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5 Things to Know Today: December 12, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: December 12, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via theframeofmind.com

Photo via theframeofmind.com

In case you missed it, Sweden has officially run out of garbage because they’re just too good at recycling, the best motivation for employees may not be a higher salary, and a Rhode Island farm is proving sustainable practices can reduce operational costs.

1. Quartz: Bill Gates and other billionaire investors are launching a fund to fight climate change.

Bill Gates and a team of investors are starting a fund of over $1 billion that focuses on combatting climate change by investing in clean energy. 

2. Forbes: Sometimes, the best motivation for your employees isn’t money.

Factors like career development and potential for growth, empowerment, and just being a likeable boss may be better motivators than a high paycheck.

3. Washington Post: 9 year-end financial tips if you want to retire early.

Rather than (or, at least, in addition to) making expensive New Year promises like losing weight and traveling more, why not add a few financial resolutions to the list? Your savings account and retirement plan will thank you.

4. Providence Journal: A Rhode Island farm is using green energy to reduce operational costs.

Matt Tracy and Catherine Mardosa are on a mission to make Red Planet Farm more environmentally and commercially sustainable by installing solar panels to power vegetable refrigerators and germination chambers. Their efforts have escalated into an empowering program to keep farmers thriving in unpredictable agricultural environments. 

5. Fast Coexist: One man’s trash is another man’s…condo? Meet the man behind the vision.

Robert Bezeau is designing homes in Panama made from plastic bottles stuffed in between simple cage wires. A large home consists of over 20,000 bottles—which is more than the average millennial will use in 80 years—and Bezeau is setting up exchange programs that would give Panamanian families food in return for collecting them. 

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