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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.   If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

Maryland Counties Scrap Waste-to-Energy Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/maryland-counties-scrap-waste-to-energy-project/

Organized citizens and small business owners in Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD just completed a 10-year battle to stop the implementation of a 1,500 ton per day mass burn garbage incinerator facility. The effort brought out the best in local activism: careful analysis of the contract and its financial implications, sophisticated use  of media, many… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2014

New Report Reveals Walmart’s Heavy Dependency on Coal-Fired Electricity, Undermining Company’s Pledge to Be an Environmental Leader

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

As a growing group of environmental leaders call on Walmart to stop greenwashing and commit to real sustainability, a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that Walmart is one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity, and that its heavy reliance on dirty power pumps nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution into the air each year. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 17, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-november-17-2014/

Various Sources, November 17, 2014 This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the state of solar across the country, a new battery prototype for wind and solar power, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was quoted in the Midwest Energy News article, “In Minnesota, community solar market starting to take… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2014

MPR’s “Daily Circuit” and KCRW’s “To the Point” invite Chris Mitchell for net neutrality conversation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mprs-daily-circuit-kcrws-to-point-invite-chris-mitchell-net-neutrality-conversation/

“The FCC should be extremely wary of any arguments that claim paid prioritization or other discriminatory practices are necessary to increase investment in next-generation networks.” – ILSR, July 18, 2014 For months the FCC has considered comments from the public as it examines network neutrality. There have been more than 3 million submissions; a vast… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2014

Reaction to the ILSR’s 2014 Cultivating Community Composting National Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reaction-ilsrs-2014-cultivating-community-composting-national-forum/

Bike Compost, October 27, 2014 “Can distributed, community-scale composting be the predominant approach to solving the food waste problem?”  It was the question of the day at the second annual Cultivating Community Composting 2014 national forum hosted by BioCycle Magazine and the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR). After posing this thought-experiment, ILSR co-director Brenda… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2014

North Dakota Defeats Walmart-Led Effort to Overturn Pharmacy Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/north-dakota-defeats-walmart-led-effort-overturn-pharmacy-laws/

Governing Magazine, November 5, 2014 North Dakota’s independent pharmacists have again beaten back an effort by Walmart and other chain stores to operate pharmacies in the state — and it wasn’t even close.  About 60 percent of voters said “no” to a measure that would have repealed a 1963 law restricting ownership of pharmacies to… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2014

In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State’s Pharmacy Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/big-win-local-ownership-north-dakota-votes-states-pharmacy-law/

At North Dakota polls on Tuesday, local ownership was the winner. The state voted overwhelmingly to keep its forward-thinking Pharmacy Ownership Law, defeating Measure 7, the Walmart-funded effort to overturn it. Final returns came in with 59 percent of the vote in favor of the law, the Fargo Forum reports. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 27, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-october-27-2014/

This week in democratic energy, ILSR received considerable coverage in several publications. Media reports also discussed the future of utilities, the Energy Department’s significant investment in solar, and a new study examining how peer influence affects who installs solar. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was cited in multiple articles. In Yes! Magazine,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Indie Biz Awards honor 10 in Portland – ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Included!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/indie-biz-awards-honor-10-portland-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-included/

Portland Press Herald, October 22, 2014 Nine independent Portland businesses and one of the founders of the buy local effort were honored Wednesday night at the annual Indie Biz Awards ceremony. Stacy Mitchell, one of the founders of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance, was honored with Portland Buy Local’s Beacon Award, honoring her… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/wal-mart-cheered-jeered-solar-power-efforts/

Arkansas Business, October 22, 2014 No matter the situation the world’s largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest issue is solar power. Slate has a story on the Solar Energy Industries Association report on the top 25 corporations in terms of megawatts of… Continue reading