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

Congratulations to the 2015 Deconstruction/Reuse Contest Winners

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/congratulations-to-the-2015-deconstructionreuse-contest-winners/

The Reuse People, the non-profit national network of deconstruction enterprises, has completed the results of the Third National Reuse Contest featuring winners and runner ups in the Building Remodeling and Arts and Furniture categories. See and learn more about the winning selections here. Judges for the contest included Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2016

Zapped by the Utility: 5 Reasons Raising Fixed Fees is Unfair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zapped-5-reasons-raising-fixed-fees-is-unfair/

Like mine, your eyes probably glaze when you see items like “fuel cost adjustment clause,” but tucked in your monthly electric bill are two big components that matter. One is a fixed amount you pay to be connected to the grid every month. The second is a variable portion is based on what you use…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2016

Minnesota Report Underscores Potent Recycling Industry in the State

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-report-underscores-potent-recycling-industry-in-the-state/

Amidst all the media talk about the failure of recycling, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency just released a report that underscores the viability and potency of recycling as an economic growth engine. As of the end of 2015, the state has created 60,000 jobs in traditional recycling and another 78,000 jobs in repair/reuse and fix… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2016

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of February 1, 2016

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-february-1-2016/

This week in Democratic Energy: Rooftop solar debates ramp up. Green Mountain Power CEO has advice for Wisconsin renewable proponents. Nevada’s solar policy amounts to a “bait and switch.” Featured Stories: Is Socialism what’s stopping a fair value for solar? by John Farrell, CleanTechnica Nevada’s solar bait-and-switch by Jacques Leslie, The New York Times Q&A:… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2016

Seniors, Low-Income, Disabled Communities Pay the Price in St. Paul

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seniors-low-income-disabled-communities-pay-the-price-in-st-paul/

For seniors, low-income residents, and the disabled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a Comcast discount within the city’s franchise agreement is not all it was cracked up to be. The Pioneer Press recently reported that, as eligible subscribers seek the ten percent discount guaranteed by the agreement, they are finding the devil is in the details… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2016

Open Letter Urges Xcel Energy to Adhere to Minnesota Clean Energy Commitments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/open-letter-urges-xcel-energy-to-adhere-to-minnesota-clean-energy-commitments/

  Contact: Alice Madden Alice@communitypowermn.org 206-372-8471           To: Christopher Clark, President, Northern States Power Company – Minnesota January 26, 2016   Dear Mr. Clark, Community Power, a tireless advocate for clean, affordable, and equitable energy systems, is excited about Xcel Energy’s upcoming supplement to its Integrated Resource Plan illustrating alternatives to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2016

New Fossil Fuel Power Plants: Assets or Liabilities?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-fossil-fuel-power-plants-assets-or-liabilities/

In any conversation about the transition to a renewable energy economy, solar and wind advocates will eventually come up against the term “stranded assets.” It’s a misleading term, usually deployed in defense of legacy fossil fuel power plants (and their owners). But as times change, “stranded assets” can be redefined and in the next few… Continue reading

Article, Event filed under General | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2016

Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/best-practices-in-community-composting-workshop/

Here’s what’s in store for our 2016 Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop, hosted by ILSR and Biocycle magazine. We hope to see you at the conference! Best Practices in Community Composting agenda 01-24-16 version (1) Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on KFAI’s Truth To Tell Radio Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-kfais-truth-to-tell-radio-show/

In 2014, on ILSR’s 40th anniversary co-founder David Morris sat down with Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell, co-hosts of TruthToTell, a weekly public affairs program on KFAI radio in Minneapolis to talk about our history, our approach and our decentralist perspective.   TruthToTell Description: AIRING MONDAYS @ 9:00 a.m., TruthToTell is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota as part… 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 Jan 20, 2016

A Response to Anti Recycling Ideology

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-response-to-anti-recycling-ideology/

I think the writers who periodically “trash” recycling as ‘broken’, ‘wasteful’, ‘outweigh the benefits’ are secretly in love with recycling. They write their pieces in order to give recyclers a chance to respond with proper answers on a broader platform. Bob Gedert’s article ‘National Recycling Coalition Sets the Record Straight’ (NRC News, January 7, 2016)… Continue reading