Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson (Episode 38)

Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, talks with ILSR’s Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer about the practical implications of environmental justice.… Read More

Baltimore Incineration Plan Could Get Millions in Subsidies Thanks to Maryland Law

Date: 20 Dec 2017 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Should burning garbage in downtown Baltimore be given $10 million in subsidies since 2011 because the state of Maryland calls it ‘green’? The garbage incineration/Renewable Energy Porfolio Standard (RPS) nexus is discussed in the Baltimore Sun‘s series Power Struggle; “How … Read More

What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right (Episode 27)

Date: 24 Aug 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Gina Schaefer, the founder and owner of several local hardware stores in Washington, D.C., joins us to talk about starting and growing a neighborhood business and how her stores are faring in the age of Amazon.… Read More

What is Baltimore’s Garbage Future? Economic and Public Health Considerations

Date: 23 Jun 2017 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city of Baltimore, its citizens, and its businesses should pay close attention to solid waste and recycling management; it impacts the city’s economic bottom line and its public health. Costs Baltimore’s system for managing waste and recycling is well … Read More

City of Frederick Key to Recycling in Frederick County, Maryland

Twelve and a half years ago, Frederick County proposed to build a 1,500 ton-per-day garbage incinerator to manage its waste. The County was forced to kill the proposal 2.5 years ago when organized citizens pointed out the financial risks. The … Read More

Update: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs 2 bills to increase focus on organics processing

Date: 7 May 2017 | posted in: Composting, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the wake of scores of legislative action in Maryland, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s composting team saw a big victory with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s signature on two pieces of legislation that would enable a better infrastructure for organics recycling. Read the report from Cole Rosengren in Waste Dive.… Read More

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster recovery of food waste and other organic materials by expanding infrastructure in the state. The other will reduce contamination at compost sites by preventing the false labeling of plastics as compostable or biodegradable. In signing the bills, which were among dozens of environmental bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2017, Governor Hogan thanked the state’s elected officials for the real bipartisan effort in passing laws to “protect our soil, our air, and our water… and grow the investment in jobs in our state.”

HB171/SB99, the “Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” requires the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and report on existing compost manufacturing infrastructure in Maryland, as well as laws in other states that divert food scraps and organics, and to then recommend how to improve infrastructure and funding opportunities to expand composting in the Maryland. The bill requires the Department to consult with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with a number of ILSR’s allies including the MD-DC Compost Council, the American Biogas Council, the Maryland Horse Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council.… Read More

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost (Episode 19)

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. … Read More

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