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French Cuisine Has Gone Off the Grid

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As other businesses go green, food service remains an energy-intensive outlier. Europe’s first solar-powered restaurant wants to change the recipe.

From a Prison Garden Sprouts Real Growth

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Amid rows of snap peas and summer squash, incarcerated gardeners cultivate job skills, inner peace and fresh produce for the cafeteria.

The Gay ‘Green Book’ Is Going Online

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A digitization project will ensure that a series of 20th century guides for LGBTQ travelers aren’t lost to history.

This Seattle Affordable Housing Project Is a Transit Rider’s Dream

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The city’s transit agency is building apartments by light rail stations that folks can actually afford.

Maine Will Charge Companies to Encourage More Recyclable Packaging

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The more easily a product’s packaging can be recycled, the lower the fees.

This Is the First Ecosystem With Its Own Insurance Policy

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A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?

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“Community Sponsorship” Is Diversifying the Refugee Resettlement Process

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Involving local groups means newly arrived refugees can be greeted by someone whose culture they recognize as their own.

A System for Sharing Household Heat Is Growing Beneath France

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Green energy is generated at a central location, then shuttled through underground pipes to homes in suburban Paris.

Cleveland Is Taking Its Voter Registration Drive Literally

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Registration caravans on wheels are making sure Latino communities don’t get missed.

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World’s Largest Seagrass Project Proves “You Can Actually Restore the Oceans”

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A “game changing” 20-year effort suggests that even severely depleted marine ecosystems can be brought back to life.

Keeping People Out of Jail Keeps People Out of Jail

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To reduce incarceration, some counties and cities have stopped automatically prosecuting minor nonviolent crimes — and crime overall has gone down. A wave of policy and policing reform has followed.

The Sounds of Healing

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When musician Yoko Sen ended up in the hospital, she was overwhelmed by the cacophony of noise. What if all those beeps and alarms could sound like music instead?

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