Working Partner Update: Austin Gets $1 Million Grant for Eco-Industrial Park

ILSR and the City of Austin, Texas, have been working partners since the late 1980s, when a coalition of environmental groups, small businesses and progressive City Councilors rejected a garbage incinerator already under construction. The City Council closed down the … Read More

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow.… Read More

ILSR’s Brenda Platt Delivers Keynote for US Zero Waste Business Conference 2014

ILSR co-Director, Brenda Platt attended this year’s USZBC conference, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia at the beginning of May. Elemental Impact’s online magazine highlighted Platt’s keynote presentation in their blog: For the 2014 USZWBC Conference – Creating Value Through Zero Waste, the superb program topics … Read More

Brenda Platt Presenting At Maryland Recycling Network – June 19, 2014

ILSR co-Director, Brenda Platt, is speaking on a zero waste panel on June 19, 2014, at the Maryland Recycling Network’s annual conference.   Her presentation, “The State of Composting in the U.S.,” will highlight cutting edge composting programs around the country.  … Read More

Zero Waste and Economic Development in the 21st Century: A Speaking Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rebecca Toews 612-808-0689 – Rebecca@ilsr.org Zero Waste and Economic Development in the 21st Century: A Speaking Tour by Urban Ore Principals Dr. Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer WASHINGTON, DC– Contentious plans to build garbage … Read More

Composting Builds Healthy Soils and Protects Watersheds, Says New ILSR Report

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting Makes $en$e Project documents the importance of expanded composting and compost use to enhance soils, protect watersheds, reduce waste, and create green jobs and a new made-in-America industrial sector. Building Healthy … Read More

The Repurpose Project: Buy USED! It’s good for the planet


The Repurpose Center and ILSR have been working partners since its start up three years ago in Gainesville, FL. We have seen it expand its unique model and impact on the city each year. Reuse is a critical part of Alachua County’s effort to reach the state goal of 75% diversion from landfill without garbage incineration.… Read More

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