Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

Date: 20 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in our series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution. Each poster is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for … Read More

Thanks to Co-op, Small Iowa Town Goes Big On Solar

Date: 3 Feb 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nestled in the gently rolling hills of southeastern Iowa, it’s at first difficult to tell what sets Kalona apart from countless similar places on the Midwestern landscape. Small towns like these form the backbone of a region whose economy depends on a rich farming tradition, even well into the 21st century.

But Kalona’s charm doesn’t obscure the innovation that makes it a national leader in clean power generation. In this small community, where many Amish and Mennonite families shun electricity and cars, solar power has proliferated. In fact, the Kalona area is a surprising national leader in solar power generation.… Read More

Columbia County, Georgia: Community And Network Grow Together

Date: 25 Jan 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local officials in Columbia County, Georgia, wanted better public safety communications, synchronized traffic signals, and better connectivity for government facilities. They decided the best strategy was a publicly owned network and their decision is creating opportunities they hadn’t anticipated. When … Read More

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

Date: 5 Dec 2016 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to … Read More

Co-op Power Puts Localist Spin on Clean Energy Economy

Date: 18 Oct 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New England is well known for pacesetter legislation that has made it a clean power leader, but the region also boasts a showpiece example of community-scale coordination — separate from the action in statehouses and city halls — that taps … 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

Compost Combats Desertification: Download New Poster

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

June 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification. In 1994, the United Nations declared June 17th the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue. While the UN focuses on those countries experiencing serious … Read More

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