Aerial view of large industrial operation in mountainous land (© Cerro Verde/Lance Lundstrom)

This Peruvian mine produces clean water for Arequipa

The Cerro Verde copper mine built a wastewater treatment plant for Arequipa, Peru, solving the town's clean water needs as well as its own.
People posing in front of McDonald's sign (Courtesy of McDonald’s Deutschland)

For refugees in Germany, McDonald’s restaurants are a job and a...

McDonald's Germany, which has hired 900-plus refugees from Syria and other countries, teaches workers about their jobs and about German culture.
Illustration of man hammering water tap into cloud (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Harvest rainwater, help the environment

A Mexican group, Isla Urbana, is collecting and cleaning rainwater for households, schools and health clinics, and changing lives.
People playing board game (Courtesy of New River Valley Livability Initiative)

Board games, interactive theater help a Virginia community plan for the...

A community in rural Virginia found creative ways to ensure that progress and growth take into account how resources are used.
Man holding bunch of beets at market (VOA)

Refugee farmers plant new roots in U.S. [video]

Refugee farmers are providing their new communities with food through the New Roots program, which allows them to turn vacant city lots into urban farmland.
Two workers in hard hats, with geothermal plant in background (Carole Douglis/USAID West Africa)

Japan joins Power Africa, with a focus on geothermal technology

Japan has joined Power Africa, an initiative President Obama announced in 2013, and will work with African governments to develop geothermal power.
Woman and child sitting in shelter (© AP Images)

Refugees can boost surrounding communities

Refugees can boost, not burden, economic growth in the communities that host them, a new study by the United Nations concludes.
Cardboard recycling cutout on grass (Shutterstock)

A quest to make packaging Earth-friendly

Industrial engineer Paul Tasner creates biodegradable packaging that would offer the same quality as its plastic counterparts.
People joining hands (Courtesy of EWB USA)

U.S. engineers and poor communities build bridges

Engineers Without Borders USA works on what the engineers call "low-tech, high-impact projects" in 42 countries, from latrines to water supplies to bridges.