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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

China’s New Recycling Import Policy and the Future of US Municipal Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/china-recycling-policy-opportunity/

This post was written in conjunction with fellow ILSR co-founder and Public Good initiative director David Morris. China’s recent ban on the import of many categories of scrap has sent tremors through the American recycling community, for good reason. China has become by far the world’s largest consumer of scrap, increasing ten-fold its imports from… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

Municipal Waste and the Benefits of Re-Use

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/municipal-waste-and-the-benefits-of-re-use/

This article was originally published in Governing Magazine on September 26th, 2017. What’s going on in Baltimore shows how cities can profit both economically and socially from giving reusable materials a second life. When it comes to municipal solid waste, it wasn’t that long ago that cities focused almost entirely on disposal. Only in the last 25… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 6, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-6-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Separate and Unequal, Again In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 58 year-old decision upholding the right of states to have segregated school systems. “Separate but equal” it ruled, was inherently unequal.  Sixty-three years later de jure segregation is illegal, but… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/campaign-finance-questions-arise-over-controversial-internet-bill/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill After cutting a sizable donation to the Missouri Republican Party, AT&T’s bill to limit broadband competition from community networks is moving through the house. Just months after AT&T cut a $20,000 check to the House Republican Campaign Committee, Representative Lyndall… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Aggregation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/illinois-cities-greening-or-greenwashing/

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) along with their energy supply, giving their electrons a questionable aura of green… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Watch: The Benefits of Clean, Local Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/john-farrell-talks-local-clean-energy-crowd-boulder-colorado/

Senior Researcher John Farrell presented on the benefits of local clean energy to a crowd in Boulder, CO, in April 2011 at the invitation of the local organization Clean Energy Action.  The city of Boulder is currently considering municipalization of its utility. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 23, 2011

Why Is Mighty Time Warner Scared Of Tiny Salisbury, North Carolina?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/why-is-mighty-time-warner-scared-of-tiny-salisbury-north-carolina/

Thanks to Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for contributing to this article.  You can, and should follow his reporting on public networks at www.muninetworks.org. Conservatives would have us believe the public sector can’t compete with the private sector. The private sector itself knows better. Nowhere… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2007

California Supreme Court Bolsters Local Authority to Control Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-supreme-court-bolsters-local-authority-control-retail/

In a unanimous decision yesterday, the California Supreme Court fortified efforts by cities across the state to restrict the development of big-box stores, favor small-scale retailers, and protect the vitality of downtowns. The ruling (Hernandez v. City of Hanford) upholds the authority of cities to adopt planning and zoning ordinances that have a direct impact on economic competition and that treat businesses differently based on the scale of their stores. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2006

Anti-Supercenter Ordinance Upheld

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

A California appeals court upheld an ordinance enacted by the city of Turlock that prohibits the construction of supercenters. Wal-Mart had challenged the ordinance on the grounds that it illegally restricted competition. The court ruled that the ordinance was a valid use of local authority. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2005

Wal-Mart and the WTO

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

Global retail corporations are aiming to use international trade agreements to challenge local land use and zoning regulations, according to an alarming new report from Public Citizen. Continue reading