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June 16, 2013

Safe sleep practices have been at the center of a policy debate.

June 13, 2013

The City of San Francisco announced this week that the numerous sharing economy companies headquartered in the the Bay Area will work with public officials to utilize their technologies in enhancing the city's disaster preparedness and response.

June 11, 2013

East Williamsburg flooding Martha Harbison
The New York City mayor's new $20 billion storm preparation plan is based on some scary data about how the city will look by the 2050s.
Earlier today, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg rolled out a wide-reaching, $20 billion plan to fortify the city against the future effects of climate change, which—according to the latest data from the New York City Panel on Climate Change he convened in 2008—could be even worse than we thought.
"We have to look ahead - and anticipate any and all future threats, not only from hurricanes - but also from ...

Harvard's SIB Lab has announced the winners of a competition to receive technical assistance with developing social impact bond programs; an idea that has 'traveled from concept to execution faster than any other social innovation in recent history.'

June 9, 2013

String of disasters prompts cities to rethink how they respond to crises.

When troves of information are opened to programmers, problems get solved.

On Spain's Atlantic coast, the city of Santander has installed 12,000 sensors that measure everything from when streetlights need to be dimmed to when trash dumpsters are full saving millions for cash-strapped public coffers. It's becoming a model for cities worldwide.

June 8, 2013

Four factors facilitated the ability of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Art, Presidio Trust, and Smithsonian Institution to leverage nonfederal resources: (1) unique legal authorities and management flexibilities; (2) benefits received from these congressionally chartered organizations' (CCO) federal status; (3) governing boards that provided management and oversight; and (4) informal networks that enabled CCOs to share lessons. A critical flexibility is the ability to accept gifts and solicit private donations, but the CCOs in this study are not required to, and did ...

June 3, 2013

Navy corpsman Jason Martines earned his chops on the Afghan battlefield, patching together wounded Marines in the war-ravaged Helmand Province.

Army medic Mathew Vance witnessed the birth of homemade bomb attacks as a convoy medic during his first tour in Iraq. On his second deployment, he worked on a trauma helicopter, perfecting his life-saving medical skills.

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Jeff Weisensel doesnt have a job, not for the past 14 months anyway, since Kraft Foods restructured him out the door after 22 years. But he does have a library the $28 million Glenview Public Library, opened in 2011 whose inviting lobby is part art gallery, part cafeteria patrons are welcome to eat and drink there and part social center. No shushing librarian with an index finger to her pursed lips and her glasses on a chain here; instead, a sign on the wall encourages ...

The Air Force Special Victims Counsel is a new effort to provide support to sexual assault victims. These military attorneys will represent the victim only, and the hope is that this kind of support will make it easier for victims to report assaults without feeling like they're being victimized again.

June 2, 2013

The Great Recession and the corresponding collapse of the housing market have had far-reaching effects on communities across the country. With nonprofits and local governments both trying to do more with less, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) commissioned a study to crystallize the tools its affiliates need to nurture successful collaborations. Synthesizing information gleaned from a literature review, an extensive web survey of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) affiliates, and case studies of three communities, this report suggests concrete strategies to plan, build, and ...

Urban Resource Institute has created 10 pet-friendly apartments in a Brooklyn shelter for domestic abusive victims. The 6-month pilot program, dubbed People and Animals Living Safely, or PALS, begins Saturday.

WHEN I was a kid in the 70s, this stunk, says Jim Rooney of the Boston Convention Centre, talking about South Bostons waterfront, where his huge centre stands. Rotten eggy smell, things floating around, couldnt see through it. Nasty water. Furthermore, the area1,000 acres of it, or 400 hectareswas cut off from the rest of the city by an elevated highway. It had poor public transport and few roads. Once it boasted railway yards and docks where Southies (who lived nearby) worked as longshoremen. But many of the seafront jobs left long ago. The tracks were covered by a sea of asphalt. Warehouses ...

May 29, 2013

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An app for locating discarded tires and a program to map the condition of the city's sidewalks are two examples of local initiatives aimed at improving Atlanta's environment. With the Mayor's embrace, the city is trying to catch up to tech trends.

With 3 to 5 percent of Americans suffering from hoarding, local officials are trying to address the multidimensional aspects of the behavior and reduce its threat to others.

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