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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

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

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update (2016 Q1)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-distributed-solar-capacity-quarterly-update-2016-q1/

Solar made up over a half of the added power plant capacity during the first quarter of 2016. With over 800 MW (AC) coming from distributed solar, this year is shaping up to be another banner year for renewable energy. See previous updates: 2015 Q4, 2015 Q3, 2015 Q2, 2015 Q1, 2014 Q4, 2014 Q3, 2014 Q2 Distributed… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2016

Denver, Colorado – Compost Amended Soil

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

The “Mile High City” of Denver is one of several examples where the use of compost has been mandated in order to improve the soil quality as part of managing water use. As water stress and pressures have become increasing concerns in western US states, simple, cost-effective solutions such as requiring a minimum amount of… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Food Scrap Recovery Policies

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

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 57.5 percent of yard trimmings were “grasscycled” or composted in 2010, while only 2.8 percent of food scraps were salvaged. Banning food scraps from landfills can have a tremendous and immediate effect on diverting organics from the waste stream, while also reducing landfill generated green-house gas… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Compost Procurement Policies

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

Government agencies, business, and institutions are developing environmental procurement guidelines and policies that require the purchase of compost to enhance their construction and/or landscaping operations. In addition, more and more of these entities are specifying that the compost be purchased locally, which minimize transportation impacts, creates a local market demand for a sustainable compost product,… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Compost-Amended Soil Requirements

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

Incorporating compost into soils that are disturbed or damaged by human development (such as typical construction practices) has many benefits for the overall health of the soil ecosystem including: improved water retention, increased infiltration rates, greater binding ability, pH stabilization, and micronutrient enrichment. These micro-level soil benefits in turn, lead to significant community benefits on… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

On-Farm Composting Rules and Permit Exemptions

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

Farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. Permit exemptions authorize compost operations on farms and smaller-scale facilities, such as community gardens, thus avoiding superfluous permitting requirements that are intended for larger, full-scale compost facilities. Because there are often significantly less risks or hazards associated with on-farm… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking, Broadband, Energy, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Video: Break the Chains, Build Local Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/break-the-chains-build-local-power/

Since our founding in 1974, we have worked to rewrite the rules and empower communities to choose their own future. Across several vital economic sectors, we help break the corporate stranglehold that extracts wealth from local economies and undermines democracy. We give communities the tools to build a strong local economy themselves. From banking to energy, healthy… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Set-Asides for Local Retail — E125 Development in East Harlem, New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/set-asides-for-local-retail/set-asides-for-local-retail-e125-development-in-east-harlem-new-york/

In Dec. 2015, New York City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a major mixed-use development in the East Harlem neighborhood. The RFP included the specification that, of up to 700,000-square-feet of commercial space, a modest portion—50,000-square-feet—would be reserved for local retailers. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Keeping Commercial Space Affordable for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/keeping-commercial-space-affordable-for-local-businesses/

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies. Continue reading