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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Formula Business Restriction — Jersey City, NJ

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/formula-business-restriction-jersey-city-nj/

In May 2015, the City Council of Jersey City voted to restrict formula businesses in the downtown area by limiting where they can locate to a maximum of 30 percent of ground floor commercial area on any single lot. The restriction applies to retailers, restaurants, bars, and banks, though there is an exception for grocery stores. Jersey City is the second most-populous city in the state of New Jersey, with more than 260,000 residents. The City Council voted to uphold the restrictions in June 2017. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 29, 2017

How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies – Episode 23 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/big-businesses-big-subsidies-episode-23-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In the latest episode of Building Local Power, guest host Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director,  interviews Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First. Good Jobs First promotes corporate and governmental accountability and smart economic development by shining a light on subsidies that local governments give to big corporations. The two discuss Good Jobs First’s research into… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2017

Boston Bringing Broadband Ready Ranking To Real Estate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boston-bringing-broadband-ready-ranking-to-real-estate/

Tenants often don’t know what level of Internet access they can expect in a new office location or home until they are already committed to moving in. Boston aims to change the unpredictability and improve the city’s connectivity by working with WiredScore to establish a Broadband Ready Building Questionnaire as part of the city’s planning… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2017

How States and Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-states-and-cities-can-unlock-local-clean-energy/

Yesterday’s news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support? A lot. In fact, with the help of states, cities have many avenues to boost their economies and drive down energy costs with local… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Rock Falls, Illinois: The Future Is In Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rock-falls-illinois-the-future-is-in-fiber/

The community of Rock Falls, Illinois, is well on its way to developing a gigabit municipal network to offer better connectivity to residents, businesses, and public facilities. Last week, the City Council adopted an ordinance that allows the city to issue general obligation bonds to fund citywide fiber-optic Internet infrastructure. Following Demand The city’s plan… Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2016

Aggregate Net Metering – Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/net-metering/aggregate-net-metering-rules/

In nearly every state, an electric customer can offset their own energy consumption with on-site power generation, such as a solar panel. But for larger electric customers, net metering has a hitch. In many states, the solar array (or other power generation) has to be attached to the same building (or meter) where the entity… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2016

Introducing the Community Power Map

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/introducing-the-community-power-map/

Where are communities taking charge of their energy future? Which states give communities the most power? ILSR’s newly-released Community Power Map provides an interactive illustration of how communities are accelerating the transition toward 100% renewable energy and how state policies help or hinder greater local action. You can help. If we’re missing a state policy, grassroots… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2016

Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/markham-canada/

Markham has taken a comprehensive environmental approach, by implementing policies that reduce organic waste across the public, private, and residential sectors. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2016

King County, Washington – Compost Procurement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/king-county/

Surveying the local level of US politics, one finds that King County, Washington, has one of the best environmental product procurement programs in the country. King County Code (KCC) § 10.14.050, mandates public agencies to purchase sustainable products and implement environmental strategies that meet specific stringent standards. The King County Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) was first implemented… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2016

Local Utilities Have Lost Local Control

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-utilities-have-lost-local-control/

This post made possible by the tireless efforts of ILSR intern Abbigail Feola. She dug up the data, identified the story worth sharing, and wrote the following piece below. Historically, the purpose of both municipal and cooperative utility agencies has been to bring energy services to communities that for-profit corporations thought unprofitable to serve. This… Continue reading