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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2017

Neil Seldman Speaks to Green America in Webinar on “Recycling in the U.S.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neil-seldman-speaks-to-green-america-in-webinar-on-recycling-in-the-u-s/

On November 8th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder and researcher for the Waste to Wealth initiative Neil Seldman presented to the Green America audience for their webinar, Recycling in the U.S. here.You can stream the presentation from Green America’s website The video of the webinar is available here: Follow the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Twitter and Facebook and, for… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Webinar Resources: Two Business Models for Community Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/webinar-two-business-models-for-community-composting/

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the community composting network is hosting a webinar on “Two Business Models for Community Composting: Worker-Owned Cooperative & Social Enterprise.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Pp0p1KV7Q Continue reading

Featured Article, Event, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 20, 2017

Watch Video From Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-video-from-appalachian-ohio-west-virginia-connectivity-summit/

If you weren’t able to make it to the Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit in Marietta, Ohio, on July 18th or if you’re just interested in learning more about improving connectivity in rural areas, you can still almost be there. Video of Christopher’s keynote address is available to view. The event occurred on July 18th at… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

Webinar Resources: Successful Rat Prevention for Community-Scaled Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/successful-rat-prevention-for-community-composting-webinar/

On Monday, June 5th, ILSR and the community composting network hosted a webinar on “Successful Rat Prevention for Community-Scaled Composting.” Photo at left features a rat resistant 5-bin Compost Knox composting system at Real Food Farm, courtesy of Urban Farm Plans. The webinar covered rat biology and behavior, and explored compost best management practices (BMPs) that help projects avoid rats. BMPs… Continue reading

Photo: ILSR's Olivia LaVecchia speaking.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Watch: How Cities Can Create a Built Environment Where Local Businesses Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-how-cities-can-create-a-built-environment-where-local-businesses-thrive/

Cities are changing to become increasingly inhospitable to locally owned businesses. ILSR’s Olivia LaVecchia recently joined with policymakers and advocates at Hopeful Economics, a summit co-hosted by the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University, to explore the issue of rising commercial rents and a changing built environment. In this 20-minute talk, Olivia discusses what’s causing the problem, why it matters — and six policy strategies that cities are using to address it. Continue reading

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

John Farrell Debates in Favor of Distributed Solar at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

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

On February 13, ILSR’s John Farrell participated in a debate on the value of small-scale distributed generation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Washington, D.C. with utility-scale renewable energy advocate Brian Potts. We’ve attached the slides from the John’s side of the debate, media coverage of the… Continue reading

Article, Event, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Resources from Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum

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

On January 23rd and January 24th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle hosted the Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum. [See notes from the workshop and forum] These events brought together community composters in order to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting systems and enterprises. The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2017… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2016

Maryland’s Food Recovery Summit, A Review

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/marylands-food-recovery-summit-a-review/

On November 30, 2016, members of ILSR’s Composting Makes Sense team attended the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. Brenda Platt was a vital part of organizing the summit, along with Hilary Miller and Kaley Laleker from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, opened the day with a Mark… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2016

Brenda Platt Delivers Keynote at Washington Organics Recycling Council

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-keynote-worc-2016/

On November 16th, 2016 Brenda Platt delivered the keynote address at the Washington Organics Recycling Council annual meeting in Vancouver, Wash. Her presentation discussed the power of composting and what it holds for building community wealth. The presentation was titled; An Opportunity to Build Equity: Composing Comes Full Circle. Here are the slides from Brenda’s… Continue reading

Article, Event, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2016

Webinar: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? – Register Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/webinar-is-bigger-best-in-renewable-energy/

On Monday, December 5th from 12:00-1:00PM CST, John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?“ Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more. In this webinar, John Farrell will present the findings from… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2016

Video: Mighty Microgrids – BioCycle REFOR16 Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-mighty-microgrids-biocycle-refor16-presentation/

On October 18th, John Farrell delivered a keynote presentation to the annual gathering of the BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling (REFOR16) in Orlando, Florida. In this presentation, Farrell details how microgrids are a realistic piece of our renewable energy future and the intersection of biogas and other renewable energy technologies, such as solar and… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2016

Brenda Platt Speaks to San Diego Food Waste Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speaks-to-san-diego-food-waste-summit/

On September 27th, Brenda Platt presented “Composting to Build Local Equity” at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Summit 2 in San Diego. Brenda outlined the benefits of composting and the importance of a distributed infrastructure in order to build local soils, local businesses, local jobs, and local equity. Her remarks set the… Continue reading

Article, Event filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2016

ILSR Co-Founder Speaking at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-co-founder-speaking-at-ralph-naders-breaking-through-power-conference/

On Monday, September 26th, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder Neil Seldman will present at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference in Washington D.C. His presentation: “Community Business is Revolutionary” will be at 11:10AM at Carnegie Institution of Washington. Tickets for one-day passes are only $10 and can be purchased through TicketMaster. Here is the description of the… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2016

Watch: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-policy-tools-that-enable-local-businesses-to-thrive/

For too long, public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations and undermine small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. In this video of a panel session at the CommonBound conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and others discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2016

Listen: A Global Village and a Globe of Villages – David Morris’ Speech from 1997

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-a-global-village-or-a-globe-of-villages-david-morris-speech-from-1997/

On April 23rd, 1997, David Morris delivered a speech to the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The title of his talk was “A Global Village and a Globe of Villages” and, even though this talk was delivered nearly 20 years ago, is instructive for our current national conversation. The way that our world is… Continue reading