Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

Date: 17 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture Place is a new cooperative workspace stirring innovation in the quaint downtown district of Morristown. Morristown … Read More

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

Date: 5 Oct 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, to talk about how we fight concentrated corporate power and its impact on our liberty and democracy.… Read More

Electric Vehicles Use Local Power to Cut Pollution and Driving Costs (Episode 29)

Electric vehicles are enabling energy democracy.

That’s the takeaway from the latest Building Local Power podcast episode, a discussion between guest host and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer, Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell, and Energy Democracy initiative researcher Karlee Weinmann. The conversation features a number of topics, including: the trajectory electric vehicles hold in renewable energy technology, generally; the ways that cities in the wake of recent hurricanes can rebuild to better weather the storms thanks to energy resiliency; and how residents of cities, large and small, can pressure their communities to enact better policies.… Read More

Industry Survey Examines Small Telecom Companies & Fiber Deployment

Date: 5 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When it comes to rural areas, it’s no secret that national providers have little interest in serving the sparsely populated communities. Cooperatives and small local providers typically pick up the slack but it isn’t easy. In a recent survey indicated that small rural telephone companies are overcoming hurdles to deploy fiber and making long-term plans to … Read More

ILSR Raises Up Urban Farms with Community Compost in Baltimore and D.C.

In 2014, ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative launched the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) composter training program to teach community leaders how to compost on a small-scale for local food production and to adapt the rigor of commercial composting industry practices to the small scale.… Read More

Frederick Compost Summit Brings Together Regulators, Farmers, and Residents

Date: 8 Jun 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, the Frederick Compost Workgroup hosted the Frederick Compost Summit at Fox Haven Educational Farm. ILSR’s Composting for Community project co-sponsored the summit along with Frederick Zero Waste Alliance, Fox Haven Farm, and others. ILSR staff made opening remarks, presented composting options for the county (including our new hierarchy to reduce food … Read More

Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

Date: 20 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in our series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution. Each poster is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance) so you can educate your community about the benefits of composting. All posters are available … Read More

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore

Date: 19 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of Baltimore is dedicated to developing sustainable local food systems by encouraging urban farming. Compost is an important ingredient for filtering and immobilizing pollutants from our soils. ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative is proud to help support the City’s food growing goals by partnering with ECO City Farms, Civic Works’ Real Food Farms, and Urban Farm Plans by bringing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community! … Read More

Arkansas Utility Leads on Energy, Broadband

Date: 2 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ouachita Electric Cooperative, nestled deep in south-central Arkansas, is an unlikely innovator in a pair of industries struggling to adapt to shifting market dynamics: electricity and broadband.

Despite rising demand for energy efficiency and renewable electricity generation, large investor-owned utilities — and many rural electric co-ops — have resisted programs to address those needs. Likewise, corporate Internet service providers frequently offer shoddy service at high rates, a particular problem in rural areas with limited competition.… Read More

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