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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Chesapeake Compost Company Opens MD’s Largest Indoor Compost Facility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ccc-opens-compost-facility/

Chesapeake Compost Company (CCC) has started operating in the Curtis Bay section of Baltimore as of October 1. The company will process 180 tons per week of separated discard food and 180 tons per week of wood chips into finished compost delivered to the 54,000 square foot facility by local businesses and institutions. The facility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Gigabit Nation Interview with Frank Caruso of Kutztown, PA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-nation-interview-frank-caruso-kutztown-pa

The Burough of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with a year-round population around 5,500 that is swelled by Kutztown University, has been on the community broadband map for 10 years. In this informative Gigabit Nation interview, Craig Settles visits with Frank Caruso, IT Director for the Burough of Kutztown. The interview is embedded below and runs approximately one… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

The Missing Piece in the Clean Local Energy Transformation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missing-piece-clean-local-energy-transformation/

A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell explores how decentralized biogas production could provide a key piece of the future, renewable electricity system.  Given Oct. 29, 2012, in St. Louis to the Biocycle Annual Conference. The Missing Piece in Clean Local Energy from John Farrell   Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

What Utilities Can Do for Distributed Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utilities-distributed-solar/

Last week the Minnesota Public Utility Commission had a rare live public comment period on Xcel Energy’s long term planning process (called an Integrated Resource Plan).  At the urging of several fellow clean energy advocates, I gave my 3 minute testimony about the enormous gulf between Xcel’s 10-year plan for solar power and the solar… Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

Working Partner Update: BMRA Decon’13 Call for Presentations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bmra-decon13-presentations/

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA), a longtime Waste to Wealth partner, will hold it’s annual deconstruction conference from April 29 – May 1, 2013, at the Seattle Center in Washington.  The 2013 DECON conference is accepting presentation and session proposals through December 15, 2012. For its upcoming conference, BMRA is “looking for state-of-the-art and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

Crawford Identifies Historic Parallel Between Electricity and Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawford-identifies-historic-parallel-between-electricity-and-fiber

Susan Crawford recently wrote for the Blog of the Roosevelt Institute, where she spent the last year as a Fellow. She draws on the history of electrification to remind us that the impasse we have in expanding great access to the Internet to everyone is not a novel problem. Crawford emphasizes the similarities between the… Continue reading

Devastation by Sandy
Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Sandy and the Importance of Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sandy-importance-government/

If this election is a referendum on the benefit of government then superstorm Sandy should be Exhibit A for the affirmative. The government weather service, using data from government weather satellites delivered a remarkably accurate and sobering long range forecast that both catalyzed action and gave communities sufficient time to prepare. Those visually stunning maps… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 19 – John St. Julien from Lafayette

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-19-john-st-julien-lafayette

Today we invited John St. Julien, of Lafayette Pro Fiber fame, on episode 19 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. John was an essential piece of the organizing effort in Lafayette’s efforts to build its own community fiber network. In many ways, he has worked to ensure the “community” piece is emphasized over the “fiber”… Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Join ILSR at the 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2012-trash-summit/

Join us at the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. This event is a gathering of key stakeholders, including elected officials, government agencies, businesses and concerned citizens, to educate, dialogue, plan and take action on strategies that lead to a Trash Free Potomac Watershed. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Audio of Dirty Trick Push Poll in Lafayette from 2005

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/audio-dirty-trick-push-poll-lafayette-2005

We sometimes fail to communicate the great lengths to which big cable and telecommunications companies will go to intimidate and scare voters into opposing a community broadband projects. They have deployed a variety of dirty tricks and we have done a poor job of cataloging them. But a recent phone call with John St. Julien… Continue reading