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The Nation

James Abro

12 November 2015

New Jersey, United States

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Far too many Americans are homeless, and with congress dragging their feet in implementing funds, it is up to individual places to set up programs to help provide housing. Counties in New Jersey have enacted legislati...

WBUR

Lisa Mullins

Lynn Jolicoeur

4 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston aims to end chronic homelessness by 2018 by paying special attention to veterans. The city is working with private agencies to find housing units and offer homeless veterans a case worker to ensure that they fi...

The New York Times

Nathaniel Popper

7 October 2015

Utah, United States

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In Utah, Goldman Sachs funded the education of preschoolers and was reimbursed by the state once it was shown that the kids would not need special education. Social impact investments, like this one in Utah, can help ...

The Denver Post

Ray Mark Rinaldi

3 October 2015

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoo...

The Guardian

James Meikle

21 July 2015

United Kingdom

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The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), a charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in society, has outlined plans for different occupations – including cleaners, hairdressers, postal workers, and restau...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ashley Luthern

18 July 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After a rampant problem of violence among youths, Minneapolis enacted a violence-prevention plan which focused on collective action and stemming the causes at their source, resulting in nonfatal shootings involving yo...

Fortune

Amy Kaslow

29 June 2015

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...

Climate Central

John Upton

24 April 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The government wants more farmers turning waste methane into biogas to help combat the negative effects of global climate change. California is leading the initiative, largely through a cap-and-trade program.

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

18 April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 March 2015

Norwalk, Ohio, United States

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Rampant misconduct by judicial systems across the country brought to light a crippling practice of debtors' prisons—where disadvantaged individuals unable to pay fines and fees were continually and wrongfully imprison...

Eco-Business

Jean Chua

25 March 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Though once the rivers were afoul with pollution and the carcasses of poisoned fish and the water from taps was too hazardous to drink, Denmark now boasts some of the world's cleanest drinking water and some of it's m...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

21 March 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to min...

The Guardian

Annabel Short

25 February 2015

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

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There are increasing costs to business when they fail to respect basic human rights. Many are therefore taking steps to avoid abuses – and are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.

The Guardian

Jim Hall

23 February 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world as climate change raises sea levels. The government has instated a number of successful flood adaptation projects, with an ambition to...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

20 January 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's ho...

The National

Jennifer Hattam

4 January 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul is often congested with traffic, especially as the population grows and more people buy cars but the lack of bicycle infrastructure has prevented biking from being an alternative transportation. This is chang...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

17 November 2014

Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2014

Kayes, Mali

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When a case of the Ebola disease struck a little girl in Africa, health officials in Mali collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to contain the illness and q...

Inside Energy

Stephanie Joyce

17 September 2014

Wyoming, United States

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During gas drilling boom in Wyoming, worker deaths were extremely high . In response occupational epidemiologists were hired to help improve worker safety.

National Geographic

Laurel Neme

12 March 2014

Bharatpur, Nepal

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Bucking the worldwide trend, Nepal continues its successful fight against poaching, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education a...

Triple Pundit

Mary Mazzoni

30 January 2014

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The commercially-based Wind for Prosperity initiative may have devised a solution to meet growing demands for electricity in developing economies, where fossil fuels are expensive, difficult to access, and take a toll...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

15 January 2014

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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India has been able to eradicate polio through large-scale logistics, highly organized vaccine teams, proper funding, and accountability of health officials and front-line workers.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

24 July 2013

Dhaka, Bengal, Bangladesh

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the yea...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

12 June 2013

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did a...

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