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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff 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 Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2016

Getting Smart About Waste

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/getting-smart-about-waste/

Technology has a role in moving toward a goal of zero waste, but so does the “soft” infrastructure of citizen activism and effective policies. No matter how smart a city is, however, getting to zero waste isn’t going to be easy. It will take the coordination of many factors, including not only technology but also… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2016

Save the Albatross Coalition Formed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/save-the-albatross-coalition-formed/

The Save the Albatross Coalition was initiated by recycling activists through the Grass Roots Recycling Network, founded in 1995. ILSR’s Brenda Platt and Neil Seldman were two of the five co-founders of GRRN.  The Coalition aims to address the earth’s global plastic pollution problem through responsible behavior by companies that generate the plastic products that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2016

Anti Incineration Efforts in China: Two Plants Canceled in One Week

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-incineration-efforts-in-china-two-plants-cancelled-in-one-week/

Shlomo Dowen of United Kingdom Without Incineration Network has been following developments in China, where despite the difficulty of communities communicating with each other, citizens groups have resorted to demonstrations to force local officials to halt plans for garbage burning in two locales, Nanxian in Hunan Province and Haian County in Zhejiang Province, in one… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2016

Incinerator News: From Baltimore, MD, to Arecibo, Puerto Rico

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/incinerator-news-from-baltimore-md-to-arecibo-puerto-rico/

On March 17 the permit for the 4,000 ton per day garbage incinerator planned for the Curtis Bay-Brooklyn Park-Hawkins Point area of south Baltimore, MD, was declared invalid by the Maryland Department of Energy and Environment, finally ending years of protest by local residents and their allies from all parts of the city and region… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2016

The Victory Over Proposed Incinerator in Logansport, Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-victory-over-proposed-incinerator-in-logansport-indiana/

For the past 40 years organized citizens and small businesses have successfully defeated proposed incinerators in over 400 cities and counties in the US. Each confrontation was unique even as they shared common elements: Opponents of garbage incineration used facts against the administration’s public relations, focused at the local level where elected officials are most… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2016

Paul Connett Hand Delivers Zero Waste Book to Pope Francis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/paul-connett-hand-delivers-zero-waste-book-to-pope-francis/

International Zero Waste Activist Paul Connett hand delivers a copy of his book, “The Zero Waste Solution: One Community at a Time” (Chelsea Publishing, White City Junction, VT), to Pope Francis at the Vatican. The Pope’s message in his encyclical “Laudato si” also calls for responsible management of the earth’s natural resources. ILSR’s Brenda Platt… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2016

Destiny Watford Wins Recognition for Work Fighting Curtis Bay Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/destiny-watford-wins-recognition-for-work-fighting-curtis-bay-incinerator/

Destiny Watford of the Curtis Bay community in Baltimore, MD, just became the second anti-garbage incinerator activist to win The Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious award given annually to one leader from each continent. Rossano Ercolini, a school teacher from the town of Capannori in Tuscany, Italy, won the prize for Europe in 2013 for his… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2016

Activists Win The Day: Huge Grassroots Victory Over Curtis Bay Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/activists-win-the-day-huge-grassroots-victory-over-curtis-bay-incinerator/

The best way to defeat proposed incinerators has proven itself once again: community organizing. The Maryland State Department of the Environment pulled the permit on the proposed 4,000 ton per day incinerator to be built in the long suffering industrial communities of Curtis Bay-Brooklyn on the Fairfield Peninsula in south Baltimore. Curtis Bay and Brooklyn… Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2016

New England Reuse and The Reuse People of America Partner on Deconstruction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-england-reuse-and-the-reuse-people-of-america-partner-on-deconstruction/

The Reuse People of America (TRP), the national non-profit network of building deconstruction enterprises that operate as joint ventures with both for profit and nonprofit companies now serving 21 cities in 15 states, just got bigger. New England Reuse, CEO Chris King and Ted Reiff, president of TRP, worked together to initiate an environmentally responsible… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2016

Condo in the Scarborough district of Toronto gets serious about recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/condo-in-the-scarborough-district-of-toronto-gets-serious-about-recycling/

Scarborough, is a district within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a population of 625,000 people. Recently, one thousand residents of Mayfair on the Green condominium reacted to skyrocketing fees for waste management. A  multi-pronged waste diversion campaign was implemented. They turned the garbage chute into an organics collector, tapped city educational tools including… Continue reading