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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

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2016

Destiny Watford Wins Recognition for Work Fighting Curtis Bay Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/destiny-watford-wins-recognition-for-work-fighting-curtis-bay-incinerator/

Destiny Watford of the Curtis Bay community in Baltimore, MD, just became the second anti-garbage incinerator activist to win The Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious award given annually to one leader from each continent. Rossano Ercolini, a school teacher from the town of Capannori in Tuscany, Italy, won the prize for Europe in 2013 for his… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2016

Activists Win The Day: Huge Grassroots Victory Over Curtis Bay Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/activists-win-the-day-huge-grassroots-victory-over-curtis-bay-incinerator/

The best way to defeat proposed incinerators has proven itself once again: community organizing. The Maryland State Department of the Environment pulled the permit on the proposed 4,000 ton per day incinerator to be built in the long suffering industrial communities of Curtis Bay-Brooklyn on the Fairfield Peninsula in south Baltimore. Curtis Bay and Brooklyn… Continue reading

Featured Article, Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

MD Bill Introduced That Names ILSR to State Task Force

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/initiativescompostingmd-hb743/

Maryland House Bill 743 – Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Task Force, sponsored by Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), would create a Task Force to identify means to promote investment in infrastructure to expand food waste recovery, evaluate the current recovery of food waste in Maryland, identify opportunities for expansion, and more. The Task Force… Continue reading