Local Reuse Advocate Blasts Waste Management’s Misleading Public Comments on Recycling

Date: 11 Jun 2018 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following is shared with us by our friend and ally Dan Knapp of Urban Ore in Berkeley, California. For more from Dan Knapp and his partner Mary Lou Van Deventer, please listen to our Building Local Power podcast where we interviewed both of them:Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43).… Read More

Being Black Still a Barrier to Rural Cooperative Board Membership

Date: 23 May 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exempt from state regulation in 33 states because they purportedly offer democratic and local control, new data on the nation’s rural electric cooperatives suggests that skin color is still a major barrier to their democratic representation.… Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 24, 2014

Date: 25 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the recent ruling for utilities in Wisconsin, the continued growth of solar in several states, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, recently presented on a panel about the City … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 27, 2014

Date: 30 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, ILSR received considerable coverage in several publications. Media reports also discussed the future of utilities, the Energy Department’s significant investment in solar, and a new study examining how peer influence affects who installs solar. John … Read More

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

Date: 17 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. … Read More

Our Take: Responding to Reich on Wal-Mart

Date: 8 Mar 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our response to the destructive force of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart ought to involve much more than adopting regulations that "soften the blows" and "slow the pace of change," as Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, argued in a recent New York Times op-ed entitled Don’t Blame Wal-Mart. Yes, we most certainly should raise the minimum wage and require companies to offer employees affordable health insurance, as Reich suggests. … Read More