How San Francisco Cracked the Urban Composting Code

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As California begins statewide composting, the place that pioneered it in the ’90s shows how dramatically it can benefit a city.

Happier Employees, Higher Profits: Covid’s Surprising Lesson for Restaurants

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As the pandemic pummeled the industry, some restauranteurs bucked trends by paying their employees even more. Now it’s paying off.

Women-Only Rangers Are Changing the Way Zimbabwe Fights Poachers

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The unit focuses on community engagement and job creation. Its tactics are working.

The Little-Known Tool Protecting California Towns from Polluters

7 min read

Most Californians have never heard of the CalEnviroScreen — even those whose communities it has shielded from ecological disaster.

Water-Guzzling Yards Are Getting a Celebrity Makeover

5 min read

A new reality series is using the HGTV method to tackle Florida’s water supply issues.

India’s ‘Open Prisons’ Are a Marvel of Trust-Based Incarceration

6 min read

For 12 hours a day, prisoners can let themselves out to work or visit family. In virtually every case, they come back.

New Mexico Offers Free Child Care to Pretty Much Everyone

2 min read

The Land of Enchantment just launched the closest thing the U.S. has to universal child care.

The Chicago Neighborhood That Will Generate Its Own Energy

5 min read

A cutting-edge form of urban energy independence could make cities more resilient to blackouts — and greener in the process.

The Texas University That Charges Low-Income Students Precisely Zero

5 min read

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley keeps tuition low and offers generous aid to its majority-Hispanic student body. The results are paying off.

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