In this edition of Squirrel News, the US utilise Native American stewardship to conserve bison, Boston’s fare-free programme doubles ridership in its first year, and Black “mompreneurs” grow their businesses.
US government to expand bison herds on tribal territories
US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced $25 million in federal spending for bison conservation with a special focus on building herds, forging tribal management agreements and the use of Indigenous knowledge.
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Boston’s fare-free bus programme doubles ridership in first year
Serving many low-income people and people of color, the fare-free pilot is set to go through February 2024. “The data saying going to a fare-free system makes good economic sense,” Stacy Thompson, executive director of transit advocacy group Livable Streets, said.
Boston-area pilot is a model for other guaranteed income programmes
The success of Cambridge RISE’s pilot programme reflects the increasing trials and growing popularity of guaranteed income programmes across the US.
Black mom entrepreneurs prioritised by East Baltimore coworking space
Providing resources such as childcare, The Cube helps “mompreneurs” start and grow their businesses.
Largest hydrogen-powered plane successfully flies in Washington
After its aircraft’s first flight at Moses Lake, company Universal Hydrogen hopes to deliver converted twin-engine turboprops to regional airlines by late 2025.
Green hydrogen projects kick off in Latin America
From Chile to Uruguay, Latin America is anticipating future needs by investing in clean energy projects.
Insulating buildings with hemp and wool
Faced with a lack of safe and sustainable building materials, companies such as Hempitecture and Havelock Wool are manufacturing insulating products made of hemp and wool to serve the growing demand.
Colorado programme helps cannabis growers be more energy efficient
The Cannabis Resource Optimization Program supports marijuana cultivators, from helping them upgrade light bulbs to supporting them recycling products. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of production, as one marijuana cigarette is estimated to have the same impact as 18 pints of beer.
Secondhand clothes become UK fashion’s main attraction
Gen Z, influencers and celebrity stylists are changing the way people buy clothes in the UK.
Programme supports next generation of teachers through multilingual education
A new Arizona State University degree programme is helping students and teachers tackle barriers to education, including language barriers and lack of diversity.
Dwindling Green Book sites in Colorado to be preserved through NPS grant
From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Green Book helped Black people travel the US safely, listing hotels, stores and other places. Through a National Park Service grant, History Colorado is working to protect these remaining sites.