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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Brenda Platt Interviewed on Marc Steiner Show’s “Sound Bites: Food Waste and Recovery”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-interviewed-on-marc-steiner-show-sound-bites-food-waste-and-recovery/

The Marc Steiner Show – March 2, 2017

ILSR co-director and Waste to Wealth initiative director was interviewed on WEAA 88.9 FM’s March Steiner Show on March 2nd, 2017 to discuss food waste recovery. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2017

Bill on Compostable Plastics Labeling Gains Hearing in Maryland House of Delegates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-labeling-legislation-maryland/

On Wednesday, March 1st, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation will conduct a hearing on House Bill 1349: “Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling.” The legislation, introduced by Maryland Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), is a result of close work between Delegate Robinson and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR, and a number of allies, will be testifying on the merits of the bill in front of the House Committee. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Maryland Bill to Increase Food Recovery Infrastructure Advances with ILSR’s Help

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-maryland-bills-organic-diversion/

Legislation is making its way through the Maryland legislature that will encourage a distributed infrastructure to divert yard waste and food waste from the waste stream. The paired legislation, called; Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” include Senate Bill 0099 and House Bill 0171. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has been instrumental in work on this legislation and ILSR experts submitted testimony to both hearings. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation – Episode 11 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/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Maryland Considers Bill to Require Study of Organics Processing Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-considers-bill-to-require-study-of-organics-processing-infrastructure/

WasteDive – February 6, 2017

Based on an executive order from former Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland has a goal of diverting 60% if its organic waste by 2020. This is part of a larger goal of reaching 85% waste diversion and 80% recycling by 2040, which has been supported by current Governor Larry Hogan. According to a recent report, the state has an estimated 30 years of remaining landfill capacity and its per capita generation rate is higher than the national average. MDE could technically conduct this study at any time — and advised legislative staff that the proposed bill could be implemented using existing resources — but formally requiring it is seen as a necessary step. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Strategic Plan to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/montgomery-county-maryland-2016-legislation/

On November 28th, 2016, Montgomery County’s chief executive Isiah Leggett signed the “Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use, and Food Waste Diversion in Montgomery County,” culminating a process that was in-the-works for much of 2016.

The law, which is available here, requires Montgomery County’s Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) to “develop a Strategic Plan to advance composting, compost use, and food waste diversion” by October 1st, 2017. The law also required the DEP to submit an annual report each year documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the plan. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Nov 22, 2016

Amid Murky Energy Outlook, Some Reasons To Be Thankful [Infographic]

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

Without a clear policy plan from President-Elect Donald Trump, the nation’s energy future hangs in the balance. But in a year that saw an influx of state-level ballot initiatives targeting action in the energy sector, a murky (or hostile) federal landscape will only deepen calls for action in statehouses and city halls. Despite the unclear… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2016

In Maryland, Community Solar Pioneers Offer Blueprint

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-maryland-community-solar-pioneers-offer-blueprint/

A pair of rooftop solar arrays in Maryland spotlight how pioneering communities can pool their resources to expand local access to renewable energy. These “community solar” projects are an increasingly popular approach as electricity customers renounce utilities’ reliance on fossil fuel and look for ways to cut their energy costs. This is part of a… Continue reading

Featured Article, Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

Montgomery Co. MD Bill Requires Distributed Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/moco-food-waste-bill-hearing/

On June 28, 2016, Montgomery County Council (Maryland) Vice President, Roger Berliner, introduced legislation to require the development of a comprehensive composting and food recovery strategic plan. The bill might be the first in the country to stipulate a diverse and distributed plan that considers food rescue, backyard composting, community scale composting, on-site institutional and commercial… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2016

Maryland Scores 3 out of 4 on Principles for a Good Community Solar Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-scores-3-out-of-4-on-principles-for-a-good-community-solar-program/

Maryland is the latest state to adopt a community solar program, and a review of the program rules shows that the state is serious about getting community solar right. It meets at least 3 of the 4 principles for a good program from our Beyond Sharing report on community renewable energy. Updated 9/13/16 to clarify… Continue reading