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Featured Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2009

Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bigbox-swindle-true-cost-megaretailers-and-fight-americas-independent-businesses/

Big-Box Swindle was named one of the top ten business books of the year by Booklist and described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” Continue reading

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Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2008

Self-Reliant Cities

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

Originally published in 1982, we’re making this book available as a free download since many of its discussions are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago. The first half discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements and the successes and challenges. As a standalone document, we’ve also included the new foreword and the book’s last chapter, The Ecological City given the current revived debate about the subject. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2001

Seeing the Light: Regaining Control of Our Electricity System

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/seeing-light-regaining-control-our-electricity-system/

The California energy crisis is not simply about a lack of electricity it is about who owns the production and distribution of that electricity. As state after state agrees to deregulation, the utility industry is approaching a concentration not seen since the Power Trust of the 1930s. Seeing the Light urges us to change the rules now and create a future that includes affordable, locally-owned electricity. The book chronicles hopeful new developments and reminds us that the best way to prevent another crisis is to build a better system. Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 1994

Preparing a Business Plan for a Small-Scale Recycling Related Venture

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/preparing-a-business-plan-for-a-small-scale-recycling-related-venture/

This booklet describes how to develop a business plan for a recycling enterprise. A glossary defines some basic accounting and economic terms. by Michael Lewis Download PDF File (1.18 MB) Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 1983

Be Your Own Power Company

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

This book by David Morris (first published in 1983) was the first how-to book published after Congress ended the 100-year-old monopoly by utilities on the generation of power.  The book examines the technical and economic aspects of four small scale power technologies (photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower and onsite cogeneration) and offers advice on how to negotiate a contract for sale of on-site power to local utilities. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1982

Self-Reliant Cities – Energy and the Transformation of Urban America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/selfreliant-cities-energy-and-transformation-urban-america/

The first half of this book discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements. Given the relevance of the book to current localist efforts, we’ve written a new foreword that traces the local energy initiatives after the 75 percent plunge in oil prices after 1982 and the coming to power of a new administration hostile to renewable energy. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 1, 1982

The New City-States

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

"From the hills of Seattle to the flatlands of Davis, from the industrial city of Hartford to the universty town of Madison, cities are beginning to redefine their role in our society," begins this important essay.  For Morris the new role should should include inducing the widest distribution of productive capacity.  New technologies make possible a more self-conscious and organic city. Local self-reliance becomes a strategy that embraces economic, environmental, and political goals. Morris argues that we have had far too much government and far too little governance.  Government is bureaucratic. Governance is democratic.  Communities can design their future. The new city-state emerge.  Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1978

Planning for Energy Self-Reliance: A Case Study of the District of Columbia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/planning-energy-selfreliance-case-study-district-columbia/

Thiswas the first study to track the flow of energy-related dollars through an urban economy and the impact on this flow from an aggressive energy efficiency and solar energy initiative.  The study concluded that 85 cents of every energy dollar left the city, a far higher leakage than from any other household expenditure. The study also estimated the rooftop space available in DC for solar and the economic impact of energy efficiency. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 1974

Kilowatt Counter – A Consumers Guide to Energy Concepts, Quantities, and Use

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/kilowatt-counter-consumers-guide-energy-concepts-quantities-and-use/

The 1974 oil price shock led to a need for basic energy education. This energy primer explained the different forms of energy and explained how to convert different energy units (e.g. Btus, kWhs, gallons, therms). Tables provided the annual energy useage of various household electrical appliances and the efficiencies of various forms of transportation. The report ended with an energy quiz, with both questions and answers (a typical question, "How many miles per gallon does an average bicyclist get?"). This 1974 booklet is by David Morris and Gil Friend.

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