Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar

Date: 6 May 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota is the national leader in community solar, with 208 projects around the state, more than a third of all community solar projects in the U.S. The state’s community solar policy is the best, making it easy to develop and subscribe to solar power. Read more about the benefits for customers, workers, and landowners in a new report from Vote Solar, MnSEIA, and the Institute for Local Self Reliance.… Read More

Why Small Businesses Matter for Workers

Date: 18 Apr 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small businesses are sometimes criticized as being bad for workers — but that idea is wrong. In this piece, we look at how small and large businesses compare on concrete metrics like wages, and find that in some industries, including retail, employees at small businesses earn more. There’s also a larger way in which the interests of small businesses and working people are aligned, we argue: Both groups benefit when public policy works to disperse economic power.… Read More

Infographic: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

Date: 2 Apr 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From healthy soils, to good local jobs, we bet you didn’t know that compost can have such an impact! So think twice before you throw away your compostable food scraps… because one person’s trash is another’s black gold. Please help us spread the word!… 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 … Read More

When It Comes to Working People, Amazon Isn’t Innovative at All

Date: 7 Feb 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When shoppers interact with Amazon, they see an innovator. But behind the scenes, Amazon relies on a labor model that looks a lot more like the past than the future. This fact sheet that breaks down how this powerful corporation is undermining working people — and what we need to do.… Read More

Response to Amazon’s Jobs Announcement, January 2017

Date: 12 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and co-author of the recent report, “Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities,” responded to the announcement on jobs made today by Amazon: “Amazon’s jobs announcement this morning has it in the headlines as a job creator. But there’s a dirty secret about jobs at Amazon. As we found in our recent report on the company, as Amazon gains market share, it destroys more jobs than it creates,” Mitchell said.… Read More

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