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Social innovation and the environment

Feb 6, 2014 | News

(06 February 2014) – Grassroots innovations which bring both social and environmental improvements are explored in the latest In-depth Report from Science for Environment Policy, published online today by the European Commission.

From urban beekeeping in Copenhagen to pedal-powered distribution in Paris and community farming in London, social innovation can help create new jobs, improve social inclusivity and strengthen local economies, whilst delivering benefits for nature, air quality and climate change mitigation, among many other valuable functions.

The report presents case studies of social innovation as well as research into frameworks and evaluation methods which can help policymakers understand social innovation and its environmental implications.

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