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Biggest Challenge to U.S. Recycling Isn’t China

Biggest Challenge to U.S. Recycling Isn't China

Neil Seldman

September 24, 2018

Proponents of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Paper, Products, and Packaging (PPP) are jumping on the “China Crisis” bandwagon by... READ MORE


Big Soda Challenges Recycling in California

Big Soda Challenges Recycling in California

Neil Seldman

September 24, 2018

Recycling in California is getting tougher. The state's recycling rate, once the highest in the nation, has fallen below 50%. Problems withi... READ MORE


The Case for Decentralized Recycling (Episode 55)

The Case for Decentralized Recycling (Episode 55)

Hibba Meraay

September 20, 2018

Host John Farrell is joined by Neil Seldman, ILSR’s co-founder and director of the Waste to Wealth program, to discuss how convenient single... READ MORE


Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of September 17, 2018

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of September 17, 2018

Hibba Meraay

September 18, 2018

This week in Energy Democracy news: Community solar is making solar power more accessible to underserved communities. With the onset of Hurr... READ MORE


Community Broadband Networks Initiative Introduces New Program

Community Broadband Networks Initiative Introduces New Program

Lisa Gonzalez

September 18, 2018

ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative is now working with NEO Partners to help local communities in the early phases as they consid... 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.