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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2018

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

Article, Event, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 18, 2018

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. Download Forum Agenda (PDF) 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum Agenda 8:15AM — 6:15PM Room: Chastain H+I (6th Floor) 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… Continue reading

Article, Event, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 18, 2018

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. Download Workshop Agenda (PDF)  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… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Video: Minnesota SEIA — Gateway to Solar Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-minnesota-seia-gateway-to-solar-presentation/

In September of 2017, ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell spoke in front of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association‘s Midwest Gateway to Solar event. In his talk he spoke about the importance of sound renewable energy policies that enable growth in locally-owned solar energy and how massive electric utilities are doing their best to… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/strong-towns-blp-episode-37/

As a trained engineer and planner, Strong Towns Founder and President Chuck Marohn noticed something off about the decisions many of the cities and towns were making in regards to their economic development. In short, they were building with the expectation of overall decay, not of incremental improvement long-term. It was then that Marohn decided… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2018

North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

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This is episode 288 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. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2017

The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-monopoly-blp-episode-36/

“These monopoly utilities have grown too powerful for the utility regulators to rein them in,” says John Farrell of the power of monopoly electric utilities in our economy in an illustration of just one of the many industries where monopoly power reigns. Monopoly power is an ineffable part of our society, but a new movement… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2017

2017 in Review and a Preview of 2018 – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 286

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-in-review-and-a-preview-of-2018-community-broadband-bits-podcast-286/

This is episode 286 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. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Dec 23, 2017

Video: What is Community Composting? Featuring Composters From Around the U.S.

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

In honor of our upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop in Atlanta — which will bring together dozens of community composters from around the country — we are releasing this video that features past attendees sharing their answers to the question, “What is Community Composting?” Community composters serve an integral and unique… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost — Episode 4 of the Composting for Community Podcast

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Welcome to the Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. In each episode of this mini-series, you will meet a new, inspiring community composter that attended the 2017 CCC events. You can find other episodes here. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal Fact Sheets: By The Numbers Maps And Data

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/net-neutrality-repeal-fact-sheets-by-the-numbers-maps-and-data/

This post was originally published on December 13th, 2017 at MuniNetworks.org. Update 12/22/2017: Original maps generated on December 11th and used for these fact sheets understated the population of Americans forced to obtain services from known network neutrality violators. The problem is even greater than we originally calculated. We’ve update our maps and our fact… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

Christopher on TWiET: Net Neutrality, Munis, And Local Movements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-on-twiet-net-neutrality-munis-and-local-movements/

This Week in Enterprise Tech (TWiET) – December 15th, 2017 It wasn’t long after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republicans on the Commission rescinded network neutrality protections that murmurs began to rise about the future role of municipal networks. Soon, journalists reporting on tech issues began contacting us for comment about the intersection between network neutrality… Continue reading

Photo: Stacy Mitchell, Rep. Ellison, and Lina Khan.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2017

Listen: Stacy Mitchell on “We the Podcast” with Rep. Keith Ellison and Lina Khan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-stacy-mitchell-on-we-the-podcast-with-rep-keith-ellison-and-lina-khan/

Taking on Amazon. It’s a big subject. But in this episode of Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast, “We the People,” ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and Lina Khan of Open Markets join Rep. Ellison to talk about how to do just that — and why we need to. Listen to this 30-minute episode wherever you find your podcasts, or watch the video. Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2017

Survey of Residential Food Waste Collection Access in the U.S.

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

A new report released by BioCycle — with research led by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance — details the growth of residential access to food scrap collection services, both through curbside and drop-off programs. Food scrap recovery is increasingly recognized as a key to reaching high waste diversion levels, protecting the climate, and feeding the… Continue reading

Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2017

Watch: Stacy Mitchell on Amazon’s Stealth Invasion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-stacy-mitchell-on-amazons-stealth-invasion/

In this talk, Stacy Mitchell discusses the findings of ILSR’s groundbreaking report on Amazon, and what the company’s growing dominance means for small businesses, jobs, and communities. Continue reading