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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as its President. Under ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program he specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Purchasing Alliance, Washington DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-purchasing-alliance-washington-dc-working-partner-update/

Through working with the national organization Partnership for Working Families, ILSR was introduced to Community Purchasing Alliance in our hometown of Washington, DC. The introduction was timely as CPA was in the middle of negotiating garbage and recycling contracts with local haulers. ILSR is pleased to assist and be associated with this faith-based community development network. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Working Partner Update: Austin Gets $1 Million Grant for Eco-Industrial Park

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/working-partner-update-austin-1-million-grant-eco-industrial-park/

ILSR and the City of Austin, Texas, have been working partners since the late 1980s, when a coalition of environmental groups, small businesses and progressive City Councilors rejected a garbage incinerator already under construction. The City Council closed down the project and initiated a path toward recycling, composting and use of low cost landfill which… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2014

Recycling and Economic Development Video Lecture – Neil Seldman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/recycling-economic-development-video-lecture-neil-seldman/

ILSR President, Neil Seldman, prepared a lecture/video on “Recycling and Economic Development in the USA” in July 2014.  The video presentation will become part of the guest lectures for an online course, Sustainable Resource Management in Community, Business and Culture (SUST 1023).  This online course is offered through Kankakee Community College (KCC.edu) as part of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

International Conversation on Zero Waste, May 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-conversation-waste-2014/

During a recent e-mail interchange, Mal Williams of Zero Waste Wales, Plasnewydd, Cardiff, reported on disappearing waste in that country. In order to maximize efficiency, add value to collected recyclables and reduce available materials for incineration, co-mingled recycling (single stream), is being phased out. Nancy Gorrell, Berkeley, CA commented: Hooray for Wales! Here in Berkeley,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta, GA, Established in December 2011

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lifecycle-building-center/

ILSR prepared a zero waste plan for the Atlanta Office of Sustainability in 2011-12. During site visits ILSR and Saint Vincent De Paul provided assistance to several community based reuse enterprises. In turn these new community businesses became working partners in ILSR’s and Saint Vincent De Pauls’ national networks. Neil Seldman serves as an advisor… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

It’s Not Just San Francisco Anymore! A Report on San Diego’s First Zero Waste Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/its-san-francisco-anymore/

Neil Seldman summarizes presentations from the first San Diego County Zero Waste Conference that was held under the sponsorship of Zero Waste San Diego (ZWSD) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Free 3-Part Deconstruction Webinar Series

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/free-3-part-deconstruction-webinar-series/

This three part webinar series is brought to you by WasteCap Resource Solutions and is sponsored as well as presented by Ted Reiff, President of The ReUse People of America (TRP). Check out TRP’s website, www.thereusepeople.org, for more information. Ted has been in the deconstruction industry for many years. He will be sharing his vast… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

ILSR is Founding Member of Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-founding-member-chesapeake-sustainable-business-council/

ILSR is happy and proud to report that we are founding members of the newly launched Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council (CSBC).  The CSBC is a business-led educational and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote sustainable business viability, awareness, and impact within the Chesapeake region (MD, DC and VA). Over the next year CSBC will… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Update on the Proposed Frederick County and Carroll County, MD Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-proposed-frederick-county-carroll-county-md-garbage-incinerator/

Organized citizens and small business people of Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD have been fighting a proposed garbage incinerator for 8 years. Most recently the news has been filled with suggestions that the deal may be dissolving. Continue reading