Whether through neighborhood tree plantings or creek cleanups, community environmental stewardship efforts can help get citizens excited about using collective action to protect the environment.

Now an entrepreneur wants to encourage community stewardship in a new way, by opening a renewable energy plant this spring in Keynsham, a small town in southwest England. The facility, run by the company Resourceful Earth, will be able to produce biogas from the food scraps of local residents, farms,...

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