The (Small) Private Sector to the Rescue: RoadRunner Recycling, Inc.

There is not much information about private sector recycling in US cities. Recycling studies and statistics typically focus on household recycling while the commercial recycling levels are mostly educated guesses. The US EPA estimates that 35% of commercial and household … Read More

FLOTUS Tours ILSR Staff Member’s Backyard Garden

After visiting D.C.-area schools, Mrs. Obama visited the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Waste to Wealth initiative Project Manager Linda Bilsens at her home to laud the community garden they have cultivated in their yard.… Read More

Watch: Don’t Take the Bait – Exelon’s Feeding Frenzy Won’t Stop with Pepco

Date: 17 Dec 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exelon, a monopoly electric utility and the nation’s largest nuclear power generator, made a $6.8 billion offer to purchase Pepco, Washington D.C.’s electric utility in April of 2014. Since then, they have swarmed across Pepco’s service area, getting the approval of federal regulators, … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

Date: 1 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Solar advocates win big victories in Nevada and Colorado and keep net metering policies intact. Michigan solar energy fight garners unusual advocates for distributed generation. Clean Power Plan drawing criticism from utility-funded reports. Exellon-Pepco merger … Read More

Takoma Park Students to Host “Love the Earth, Don’t Trash it” Victory Celebration

Date: 12 Feb 2015 | posted in: Press Release, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

VICTORY! Over the last 6 years, the Takoma Park Young Activist Club has been campaigning to get toxic styrofoam lunch trays out of Piney Branch Elementary School. While MCPS and the Board of Education rejected the proposal for their single school dishwasher project, as of September 2014 MCPS did replace all styrofoam trays systemwide with paperboard trays.… Read More

DC City Council embraces zero waste planning

Last week, the DC City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill. ILSR helped win passage of both bills in collaboration with many environmental and civic groups. … Read More

Vote Expected Today on Blackburn Amendment Targeting Munis; Call D.C. Now!

Date: 16 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last night, GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, introduced an amendment intended to destroy local authority for telecommunications investment by severely limiting FCC funding. The amendment, introduced during debate on H.R. 5016, targets 20 states, many with state-erected barriers already in place … Read More

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the … Read More

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