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NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

17 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans, Louisiana is infamously known as a place of cultural celebration and community, but it's also a city plagued by consistent flooding. To reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall, one city-backed initiative is ...

The Huffington Post

Jamie Millar

11 August 2018

Nailsworth, England, United Kingdom

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The consumption of meat and dairy has long been deemed a leading cause of climate change, yet production continues to rise. To contribute to environmental sustainability, Dale Vince – owner of the U.K.’s Forest Green ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

7 August 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In 2016, the Texas Trees Foundation and federal Trust for Public Land partnered to use GIS technology in greening Dallas, Texas, and plant some 1,000 trees to start. Not only does the initiative reduce respiratory pro...

The Washington Post

Audrey Hoffer

2 August 2018

Broomgrass, West Virginia, United States

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Family farms are facing challenges nationwide amidst a backdrop of land development. A community in West Virginia took a stand by piloting a new way or rural co-habitation in the form of a farm community protected via...

Sactown Magazine

Rob Turner

1 August 2018

Toronto, Canada

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After the success of New York City’s High Line, several cities have tried to emulate that success with a twist--by transforming underpasses below highways into activated space for the community. Toronto’s Bentway offe...

Yale Environment 360

Patricia Leigh Brown

30 July 2018

California, United States

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Boasting one of the top five largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs that has raised over $6.5 billion, California is leading the way in financially successful renewable energy initiatives. One of the state's mo...

NPR

Rhitu Chatterjee

20 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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By using a "greening intervention," in which abandoned lots in low-income neighborhoods were turned into parks, researchers were able to determine that having a park in close proximity improved community member's ment...

U.S. News & World Report

Andrew Soergel

17 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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As cities grapple with higher temperatures, state and local governments are looking for ways to play a larger role in combatting the impacts. Throughout the United States, some of the entities are turning their attent...

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Aaron Mondry

10 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the Yorkshire Woods neighborhood of Detroit, where there was once blight and vacant properties, there is now a community garden. Thanks to the enterprising efforts of Mose Primus, a community activist, the neighbor...

The Guardian

Kamala Thiagarajan

9 July 2018

Madurai, India

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Dr. Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a chemistry professor in India, has a new approach to plastic. "It's time we stop seeing plastic as the enemy and turn it into our biggest resource," Dr. Vasudevan says. By adding molten use...

BBC

Elizabeth Davies

Harriet Noble

2 July 2018

Gaza Strip, Palestine

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To rebuild Gaza, Green Cake manufactures construction blocks out of locally-available ash and rubble. It’s a low-cost and reliable alternative to importing supplies from Israel.

The Hindu

Justice Ilevbare

16 June 2018

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Comprehensive Design Services (CDS) is a Nigeria-based company that uses traditional Nigerian architectural techniques and Bio-Climatic Design to build housing that is both affordable and green. This approach, which t...

The Philippine Star

Sabrina Belhouari

16 June 2018

Morocco

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After realizing that the accumulation of plastic bags was a becoming a devastating issue for the environment, a student from Morocco decided to take action by combining his concern with his passion for robotics and sc...

Washington Monthly

Chris Berdik

8 June 2018

Arlington, Virginia, United States

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At Virginia's Discovery Elementary, students learn in a unique environment - one of the 89 "net-zero" schools in the country. Instructors creatively incorporate the building's data, on different energy-saving function...

Ensia

Frank Jossi

4 June 2018

Minnesota, United States

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As land for solar energy production has increased around the world, cities have discovered that the same land can provide robust “pollinator-friendly” crops. These lands function as “dual-farms” because the agricultur...

Governing

Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

United States

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Environmental impact bonds allow cities, sometimes even community members, to share the risk and rewards with investors that are backing innovative possible solutions to big problems. This plan allows for large-scale ...

Ensia

Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Environmental impact bonds (EIBs) are a relatively new form of financing that combine private investment with government funding in a “pay for success” model. They are different than municipal bonds in that they are i...

Ensia

Susannah Shmurak

23 May 2018

Clichy-Batignolles, Paris, France

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Setting the bar high for environmental sustainability can encourage innovation and experimentation. Developers of Paris’ new Clichy-Batignolles eco-district are reducing the neighborhood’s carbon footprint in nearly e...

World Economic Forum

Alex Gray

9 May 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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A growing population has led to a growing mountain of trash for Africa. One city is taking control of the issue by turning that trash into energy which not only reduces the amount of physical rubbish by 80 percent, bu...

AWE Magazine

Amélie Drouet

26 April 2018

Samsø, Denmark

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A town that was once a “meeting point for Vikings” has become a leader in renewable energy through community investment. First, the island of Samsø needed some convincing, so project developers held community discussi...

FastCompany

Mark Sullivan

9 April 2018

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In 2014, Apple reached a milestone by turning their Nevada data center into a 100 percent renewable energy-powered structure thanks to the implementation of solar farms. Just four years later, the company has just rea...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

28 March 2018

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States

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Repurposing contaminated sites for clean energy production may not sound like a common tactic to take, but Massachusetts has found a way to be highly successful at it. In fact, out of over 250 renewable energy install...

Christian Science Monitor

Sophie Davies

5 March 2018

Milan, Italy

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A new investment project, worth almost 11.4 million euro, is creating public green spaces in concrete jungles across Europe. The projects include green roofs, parks, street trees, and more, all worked on in collaborat...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Daniella Cheslow

4 January 2018

Puerto Rico

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Solar power is a great advancement for renewable energy, but traditionally relies on connecting to a grid in order to function correctly. So when hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, even those with solar panels lost access to...

CivicStory

Scott Morris

19 December 2017

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Due in part to an outdated infrastructure, Newark's storm sewers get overwhelmed with litter, oil and other materials that end up impacting the cleanliness of the community's drinking water. To combat this issue, a gr...

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