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Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2017

Working Partner Update: Tracking History and Developments in U.S. E-Scrap

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-tracking-history-and-developments-in-u-s-e-scrap/

An Interview with Jim Lynch, Senior Staff Writer, TechSoup.org. TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1987 to provide donated and discounted mainstream software, IT equipment and technical assistance to 501c3 organizations, foundations, public libraries and churches in the US and overseas. Over one million organizations benefit from participating in TechSoup’s network,… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2017

Youth Employment, Community Equity and Green Space from Composting in Brooklyn, NY

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/youth-employment-community-equity-and-green-space-from-composting-in-brooklyn-ny/

BK ROT, a social composting enterprise in the center of Brooklyn has inspired the Filbert Street Garden in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, to replicate this successful model. ILSR working partner Chesapeake Children and Youth Development manage the garden. For details read, “Building Community Composting in Bushwick, Brooklyn,” BioCycle magazine March/April, p. 46-48. Follow the Institute for… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2017

Dramatic Impact of MASSDEP Organics Action Plan since 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dramatic-impact-of-massdep-organics-action-plan-since-2014/

Results in Massachusetts are a clear signal that focusing on composting can be a major jobs and wealth producer for the entire country. Total growth includes: Jobs 910 Labor income $46.8 million Value added $76.8 million Industry activity $174.6 million State and Local taxes $5.4 million For full details see “Calculating Economic Impact of Commercial… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2017

Working Partner Update: Second Chance is Paying It Forward

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-second-chance-is-paying-it-forward/

Second Chance is a deconstruction and resale social enterprise in Baltimore, MD. The non-profit enterprise employs 165 workers recruited from hard to employ residents of Baltimore. It literally provides a second chance for people as well as building commodities. In this March 2017 report we find heartwarming and uplifting stories about their adventures in reuse. Thanks to Second… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Hear, Hear for Women in Deconstruction and Reuse: BMRA Honors International Women’s Day

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/hear-hear-for-women-in-deconstruction-and-reuse-bmra-honors-international-womens-day/

Thanks to the Building Materials Reuse Association – BMRA (https://bmra.org/) – for sharing this unique celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017. Congratulations to ILSR friends Ruthie, and Diane, pictured, and all the other women in deconstruction and reuse. Proof that women hold up half the sky (at least). BMRA’s newsletter featuring these excellent… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: Digital Right to Repair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-digital-right-to-repair/

States move forward on right to repair legislation, one veteran’s view, and Right to Repair expands to eight states. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: DoxiCom Global Inc. – Jackson, Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-doxicom-global-inc/

DoxicomGlobal, Inc, started in 2011 by Sidney Wilson, Jr., sees itself at the young child with his finger in the dam stopping a flood and as a result great harm. The company’s mission is to reduce the flood of waste heading to the country’s landfills and incinerators. In 2016 they succeeded in diverting 30,000 tons from the waste stream for reuse by industry. Continue reading

Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2017

Congratulations, Winners of the 2016 Reuse Contest!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/congratulations-winners-of-the-2016-reuse-contest/

The winners for the 8th annual deconstruction materials construction contest have been announced by the ReUse People of America by Ted Reiff, TRP founder and director. Awards were made in two categories: Art and Furniture, Remodeling and Construction. First to third place winners can be seen at thereusepeople.org/reusecontest/2016. Past winners are listed on the same… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2017

Global Anti-Incineration Alliance Report Reveals Environmental & Economic Risks of Waste Gasification and Pyrolysis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/global-anti-incineration-alliance-report-reveals-environmental-economic-risks-of-waste-gasification-and-pyrolysis/

New report from ILSR allies at the Global Anti Incineration Alliance reveals the environmental and economic risks of waste gasification and pyrolysis. Based on the data available for commercial facilities, “there are numerous examples of plants that have been forced to shut down due to technical failures and financial failures. In addition, other projects have failed in the proposals stage after raising significant investments due to community opposition and government scrutiny into false and exaggerated claims.” Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries Testimony on EPR in Connecticut

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/institute-for-scrap-recycling-industries-testimony-on-epr-in-connecticut/

Leading recycling industry association, the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, ISRI, believes the Connecticut Extended Producer Responsibility Bill is drafted in such a way that ignores the strength, capabilities, and vibrancy of the existing recycling industry. Continue reading