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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Elizabeth Walsh | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

A Look Into CERO Cooperative & the Waste Stream

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-look-into-cero-cooperative-the-waste-stream/

CERO Cooperative, Inc. was founded as a means to create environmentally friendly jobs for Boston’s underemployed and unemployed populations. Activists, joined by the Boston Workers Alliance and the MassCOSH Immigrant Worker Center, came together in recognition of a market opportunity in an emerging green economy. After learning about the planned state organic waste ban, they… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2017

Fiber-to-the-Home Funding On Summer Ballot In Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-to-the-home-funding-on-summer-ballot-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In August, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, will decide whether or not they want to approve a plan to invest in publicly owned fiber optic Internet infrastructure. It’s All In The Mills Voters are being asked to approve a millage increase of 2.9 over a 20-year period. In other words, property taxes will increase approximately… 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 Apr 11, 2017

The New 1,600 MW Solar Program for Massachusetts Really is SMART

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-new-1600-mw-solar-program-for-massachusetts-really-is-smart/

With nearly 1500 megawatts, Massachusetts has the seventh-greatest solar energy capacity in the country, enough to power a quarter-million homes. It has the second-most solar jobs, with over 14,500. Already in a leading position, Massachusetts in January developed a new incentive program to double its solar capacity to over 3 gigawatts. It’s a fascinating blast… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2017

Shutesbury, Massachusetts to Charter Communications: “No Thanks, Bye.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shutesbury-massachusetts-to-charter-communications-no-thanks-bye/

Even though they don’t have to chip in any local funds, the town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, rejected Charter’s proposal to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network in their community. They don’t consider the proposal a “good long-term solution to bring broadband to our town” and prefer to build a publicly owned fiber-optic network for future-proof technology, provider accountability, and… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2017

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband Expansion Languishes in Berkshires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eagle-eye-team-report-broadband-expansion-languishes-in-berkshires/

Berkshire Eagle – February 4, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick came to Becket with a promise of information-age equity: broadband internet service across Western Massachusetts. By 2011, he said.

And yet the “digital divide” persists. 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 31, 2016

A Massachusetts Co-op Makes A Powerful Vintage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-massachusetts-co-op-makes-a-powerful-vintage/

For more than five years, Vineyard Power Cooperative has provided electricity customers living in one of Massachusetts’ best-known island communities the chance to buy into an energy future that favors renewables and bolsters their local economy. This is part of a series released in October 2016 for Energy Awareness Month highlighting communities and community energy… Continue reading

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

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

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

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here. Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes these occur when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2016

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-election-energy-policies-at-the-ballot/

Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. In 2016, more states than ever before placed items on their ballots to change the energy landscape. Sponsored by citizen groups, legislators, and (sometimes) energy industry giants, these… Continue reading