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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.   If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

Cover State of Composting in US
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 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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ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

D.C. Waste Bill Supported by Environmental Groups; Mayor Gray Seeks Delay

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/d-c-waste-bill-supported-environmental-groups-mayor-gray-seeks-delay/

Examiner.com, July 8, 2014 The D.C. Council’s second vote on a bill to reduce the amount of city garbage dumped in landfills or sent to incinerators is scheduled for July 14, 2014. But D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a proponent of sustainability, has sought to delay the bill. Imagine three different colored garbage cans in… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-applauds-u-s-senators-banding-support-community-broadband-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2014

What U.S. Mayors Can Do Right Now to Support a Neutral Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/u-s-mayors-support-neutral-internet/

Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 20, 2014 This weekend at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas, some mayors will take a strong stand in support of net neutrality. According to an op-ed by Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Ed Murray of Seattle, the city leaders are unveiling a resolution calling on… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2014

Minnesota-wide broadband goal unlikely to be met by 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-wide-broadband-goal-met-2015/

Twin Cities Pioneer Press, June 20, 2014 John Socha once yearned to work from his Spring Grove home, but was crippled by out-of-date technology – notably his excruciatingly pokey rural Minnesota dial-up Internet access. So Socha, a creator of digital-audio content for radio, had to journey nine miles to a Caledonia office for an Internet connection fast… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2014

Breaking the Chains

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

San Francisco Bay Guardian, June 17, 2014 San Franciscans have always been wary of chain stores, more so than residents of any other major US city, none of which have taken on the ever-expanding national corporations and their homogenizing impact on local communities as strongly as San Francisco. In the decade since San Francisco first… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2014

Entrepreneurs Turn to a New Source of Funds: Their Neighbors

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

Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2014 It’s the kind of story people hear all the time.  Two years ago, Rick Stender found out that a local business he liked—a custom-bike maker—was in big trouble. The shop needed money to import extra bike parts for the holiday rush. And banks wouldn’t extend any credit to such… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2014

Buy Local Comes of Age

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

East Bay Express, June 11, 2014 The national campaign to create sustainable local economies is thriving as cities increasingly realize that attracting corporate chain stores is not the answer. For the past half-century, cities throughout the nation, and especially in California, have competed fiercely with each other to attract big-box retailers and chain stores. Politicians,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Zero Waste and Economic Development in the 21st Century: A Speaking Tour

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rebecca Toews 612-808-0689 – Rebecca@ilsr.org Zero Waste and Economic Development in the 21st Century: A Speaking Tour by Urban Ore Principals Dr. Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer WASHINGTON, DC– Contentious plans to build garbage incinerators in the DC metro area are not the only way to deal with trash…. Continue reading