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No Incinerator Video Clip
Article, Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Landfill in the Sky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/landfill-in-sky-video/

This creative and compelling video from the No Incinerator Alliance of Frederick County, Maryland, lays out the reasons the county should abandon its plan to burn. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Exemptions/Exclusions Added to Atlanta Airport Info Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-exemptions-added/

The Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, works closely with the SFCI Team to bring sustainable operating practices to their operations, especially regarding food waste. In early 2012 the Atlanta Airport made a bold statement in the new concessionaire contract, the largest foodservice contract executed in North America. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2012

"Models for Building Local Broadband" Forum Archive Now Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/models-building-local-broadband-forum-archive-now-available

On September 19th, the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) hosted “Models for Building Local Broadband: Public, Private, Coop, Nonprofit.” Christopher Mitchell was one of several panelists who discussed local broadband options and challenges. The presentors live streamed to 138 attendees with 93 watching remotely various locations and 45 at the Media Center. If you… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2012

Treasury Dept. Fingers Solarcity in Exploration of the Dark Underbelly of Solar Leasing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/treasury-dept-fingers-solarcity-leasing/

A new government investigation of Solarcity on the eve of its initial public offering (IPO) may explain how solar leasing is fleecing federal taxpayers and making U.S. residential solar more expensive than in other countries. The Treasury Department inspector general is probing solar leasing company SolarCity (and others) for its use of “fair market value”… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2012

Is It All About Hormones?

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

Sometimes everywhere I turn, the story line seems to pivot on hormones. Recently the Boys Scouts denied Ryan Anderson, a gay 17 year-old the rank of Eagle Scout because “he does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”  Last April, Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian parent in Ohio, was forced out as a den mother… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 16 – JD Lester and Larry Gates – Chanute, Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-16-jd-lester-and-larry-gates-chanute-kansas

Following the release of our case study on Chanute, Kansas, we have an interview with City Manager JD Lester and Director of Utilities Larry Gates for our 16th podcast — Community Broadband Bits. JD Lester and Larry Gates discuss Chanute’s network and its impact on their rural community. As detailed in the case study, Chanute… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 9, 2012

Barriers to Distributed Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/barriers-distributed-renewable-energy/

A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell to a Disaster Law class at William Mitchell Law School on 9/17/12.  It examines the five major barriers to the expansion of community-based and conventional distributed renewable energy, including the tradition of utility control, raising capital, cash flow, legal, and utilities themselves.  View the presentation below:   Barriers… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2012

Chattanooga Fiber Network Reduces Cost of Electricity to All Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-fiber-network-reduces-cost-electricity-all-customers

The Chattanooga Gig continues to benefit the community. We have covered some of the jobs that it has created, how it has lowered City expenditures and improved street lighting, and the recently announced speed increase without hiking rates. Now, EPB can also boast about how the network has significantly cut power costs. Dave Flessner from the TimesFreePress.com reports… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2012

Moving Time!

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

If you’re wondering why there’ less content on Energy Self-Reliant States lately, it’s because our Minneapolis office is moving for the first time in 20 years. Here’s a few photos from our moving preparations. The Minneapolis office “technology history room” with over a decade of old Apple laptops (since recycled): Piles of boxes waiting to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2012

SMBS Will Expand with 4G Wireless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/smbs-will-expand-4g-wireless

We have shared updates on Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) as they roll out their fiber routes in Jackson and surrounding towns. Now, we want to share info about their use of wireless to compliment the fiber network. According to the U-reka website, LocaLoop, Inc. and its subsidiary, SynKro Southwest, will soon be working with… Continue reading