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Problem Solving Must-Reads: One Restaurant’s Unique Way to Aid Syrian Refugees

Plus: Chicago architectural firms take a stand against climate change, and sustainable retirement villages

Problem Solving Must-Reads: One Restaurant’s Unique Way to Aid Syrian Refugees

Plus: Chicago architectural firms take a stand against climate change, and sustainable retirement villages

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

Is This Sustainable Village The Future Of Retirement?

Photo: Fast Company

Twelve years ago, real estate developer Steve Nygren developed a visionary retirement community outside Atlanta called Serenbe. Today, his vision has revolutionized the industry model for retirement communities. Serenbe is not only sustainable, but also contains a variety of commercial centers where residents have access to classes, restaurants, and art displays. (via Fast Company)

Chicago Architects Team Up on Climate Change

Photo: Next City

Earlier this week, over seventy Chicago-based architecture and engineering firms launched a public outreach campaign called Architects Advocate Action on Climate Change. The campaign is designed to prompt climate change legislation and to better inform the public of the dangers of climate change. Because the architecture industry is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, this campaign may prove an important first step in the enactment of meaningful legislation. (via Next City)

Cooking up Opportunities for Refugee Women

Photo: CityLab

Just west of downtown Toronto, Len Senater, the owner of The Depanneur restaurant, operates a unique business model: He allows local chefs to use his kitchen in order to cook and sell their favorite meals. When he invited almost a dozen Syrian refugees to participate, Mr. Senater’s idea metamorphosed into a charity that now provides economic opportunities and creative outlets to numerous Syrian refugees. (via CityLab)

Photo header: CityLab

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