As major chains report weak holiday sales, a nationwide survey of 1,382 independent retailers has found that a desire to support locally owned businesses is emerging as a factor in people’s shopping choices. Continue reading
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The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags in high-speed access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, hundreds of communities have invested in broadband infrastructure to solve their problem locally. A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) explores this essential infrastructure and the options now available to communities.
The ILSR Report contends that DSL and cable networks fail to offer the speeds and capacity necessary for the digital future.
Several European countries and the Canadian province of Ontario have recently adopted feed-in tariffs, a mandated, long-term premium price for renewable energy paid by the local utility company to renewable energy producers. A new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) shows how feed-in tariffs could turbocharge Minnesota’s renewable electricity standard, reduce costs, and spread the economic benefits across the state.
The Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (SBC) is a network of organizations working together to spur the introduction and use of biomaterials that are sustainable from cradle to cradle. The Collaborative seeks to advance the development and diffusion of sustainable biomaterials by creating sustainability guidelines, engaging markets, and promoting policy initiatives. The SBC principles, key documents, resources… Continue reading
David Morris, Vice President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance addresses the 2007 25x’25 National Renewable Energy Summit Continue reading
Whether to patronize locally owned stores or chains is not at the top of the mind for many holiday shoppers. But it should be. It’s a choice that has profound implications for our economy and for our communities. Continue reading
Retail workers in the U.S. are making $4.5 billion less each year due to Wal-Mart’s presence, according to a new study by the University of California’s Center for Labor Research and Education. Continue reading
ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, on WCCO’s "Good Question" segment that asked What is OPEC? Segment aired December 7, 2007. Continue reading
The United States, birthplace to the Internet, now lags in access to it.
Countriesin Asia and Europe now have faster and cheaper connections, allowing their businesses to communicate more effectively, operate on smaller budgets, and develop applications that are useless over our slower speeds. Several Minnesota cities are regaining the edge with investments in publicly owned, citywide fiber-optic networks.
Fiber-optic networks – the roads of the digital age By Christopher Mitchell, originally published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 5, 2007 The United States, birthplace to the Internet, now lags in access to it. Countries in Asia and Europe now have faster and cheaper connections, allowing their businesses to communicate more effectively, operate… Continue reading