Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices

Date: 28 Mar 2019 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices is designed to support community-scale composters in successfully managing their composting process and site, with a particular focus on sites accepting food scraps. … Read More

The FTC is Approving a Merger that Will Help Staples and Amazon Cripple Independent Businesses

Date: 26 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FTC recently gave Staples the green light to buy one of the two wholesalers that sell to independent office supply dealers. The decision hardly made a blip in the news cycle. But it sheds enormous insight into the origins of the big-get-bigger U.S. economy.
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The 2019 Community Power Scorecard

Date: 21 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the 2019 Community Power Scorecard, four states excelled, 11 states and the District of Columbia saw above average scores, 15 were mediocre, and 20 states received failing grades at enabling individuals and communities to take charge of their energy futures.… Read More

New Maps Show Alarming Pattern of Dollar Stores’ Spread in U.S. Cities

Date: 20 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Original maps from eight U.S. cities show how numerous dollar stores have become in urban America and reveal a striking pattern between dollar store locations and neighborhood income and race. We discuss each local context, presenting evidence for why these patterns have emerged and how some cities are beginning to check the spread of dollar chains. … Read More

How Amazon Gets What it Wants: Stacy Mitchell on Chris Hayes’ Podcast

Date: 23 Jan 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell appeared on MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ podcast, “Why Is This Happening?” The two discuss how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, its now all-encompassing presence in consumer goods, retail, and cloud computing, and its much bigger ambitions beyond.… Read More

How Community Composting Disrupts Big Waste (Episode 61)

Date: 13 Dec 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Brenda Platt speaks with Terry Craghead of Fertile Ground, a worker-owned community composting cooperative. Fertile Ground is building up the local economy by reducing food waste, creating jobs and combatting climate change.… Read More

Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy

Date: 12 Dec 2018 | posted in: Energy, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Almost half of U.S. states allow energy produced by burning garbage to count toward their renewable energy requirements. In a new report, we unpack why incineration is so problematic and how communities can embrace cleaner alternatives. … Read More

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

Although dollar stores sometimes fill a need in places that lack basic retail services, there’s growing evidence that these stores are not merely a byproduct of economic distress. They’re a cause of it. In small towns and urban neighborhoods alike, dollar stores are leading full-service grocery stores to close. And their strategy of saturating communities with multiple outlets is making it impossible for new grocers and other local businesses to take root and grow.… Read More

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