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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2017

Franklin County Infrastructure Bank to Invest in Grove City, Ohio’s Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/franklin-county-infrastructure-bank-to-invest-in-grove-city-ohios-fiber-network/

On August 1, 2017, the Franklin County Infrastructure Bank awarded Grove City, Ohio a $2 million loan to support their construction of a municipal fiber optic network. The Grove City Plan According to the city’s Request for Proposal (RFP), the city is focused on first establishing an institutional network (I-Net) and plan to expand it to serve local businesses over… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2017

How States and Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-states-and-cities-can-unlock-local-clean-energy/

Yesterday’s news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support? A lot. In fact, with the help of states, cities have many avenues to boost their economies and drive down energy costs with local… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Ohio – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/ohio/

In the Midwest, Ohio’s composting regulations are a great model for the region and other parts of the country. Officials have designed rules to suit various land uses (i.e. rural, suburban, urban) and made special effort to adapt to contemporary community needs via permit exemptions. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Ohio – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/ohio/

In the Midwest, Ohio’s composting regulations are a great model for the region and other parts of the country. Officials have designed rules to suit various land uses (i.e. rural, suburban, urban) and made special effort to adapt to contemporary community needs via permit exemptions. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2016

Washington – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/washington/

Washington has comprehensive composting regulations that facilitate composting by conditionally exempting several types of composting facilities – including those that process limited amounts of food scraps – from the requirement to obtain a permit. Washington also aims to protect the environment and human health by requiring composters to test for pathogens and adhere to specific performance-based standards. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2016

Washington – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/washington/

Washington has comprehensive composting regulations that facilitate composting by conditionally exempting several types of composting facilities – including those that process limited amounts of food scraps – from the requirement to obtain a permit.  Washington also aims to protect the environment and human health by requiring composters to test for pathogens and adhere to specific performance-based standards.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2016

Oregon – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/oregon/

Oregon’s composting regulations aim to facilitate composting while preventing public nuisance issues and any adverse environmental consequences from materials mismanagement. Oregon revised its composting regulations in 2009, as a means to both facilitate greater amounts of composting, as well as ensure new and existing facilities performed at the same level of quality standards. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2016

Oregon – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/oregon/

Oregon’s composting regulations aim to facilitate composting while preventing public nuisance issues and any adverse environmental consequences. Oregon revised its composting regulations in 2009, as a means to both facilitate greater amounts of composting, as well as ensure new and existing facilities performed at the same same level of quality standards. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2016

California – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/california/

California’s regulations are written to encourage the production of high quality compost. Most composting operations are required to apply for a permit; however there are exemptions for some types of operations.  For example, facilities that have less than 500 cubic yards of compost on-site, of which less than 10 percent is food scraps, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2016

California – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/california/

California has the largest number of organic farms in the US, and these operations frequently utilize compost products for its myriad benefits. As such, California is careful to both foster in-state production of compost, as well as regulate composting operations based on risk levels associated with facility type. Californian compost operations are categorized in tiers and most are required to apply for a permit; however there are exemptions for some types of operations. Continue reading