Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Date: 23 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research.… Read More

As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here’s What You Can Do

Date: 10 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent contract opens the way for billions of dollars in local government spending to shift to Amazon. The good news is that, for concerned citizens and public officials, Amazon’s push into the public sector offers a way to take action at the local level and start a concrete conversation about Amazon’s power and what we should do about it. In this fact sheet, we outline three strategies to use to take action.… Read More

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Governments, profiles 11 home composting programs (10 in the United States, 1 in Canada) and is a guide for local governments starting their own programs. It makes the case that home composting should be a central component of every community’s residential food waste reduction strategy. The guide is not intended as a manual on how to compost at home.… Read More

Losing Net Neutrality will Harm Rural America, ILSR Broadband Expert featured in Bernie Sanders video

Date: 16 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The United States Senate is gearing up to vote on a resolution to repeal the roll back of network neutrality protections by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In advance of the vote, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR) Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell is featured in a video from Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) detailing how the FCC’s actions harm rural America, specifically.… Read More

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Date: 2 May 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 1, 2018, Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 unanimously passed the D.C. City Council. ILSR has supported and worked on this bill since it was first introduced by City Councilmember Mary Cheh. Home composting is an important part of any community’s strategy to recycle food scraps and yard trimmings. By cutting waste set out at the curb for municipal collection, home composting will save the City avoided costs in hauling and disposal site tipping fees. At the same, residents will enrich the soil in their own yards.… Read More

Reducing Waste and Recycling More, An Evaluation of Policies from Across America

Who should be responsible for the life cycle of a product, especially its take-back, recycling and final disposition? How can that process produce the most benefits, and is there more than one answer? Will the U.S. recycling be hamstrung by beverage corporation interests, or will it succeed in developing increased recycling and Zero Waste?… Read More

The 2018 Community Power State Scorecard

Date: 2 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Each year, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a score for each state’s energy policies based on how they help or hinder local clean energy action. In 2018, 21 states had a failing grade, 17 were mediocre, 11 had a passing grade, and just 2 excelled at enabling residents to act individually and collectively to take charge of their energy future.… Read More

Why Local Self-Reliance? (Episode 22)

David Morris talks with Christopher Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative about why the message of local self-reliance is as relevant today as it was when ILSR opened its doors in 1974. This wide-ranging conversation examines the rising concentration of economic power and cities’ responses. … Read More

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

Date: 4 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’ve developed this Hierarchy to Reduce Waste & Grow Community in order to highlight the importance of locally based composting solutions as a first priority over large-scale regional solutions. Composting can be small scale and large scale and everything in between but too often home composting, onsite composting, community scale composting, and on-farm composting are overlooked. … Read More