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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.

If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact ILSR Communications Manager, Nick Stumo-Langer at stumolanger@ilsr.org or call 612-844-1330.

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2017

UPDATE: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs 2 bills to increase focus on organics processing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/update-maryland-gov-hogan-signs-2-bills-to-increase-focus-on-organics-processing/

Waste Dive – May 7, 2017 By Cole Rosengren UPDATE: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills on May 4 that were supported by local organics processors and groups such as the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The first, HB0171, takes effect on July 1 and will require the Maryland Department of the Environment to study existing organics processing… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-maryland-governor-hogan-signs-ilsr-led-bipartisan-bills-to-advance-composting/

Maryland to Explore a Decentralized Composting Infrastructure Governor Hogan Signs Two Bills – HB171/SB99 & HB1349 – to Advance Food Waste Recovery and Ensure Compostable Plastics Meet Standards Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer 612-844-1330 stumolanger@ilsr.org ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

States Move to Roll Back Environmental Rules in Trump’s Wake

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/states-move-to-roll-back-environmental-rules-in-trumps-wake/

Bloomberg – May 5, 2017 By Ari Natter Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and, even, anti-pipeline protesters. The legislation in states from Florida to Wisconsin comes as the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump argues… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

ILSR’s response to Washington Times Article: A more complete assessment of burning garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-response-to-washington-times-article-a-more-complete-assessment-of-burning-garbage/

The Washington Times – May 5th, 2017 Trash burning costly, polluting By Neil Seldman Rather than provide an article on burning garbage for energy, The Washington Times chose to publish what was essentially a press release from a garbage-incineration company (“The many benefits of ‘turning trash to power,’” Web, May 1). The article praises a… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Maine The Latest State To Try And Let Giant Broadband Providers Write Awful, Protectionist State Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maine-the-latest-state-to-try-and-let-giant-broadband-providers-write-awful-protectionist-state-law/

TechDirt – May 4, 2017 By Karl Bode One of (several) reasons why American broadband is so uncompetitive is the fact that we continue to let giant broadband mono/duopolies quite literally write awful state telecom law. As we’ve long noted, more than twenty different states have passed laws making it difficult to impossible for towns… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2017

In the Age of Amazon, Independent Maine Retailers Aren’t Extinct

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-the-age-of-amazon-independent-maine-retailers-arent-extinct/

Maine Public Radio – May 3, 2017 By Lisa Bartfai Online shopping is hard to beat — price, selection, free shipping. That’s great for consumers, but very hard on local brick-and-mortar stores, and even on larger retail chains, who are closing their doors after years of operation. But some small retailers have found a way… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2017

How Amazon’s ‘invisible’ hand can shape your city

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-amazons-invisible-hand-can-shape-your-city/

Curbed – May 2, 2017 By Patrick Sisson It begins with boxes. For most people who order goods from Amazon—with nearly half of U.S. householdsenrolled in the company’s Prime program, that’s quite a few of us—interactions with the Seattle e-commerce giant start with a search and a click, and end with a delivery. While the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2017

Walmart Touts Itself As An Environmental Leader. Its Workers Say Otherwise.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-touts-itself-as-an-environmental-leader-its-workers-say-otherwise/

The Huffington Post – March 2, 2017 By Alexander C. Kaufman Over the past decade, Walmart has attempted to transform its image from a big-box purveyor of bargain goods sold by low-paid workers to a vanguard of corporate environmentalism, with solar-paneled stores regularly feted by the Davos set. But for a retail behemoth whose business model still… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-newly-introduced-maine-bill-would-limit-local-authority-over-broadband-infrastructure-investment/

Bill Introduced in Maine Legislature to Limit Local Authority over Broadband Investment HP 1040/LD 1516 would further entrench telecommunication monopoly power in The Pine Tree State. Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell | christopher@ilsr.org MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

The cutthroat jobs strategy Amazon uses to conquer retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-cutthroat-jobs-strategy-amazon-uses-to-conquer-retail/

The New York Post – April 25, 2017 By Lisa Fickenscher Jonathan and Michele Rhudy recently moved their Richmond, Va., consulting business into new digs and bought all new stuff — office supplies, furniture and even a coffee maker. There was no question in their minds where all of those items, plus paper clips, reams… Continue reading