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ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2017

Xcel Energy Bullies its Opponents with its MNopoly on Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/xcel-energy-bullies-its-opponents-with-its-mnopoly-on-power/

City Pages – March 15, 2017 By Mike Mullen Around the Minnesota Capitol, Xcel Energy is the corporation that need not speak its name. Consider the legislation passed last month, allowing “a public utility” to “construct, own and operate” a natural gas power plant in Becker, a small town in central Minnesota. … A bipartisan,… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

Christopher Mitchell Speaks to Politico Live on “The Future of the Wireless World”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-speaks-to-politico-live-on-the-future-of-the-wireless-world/

Politico Live – March 7th, 2017 On March 7th, Christopher participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Politico and Qualcomm as part of an event called “The Future of the Wireless World.” The panel was moderated by Politico Technology Reporter Alex Byers and included the following participants: Steven Crowley, P.E., Consulting Wireless Engineer Mindel De… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

A Look at New York City’s Efforts to Make Transfer Station Siting More Fair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-look-at-new-york-citys-efforts-to-make-transfer-station-siting-more-fair/

Waste Dive – March 9th, 2017 By Cole Rosengren Striking a balance when it comes to the equitable siting of waste facilities is hard for any city. New York knows this better than most. A recent report from the New York City Council on proposed updates to the city’s “Fair Share” siting criteria for municipal… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Utilizing New Utilities

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

Real Change News – March 8th, 2017 By Ashley Archibald The city of Seattle explores public banks and municipal broadband as a way to Trump-proof. The Trump presidency has lit a fire under activists of all stripes in communities across the nation. Mayors of prominent cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and here… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Brenda Platt Interviewed on Marc Steiner Show’s “Sound Bites: Food Waste and Recovery”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-interviewed-on-marc-steiner-show-sound-bites-food-waste-and-recovery/

The Marc Steiner Show – March 2, 2017

ILSR co-director and Waste to Wealth initiative director was interviewed on WEAA 88.9 FM’s March Steiner Show on March 2nd, 2017 to discuss food waste recovery. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2017

Does Amazon Control the Internet, or Does it Just Feel That Way?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/does-amazon-control-the-internet-or-does-it-just-feel-that-way/

USA Today – March 1, 2017 By Elizabeth Weise SAN FRANCISCO — It’s really not true that Amazon controls the Internet, though it can sometimes feel like it — especially after Tuesday’s four-hour Internet backend outage that slowed or stopped bits and pieces of tens of thousands of websites from loading. To paraphrase the German statesman Klemens… 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

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2017

The Tax Loophole Behind Amazon’s Rapid Growth

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-tax-loophole-behind-amazons-rapid-growth/

The Epoch Times – February 23, 2017 By Emel Akan Ever wonder how online retailer Amazon can compete with everybody on price? It’s not just about economies of scale. For many years, Amazon enjoyed a competitive advantage by avoiding the collection of sales tax in many U.S. states. The company became the world’s largest online retailer… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

As Amazon Opens Physical Stores, Walmart-like Scrutiny Will Follow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/as-amazon-opens-physical-stores-walmart-like-scrutiny-will-follow/

San Francisco Chronicle – February 23, 2017 By Thomas Lee Growing up in rural Indiana, Lowell Goss recalls with some sadness how the arrival of Walmart supercenters signaled the end of Main Street small businesses. He sees the same thing happening today, only this time the culprit is Amazon. The online giant recently opened an… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room 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