MOST RECENT

New Toolkit Helps Independent Businesses Advocate for Policies that Support the Local Economy

New Toolkit Helps Independent Businesses Advocate for Policies that Support the Local Economy

Marie Donahue

July 17, 2018

When independent businesses meet with their local officials, they help build the mindset that independent businesses matter. A new Local Pol... READ MORE


Gig Economy Workers of the World, Unite!

Gig Economy Workers of the World, Unite!

David Morris

July 17, 2018

Strikes by couriers throughout Europe may be the first step toward raising working conditions for gig economy workers everywhere.... READ MORE


Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2018 Q1

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2018 Q1

Marie Donahue

July 12, 2018

Using the latest available national data on new power generation through the first quarter of 2018, this recent analysis from ILSR’s Energy ... READ MORE


Maine Community Moves Internet Project Forward with Incremental Financing

Maine Community Moves Internet Project Forward with Incremental Financing

Hannah Rank

July 12, 2018

The City of Sanford, Maine, is putting the final pieces of funding in place to move forward with its ambitious 45-mile fiber optic build, Sa... READ MORE


Better Connectivity in New Hampshire: One Step at a Time

Better Connectivity in New Hampshire: One Step at a Time

Lisa Gonzalez

July 11, 2018

Officials in Keene, New Hampshire, have been discussing ways to improve local connectivity for several years. In early July, they received m... READ MORE


EDITOR'S PICKS

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


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


Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Brenda Platt

May 2, 2018

On May 1, 2018, Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 unanimously passed the D.C. City Council. ILSR has supporte... READ MORE


Reducing Waste and Recycling More, An Evaluation of Policies from Across America

Reducing Waste and Recycling More, An Evaluation of Policies from Across America

Neil Seldman

April 4, 2018

Who should be responsible for the life cycle of a product, especially its take-back, recycling and final disposition? How can that process p... READ MORE


The 2018 Community Power State Scorecard

The 2018 Community Power State Scorecard

John Farrell

March 2, 2018

Each year, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a score for each state's energy policies based on how they help or hinder local cl... 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.