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News on local, regional efforts by communities, NGOs, local businesses, banks, governments, to become more self-reliant and less dependent on global financial casinos, big banks and Wall Street. Covers local currencies, farmers markets, co-housing, Transition Towns movements, new bioregional urban re-developments and small communities.

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Energy Self-Reliant States: Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning

Energy Self-Reliant States: Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning

Last week, I summarized the impact of the judicial ruling requiring Xcel Energy to buy peaking power from solar instead of natural gas: Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning.  Also, I was quoted by Minnesota Public Radio about the release of the Minneapolis Energy Pathways Study, outlining four possible paths [...]

Communities Co-Evolving Toward Resilience

Communities Co-Evolving Toward Resilience By Greg Wendt, CFP, Stakeholders Capital; founder, Green Economy Think Tank “The road from here to sustainable, resilient cities and regions is hardly a straight one — there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for success. Infrastructure, politics and finances — not to mention the uniqueness of [...]

The Power of Local Unity: Small US town enacts Free Food Trade

The Power of Local Unity: Small US town enacts Free Food Trade Posted on February 2, 2014 <http://news-beacon-ireland.info/?p=16547> Sedgwick, Maine, the first town in the US <http://www.foodrenegade.com/maine-town-declares-food-sovereignty/>  to legalize any kind of food transaction as free and legal in order to keep the [...]

Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option

Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option Posted on January 29, 2014 by Ellen Brown “Epic in scale, unprecedented in world history.” That is how William K. Black, professor of law and economics and former bank fraud investigator, describes the frauds in which JPMorgan Chase (JPM) has now been implicated. They [...]

From Austerity to Abundance: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

From Austerity to Abundance: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer Posted on January 15, 2014 by Ellen Brown Governor Jerry Brown and his staff are exchanging high-fives over balancing California’s budget, but the people on whose backs it was balanced are not rejoicing. The state’s high-wire act has been called “the ultimate in [...]

Can sheep restore Patagonia’s grasslands? – Ellie Winninghoff

Can sheep restore Patagonia’s grasslands? – Ellie Winninghoff

Can sheep restore Patagonia's grasslands? Patagonia Inc is buying wool from ranches that aim to restore degraded land in Argentina with livestock, a controversial concept Ellie Winninghoff theguardian.com, Monday 23 December 2013 10.43 EST Gauchos herding sheep near Lake Argentino, in Patagonia. Photograph: [...]

ASBC Launches Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition & Other Updates

ASBC Launches Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition & Other Updates

Urgent Campaign Actions   Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition  A group of leading consumer brands, led by asbc and Seventh Generation, announced the creation of a coalition to ensure Congress modernizes the nation’s out-of-date chemical laws, and to counter the narrative that businesses desire a weakreform bill. [...]

USDA Launches Energy Efficiency Loan Program

USDA Launches Energy Efficiency Loan Program Success of "Help My House" Pilot in South Carolina Helped Influence New Program    For more information, contact:  John-Michael Cross at (202) 662-1883 or [email protected]     December 5, 2013--The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes the U.S. Department of [...]

Going Green: 2040 Talks At UNF Promote Solar Energy Investing

The event will explore how the First Coast can become a green, sustainable region by the year 2040. Hazel Henderson, author and founder of Ethical Markets Media, said the transition away from last century's fossil-fuel based economy is shifting very rapidly toward solar energy. Henderson said the Council's Green Transition Scoreboard [...]

Mercado Ético, Ethical Markets affiliate in Brazil, receives Jornalista & Cia / HSBC Award in Sustainability

Mercado Ético, ethical markets affiliate in Brazil, receives Jornalista & Cia / HSBC Award in Sustainability Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 5, 2013 ~ Mercado Ético, ethical markets affiliate in Brazil, received the Media Specialized in Sustainability of the Year Award given by Jornalista & Cia / HSBC Press. This title crowns nearly six years [...]

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