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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Call to Action: Tell Your D.C. Officials to Vote NO!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/call-action-tell-your-dc-officials-vote-no

H.R. 4752 from Rep Latta (R-OH) will be brought up in the House, likely as an appropriations rider, some time within the next few days. In the past several months, the municipal network movement has made great strides. If passed, this bill’s content can be a significant setback. We encourage you to call the D.C…. Continue reading

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UTOPIA at a Crossroads: Part 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-crossroads-part-1

This is the first of a three part series, in which we examine the current state of the UTOPIA network, how it got there, and the choices it faces going forward. At the end of a month of public meetings, hearings, and city council votes, just over half of the cities that make up UTOPIA… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Composting Key to Soil Health and Climate Protection, According to Two New Reports

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/composting-key-soil-health-climate-protection-reports/

Two new reports on composting could help communities reduce waste and build healthy soil to support local food production and protect against the impacts of extreme weather from droughts to heavy rainfall. These are among the findings of Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting and The State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where & How released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Size Matters! New Report Shows The Value of Small-Scale, Community-Based Composting

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

Composting can take place at many levels – backyard, block, neighborhood, schoolyard, community, on-farm, and regional – and in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  Composting at the local level circulates dollars in the community, promotes social inclusion and empowerment, greens neighborhoods, builds healthy soils, supports local food production and food security, embeds a culture of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where & How

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

Composting is a proven approach to reduce waste and build soil health and fertility. Amending soil with compost improves its quality and structure and thus its ability to withstand the impacts of extreme weather, from severe droughts to heavy rainfall. When added to soil, compost enhances water retention, controls erosion, and stems sedimentation and stormwater… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Chattanooga Will Ask FCC to Preempt State Barriers in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-will-ask-fcc-preempt-state-barriers-tennessee

Since January, when the DC Circuit Court of Appeals suggested the FCC has the authority to preempt state anti-muni laws, local communities have publicly supported the notion. Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) will join those communities when it petitions the FCC to preempt similar laws in Tennessee, reports The Center for Public Integrity. Danna Bailey,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Santa Fe Ready to Improve Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-fe-ready-improve-local-internet-choice

The City of Santa Fe is taking first steps to improve the community’s Internet choice, quality, and availability. Recently, the City announced that it has chosen a partner for a middle mile investment and will move forward with the $1 million fiber deployment project. CenturyLink and Comcast serve Santa Fe, home to approximately 70,000 people…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 10, 2014

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-ownership-poised-comeback/

With “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option. But giving up ownership means giving up a big share of the… Continue reading

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Whitewater Weighs Options for Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/whitewater-weighs-options-municipal-broadband

Whitewater, Wisconsin, a city of just under 15,000 people that sits midway between Madison and Milwaukee, is considering its options for establishing a municipal broadband utility. As reported by the local Daily Union newspaper, members of the city council, the community development authority, other local bodies, and the public met this week to hear a… 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