity in California. Forage Grocery finds the best bargains for SNAP recipients in their local grocery stores. Users upload their grocery list, select the stores they ...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

8 January 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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A handful of entrepreneurial individuals in Kansas have found success in starting businesses during the pandemic by leveraging customer needs and pandemic relief funding. Although this business plan isn't "foolproof,"...

Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

4 January 2021

Kenya

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, “almost half of schoolchildren, or a total of 121 million pupils, are unable to access remote learning,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report, an even bigger problem during a pandemic when students...

Mongabay

Dimitri Selibas

30 December 2020

Tarapacá, Colombia

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The Colombian government has been working with regional regulatory agencies, the World Wildlife Fund, and local forest communities to encourage sustainable timber production and the implementation of forest management...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

29 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A housing project in Brooklyn is taking nine apartment buildings and retrofitting them to be more sustainable and cut carbon emissions. Casa Pasiva is a $20 million project that aims to reduce heating and cooling cost...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's largest medical-marijuana dispensary, TerraVida Holistic Centers, struggled to find enough employees, given the state's ban on the industry's employment of people with marijuana convictions, TerraV...

The Huffington Post

Nadra Nittle

21 December 2020

Marshall, California, United States

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Seaweed aquaculture is a growing field that scientists are investigating for a number of climate-related uses, from reducing methane emissions in livestock to replacing plastic in packaging. Governments, startups, and...

The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

19 December 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a land-based salmon farming operation has optimized the ideal conditions for fish to be raised sustainably on land. “There is no winter here, there are no diseases, there are no sea lice. We optimize every...

The Local

Michal van der Toorn

11 December 2020

Arnhem, Netherlands

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Rather than import masks from elsewhere, an organization in the Netherlands set up a face-mask factory, and then hired "people with a refugee background to make surgical face masks." According to the project spokesper...

Gimlet Media

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Alex Blumberg

10 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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BlocPower retrofits buildings with energy-efficient equipment in financially underserved communities by offering loans to building owners for no money down. The company has completed about 1,000 projects by bundling t...

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