A speech by David Morris originally delivered as a keynote address to the Building With Value conference in Seattle, Washington in November 1993.
On June 8, 1993, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the Minnesota legislature has the authority to authorize an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at Prairie Island. The Court reasoned that since the facility might well become permanent the legislature has sole jurisdiction to make such an historic decision. It is important to note … Read More
On February 17, 1993, President Clinton proposed a domestic energy tax, quickly dubbed the Btu tax. When fully implemented in 1997, this tax will generate about $20 billion annually while imposing a small burden on any single customer. The Administration argues that this broad based tax will impose only a small burden on any individual consumer … Read More
Are state recycled content laws effective? This report provides a comprehensive analysis of state recycled content laws, and documents the experiences of states that have enacted such laws. A collaborative project of the National Environmental Law Center, Californians Against Waste Foundation, and ILSR. by Lauri Aunan Download PDF File (3.52 MB)
This 1992 report by David Morris and Irshad Ahmed was one of the first comprehensive looks at how plant matter derived products could replace many of our fossil fuel derived materials. One hundred and fifty years ago, all of our industrial materials were derived from plants. In 1992, plant matter accounted for less than 5% of … Read More
Most of us view the road system as a pay-as-you-go proposition. We believe that vehicle licenses, parking fees and gas taxes fully finance the construction and maintenance of our roads. The truth is that less than 50 percent of the nearly $90 million the city of Minneapolis spends on driving-related projects each year is covered by … Read More
This 1992 report by David Morris is a review of the Mondragon Cooperative in Spain. The report examines cooperative structure, management, education, finance, and banking.
The Mondragon Cooperative Corporation is a 35 year old experiment in building a comprehensive cooperative society in which labor plays the primary and dominant role. The Cooperative Group has amassed technical, managerial and financial resources comparable to those of a major corporation and used those resources to further social as well as economic goals that emphasize the importance of community and small and medium scale enterprise.
Co-collection—the one-stop, one-vehicle gathering of recyclables and refuse—is gaining interest in the recycling arena. This report documents the operations of 14 co-collection systems that pick up mixed waste and source-separated recyclables. It describes set-out and collection methods, materials targeted, recovery rates, and costs. Any community considering co-collection will want this informative report. by Brenda Platt and … Read More