Araz Hachadourian

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The 150-Mile Wardrobe: A Solution for One of the World’s Most Polluting Industries

Between pesticides, chemical dyes, and plastic, producing a typical sweater eats an enormous amount of natural and industrial resources. Apparel is one of the world’s most polluting industries, and the U.S. sends up to 75 percent of its cotton abroad—only to ship it back as cheap T-shirts. The Northern California Fibershed was designed to circumvent all that.

December 20, 2017


3 Creative Solutions to Protect Water, Wildlife, and a Warming City

Mayordomos are caretakers of the communally governed irrigation systems called acequias, which feed water to family farms and date back to the 1700s.

February 9, 2017


Nashville Teens Mapped Their Daily Routes—And Got a New Bike Lane as a Result

To make the case for better neighborhood mobility, Furbish’s class of middle and high school students mapped their movements around North Nashville, tracking the spaces they visited most and the barriers that kept them from getting around, such as the lack of crosswalks and paths.

January 12, 2017

The Startup Turning Locals Into Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati’s Gentrifying Economy

When Jasmine Ford sold her first cheesecake to a colleague at the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati two years ago, she didn’t think anything of it. Even as word of her pastries spread and orders rolled in over the months, Ford didn’t imagine she’d one day own a business.

June 15, 2016

Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification

This month, Berkeley joined a growing number of cities across the country that are making it easier for co-ops to create jobs like Goldsmith’s.

February 26, 2016

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