This tool kit provides guidance on how to block big-box development in your community, including tips on how to form an effective citizens group, fact sheets to help educate your neighbors and elected officials, and advice on intervening in the land use review process. Continue reading
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In the 1990s, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and other energy activists in Minnesota undertook an effort to get Minnesota to adopt a billion dollar "tax shift" that would have raised the cost of energy while reducing taxes on income and/or property. ILSR was integrally involved in the design of the legislative proposal and examined the impacts on various sectors of Minnesota’s economy. Below you will find the archive of the materials that were prepared to support the initiative. Over several years, the proposal was debated extensively but never enacted into law. Continue reading
Does it take more energy to make ethanol than is contained in ethanol? That question continues to haunt the ethanol industry even after nearly 30 years of expanding production. Over the years more than 20 scientific studies have examined the question. This document contains links to the major studies of the subject completed during the last decade or so. Continue reading
The New Rules Project focuses on the following policy areas: Agriculture, Banking, Energy, Environment, Equity, Governance, Information, Retail, and Taxation. Continue reading
President-elect Barack Obama is making “a new energy economy” his “No. 1 priority.” He has an historic opportunity not only to change the fuel composition of our energy system but to change the very scale and structure of our energy system. For more than 34 years, scale issues related to energy production have been a primary research focus of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. We believe that research can help inform today’s activists and policymakers. To that end, we’ve converted our largely typewritten early reports and books into a 21st century format for on-line reading and downloading.
ILSR held a feed-in tariff conference on January 9, 2009, in Northfield MN. The event was attended by approximately 120 people – from regulators and legislators to renewable energy developers and activists. We learned how cities, counties, non-profits and more individuals can become owners of renewable energy projects. We saw how renewable energy can promote more economic development and discovered how developing renewable energy can be made more simple.