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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2014

Will Pope Francis Put His Institution Where His Values Are?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/pope-francis-put-institution-values-are/

On December 10th the Vatican released the text of still another vigorous message by Pope Francis in support of oppressed workers. “(M)illions of people today – children, women and men of all ages – are deprived of freedom and are forced to live in conditions akin to slavery,” he asserts. “I think of the many… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2014

Waste incinerator in Broward County, FL cannot compete economically if it does not have a monopoly on trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/waste-incinerator-broward-county-fl-compete-economically-monopoly-trash/

As reported by the Sun Sentinel, when “Waste Management/Wheelabrator’s 20-year monopoly disposing of Broward residents’ trash was broken up…Wheelerbrator lost thousands of customers…and garbage rates dropped for residents across the county.”   Sun Sentinel story, “Florida Waste Company Seeks to Close Incinerator…” December 9, 2014. Read the full story here Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2014

Working Partner Update: Recycling Advances in Delaware

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-recycling-advances-delaware/

Rick Anthony recalls a conversation he had in 2007 with officials from the Delaware Chamber of Commerce about recycling. An official stated that the only way to require recycling in Delaware was to show a considerable economic payoff. Anthony and Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, under contract with the state Department of Natural Resources… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Video and Materials Now Available from Blandin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mn-border-broadband-blandin/

Our friends at the Blandin Foundation recently sponsored another Minnesota Border to Border Broadband conference. Video and materials are now available. In addition to the archived video of the November 19th event in Brainerd, Minnesota, Blandin on Broadband‘s Ann Treacy provides links to summaries of each session, some of which also have PowerPoint presentations or… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/u-s-utility-customers-save-48-billion-solar-efficiency/

Electricity customers in the U.S. got good news last week. A new report from Accenture highlighted a potential revenue loss for U.S. utilities of $48 billion per year by 2025 due to distributed solar and energy efficiency. But where does that money go? If we pursue a democratic energy system as outlined in ILSR’s new… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

Training The Zero Waste Workforce

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/training-waste-workforce/

Community Environmental Services, part of Portland State University, trains and employs students to offer zero waste management services to companies, institutions and public agencies. CES works in the private sector with clients such as supermarkets to establish a baseline for material flow and then deliver specific recommendations for reducing waste. The movement for zero waste… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2014

Zero Waste Now a Worldwide Movement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/waste-worldwide-movement/

Zero Waste is now a world wide movement. The emergence of this effort to turn wasted materials into raw materials was recently documented by Paul Connett in Zero Waste: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time, Chelsea Green Books, 2014.    In a recent piece for Future Structure, writer Indrajit Basu provides a timely update… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2014

The New Rules for Retail Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rules-retail-workers/

Every month the federal government issues a new jobs report. The stock market gyrates, pundits pundify, politicians politic. Whether employment expands slowly or fast one central fact remains. The fastest growing occupations all pay low wages: retail salespersons, cashiers, food preparation and food service workers such as waiters and waitresses. Since February 2010 industries whose… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2014

“$364 billion up for grabs” – A Video preview of Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/video-energy-democracy/

2014 marked the year that solar energy, energy storage and electric vehicles – hallmarks of a decentralized electricity grid – got big enough to threaten the electric utilities, exposing their 100-year-old business model as out-of-date. In nearly 20 states, utilities are fighting back, proposing new fees and rules to minimize the competition from customer generated… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2014

New Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-energy-democracy/

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model –… Continue reading