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Nonprofit Retrofits Buses as Mobile Showers for the Homeless

A San Francisco nonprofit has come up with an ingenious way to make free showers and lavatory access available to the city’s poorest citizens. Retired MUNI buses will be converted into mobile shower stations. And the startup is being fueled through donations with remarkable success.

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Report: Taxpayers Pick Up $7 Billion Tab for Underpaid Fast Food Workers

A report just out by the UC Berkeley Labor Center says that low-paying fast food jobs cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in benefit programs designed to support low-income families. Programs like Medicaid, SSI and food stamps are lifelines for workers who aren’t being paid enough to feed and clothe their families.

Dr. Fred Hollows was an Australian ophthalmologist known for his work in restoring eyesight for thousands of people around the world. Today, his Foundation continues his work in treating avoidable blindness and improving indigenous ocular health in developing areas. Here, he examines a young patient in Nepal in 1985. | Image credit: The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Emerging, Not-for-Profit Economy

Across numerous countries, the economic contribution of the not-for-profit sector has been on the rise since the late 1990s. With growing interest in social enterprise, many not-for-profit managers increasingly understand that generating their own income allows them to fund the good work they do (as opposed to traditional approaches that depend on grants and philanthropy).

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Foster Farms Ignored Dec 2012 Salmonella Monitoring Upgrade Request

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records suggest that the recent outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella Heidelberg could have been anticipated far in advance. Was this a slip-up in company protocol, or a set of procedures that were designed but never firmly put in place by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service? The USDA may know, but most of its staff is still on furlough.

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Business is Crucial to Effect Large-Scale Change

Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.

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Target Teams Up with GoodGuide to Rate Sustainable Products

Target is teaming up with the makers of GoodGuide to develop a Sustainability Product Standard to rate thousands of products for health, transparency and overall environmental impact, the companies announced last week.

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FDA OKs Withdrawal of Arsenic in Animal Feed

After years of battle, the FDA is finally withdrawing veterinary drugs that contain arsenic. But it isn’t doing so because of public opinion or because food safety organizations have been pushing for years to have them withdrawn. The FDA has pulled them because the manufacturers asked them to.

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Rural Indian Artisans Capitalize on E-Commerce to Boost Sales

By Shaina Shealy What if female artisans in rural areas could deliver embroidery to the market directly from their village homes?  Would acquiring full reign over design, production and income amplify their independence and enrich their contribution to positive change in their communities? Technology’s Gift to India In 2011, 904 million people in India – … Continued

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The U.S. Bike Lane Boom

Cities are looking ahead and seeing the benefits of investing in bike infrastructure.

Featured panellists, left-right: Paul Polman, Unilever; Kajol, Help a Child Reach 5 advocate; Karl Hofmann, Population Services International; Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute.

4 Partnership Lessons from Unilever’s Lifebuoy Handwashing Campaign

By the time you finish reading this article (let’s say 5 minutes from now) 20 children around the world will die because of diarrhea or pneumonia. This is 2 million children every year. Unilever’s Lifebuoy wants to change this reality in a new campaign also representing a new era of partnerships.

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Top Execs Receive $24 Billion From Federal Contracts Each Year

New research from think tank Demos has found that the current contracting practices from the federal government pays top corporate executives nearly $24 billion per year. The organization postulates that if these contracting policies were reformed to limit the taxpayer contribution to executive pay at the salary of the U.S. Vice President ($230,700), then full-time workers could potentially receive an annual pay increase of nearly $14,000, with no additional cost to taxpayers.

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NOAA Restoration Center Funds Community Ocean Clean Up Projects

The vastness of the world ocean makes it easier to ignore or rationalize our using it as cheap, convenient dumping ground — but we do so at our own peril and at our own expense. Taking matters into their own hands, 11 community organizations have received nearly $1M in funds for marine/coastal clean-up initiatives from NOAA’s Restoration Center.