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Is Plastic the New Currency?

Is Plastic the New Currency?

Neil Seldman

October 16, 2018

A new program allows commuters in Surabaya, Indonesia can pay public transit fares by dropping off recycled plastic at designated centers in... READ MORE


Video: Advancing Energy Democracy with Community Renewable Energy

Video: Advancing Energy Democracy with Community Renewable Energy

John Farrell

October 11, 2018

This 30-minute video on advancing energy democracy is a companion guide to the NAACP Just Energy Toolkit, Module 4: Starting Community-Owned... READ MORE


Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Marie Donahue

October 10, 2018

Across the U.S., over 80 cities have made commitments to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. As the largest such city in the Southea... READ MORE


Municipal Broadband Network in Kentucky Expands Service

Municipal Broadband Network in Kentucky Expands Service

Lisa Gonzalez

October 10, 2018

Close to connecting subscriber number 500, Owensboro, Kentucky’s OMUFibernet is also ready to continue expansion to more neighborhoods as th... READ MORE


Wisconsin Town Offers Affordable Gig Internet to All Subscribers

Wisconsin Town Offers Affordable Gig Internet to All Subscribers

Lisa Gonzalez

October 9, 2018

In September, Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) in Wisconsin announced that they’re simplifying life for subscribers. They’ve eliminated se... READ MORE


EDITOR'S PICKS

A New Credit Union Aims to Lower the Cost of Clean Energy — Episode 59 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

A New Credit Union Aims to Lower the Cost of Clean Energy — Episode 59 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

John Farrell

August 22, 2018

What if your savings account could be put to use enabling clean energy investments from insulation to solar to electric vehicles? Starting t... READ MORE


Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Marie Donahue

July 23, 2018

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing ... READ MORE


As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here’s What You Can Do

As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here's What You Can Do

Olivia LaVecchia

July 10, 2018

A recent contract opens the way for billions of dollars in local government spending to shift to Amazon. The good news is that, for concerne... READ MORE


Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Brenda Platt

May 22, 2018

The report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Governments, profiles 11 home composting programs (10 in the United State... READ MORE


Losing Net Neutrality will Harm Rural America, ILSR Broadband Expert featured in Bernie Sanders video

Losing Net Neutrality will Harm Rural America, ILSR Broadband Expert featured in Bernie Sanders video

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 16, 2018

The United States Senate is gearing up to vote on a resolution to repeal the roll back of network neutrality protections by the Federal Comm... READ MORE


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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. Through our work across the economy, we seek to empower communities to take charge of their own future.