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Sunflower Patch Revitalizes St. Louis Space For Environmental, Economic Benefit
About 10,000 sunflowers have transformed a vacant city lot in St. Louis to provide environmental and economic benefits for the community. The patch of sunflower blooms is a part of the Sustainable...more



Thousands in Nepal Hug Trees to Save Forests
On the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, more than 2,000 people, mostly students, got together to set a world record for the largest tree hug. On World Environment Day, June 5, the participants have...more

Philanthropic and Environmental Groups Join Forces to Announce Shale Gas Development in the Appalachian
Representatives of philanthropic foundations, energy companies and environmental agencies gather together to announce the Formation of a Center for Performance Standards and Independent Certification...more

An Innovative Aquaculture Movement in Dorchester County
The Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, co-owned by Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh, spearheaded Dorchester County's innovative aquaculture movement using the latest...more

Schoolchildren Hatch 10 Creative Ideas to Manage Global Waste
Nearly 270 schoolchildren whipped up creative ideas to solve the world's global waste problem. Latitude, a Massachusetts-based creative research and marketing firm, joined forces with schools...more

Gates Foundation Grant Funds First-Ever Waterless, Solar-Powered Toilet
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $777,000 to University of Colorado Boulder to develop a waterless toilet manned by solar power. The toilet is claimed to transform the lives of 2.5...more

Volunteers Join Beach Clean Up Efforts
Volunteers participate in clean up efforts to search for traces of tar that hit the Galveston Bay due to a large oil spill. Clean up efforts were performed by the volunteers working with the...more

The Drinkable Book: Clean Water in New Form
Charity group Water Is Life (WIL) is banking on an innovative technology solution to tackle water contamination and raise awareness around this problem. WIL, together with Brian Gartside, graphic...more

Through Ecotourism, Poverty is Reduced near Protected Parks
According to a new research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, protected natural parks in Costa Rica reduced poverty in neighboring communities by promoting...more





EU-Startups features 10 success stories about social enterprises across Europe making positive, social impact while making money at the same time.




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