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UT student entrepreneurs compete for global prize recognizing solutions to social issues

University of Tampa students win the regional competition to compete in 2015 for the $1M Hult Prize, a global recognition for innovative solutions to traditional problems facing urban slums around the world. Bamboo, the students say, is key.

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

Is gridlock on Tampa Bay area roads here to stay? Or are solutions on the way? A Nov. 4 referendum in Pinellas County calls for a penny increase in sale taxes as the first step toward a regional transit plan.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

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Aquaponics: Sustainable Fish Farming Thrives In Florida

Where does the fish on your plate come from? Eco-friendly fish farming known as aquaponics continues to pick up steam in the Tampa Bay area. Experts say the emerging industry is growing fast.

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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Jan Roberts is Creator of Operation Bon Appetit Initiative. - Julie Branaman

Operation Bon Appetit: Changing Communities Through Conversation

Tampa resident Jan Roberts spent the last two months on a cross-country road trip interviewing people doing transformational work in their communities. Now home, she plans to turn the videos she took along the way into an online story project designed to prompt others to step up and make a difference.

Florida peaches. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Peach Industry Grows Sweet And Sassy

In Florida agriculture, citrus has long been king. But take a closer look at the Sunshine State's newest emerging cash crop: the princely peach. Experts say it soon could become a $100 million industry and provide a tasty boon for the state's economy.

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Why Make Your Business More Sustainable? Save The Earth And Money

Vertical gardens. Recycled paper products. Shades on windows. LED lighting. Downtown Tampa businesses get rewarded for finding solutions that work for them to become more sustainable.

Sustainable Living Project is located on Sligh Ave. across from Lowry Park Zoo. - Julie Branaman

Aquaponics Brings Fish To Farm To Table In Tampa

Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.

Compost bins at the Sustainable Living Project. - Julie Branaman

Gasparilla Music Festival Makes Environmental Sustainability A Priority

The two-day Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa is seeking to lessen its impacts on the environment through carbon and waste reduction, including a free bicycle valet service and waste recycling and reuse.

West Shore traffic. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Transit And How To Pay For It

"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!

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Setting The Scene For Pinellas Ballot Initiative On Transit

Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.

Bracelet by Maasai tribe artisan.

Fly Tribes Startup Envisions Global Sustainability For Natives

A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.
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