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Emily Nonko

16 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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People experiencing homelessness can now access hot showers and bathrooms at the Hygiene Hub. Staff at the Portland initiative include both unhoused paid workers and housed volunteers, all with extensive staff trainin...

The Charlotte Observer

Virginia Bridges

12 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Three incarcerated people and a coalition of social justice groups sued North Carolina over its prison COVID-19 policies, winning a settlement that is accelerating releases from prison that began at the start of the p...

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Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

Santa Fe Reporter

Leah Cantor

10 March 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A variety of approaches are helping ease housing instability in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Built for Zero program helps different entities coordinate homeless services through a comprehensive database that strives to c...

The Philippine Star

Gaea Katreena Cabico

9 March 2021

Baras, Rizal, Philippines

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The government of the Philippines is working with the Masungi Georeserve Foundation to restore wildlife and forests in a 2,700 hectares area of degraded land. They use a technique that focuses on the nurturing of nati...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

7 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As a way to combat climate change, scientists are experimenting with genetically modified trees as a way to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to store in its leaves, roots, and trunk. The startup Living Carbon...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Nicole Gluckstern

5 March 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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To save dozens of restaurants in San Francisco during the coronavirus lockdowns, a restaurant owner launched an organization that "provides monthly contracts to its restaurant partners to cook meals for underserved po...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

4 March 2021

Sante Fe, New Mexico, United States

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The adoption of the “Built for Zero” campaign in Sante Fe, New Mexico, allowed the city to effectively respond to the housing crisis that unfolded as a result of the pandemic. The data-driven approach gives cities a b...

Malheur Enterprise

Pat Caldwell

3 March 2021

Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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The Duluth Model is one of multiple successful responses to domestic violence that focus on prevention through counseling and education, rather than relying only on punishment after a crime has been committed. The oft...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

3 March 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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An apartment complex in Utah includes a solar battery in every apartment allowing the resident, power utility, and building developer to save costs for generating electricity. Through a unique partnership, the power s...

The Boston Globe

Felice J. Freyer

2 March 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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A community effort is underway in Massachusetts to help people secure Covid-19 vaccination appointments, despite a confusing government roll-out system. The Massachusetts COVID Vaccination Help volunteer group is comp...

FastCompany

Jessica Kantor

1 March 2021

United States

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The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted much of the healthcare system, but the U.S.'s transplant system was largely able to rebound due to collaborative efforts and a pivot to telehealth for post-operative appointments. Addit...

Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

The Counter

Virginia Gewin

25 February 2021

Ghana

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A growing number of governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations are working together with new technology and data to identify fishing vessels that are breaking laws and engaging in human rights violations. Usi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

25 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A residential recycling program in Philadelphia is picking up electronics and clothing from homes for a fee. Retrievr has already prevented 100,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills. The program was implemen...

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Patricia Moll

24 February 2021

Ibirapitanga, Bahia, Brazil

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After there was a fungal disease outbreak in the 1990s that affected cacao crops in Brazil, a group of 150 community members got together to collectively manage a farm to grow back cacao trees using agroforestry techn...

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Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

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Emily Nonko

18 February 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Since it was reported that Newark’s lead levels in the city’s drinking water were higher than federal standards, the Newark Water Coalition installed a Water Box. This is a portable filtration system that removes cont...

The Seattle Times

Danny Westneat

17 February 2021

Washington, United States

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Retired software engineers in Washington have joined together and created a website that aggregates all available COVID vaccine appointments by using "screen scrapers." Although the site doesn't allow the visitor to b...

Atlas Obscura

Winnie Lee

16 February 2021

Longicharo Island, Kenya

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The nonprofit group Save Giraffes Now, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Northern Rangelands Trust, and local community members are working together to save the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe species. Rising lake level...

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Peter Yeung

11 February 2021

Brazil

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The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado coalition of Indigenous peoples and organizational partners is fighting political challenges to preserve the region’s native vegetation and biodiversity. The Cerrado is ...

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Kathrin Yaromich

10 February 2021

Belarus

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During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers across Belarus worked together to collect and deliver personal protective equipment to frontline workers, despite the Belarusian government denying the spr...

South Seattle Emerald

Ari Robin McKenna

10 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A Seattle elementary school is providing students with meals and pantry items that are delivered to their doorsteps. In addition to food, 200 Wi-Fi hot spots, books, clothing, help with paperwork in multiple languages...

Yes! Magazine

Iris M. Crawford

10 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Two climate coalitions led by BIPOC have strengthened their communities by empowering diverse stakeholders to address social inequities. The coalitions are engaging and centering the voices of Black, Indigenous and pe...

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