In Jersey City, a Policy Fosters Local Independent Businesses

Date: 14 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

In downtown Jersey City, a familiar story is playing out: Independent business owners have helped foster neighborhood growth, and now, chain stores are interested in sweeping in with their own locations. What’s different in Jersey City is that the city has taken proactive steps to check this common cycle, and instead, build a model that allows for more opportunity for local entrepreneurs.               … Read More

Mergers and Monopoly: How Concentration Changes the Electricity Business

Date: 31 Oct 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

A wave of consolidation has swept across the U.S. economy over the past decade, reshaping already-powerful corporations into financial and political powerhouses. The trend has taken particular hold among electric utilities, a sector where monopoly reigns virtually unchecked.

Consolidated, investor-owned utilities now have service territories that span several states and include millions of customers. They say gobbling competitors delivers operational efficiencies and cost savings. But who sees the benefits? And what are the unspoken costs?

This report explains how concentration of power in monopoly utilities delivers fewer customer benefits than alleged, and how the unmentioned costs of concentrating power in a few firms undermines protection of the public interest.… Read More

Why Local Self-Reliance? – Episode 22 of the Building Local Power Podcast

Date: 15 Jun 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

A conversation with David Morris, the co-founder of ILSR, on why the message of local self-reliance is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s. … Read More

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

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

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