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Arizona State University
Mexican engineers may have found a solution to the prickly problem of plastic bag waste: make plastic out of cactus juice. The plant-based film breaks down in weeks rather than centuries.
Arizona State University
Solar panels are a common way to generate renewable energy, but one company is using solar panels to pull water out of thin air.
Eckerd College
A day at the beach turns into a disaster when two guys realize that the world's beaches are littered with trash, so they seek justice as they try to change other people's wasteful habits.
Carleton College
How the Macaw Society is saving an iconic tropical species, and training a new generation of conservationists, too.

(Greta Hardy-Mittell)

Carleton College
How the Food Recovery Network fights food waste, food insecurity, and climate change—all at once.
Middlebury College
In 2019, Middlebury College created a visionary set of goals. Now cow poop and food waste have the ability transform a college campus.

(Courtesy of Everett Bloom).

The George Washington University
Light pollution caused by cities’ usage of artificial light creates a halo in the night sky that can be visible for miles to come. In 2016, 80% of the world — and 99% of the United States and Europe — lived under skyglow, an artificially brightened... Read More
Arizona State University
Monarch populations have declined steeply in the past decades, but to reverse the trend, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies instituted the Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, a 50-year effort to help the monarchs bounce... Read More
George Washington University
Potable reuse, or recycled water people can drink, can both conserve and generate clean water. So why aren't more cities utilizing this as a part of their water treatment plans?

An example of what Highland Park, Michigan's solar-powered streetlights look like. (Image courtesy of Soulardarity)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
When the streetlights in Highland Park, Michigan, went dark one night in 2011, the community came together with a solution to keep their streets safe — and launched a larger vision for the city.

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