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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

The Power and Perils of Cooperatives – Episode 12 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-power-and-perils-of-cooperatives-episode-12-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, Research Associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit Internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections. Continue reading

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2017

Community Composters Gather at Conference in Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/notes-from-ccc2017/

The Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum, January 2017, made clear that community composters serve an integral and unique role in both the broader composting industry and the sustainable food movement. We are the social innovators and entrepreneurs. We are the compost educators and facilitators that are building equity and power in our communities from the ground up. We are the front lines, grassroots, boots-on-the-ground that are cultivating awareness and demand for compost and its associated benefits. We are getting compost into the hands that feed the soil that feeds us. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation – Episode 11 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

How 2017 Will Transform Broadband Opportunities for Local Governments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-2017-will-transform-broadband-opportunities-for-local-governments/

StateScoop – January 10, 2017 Commentary: Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance predicts new connectivity opportunities and an altered broadband landscape as a pro-business Trump administration prepares to disrupt the status quo. This may well be the year of local government broadband solutions. For some communities, it will be because they are prepared… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2016

Composting Cultivates Economic Development – Episode 7 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/composting-economic-development-episode-7-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Linda Bilsens, Project Manager of ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Program. Bilsens explains how producing compost from food scraps builds local economic development, fights climate change, and cultivates community.

Chris and Linda discuss how both individuals and communities can partake in rebuilding their local soils by composting organic materials. Check out the further information on our composting work here: Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders training program. Contact Linda Bilsens if you’re interested in replicating this program. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

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 do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

Amazon’s Growing Stranglehold – Episode 6 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazons-growing-stranglehold-episode-6-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell (no relation) ILSR Co-Director and Senior Researcher for the Community-Scaled Economies initiative about their latest report: Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities. Mitchell details the main points from the recent report including the startling fact that nearly $1 of every $2 spent online are spent on Amazon. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2016

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-massachusetts-co-op-makes-a-powerful-vintage/

For more than five years, Vineyard Power Cooperative has provided electricity customers living in one of Massachusetts’ best-known island communities the chance to buy into an energy future that favors renewables and bolsters their local economy. This is part of a series released in October 2016 for Energy Awareness Month highlighting communities and community energy… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2016

A Deep Dive to Answer Ken Bone’s Energy Question

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ken-bone-energy-question/

At the second presidential candidate debate, one red-sweater-wearing American earned notoriety for his question about little-discussed energy policy. The question deserved a thorough response, given that it brushes on some myths of the clean energy transition but also the challenge of guaranteeing justice for displaced workers. Midwesterner Ken Bone asked this question: What steps will… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy – Episode 3 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-democracy-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, the director of our Energy Democracy initiative about the concept of energy democracy and about his latest report, Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? John specifically outlines some of the key concepts that make up the principles of energy democracy and how locally-owned renewable energy continues to shape our electric grid in new and exciting ways. Continue reading