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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

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

Welcome to the inaugural 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. The CCC Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together community composters from around the country to network and learn how to grow their enterprises,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2017

Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/family-farming-blp-episode-33/

“A competitive marketplace is fundamental to how our country should work,” says Joe Maxwell. In recent years, though, many markets have stopped being competitive, including food and farming. In this episode of in this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Maxwell sits down to talk about it with Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director.

Maxwell, the former Lt. Gov. of Missouri, is now executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets. He’s also the president and CEO of Family Farm Action, a coalition of family farmers and advocates that’s building the “political muscle” to fight for farmers and communities. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2017

Lessons From the Nation’s Oldest Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 279

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lessons-from-the-nations-oldest-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-279/

This is episode 279 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Grant County’s Public Utility District was, along with some nearby PUDs, among the very first deployers of Fiber-to-the-Home networks shortly after the turn of the millennium…. Continue reading

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

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2017

Video from the ILSR Archives: David Morris Speaks to TPT’s Portrait Series

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-from-the-ilsr-archives-david-morris-speaks-to-tpts-portrait-series/

In May of 1991, Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder David Morris was featured in Minnesota Public Television’s (TPT) Portrait series on prominent Minnesotans. The video is available here in TPT’s video archive. In this interview David speaks about the founding of ILSR and how he originally came to Minnesota, the prominence of ILSR’s work in localizing… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agriculture-blp-episode-31/

Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. Today’s guest, John Ikerd, was one of those economists — that is, until the farm crisis hit in the 1980s. Ikerd took a… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcasts-election-investment-policy-brief-on-seattle-fort-collins-broadband-ballots/

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2017

New Spanish Language Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

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

Check out the update to our Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community, now for a Spanish-speaking audience! We have multiple version to share, including images optimized for sharing online and on large poster sizes.

Share with your Spanish-speaking friends and family, just be sure to have them attribute the graphic to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance! Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2017

San Francisco Breaks the Chain Stores, Strengthens Neighborhood Economies (Episode 31)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-francisco-chain-stores-episode-31-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

San Francisco has one-third as many chain stores as the national average. That’s thanks in large part to a city ordinance that restricts “formula” businesses. In this episode of our Building Local Power podcast, we talk with AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor to the City of San Francisco Planning Department, about how the city implemented the policy, how well it works, and what advice she has for other cities who want to do it too. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2017

In Small-Town Iowa, a Movement to Own the Future — Episode 50 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-small-town-iowa-a-movement-to-own-the-future-episode-50-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

A citizen-led effort to establish in a city-run electric utility in the small northeast Iowa community of Decorah is picking up steam, with advocates — including some local officials — forecasting significant local economic growth powered by the transition. Decorah, with about 8,000 residents, is tucked in the northwest corner of Iowa just south of… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2017

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beating-the-monopolies-barry-lynn-episode-30-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, to talk about how we fight concentrated corporate power and its impact on our liberty and democracy. The two delve into the history of anti-monopoly policy, talk about the changes in policy that gave rise to today’s monopolies, including the tech super-giants — Google, Facebook, and Amazon. And they talk about how a new movement to break up these monopolies is fast gaining momentum. 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

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

ILSR Partner and Community Composter Featured in DCTV News Spot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-partner-and-community-composter-featured-in-dctv-news-spot/

Earlier this year a close ILSR partner, Jeffrey Neal, sat down with DCTV’s Studio 901 to discuss an important issue in the Washington D.C. metro area: urban composting. Jeffrey Neal, ILSR’s Urban & On-Site Compost Consultant for the Composting for Community initiative, joined Studio 901’s host Trenice Bishop to talk about his work with the Howard… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2017

Electric Vehicles Use Local Power to Cut Pollution and Driving Costs – Episode 29 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-vehicles-episode-29-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Electric vehicles are enabling energy democracy.

That’s the takeaway from the latest Building Local Power podcast episode, a discussion between guest host and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer, Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell, and Energy Democracy initiative researcher Karlee Weinmann. The conversation features a number of topics, including: the trajectory electric vehicles hold in renewable energy technology, generally; the ways that cities in the wake of recent hurricanes can rebuild to better weather the storms thanks to energy resiliency; and how residents of cities, large and small, can pressure their communities to enact better policies. Continue reading