The Hometown Advantage
We’ve already worked with more than 100 communities to develop policies to nurture their locally-owned businesses. We are the go-to source for cities that are fighting against absentee owned, big box retail, fielding scores of questions each week from communities around the nation. Our resources can help you make your hometown character shine.
Telecommunications As Commons Initiative
ILSRbelieves that only public ownership of a city’s information infrastructure can guarantee citizens a controlling voice in the design and operation of those systems. Information networks can operate like road networks: a common carrier, open to all users and suppliers, small and large, at similar rates. We’re working with key officials in a half dozen cities to foster publicly-owned information networks.
Biofuels and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Sincewe first proposed this strategy in 2003, the concept of promoting plug-in, flexible fueled hybrid vehicles has gone mainstream. In 2006, we helped pass legislation in Minnesota declaring the intent of the state to pay a 10 percent premium for PHEVs and set up a task force to develop new policies to encourage the market transformation.
Climate Neutral Bonding: A Global Warming Solution
We’re working with states and communities to enact a policy where no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions can occur as a result of publicly funded building projects. The policy saves taxpayer money, leads to highly efficient public buildings and takes a step in limiting global warming pollution. State enabling legislation passed the MN Senate in May 2006 and several cities are considering adopting the model resolution.
Why New Rules?
Because the old ones don’t work any longer. They undermine local economies, subvert democracy, weaken our sense of community, and ignore the costs of our decisions on the next generation.More…