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Article, Event, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2017

Agenda Available for 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/ccc-2018-workshop-agenda/

View the full event page here. Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop Monday, January 22nd, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NW In this full-day workshop for community composters, held as part of COMPOST2018, we will walk through practices that work and address how to take your community-scale composting to the… Continue reading

Article, Event, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2017

Agenda Available for 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ccc-2018-forum-agenda/

View the full event page here. 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum Agenda 8:15AM — 6:15PM Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NW This Forum will take place as a track on the first day of the US Composting Council’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, January 23-25,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2017

Composter Catalyzes a Movement in Her Community — Episode 3 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/composter-catalyzes-a-movement-in-her-community-episode-3-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

Welcome to the Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special 4-episode promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help enable community composters to attend the 2018 CCC Forum! Contributions will go into our scholarship fund to… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

Watch San Francisco’s AnMarie Rodgers on How the City’s Formula Business Policy Works

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-san-franciscos-anmarie-rodgers-on-how-the-citys-formula-business-policy-works/

In this 30-minute talk, AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor in the City of San Francisco Planning Department, breaks down the nuts-and-bolts of San Francisco’s pioneering formula business ordinance. She talks about how the city implemented the policy, how it works and how well it works — and what advice she has for other cities that want to do it too. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

Watch ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell on Why Cities Need Independent Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-on-why-cities-need-independent-businesses/

In this 20-minute talk, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell looks at why cities need independent businesses, and also at some of the issues that are facing these businesses today — and why cities should use public policy to respond. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

Watch ILSR’s Olivia LaVecchia on Strategies for Cities to Support Locally Owned Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-ilsrs-olivia-lavecchia-on-strategies-for-cities-to-support-locally-owned-businesses/

In this 20-minute talk, ILSR’s Olivia LaVecchia breaks down strategies that cities can use to support their local economy. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2017

Pedal-Powered Composters Support The Local Food Movement — Episode 2 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pedal-powered-composters-support-the-local-food-movement-episode-2-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

Welcome to the Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special 4-episode promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help enable community composters to attend the 2018 CCC Forum! Contributions will go into our scholarship fund to help… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2017

Internet Connectivity in Indigenous Communities (Episode 34)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/indigenous-internet-blp-episode-34/

Building Local Power podcast host Christopher Mitchell asks Matthew Rantanen, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association‘s Director of Technology and director of the Tribal Digital Village: “What difference does adequate Internet access make in people’s lives?” Rantanen, after taking a moment to answer, responds: “Well, the difference it makes in people’s lives is clearly access… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2017

Self-Reliance and Transformation Through Community Composting — Episode 1 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/self-reliance-and-transformation-through-community-composting-episode-1-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

We’re kicking things off with a special 4-episode promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help enable community composters to attend the 2018 CCC Forum! Contributions will go into our scholarship fund to help us bring dozens of community composters to the event who normally could not attend due to the expense of travel – especially composters from underserved areas. With your help we can cover their travel, registration, and workshop costs! Please consider donating today! Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

Electric Vehicles Unlock Local Energy Benefits, Deliver Cost Savings — Episode 51 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-energy-benefits-electric-vehicles-episode-51-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

It’s no secret that electric vehicles have gone mainstream. From quarter to quarter, U.S. sales numbers consistently hover near or above record levels. Cities are trading in their gas-powered fleet vehicles and buses. And major auto manufacturers are planning for an electrified future. But the shift toward electric vehicles means more than cleaner, greener transportation…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under General | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

ILSR’s 2017 Annual Report: Building Local Power

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

With the generosity of people like you, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has reinforced our role in the vanguard to advance policies and models that support locally driven economies, a cleaner environment, and more equity. With the abdication by the federal government of its role in protecting the public welfare, building and exercising local… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-fiber-future-is-cooperative-policy-brief-on-rural-cooperative-fiber-deployment/

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 27, 2017

Amazon Is Hurting 90% of Independent Retailers, but Indies Also Report Distinct Strengths That Give Them an Edge Over the Chains

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

The retail industry is experiencing significant upheaval, as Amazon continues to grow and as big-box stores and malls go dark. Reporting on the issue, however, has focused almost exclusively on national chains. Now, a new national survey finds that while independent retailers are being negatively impacted by Amazon’s rise, shifts in the retail sector are also playing out differently for independents than they are for the chains. The survey, which gathered data from over 850 independent retailers across the U.S., yields valuable insight into how independents are weathering the retail storm — and what they perceive as their distinct advantages. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2017

The Ripple Effect When You Shop Local (Infographic)

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

When you choose locally owned businesses for your shopping, you create a ripple effect. Our new infographic shows what happens when you shop local — starting with you. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2017

Video: How Communities Use Clean Energy to Build Local Power – Alternative Energy Resources Expo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-how-communities-use-clean-energy-to-build-local-power-alternative-energy-resources-expo/

In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three… Continue reading