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Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

12 August 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A well-designed algorithm can help increase the efficiency of complex, and troublesome, transportation systems. In 2017, Boston Public Schools hosted a competition to redesign its complicated bussing system. The selec...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

5 August 2019

United Kingdom

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The UK is well on their way to reaching their goal of net-zero-greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, already reducing their emissions to that of 50 years ago. Although there are more improvements to be made, the country'...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

22 July 2019

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Churches in Chattanooga, TN are taking steps to make their spaces more environmentally -friendly and -conscious. Places like St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Grace Episcopal Church are taking on initiatives like motion...

The Seattle Times

Hal Bernton

21 July 2019

Grand Coulee, Washington, United States

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The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state has a longstanding history of providing generating power and hydropower, but hasn't always been the most reliable operation and faces financial uncertainty. Still, it has a pro...

The Guardian

Oliver Wainwright

16 July 2019

Norwich, United Kingdom

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A neighborhood of 100 homes in Norwich offers a solution to the affordable housing crisis through no-frills public housing. The homes, part of a social housing project funded by the Norwich City Council, meet modern e...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

8 July 2019

Yogaville, Virginia, United States

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A self-imposed audit of energy resources aimed at reducing a Virginia community's carbon footprint and utility bill resulted in a move towards solar power. The community now partners with other surrounding entities to...

Greater Greater Washington

Natasha Riddle

27 June 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Solar energy allows for housing that is both affordable and resilient to climate change and other emergencies. In Washington D.C., Jubilee Housing, non-profit that creates affordable housing, partnered with New Partne...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

18 June 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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Recycling provides an economic alternative to heavy industry. In the former steel town of Eskilstuna, recovery from economic decline has meant re-platforming into a model of sustainability. From the city’s second-hand...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

17 June 2019

Oslo, Norway

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Financial incentives in Norway have contributed in a huge switch to electric vehicles. By eliminating certain taxes and tolls, drivers of electric vehicles reap financial benefits. Improved infrastructure in recent ye...

Shelterforce

Betsey Russell

14 June 2019

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Charleston, South Carolina's Eastside neighborhood takes strides towards building efficient infrastructure by implementing a weatherization and flood protection plan. The plan, though in early stages, has included com...

Spore

Justus Wanzala

4 June 2019

Kenya

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Off-grid cold storage options reduce food waste. Farmers in eastern Kenya are benefitting from the use of solar-powered cold storage units offered by Solar Freeze, a Kenyan agri-tech company. Farmers can use an app to...

Energy News Network

Kathiann M. Kowalski

28 May 2019

Athens, Ohio, United States

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In the crowded craft beer industry, breweries in Ohio are standing out through environmentally-friendly practices. Several breweries are depending upon solar energy and energy-efficient lighting, which are funded thro...

ProPublica

Lisa Song

22 May 2019

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

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This story examines the well-publicized climate-change strategy of carbon credits: the idea that a CO₂-emitting company could offset its emissions by funding anti-logging efforts, effectively "saving" the equivalent a...

Indiana Environmental Reporter

Beth Edwards

20 May 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Despite disputes between an Indianapolis church and a local utility company over net metering, the congregation continues to seek financing and resources for renewable energy-centered affordable housing projects. The ...

BBC

Patrick Aryee

20 May 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Buildings with permeable surfaces increase energy efficiency, mimicking natural structures. In Harare, Zimbabwe, the Eastgate Centre employs methods borrowed from termite mound construction to efficiently regulate the...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Robert Nott

18 May 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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In Sante Fe, residents can get a rebate on their water bill for installing environmentally-friendly appliances. The program recently expanded to commercial businesses, and the city is being strategic in incentivizing ...

Green Tech Media

Justin Gerdes

13 May 2019

California, United States

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Years after the California Energy Commission funded and launched demonstration microgrids, they’re seeing results. These microgrids, which are localized energy sources that can work independently from large electric g...

Christian Science Monitor

Rishika Pardikar

9 May 2019

Bengaluru, India

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Separating mixed waste efficiently with technology can help where waste segregation policies are lacking. In Bangalore, India, a machine called Trashbot sorts mixed waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable compo...

Changing Florida

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Pia Jasinski

Yamile Escobar

7 May 2019

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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Methane emissions from landfills in five Florida counties are being captured and turned into electrical power. Pipes collect the methane gas emitted by the trash and Aria Energy covers that greenhouse gas into electri...

NBC News

Linda Givetash

27 April 2019

United States

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As climate change intensifies, militaries around the world have start adopting new equipment, practices, and processes. The United States has developed the International Military Council on Climate and Security, inten...

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Olivia Fecteau

26 April 2019

Medina, Ohio, United States

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Turning sewage sludge into usable biogas helps make wastewater treatment more efficient. A water treatment plant in the city of Medina, Ohio, produces net energy from sludge. The plant uses anaerobic bacteria and a th...

Mongabay

Wudan Yan

23 April 2019

Kyaiklat, Myanmar

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Recycled waste from rice mills offers an alternative to mangrove forests as a fuel source. In the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar, rice mills are beginning to use their byproducts to create rice-husk briquettes. The logs, ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

22 April 2019

Hawaii, United States

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Funded by federal grant money, the state, and the Office of Naval Research, Hawaii County public transit has developed its first hydrogen-powered shuttle bus. What’s been called the “fuel of the future,” hydrogen fuel...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

19 April 2019

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

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Three major US companies are leading the way in developing the technology to extract carbon dioxide from the air: Global Thermostat, Carbon Engineering, and Climeworks. With federal tax credits per ton of carbon dioxi...

Apolitical

Amelia Axelsen

11 April 2019

Costa Rica

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With its pledge to become the first zero-emission country in the world by 2050, Costa Rica's ambitious climate goals cannot be achieved by the government alone. That's why Costa Rica Limpia (Clean Costa Rica) is spark...

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