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James Savage, a Wall Street analyst, was disturbed when he saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The feeling continued when after the water subsided, the homes that survived were uninhabitable because they had been overtaken with mold. “There has to be something better we can do than this,” he recalls thinking. The solution he discovered was hempcrete, a mold-resistant cement-like building material made from cannabis.

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Four Texas Couples Come Together to Build an Eco-Friendly Commune

They’ve been friends for over 20 years.

Remember when you were young and swore with friends you’d all buy houses next to each other so you’d never grow apart? Well, four couples just outside of Austin, Texas have recently made that dream come true. The four couples purchased a plot of land together on the Llano River and built four small, eco-friendly homes on it for a project dubbed the “Llano Exit Strategy.”

Originally, the couples were going to make one large house to share together, but later decided against it. After all, good fences make good neighbors, right? Instead they built four 400-square-foot cabins all in a row. Additionally, they added a 1500-square-foot building they share that includes a kitchen, activity area, and dining room.

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Girl Tries to Get Arrested to Find Out if ‘White Privilege’ is Real

Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler is on a mission to end up behind bars, all to prove a point.

Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler wanted to find out if the concept of “white privilege” really existed, so she went out on the town in this amusing new video to break some laws and see how the police would react. What she decided was that being a white girl with a bubbly personality meant she got plenty of leeway from the cops. Whether crashing a parade, taking off all her clothes or trying to sell antidepressants to police officers, Kahnweiler simply smiled and walked away. We can’t help but wonder just how different this video would be if she wasn’t white.

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Kenya’s New ATMs Bring Clean, Affordable Water to Nairobi’s Slums

The easy-to-operate machines mean impoverished Kenyans will no longer be stuck buying water from price-gouging vendors.

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The Kenyan government is installing water vending machines in the slums of Nairobi to address the city’s increasingly dire lack of clean water accessibility. In partnership with a Danish water engineering company, they’ve placed four of the water ATMs, which can be accessed with “smart cards,” around the impoverished neighborhood of Mathare. Users store “water credits” on their smart cards, which they can then use to purchase clean water. A simple swipe of the card sends water gushing out of a pipe into whatever container is positioned to collect it.

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Mark Zuckerberg Invests In Undocumented College Students’ Futures

Over 65,000 undocumented students in America aren’t eligible for financial aid. The Facebook founder wants to change that.

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If you’re one of 65,000 undocumented high school graduates here in America, going to college can often feel impossibly hard. While some funding is occasionally available by the state, most undocumented students aren’t eligible for the federal grants, loans, or work-studies needed to graduate college. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently decided that they would donate $5 million to help fund college scholarships for undocumented students in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Los Angeles Is Now the Largest U.S. City With a $15 Minimum Wage

Following the success of the #RaiseTheWageLA campaign, other cities are beginning to take note.

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Following the examples set by San Francisco and Seattle, Los Angeles City Council passed a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 from $9 with an overwhelming 14-1 vote. This victory for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s #RaiseTheWageLA campaign makes LA the largest city to join the fight for a livable wage. The new rules will be phased in incremently over the next five years—the first wage increase will happen in 2016, to $10.15.

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