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Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2017

ILSR Sponsors the 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ccc-2018/

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta: Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop Monday, January 22, 2018   Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2018 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 These events will… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2017

Self-Reliance and Transformation Through Community Composting — Episode 1 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/self-reliance-and-transformation-through-community-composting-episode-1-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

Welcome to the inaugural Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special 4-episode promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. The CCC Forum and Workshop are one-of-a-kind events that bring together community composters from around the country to network and learn how to grow their… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2017

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/puerto-rico-grid-hurricane/

This article was originally published in Greentech Media on November 6th, 2017. Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2017

ILSR NSR Program Graduate Featured with Washington D.C. Mayor on Composting at Schools

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-nsr-program-graduate-featured-with-washington-d-c-mayor-on-composting-at-schools/

On Friday, November 4th the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting for Community Initiative Project Manager Linda Bilsens and IREX fellow Santa Krastina attended an event sponsored by the D.C. Department of Public Works, Compost Cab, and the E.W. Stokes Public Charter School on the value of rescuing and composting pumpkins instead of throwing them in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2017

Local Fiber Network Will Expand to Six More Vermont Towns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-fiber-network-will-expand-to-six-more-vermont-towns/

In August, East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber) released their 2018 construction plans to expand fiber optic network to the towns of Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hancock, Rochester, and Stockbridge in east-central Vermont. Homegrown And Community Owned According to Irv Thomae, the District Chairman: “Our mission is to build and operate a universal, open access, fiber-to-the premises network,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2017

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lighting-fiber-opportunity-in-roanoke-valley-virginia/

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2017

Local Authority Wins Across Colorado; Comcast Loses In Fort Collins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-authority-wins-across-colorado-comcast-loses-in-fort-collins/

Voters in 18 19 Colorado communities chose local telecommunications authority with an average rate of 83 percent. In Fort Collins, voters weren’t swayed by rivers of cash Comcast threw at them in the final month leading up to a ballot issue to pave the way for local fiber optic Internet infrastructure. By a comfortable margin, ballot measure 2B passed, allowing the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Mount Washington, Mass. Lights Its Fiber Network at Last

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-mass-lights-its-fiber-network-at-last/

After a long and arduous process, the folks in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, were finally able to light up their publicly owned fiber optic network last week. According to resident and Select Board Chair Eleanor Tillinghast, “We are thrilled. We’re going to be the envy of everyone.” It’s Finally Here As we reported last month, the community was eagerly anticipating… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Smashing (& Composting) Pumpkins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/smashing-composting-pumpkins/

Smash and compost your pumpkins! One day pumpkin composting will be as common as Christmas tree recycling. If you backyard compost, add your pumpkin. Remove candles, wax and any decorations. Don’t compost pumpkins with paint or glitter. It helps if you smash or cut pumpkin into several pieces (as opposed to one whole pumpkin), but… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcasts-election-investment-policy-brief-on-seattle-fort-collins-broadband-ballots/

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading