Community Broadband Short Video Explainer

Date: 4 May 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

BoingBoing.net, May 4, 2012 Christopher sez, “We just released a 90 second animated video that explains why communities build their own broadband networks, often in competition with big cable. For those who want all the details, we just released a massive 75 page white paper examining 3 community fiber networks in depth – Chattanooga, Tennessee; Lafayette, … Read More

Green Matter: Bio-based Plastics Stand Up to Sustainability Scrutiny

Date: 27 Apr 2012 | posted in: biomaterials, Media Coverage, plastics, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Plastics Today, April 27, 2012 A new study published by the Journal of Cleaner Production has attempted to evaluate the sustainability of availability of bioplastics based on criteria from 12 principles compiled by the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative. The study, “Sustainability of bio-based plastics: general comparative analysis and recommendations for improvement,” used criteria including the pesticide use, use … Read More

Utilities Facing a Distributed Generation Future?

Date: 26 Apr 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

IntelligentUtility.com, April 26, 2012 Yesterday, I suggested that you meet John Farrell, who directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He focuses on energy policies that expand the benefits of local ownership of distributed generation, particularly renewable energy. That column, “Power Utilities’ Morphing Future,” got plenty of thoughtful response, … Read More

Postal Workers Unions Continue Fight to Stop Massive USPS Cutbacks

Date: 26 Apr 2012 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Media Coverage, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In These Times.  April 26, 2012 “Congress created this manufactured crisis…, and Congress must solve this,” declared Sally Davidow, spokeswoman for the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which has resisted congressional efforts to curtail USPS service and eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs. This week, Congress took a step toward solving the USPS’ problems—but postal workers’ … Read More

For Walmart, Sustainability Is Slow Going

Date: 23 Apr 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Advertising Age, April 23, 2012 After years of leading the sustainability charge for much of the retail world and its supplier base, Wal-Mart Stores is finding that progress can be slow, even though it commands the most purchasing clout in the world.  Walmart’s annual Sustainability Report, released last week, highlighted progress in waste reduction and renewable … Read More

Walmart Struggles to Overcome Environmental Criticism

Date: 20 Apr 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

U.S. News & World Report, April 20, 2012 Walmart works hard to show off its green side, but environmental activists have been slamming the corporation for a litany of sins against Mother Nature—emitting millions of tons of CO2, encouraging waste by selling low-quality goods, and building warehouse-sized stores…. This week, the largest corporation in America itemized … Read More

Cash Mobs Hit LA

Date: 18 Apr 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Patt Morrison Show – KPCC Radio, April 18, 2012 ILSR senior researcher, Stacy Mitchell, was one of 3 guests talking about the latest trend in supporting local retail:  Cash Mobs.  You’ve heard of flash mobs, but have you heard of cash mobs? While Republican and Democratic politicians continue to squabble over tax hikes, some Americans have … Read More

Why Are Telecom Companies Blocking Rural America From Getting High-Speed Internet?

Date: 17 Apr 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The New Republic, April 17, 2012 Located halfway between the state capital of Columbia and the port city of Charleston, Orangeburg County, South Carolina is among the more geographically blessed areas of the country. It’s also one of its poorest. Over a quarter of its population lives below the poverty line, with a per capita income … Read More

Coke, Fritos, and Walmart Greenwashing: Are the Products You Buy Really Green?

Date: 16 Apr 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Policy Mic, April 16, 2012 A new report by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has accused Walmart of greenwashing. In recent years, the retail giant has won praise from everyone from Al Gore to Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp for its efforts to green its global supply chain. But the ILSR says, “Walmart’s … Read More

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