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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

Featured Article, Resource filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2014

Building Community, Strengthening Economies: ILSR’s 2014 Annual Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/annual-report-2014/

ILSR was founded 40 years ago out of a conviction that solving even our most complex problems begins with people exercising collective authority at the local level.  Since then, we have been at the forefront of helping communities take charge of their local resources and build an equitable, environmentally viable, and democratic future. This year,… 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

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 8, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-december-8-2014/

Over the last two weeks in democratic energy, media reports discussed a serious threat to Minneapolis’ recent city-utility partnership, why conservatives are embracing solar, and more. ILSR’s own John Farrell was cited in Utility Dive, in Robert Walton’s article, “Will Santa Fe be the next city to municipalize its electric utility?” Walton reports: “John Farrell,… Continue reading

Article filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

Join ILSR Today in Strengthening Local Communities

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

Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. Click and Contribute Today! To our donors and partners, thank you for joining us as we work towards a prosperous future built from the bottom up. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

Community Connectivity Toolkit Launched

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-connectivity-toolkit-launched/

If your community is hungry for better connectivity, you may be interested in starting a community network initiative. Getting started can be a daunting task so we developed the Community Connectivity Toolkit. The Toolkit includes broad suggestions for steps you should take as you investigate solutions for your community. We also include resources to help… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

“Ask Us Anything” on Organizing for a Fiber Network Ready For Viewing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ask-anything-organizing-fiber-network-webinar/

On November 5th, we opened up the lines of communication for our first “Ask Us Anything: An Open Talk on Muni Networks” event. That event is now available on our YouTube Channel. We find many communities and their citizens are interested in exploring municipal networks as a possible method to improve connectivity but don’t know… Continue reading