Race and the Economy: A Structural Problem (Episode 66)

Date: 21 Feb 2019 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Maurice BP-Weeks, co-director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy. Stacy and Maurice discuss how our current economic structure is built on extracting wealth from people of color. … Read More

New Maps Show Alarming Pattern of Dollar Stores’ Spread in U.S. Cities

Date: 20 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Original maps from eight U.S. cities show how numerous dollar stores have become in urban America and reveal a striking pattern between dollar store locations and neighborhood income and race. We discuss each local context, presenting evidence for why these patterns have emerged and how some cities are beginning to check the spread of dollar chains. … Read More

Planning for Local Energy and Climate Action in Minneapolis — Episode 70 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 14 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, Energy Democracy Initiative director John Farrell speaks with Minneapolis City Councilmember Jeremy Schroeder about the city’s unique partnership with its incumbent utility companies and other tools the city can use to address climate change locally.… Read More

People Love Local Food. Yet Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On? (Episode 65)

Date: 7 Feb 2019 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Leah Douglas, a reporter covering the political economy of food. They discuss corporate concentration in the food industry and the future of American farming. … Read More

Small Minnesota Community Faces David v. Goliath Negotiation for Community Solar — Episode 69 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 1 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What does it take to build a community solar project (with battery storage) in a small town in northern Minnesota when the monopoly wholesale energy company tells your small city-owned utility to “lawyer up”? In this podcast episode, we talk with Bill Schnell of Grand Rapids, Minn., about that community’s effort negotiate a project deal with the community’s much larger utility supplier.… Read More

Webinar Resources: Composting with Worms on a Mid to Large-Scale — What, Why, How, and Who

Date: 25 Jan 2019 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Join this webinar to hear internationally renowned vermicomposting expert, Rhonda Sherman, share the highlights from her new book, The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions. … Read More

Voices of 100%: Midwestern City Pressures Incumbent Utility to Clean Up Its Act — Episode 68 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 24 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today, over 100 U.S. cities have made formal commitments to 100 percent renewable energy. In our seventh episode of the Voices of 100% series from Local Energy Rules, we highlight how Madison, Wis., is pushing their coal-heavy, investor-owned utility to change its ways. Raj Shukla, chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee, shares lessons for how cities can advance local climate action and renewable power goals by putting pressure on their incumbent utilities.… Read More

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