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31 October 2017
San Francisco, California, United States
Under 800 Words
On average, one in three Americans don't live within ten minutes of a park. That percentage is even lower for low-income people and people of color. Because parks often can lead to better health for both individuals a...
28 October 2017
Plastic bag litter is a serious problem across Africa and around the world, choking waterways, killing livestock and wildlife when ingested, and causing environmental damage. Rwanda is one of the few nations in the wo...
11 October 2017
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Broadcast TV News
Urban areas that have more trees tend to have lower crime rates, attracting more investment and have higher income levels. They also make neighborhoods nicer places to live so that’s why Blacks in Green, a community g...
25 September 2017
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Under 800 Words
While the passage of the Arkansas River through downtown Wichita is a natural place for activity, it took attractions to get people to come. The ArkArt project developed art installations along the river beautifying t...
10 August 2017
Flint, Michigan, United States
Instead of relying on Flint’s municipal government for basic services that it does not have the money for, residents are “picking up the slack” by joining block clubs. These community groups maintain parks, mow lawns,...
25 July 2017
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
The Kansas City neighborhood of Ivanhoe was once plagued by blight, illegal dumping, drug trade, gun violence, and neglect; neighbors lived in fear or moved away. Inspired by one compassionate and proactive family, th...
24 June 2017
Under 800 Words
Students are paving the path for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future in Azerbaijan. In a state that doesn't sort its garbage, this group of student-volunteers started "Papillon," a project aimed at...
19 May 2017
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s new Skygarden has succeeded in transforming an old highway into an urban garden meant to connect different parts of the city. It is one aspect of a broader urban revitalization plan that includes the appointme...
18 May 2017
Detroit, Michigan, United States
In just three years, Detroit carried out an ambitious $185 million project to re-illuminate the city's 88,000 streetlights, half of which were dark, with new energy-efficient LED lights. Through its new Public Lightin...
16 February 2017
Essen has a very industrial past but due to private and public efforts it has become Europe's 2017 "green capital". The city has converted industrial buildings into places for art, wastewater is being diverted from th...
Christian Science Monitor
18 December 2016
For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...
17 November 2016
Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...
The New York Times
11 August 2016
New York, New York, United States
Even though natural parks are in close proximity to New York City’s metropolitan hub, many are inaccessible and overlooked areas for recreation and sport. Conservation groups, including the Natural Areas Conservancy a...
1 August 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favelas, what some people might perceive as gang-filled slums surrounding the developed part of Rio de Janeiro, are in fact brimming with creative resilience that demonstrates the ingenuity of people in the face of a ...
Jackson Free Press
Tim Summers, Jr.
25 May 2016
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Over 3000 Words
Jackson PD's Community Improvement division has been charged with destroying dangerous, dilapidated houses in low income neighborhoods, even though many are state-owned. In a resources-strapped city, where blight cont...
17 May 2016
Over 15 Minutes
Garbage is an ever-mounting issue in cities around the world, as emerging economies adopt the single-use consumerism habits of the West and disposal of solid waste material becomes increasingly problematic. The city o...
8 March 2016
Jefferson, Alabama, United States
In Alabama’s largest city, a story of economic confidence in an unlikely place.
Shree D N
16 February 2016
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
While laws and regulations banning the use of plastic bags and wrappers lag in the government, neighborhoods within the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) have taken it upon themselves to remove wasteful plastic from their...
2 February 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
An Albuquerque program pays panhandlers to clean up city trash—and gets them needed help, pairing city services with a jobs program.
6 January 2016
Puthol, Rajasthan, India
Daughter, water, trees: A simple strategy to address ecological and gender concerns. Since 2007, villagers in Piplantri have embraced Paliwal's the ethos by planting 111 saplings every time a girl is born.
17 December 2015
London, United Kingdom
A London nonprofit adopts a filthy city street to find ways to discourage litter, succeeding by using humor, graphic design, and citizen engagement. Creativity proves effective in cleaning up the streets.
29 November 2015
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Shreveport, Louisiana, faces blight. New Orleans decreased blight by 30 percent by creating an authority for the task, using technology to collect data, and providing residents with information and help.
26 August 2015
Seattle, Washington, United States
Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...
20 April 2015
Dallas, Texas, United States
Under 800 Words
A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...
10 February 2015
Under 800 Words
An absence of public infrastructure and park space hasn't stopped the people of Izmir, Turkey from gathering in and enjoying the outdoors. Now a few clever and creative individuals are helping teach their communities ...
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