Local Farms Key to Healthy and Resilient Food Systems — Episode 140 of Building Local Power

Date: 25 Nov 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power, Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis and Sophia Hosain speak with Emma Jagoz, owner of Moon Valley Farm in Maryland. Their discussion focuses on the importance of supporting local food systems and how Emma’s farm is operated with community and sustainability in mind.… Read More

Communities Seize the Opportunity to Invest in Local Broadband — Episode 139 of Building Local Power

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by two members of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative: Sean Gonsalves and Emma Gautier. They discuss new research they’ve been working on, including tracking how communities are spending federal infrastructure money on broadband projects and why shopping for a new Internet service is such a frustrating process. … Read More

Reshaping Appalachia’s Coal-Centric Economy with Bottom Up Solutions — Episode 138 of Building Local Power

Date: 28 Oct 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR’s Brenda Platt are joined by Jacob Hannah, Conservation Director at Coalfield Development. Coalfield Development works across many sectors — solar energy, agriculture, manufacturing, deconstruction, reuse, and more —  as it pursues its mission of rebuilding the Appalachian economy. … Read More

Can More Competition Fix an Outdated Energy System? — Episode 137 of Building Local Power

Date: 14 Oct 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Building Local Power, ILSR Co-Director John Farrell is joined by Chris Villarreal, President of Plugged In Strategies and an Associate Fellow with the R Street Institute. Their discussion focuses on monopoly power in the energy sector, and how lack of competition impacts consumers and stands in the way of progress. … Read More

Chuck Marohn Explains What’s Wrong With America’s Roads — Episode 136 of Building Local Power

Date: 30 Sep 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell interview Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns. Chuck is also the author of the new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town, which explores what conventional transportation planning is costing our communities. … Read More

Building America’s Zero Waste Future — Episode 135 of Building Local Power

On this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Neil Seldman, Director of ILSR’s Waste to Wealth initiative. Jess and Neil interview Gary Liss, Vice President of Zero Waste USA, and Bob Gedert, President of the National Recycling Coalition, about the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too (RIIT) campaign and the proposed American Recycling Infrastructure Plan (ARIP).… Read More

Rethinking Rural Connectivity with Christopher Ali — Episode 134 of Building Local Power

Date: 2 Sep 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken and Sean Gonsalves, Senior Researchers with ILSR’s Community Broadband initiative, as well as Christopher Ali, an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Christopher discusses his new book Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity and recent news in the broadband policy space.… Read More

Main Street’s Missing Ingredient: Small Scale Manufacturing — Episode 133 of Building Local Power

Date: 19 Aug 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco, ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell, and Senior Researcher Kennedy Smith are joined by Ilana Preuss, the founder of Recast City, a firm that works with city officials and local leaders to integrate space for small manufacturers into placed-based development projects.… Read More

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