The U.S. experienced relatively sluggish gains in total new power plant capacity in 2017, when compared to 2016, but it also saw another, more positive outcome: a notable surge in distributed solar. Using the latest available national data on power generation, this most recent look at data on annual and quarterly electricity generation nationwide from the Energy Democracy Initiative at ILSR illustrates how small-scale, distributed solar energy stacks up against its big, fossil fuel and utility-scale renewable energy competitors.… Read More
Conventional wisdom suggests bigger is better for solar energy, but convention is wrong. ILSR builds on its 2016 report to show how small solar is cost-effective, especially if a community wants to capture the biggest value.… Read More
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!… Read More
Check back on MuniNetworks.org’s Resource Page frequently for updates to Internet access in the Appalachian region. This is the central hub for ILSR’s research on Internet access around the Appalachian United States. We have compiled federal statistics on broadband availability … Read More
Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in our series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution. Each poster is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for … Read More
From healthy soils, to good local jobs, we bet you didn’t know that compost can have such an impact! So think twice before you throw away your compostable food scraps… because one person’s trash is another’s black gold. Please help … Read More
We’ve developed this Hierarchy to Reduce Waste & Grow Community in order to highlight the importance of locally based composting solutions as a first priority over large-scale regional solutions. Composting can be small scale and large scale and everything in between but too often home composting, onsite composting, community scale composting, and on-farm composting are overlooked. … Read More