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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Maryland Bill to Increase Food Recovery Infrastructure Advances with ILSR’s Help

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-maryland-bills-organic-diversion/

Legislation is making its way through the Maryland legislature that will encourage a distributed infrastructure to divert yard waste and food waste from the waste stream. The paired legislation, called; Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” include Senate Bill 0099 and House Bill 0171. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has been instrumental in work on this legislation and ILSR experts submitted testimony to both hearings. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Bike-Powered Food Scrap Collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bike-powered-food-scrap-collection/

As part of ILSR’s collaboration with the Chesapeake Youth Development Center to launch a bike-powered food scrap collection service in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood of Baltimore, ILSR interviewed 17 owners and founders of bike-powered collection services in 11 states. Read our article, Bike Powered Food Scraps Collection in the January 2017 issue of BioCycle Magazine. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

The Power and Perils of Cooperatives – Episode 12 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-power-and-perils-of-cooperatives-episode-12-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, Research Associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit Internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2017

Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, for the Wrong Reasons, At a Big Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sherco-power-plant-the-wrong-project-for-the-wrong-reasons-at-a-big-cost/

Have you seen this advertisement from Xcel Energy? We’ve done a little bit of work to clarify their message for them.

The proposed Sherco natural gas plant bill will soon be at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s desk, after you watch our video, give him a call and tell him you oppose this billion-dollar boondoggle. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2017

Tennessee Bills Worth Watching, Supporting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-bills-worth-watching-supporting/

While Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s “Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Ace” has been in the news, several other Legislators have introduced companion bills earlier this month that deserve attention. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2017

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of February 20, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-democracy-media-roundup-week-of-february-20-2017/

This week in Energy Democracy news:

We wrote about big movements in the Minnesota legislature on co-op oversight as well as the impending Sherco natural gas plant. Anti-net metering legislation also advances in Indiana. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

State Needs Better Broadband, Not Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-needs-better-broadband-not-subsidies/

Knoxville News Sentinel – February 19, 2017

If you were tasked with improving the internet access across Tennessee, a good first start would be to examine what is working and what’s not. But when the General Assembly debates broadband, it frequently focuses on what AT&T and Comcast want rather than what is working. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2017

Leash the Lid Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/leash-the-lid-legislation/

California Assembly Member Mark Stone (D, 29th Assembly District – Monterrey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties) introduced Assembly Bill 319, which would prohibit retailers, by 2020, from selling beverages in bottles with a cap that is not tethered to the container. The Save the Albatross Coalition considers “Leash the Lid” legislation an important policy… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Press Release: Missouri Senate Bill 186 Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-missouri-senate-bill-186-seeks-to-limit-municipal-authority/

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Another year in Missouri and another bill from the big telephone companies to limit broadband competition in the state house. The bill introduced by Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), SB 186, seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Colorado Bill To Reclaim Local Authority Stalls In Committee, Audio Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-bill-to-reclaim-local-authority-stalls-in-committee-audio-available/

On Monday the Colorado Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee heard SB 42, a bill to repeal the state’s requirement for referendum to reclaim local telecommunications authority. The committee of seven Senators voted 4 – 3 to postpone the bill indefinitely, leaving it in legislative purgatory. We’ve provided the audio above, but we missed the first minute or so of the recording. Continue reading