Solar energy isn’t a baby anymore

Date: 11 Dec 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Hill, December 11, 2015 In his 1790 Report on Manufactures, Alexander Hamilton argued that America’s “infant” industries needed to be protected from competitors in Britain and France in order to achieve what we now call economies of scale. Hamilton’s report was subsequently used to justify the imposition of huge tariffs on U.S. imports, many of … Read More

An Old Idea for the New App-Based Economy

Date: 3 Dec 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Governing Magazine, December 2015 With Uber and Airbnb, money flows out of a community. Co-ops could counter that.  Propelled by the idea of “the Uber of everything,” many people are predicting that ever-proliferating “network companies” will radically change the older ways of doing business in all sorts of new fields. Something like that certainly seems to … Read More

Small Business Saturday: 800 participants in Santa Cruz County

Date: 28 Nov 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 28, 2015 If local business owners see a surge in shoppers Saturday, they can thank Barbara Mason. As the county’s economic development coordinator, she recruited more than 800 local retailers, restaurants and service providers to join Santa Cruz County Small Business Saturday. In October, her goal was 500. “If you’re looking for … Read More

Urban Garage Sale draws crowds to downtown Milwaukee by Kathleen Gallagher

Date: 28 Nov 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 28, 2015 Shortly after the doors opened on Saturday for the Urban Garage Sale — about the time the disc jockey was cranking up The Mighty Tom Cats’ version of “Soul Makossa” — a line of people snaked around two sides of a city block waiting to get in. Turner Hall Ballroom in downtown Milwaukee can accommodate … Read More

A ‘ripple of benefits’: Portland Food Co-op celebrates $3 million in sales after first year of retail store

Date: 25 Nov 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Portland Phoenix, November 25, 2015 What a difference a year makes, especially in the life of a grocery cooperative. Nearly a decade ago, the Portland Food Co-op was little more than a meeting topic among hopeful residents. But the last year has been a doozy for the cooperative. Its retail grocery store at the base of … Read More

Editorial: Why faux local shouldn’t ‘wash’ in Sonoma

Date: 23 Nov 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sonoma News, November 23, 2015 In 2009, a new independent coffee house opened in downtown Seattle.  15th Ave Coffee & Tea featured heavy wood furniture, exotic Darjeeling, live folk music and impromptu poetry readings – it was everything Starbucks wasn’t: A throwback to indie neighborhood coffee houses of the pre-chain era – soulful, authentic and, most … Read More

Building Local Equity: ILSR’s Impact in 2015

Date: 18 Nov 2015 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s forward-thinking, bottom-up solutions have never been more needed.   Please help us expand our impact in 2016 by making an online tax-deductible donation to ILSR. Since our founding, building equity has been a core value and aim of our work. The word “equity” originally meant fairness or equality. Today the term has degenerated into a narrow … Read More

After a Decade, Walmart Shows Little Progress on Sustainability

Date: 17 Nov 2015 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Contact: Rebecca Toews Rebecca@ILSR.org 612-808-0689 Ten years after pledging to become an environmental leader, Walmart still relies heavily on dirty energy and derives just 3% of its U.S. power from its renewable energy projects and purchases. With Walmart executives preparing to mark the 10-year anniversary of the company’s sustainability pledge at an event Tuesday, the Institute for … Read More

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