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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Rooftop Revolution – Appendix

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

This wraps up the serialized edition of our residential Rooftop Revolution report.  Read the whole report in short segments below, or download the report and other resources. Part 1 – The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation Part 2 – Solar Costs and Grid Prices On a Collision Course Part 3 – The Solar Opportunity Part 4… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

New Help for Cities Auditing Private Trash and Recycling Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cities-auditing-private-trash-recycling-contractors/

ILSR and Sustainable Environmental Management Company (SEMCO) have joined to make state-of-the-art analytical tools available to city and county agencies overseeing solid waste and recycling programs. ILSR president Neil Seldman, and SEMCO president Jon Michael Huls will direct this new outreach effort. Seldman and Huls have been working partners for over 30 years in the field of resource management. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Presentation: What Happens to Local Businesses When Walmart Moves In?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/what-happens-local-businesses-walmart/

This brief presentation looks at how Walmart could impact local businesses if it’s allowed to expand into urban areas.

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 12 Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2012

Broadband at the Speed of Light

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

The fastest networks in the nation are built by local governments, a new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Benton Foundation reveals Chattanooga, Tennessee, is well known for being the first community with citywide access to a “gig,” or the fastest residential connections to the Internet available nationally. Less known are Bristol, Virginia,… Continue reading

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Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2008

Self-Reliant Cities

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

Originally published in 1982, we’re making this book available as a free download since many of its discussions are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago. The first half discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements and the successes and challenges. As a standalone document, we’ve also included the new foreword and the book’s last chapter, The Ecological City given the current revived debate about the subject. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2007

Global warming requires local solutions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/global-warming-requires-local-solutions/

Global warming requires local solutions Cities should use bonding authority to promote energy conservation. The savings would easily pay back the expense. By John Bailey, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 5, 2007 More than 650 cities around the country, including Minneapolis, have formally agreed to honor the Kyoto Protocol and reduce their… Continue reading

Resource filed under Broadband | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2005

Becca Vargo Daggett on Wendy Wilde Show Discussing Wireless Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/becca-vargo-daggett-wendy-wilde-show-discussing-wireless-broadband/

Wendy Wilde interviews Becca Vargo Daggett regarding broadband developments in Minnesota.
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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2001

Solutions to Electricity Crisis

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

Themedia simply report on California’s shortfall of thousands of megawatts and limit the discussion to President Bush’s energy plan and Gov. Gray Davis’ plea for wholesale rate caps. They’re missing the real story. California may need thousands of megawatts of generating capacity in the long run, but the rolling blackouts hit only a few blocks at a time. This summers’ electricity crisis, therefore, isn’t going to be dealt with in Washington or even Sacramento, but at the local and neighborhood level.

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 1998

Stifling the Rights of Communities

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

Stifling the Rights of Communities by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance May 21, 1998 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Twenty years ago, appalled by the brutality of the apartheid system in South Africa, citizens around the country successfully convinced their local governments to put their tax money where their values were. Half… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1982

Self-Reliant Cities – Energy and the Transformation of Urban America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/selfreliant-cities-energy-and-transformation-urban-america/

The first half of this book discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements. Given the relevance of the book to current localist efforts, we’ve written a new foreword that traces the local energy initiatives after the 75 percent plunge in oil prices after 1982 and the coming to power of a new administration hostile to renewable energy. Continue reading