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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Make Every Day Earth Day Through Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/earth-day-2017/

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

                                           – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

With almost 30% of U.S. cropland eroding above soil tolerance levels – meaning the long-term ability of the soil to sustain plant growth is in jeopardy – President Roosevelt’s words ring as true today as in 1937. FDR was responding to the devastation wrought by the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Today, severe drought conditions are all too common, as are extreme storms.

Fortunately, we have one fairly simple solution: amending soil with compost.

Enhancing the ability of soil to retain water, slow stormwater run-off, and resist erosion is vital to life on this planet as we know it. That’s why we’re celebrating soil health this Earth Day.

Turns out, composting can save us in other ways too. Food scraps, leaves and other organic material can be transformed into compost. When buried or burned, these materials produce potent greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Some estimates indicate global food loss and waste contribute to 8% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. When converted into compost and added to the soil, food waste sequesters carbon. A lot of it. At the same time, on a per-ton basis, composting sustains many more jobs than landfills or incinerators.

In honor of Earth Day 2017, we are releasing a series of posters to highlight composting’s myriad benefits. Share, download and use! (We are releasing with Creative Commons attribution.)

We are also sharing resources that can help educate your neighborhood on how compost builds community wealth:

Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

Bill To Limit Local Broadband Authority Appears In Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bill-to-limit-local-broadband-authority-appears-in-maine/

Maine is the latest battleground for local telecommunications authority. A bill in the state’s House of Representatives threatens to halt investment in “The Pine Tree State” at a time when local communities are taking steps to improve their own connectivity. “I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means” Rep. Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram)… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions – Episode 17 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/defend-local-solutions-episode-17-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Network’s initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR’s Communications Manager for the latest episode… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2017

Residential Subscribers in Focus as Minnesota Weighs Community Solar Incentives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-community-solar-adder-puc-2017/

In its filing on providing community solar incentives for residential subscribers, the Department outlined a loose framework for the “adder,” designed to encourage community solar developers to pursue projects accessible that target residential subscribers. The agency pitched an incentive worth $0.025 per kilowatt-hour, to be phased out over time. The residential adder discussion is part… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

Press Release: Walmart’s Climate Pollution Grows as It Scales Back Renewable Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-walmart-climate-2017/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday April 19th, 2017 CONTACT: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 Walmart’s Climate Pollution Grows as It Scales Back Renewable Power More than a decade after Walmart pledged to become an environmental leader, the company’s climate emissions continue to rise, according to data released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR found that… Continue reading