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Compost Happens
Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2016

Video: Compost Happens, But Training Matters​

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

Composting is an age-old practice that still benefits our soils as much today as it did in ancient times. But, what many people may not know is that proper training matters in order to create this “black gold” both safely and effectively. At ILSR’s Composting for Community Project, we’re cultivating a greater awareness of the myriad benefits compost can provide to our soils… Continue reading

Prospect Heights Community Farm
Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2016

Video: Prospect Heights Community Farm Community Composting Feature

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

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we document and promote innovative uses of local power that can be used around the country. Community composting is a way that neighborhoods can take control of what could be waste, such as food scraps, and turn it into wealth, such as healthy soil. Prospect Heights Community Farm in Brooklyn shows… Continue reading

Mighty Microgrids Presentation
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

SM CommomBound
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

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-increases-speeds-keeps-low-prices/

This post was written by ILSR intern, Alex Dangel. On July 4th, Sandy, Oregon’s municipal fiber-optic network, SandyNet, permanently increased the speed of its entry-level Internet package from 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 300 Mbps at no additional cost to subscribers. The city announced the speed boost for its $39.95 per month tier in a… Continue reading

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

Video: The Coming of Energy Democracy – Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-the-coming-of-energy-democracy-midwest-renewable-energy-fair/

On June 17, John Farrell delivered a keynote address to the annual Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart policies can lead to the downfall of the monopoly electric utility. Thank you to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association for the recording… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2016

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-the-shocking-impact-of-boring-energy-policy-commonbound-2016-conference/

On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In this presentation, John detailed the growth of renewable energy and how new technologies and smart… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2016

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/

In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, he addressed the issue of giving customers meaningful choices within a monopoly grid model, present in Minnesota and 34 other states. In the following video, he outlines… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2016

Ammon’s Model: The Virtual End of Cable Monopolies

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

  The city of Ammon, Idaho, is building the Internet network of the future. Households and businesses can instantly change Internet service providers using a specially-designed innovative portal. This short 20 minute video highlights how the network is saving money, creating competition for broadband services, and creating powerful new public safety applications. We talk with… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2016

Blue Ribbon Panel: The Public and Private Sectors Working Together

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/blue-ribbon-panel-the-public-and-private-sectors-working-together/

Like electricity in the last century, advanced communications services and capabilities can become the drivers and enablers of simultaneous progress in economic development, education, government services, digital equity, and just about everything else that matters most to our communities. This Blue Ribbon Panel explores the challenges of establishing effective partnerships to bring better connectivity to… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking, Broadband, Energy, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Video: Break the Chains, Build Local Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/break-the-chains-build-local-power/

Since our founding in 1974, we have worked to rewrite the rules and empower communities to choose their own future. Across several vital economic sectors, we help break the corporate stranglehold that extracts wealth from local economies and undermines democracy. We give communities the tools to build a strong local economy themselves. From banking to energy, healthy… Continue reading

beyond sharing
Article, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2016

Watch: Beyond Sharing Webinar Recording

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-beyond-sharing-webinar-recording/

On May 11th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar titled “Beyond Sharing.” The webinar was led by John Farrell, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative. The webinar was based on our recent report: Beyond Sharing – How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power. The electric utility monopoly is breaking up, but will… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2016

Video: John Farrell Keynote Presentation – Salt Spring Community Energy Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-john-farrell-keynote-presentation-salt-spring-community-energy-conference/

ILSR’s John Farrell was the keynote speaker for the Salt Spring Community Energy Group’s 2016 Conference in British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, April 23rd. Following the keynote presentation there were over a dozen different workshops on new energy methods and technologies that can be implemented by homeowners and businesses. John’s plenary illustrated the opportunities that communities… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2016

Local Media Covers The MN “Donut Hole” Phenomenon: Video, Editorial

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/42642-2/

As Minnesota’s Legislature decides on funding for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, local media is calling on state leaders to prioritize local connectivity in the Capitol Chambers. This year, Governor Dayton’s office is recommending allocating $100 million to the program. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2016

Watch: John Farrell Presentation – Does Utility 2.0 Get Us to Energy Democracy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-john-farrell-presentation-does-utility-2-0-get-us-to-energy-democracy/

ILSR’s John Farrell led a seminar on energy democracy at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2016 annual conference in Boston, MA. The conference was held from March 8th through the 10th and focused on advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices by bringing together over 3,500 renewable energy professionals. John’s presentation was titled “Does Electric… Continue reading