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This company is helping the homeless find jobs that also provide a home

A real estate company based out of Washington DC is helping homeless people find work and a home in one fell swoop. How? By hiring homeless candidates to work as property managers for apartment complexes and allowing them to live on-site for cheap. This not only helps those without a home, but also the real estate company: entry-level employees in the real estate industry have a high turnover rate of 50 percent, but the retention rate for homeless candidates stands at 87 percent.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:09/24/2018

Ten years since Occupy Wall Street, the cooperative movement is surging

Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and 10 years since the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, which triggered the onset of the global financial crisis. The crisis also sparked massive global anti-capitalist movements, including Occupy Wall Street, the M-15 movement in Spain and the anti-austerity movements in Greece.

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  • Date:09/24/2018

Apple is investing in negative emissions

Apple’s newest smartphones may not have received all-round praise, but its latest environmental initiative surely should.

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  • Date:09/19/2018

Ikea will make all home deliveries emission-free in these five cities

It seems every few months we see a new environmental pledge from IKEA as it attempts to create a greener image. After announcing it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 last year, the Swedish furniture giant pledged this past June to remove all single-use plastics from its stores within the next two years. Now the company has announced it will aim to make all home deliveries emission free in five cities by 2020. For customers in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai, deliveries will made using electric vehicles.

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  • Fortune
  • Date:09/18/2018

Scaling for good: can McDonald's raise the bar for sustainable food?

Let’s turn back the clock to 1990. It was a milestone year for McDonald’s, as the company opened its first restaurants in Moscow, mainland China and Chile.

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  • Date:09/17/2018

What employers must do to make sure employees can afford a home

Having a job no longer provides the economic security it used to. Whereas a salary used to be enough to be able to own a home, nowadays a job isn’t even enough for some people to afford renting a home. With income not keeping pace with housing costs, it’s time for employers step up and do something about it.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:09/07/2018

The furniture industry’s equivalent of fast fashion is here

Scanning through The Inside, the furniture startup cofounded by Dwell Home Furnishing’s founder Christiane Lemieux, you’ll see patterns created by fashion designer Clare Vivier, whose brand is called Clare V. Vivier is known for her bright, colorful patterns, and her handbags are all the rage among chic New Yorkers and Angelenos.

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  • Date:09/07/2018

Here’s a first: Rotterdam is creating a floating dairy farm

Having to transport food from farms to cities creates emissions. On top of that, food is less fresh when it’s being delivered from distant farms. A company in the Netherlands is taking a completely innovative approach to solving this problem by creating a floating dairy farm on the river that produces milk and yogurt near the center of Rotterdam, taking advantage of unused space while helping curb the expense and pollution associated with transporting food. If it works, more port cities could follow suit.

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  • Euronews
  • Date:09/06/2018

Lego wants to stop making their toys out of petroleum-based plastics by 2030

Lego wants to design blocks that click together yet separate easily, retain bright colors, and survive the rigors of being put through a laundry load, or the weight of an unknowing parent’s foot. In essence, the company wants to continue making the exact same product, but without using the petroleum-based plastics it has always used to make its product. By 2030, the Danish-company intends to build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials.

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  • The New York Times
  • Date:09/06/2018

Informal trade is ubiquitous in Africa, but too often ignored

How border towns—and national economies—are shaped by small retailers slipping between countries “THE border is like a river,” says Ronald Sembatya, “where somebody can come to get fish.” He is resting beside his wheelchair in the muddy no-man’s land between Uganda and Kenya.

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  • Date:09/05/2018
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