Watch: How Cities Can Create a Built Environment Where Local Businesses Thrive

Date: 9 May 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities are changing to become increasingly inhospitable to locally owned businesses. In this 20-minute talk, ILSR’s Olivia LaVecchia discusses what’s causing the problem, why it matters — and six policy strategies that cities are using to address it.… Read More

John Farrell Debates in Favor of Distributed Solar at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Date: 21 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On February 13, ILSR’s John Farrell participated in a debate on the value of small-scale distributed generation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Washington, D.C. with utility-scale renewable energy advocate Brian Potts. We’ve attached the slides from the John’s side of the debate, media coverage of the debate … Read More

Resources from Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum

Date: 9 Feb 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2017 was the fourth national forum sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle. See the presentations that the speakers brought with them to the events.… Read More

Maryland’s Food Recovery Summit, A Review

Date: 4 Dec 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 30, 2016, members of ILSR’s Composting Makes Sense team attended the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. Brenda Platt was a vital part of organizing the summit, along with Hilary Miller and Kaley Laleker from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, opened the day with a Mark Twain … Read More

Webinar: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? – Register Now

Date: 4 Nov 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Monday, December 5th from 12:00-1:00PM CST, John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?” Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more. In this webinar, John Farrell will present the findings from his … Read More

Video: Mighty Microgrids – BioCycle REFOR16 Presentation

Date: 28 Oct 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 wind energy.… Read More

Brenda Platt Speaks to San Diego Food Waste Summit

Date: 17 Oct 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On September 27th, Brenda Platt presented “Composting to Build Local Equity” at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Summit 2 in San Diego. Brenda outlined the benefits of composting and the importance of a distributed infrastructure in order to build local soils, local businesses, local jobs, and local equity. Her remarks set the stage … Read More

ILSR Co-Founder Speaking at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference

Date: 14 Sep 2016 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Monday, September 26th, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder Neil Seldman will present at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference in Washington D.C. His presentation: “Community Business is Revolutionary” will be at 11:10AM at Carnegie Institution of Washington. Tickets for one-day passes are only $10 and can be purchased through TicketMaster. Here is the description of the event … Read More

Watch: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

Date: 7 Sep 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 other leaders discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises.… Read More

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