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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

California Legislation Ensures Plastic Manufacturers Bear Responsibility for Product Lifecycle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-legislation-ensures-plastic-manufacturers-bear-responsibility-for-product-lifecycle/

A bill introduced in California to protect the oceans has been developed and supported by the Save the Albatross Coalition, a project of  Zero Waste International Alliance, co chaired by Neil Seldman ILSR and Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research.  California legislation – AB 319 – would require manufacturers to use bottles that keep bottle… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-movement-for-free-college-tuition-is-growing/

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating in Louisiana for almost two decades. The election of Donald Trump killed the prospect of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2017

SoCal City, Manhattan Beach, Considers Building Muni Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/socal-city-manhattan-beach-considers-building-muni-network/

In southern California, the city of Manhattan Beach is considering creating a municipal broadband network to extend quality, affordable broadband to its residents and businesses. Advocating for Quality Internet Talk of the network surfaced from Information Technology director Sanford Taylor’s “Fiber Master Plan.” Beyond providing better broadband, the network would support “Smart City” projects: synchronized street lights,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2017

Internet Connectivity in Indigenous Communities (Episode 34)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/indigenous-internet-blp-episode-34/

Building Local Power podcast host Christopher Mitchell asks Matthew Rantanen, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association‘s Director of Technology and director of the Tribal Digital Village: “What difference does adequate Internet access make in people’s lives?” Rantanen, after taking a moment to answer, responds: “Well, the difference it makes in people’s lives is clearly access… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2017

San Francisco Breaks the Chain Stores, Strengthens Neighborhood Economies (Episode 31)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-francisco-chain-stores-episode-31-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

San Francisco has one-third as many chain stores as the national average. That’s thanks in large part to a city ordinance that restricts “formula” businesses. In this episode of our Building Local Power podcast, we talk with AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor to the City of San Francisco Planning Department, about how the city implemented the policy, how well it works, and what advice she has for other cities who want to do it too. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2017

California Lawmakers Vote Against Rural Constituents for High-Quality Broadband Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-lawmakers-vote-against-rural-constituents-for-high-quality-broadband-access/

California Legislators have turned on their constituents living in rural areas who want to participate in the 21st century online economy. What began as a move in the right direction – allocating substantial resources to funding high-speed Internet infrastructure – has become another opportunity to protect big incumbents. It’s twice as nice for Frontier and AT&T,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2017

Connectivity Coming Up Roses Since the 90s in Pasadena, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connectivity-coming-up-roses-since-the-90s-in-pasadena-california/

Most people associate Pasadena with the annual Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl football game, but under the flowery surface, fiber is connecting Pasadena’s municipal facilities, businesses, and electric utility substations. Pasadena developed its fiber optic network to improve electric utility efficiency but also with an eye toward the future. When they invested in the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matthew Douglas-May | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-is-the-hero/

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2017

Anza Electric Cooperative: High-Speed Internet Service in Southern California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anza-electric-cooperative-high-speed-internet-service-in-southern-california/

Just south of Mount San Jacinto in southern California, several small communities hope for better Internet access. The local cooperative has submitted a plan to build a next generation network fiber network further into Riverside County. Anza Electric Cooperative wants to expand its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network through another 200 square miles of its service territory. This… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Homeboy Recycling, A California Social Purpose Enterprise

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/homeboy-recycling-a-california-social-purpose-enterprise/

Today Homeboy Recycling operates an electronic recycling enterprise that is part of the state’s Advanced Disposal Fee system for e scrap (SEE, ilsr.org/working-partner-update-tracking-history-and-developments-in-u-s-e-scrap.). Upon purchase of electronic products in the state, the consumer pays an addition fee to a state run fund that reimburses companies for handling any covered items under the California Electronic Waste… Continue reading