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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

Winneshiek Energy District Podcast
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2016

Northeast Iowa’s Winneshiek Energy District Shows How Communities Can Capture Local Energy Dollars – Episode 35 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/northeast-iowas-winneshiek-energy-district-shows-how-communities-can-capture-local-energy-dollars-episode-35-of-local-energy-rules/

In the follow-up from our new community-owned renewable energy report, Beyond Sharing: How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power, we are releasing the second in a series of Local Energy Rules podcasts that informed the writing of this report. Andy Johnson works with the soil. When younger, he served in Peace Corps in Central America for three… Continue reading

Democratic Energy Media Roundup
Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 27, 2016

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of April 25, 2016

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-april-25-2016/

This week in Energy Democracy: The story of a Microgrid in Brooklyn, learning how ComEdison took aim at a solar power law in Chicago, and, finally, another week, another set of ballot initiatives on the solar energy debate. Featured Stories: Sharply higher rooftop solar potential increases potential for energy self-reliance by John Farrell, CleanTechnica A… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2016

Report: Beyond Sharing – How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-beyond-sharing/

Browse the Report Introduction Benefits of Community Renewable Energy U.S. Barriers to Community Renewable Energy Barrier Busting Exceptional Community Energy Projects Community as City A Community Renewable Energy Gold Standard Conclusion Appendix Footnotes The electric utility monopoly is breaking up, but will renewable energy become another form of wealth extraction or will community renewable energy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2016

Instead of Lobbying, Top 25 Utilities Could Have Doubled U.S. Solar Capacity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/instead-of-lobbying-top-25-utilities-could-have-doubled-u-s-solar-capacity/

The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute just released a report analyzing the top 25 U.S. investor-owned electric utilities, and one of the highlights is finding that these 25 largest utilities collectively spent over $400 million of money (from their ratepayers) lobbying in the past four years. In many cases, this involved lobbying against net metering,… 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

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

ILSR Promoting Worm-Powered Composting As Part of DC Food Recovery Week of Action

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

ILSR’s Brenda Platt and Linda Bilsens are kicking of the DC Food Recovery Week of Action with a Worm-Powered Composting at Home Workshop, hosted by EW Stokes Community Freedom PCS on Saturday, May 14th. This workshop will cover benefits of vermicompost, and tips and tricks for proper worm-husbandry. Continue reading

Cooperative Energy Futures Podcast
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

Sunshine and Ownership: A Cooperative Solar Garden Blooms in North Minneapolis – Episode 34 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sunshine-and-ownership-a-cooperative-solar-garden-blooms-in-north-minneapolis-episode-34-of-local-energy-rules/

In anticipation of our new community-owned renewable energy report, Beyond Sharing: How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power, we are releasing the first in a series of Local Energy Rules podcasts that informed the writing of this report. When people pay their electric bill to an investor-owned utility such as Minnesota’s Xcel Energy, they are… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

New Report: How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It

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

As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, a new report from ILSR examines what’s behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to keep commercial space appropriate, accessible, and affordable for independent businesses. 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