Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

National dollar store chains are expanding in urban areas and small towns across the country, much like an invasive species, they are disrupting local communities. Some are recognizing the impacts these small-box stores have on access to healthy food and a vibrant local economy; the city of Tulsa, Okla. in particular, has become a nationally recognized leader in fighting the proliferation of dollar stores. Highlighted here, local policy used in Tulsa and more general research on the trends in dollar stores provides communities with actionable strategies they can use to rein in these stores.… Read More

Monopoly and the U.S. Waste Knot

Date: 4 Dec 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Big Waste dominates every aspect of solid waste and recycling practice and policy. The top four consolidated companies earn $30 billion of the $70 billion economic sector. Big Waste companies own or control 75% of the permitted landfill capacity in major metropolitan areas, and control an estimated 50% of the national hauling market, with increased levels of domination in regional markets.… Read More

2018 World Soil Day: Compost Adds Organic Matter for Healthy Soil

Date: 4 Dec 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

December 5th is World Soil Day, a good day to celebrate the power of COMPOST to enhance soil fertility, structure, water-holding capacity, and carbon sequestration. Healthy soils contain 5% organic matter and compost is the best way to add organic matter to depleted soils.… Read More

ILSR Submits Critique of Xcel Energy’s Value of Solar Calculation to Minnesota Regulators

Date: 3 Dec 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In November, ILSR submitted joint comments with Community Power and Cooperative Energy Futures to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision expressing concerns about Xcel Energy’s 2019 Value of Solar calculation. The comments outline issues with the company’s assumptions and ways to improve them.… Read More

How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

Date: 29 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We talk with Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, about her organization’s pioneering work to strengthen Arizona’s entrepreneurs and its local economy. … Read More

Creative Sources For Funding Fiber Infrastructure Projects

Date: 27 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As interest in publicly owned broadband network infrastructure increases, local communities seek out new ways to fund municipal networks. The Creative Funding Sources For Fiber Infrastructure fact sheet presents new approaches, pros and cons, and provides examples for further study.… Read More

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