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Japanese Golf Courses Go From Financial Flops to Solar Farms

In a country where space is at a premium, abandoned greens are set to generate lots of green energy.

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Not too long ago, Japan experienced a “boom” in golf courses. As the economy climbed, so did the world’s most luxurious (and mocked) leisure activity. But when the market crashed, so did golf, leaving Japan a brutal and tattered landscape of abandoned courses. Instead of demolishing the courses, however, Japan came up with a brilliant idea: Why not turn them into solar farms?

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Reporter Golfs Length of Detroit: One Hole in Eighteen Miles

In 2,525 strokes, he comes across a mom trying to find her suicidal daughter, a disgruntled cop, a generous deacon, and lots of vacant land.

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The Motor City has become a working laboratory for social innovation for some—a knotty problem to be solved. For others it's a canvas. For others it's the future of urban ag. Oh, and don't forget the proposal to transform an entire neighborhood into a zombie themed overnight amusement park. For Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie LeDuff, though, it's just his hometown. LeDuff really loves Detroit.

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IBM Works to Make Reclaimed Water More Efficient

Brought to you by IBM. As the largest reclaimed water consumer in Phoenix, the Desert Mountain resort is working to improve efficiency.


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Water is a precious commodity anywhere in the world but in Arizona's Sonoran desert, this key resource is especially important to conserve. The region's arid climate is hot and dry and can be a challenge for businesses like Desert Mountain, a golf course and residential community which encompasses more than 10,000 acres in the Sonoran desert.

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Find Fun in a Serious Cause—and Help CFC Win $50K

Reinventing the Outdoors contest: Help Cancer for College by volunteering at golf tournament fundraisers or buying Will Ferrell sunscreen.

UPDATED! Launched on Monday April 4, GOOD and the 2011 Ford Explorer will be devoting six weeks to the Reinventing the Outdoors Contest, which showcases amazing organizations like this one that are redefining the way we live, work, and play outside. Check in every day for a new story about the people, celebrities, and programs behind each organization. Help your favorite group win the $50,000 grand prize by voting for them starting Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20.

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Helping Students Move Beyond Cancer, One Scholarship at a Time

Reinventing the Outdoors contest: For cancer survivor Craig Pollard, helping other survivors go to school is the ultimate triumph over the disease.

UPDATED! Launched on Monday April 4, GOOD and the 2011 Ford Explorer will be devoting six weeks to the Reinventing the Outdoors Contest, which showcases amazing organizations like this one that are redefining the way we live, work, and play outside. Check in every day for a new story about the people, celebrities, and programs behind each organization. Help your favorite group win the $50,000 grand prize by voting for them starting Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20.

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