May – Thriving in the Midst of Climate Change – other Updates from ILSR

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Small-scale composting supports 4 times more jobs and other ways local self-reliance is creating jobs, protecting the environment, and increasing civic engagement in this edition of Localism Works. Read on for current research and models proving the efficacy of local first solutions to today’s biggest challenges.

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Compost a Job Creator and Vital Environmental Protection Tool, New Reports Find
Expanding composting could support 1,400 new full-time, paying wages up to $57 million. According to ILSR’s reports composting supports up to 17 times more jobs than conventional disposal and reduces watershed contamination from urban pollutants by 60 to 95 percent. Read the reports here.

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Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change
The ties that will help us survive climate change – stronger social networks, more engaged citizens – are stronger in cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a larger share of the economy. A new body of research is once again illustrating the civic advantages of transitioning more of our economy to community-scaled enterprises. Read more here.

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Beyond State’s Rights. What About the Rights of Communities?
The Florida House voted to preempt local governments from enacting “living wage” laws and “sick time” ordinances. 19 states severely restrict or outright abolish the right of local governments to build their telecommunications networks. At this historical moment, where the last bastion of true democracy is at the local level, we need to extend the debate beyond federal vs. states’ rights to include the rights of communities vs. the states. Read on for more.

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<p class=First Broadband Technology Opportunities Project Transforms Rural Georgia Communities
When the North Georgia Network was constructed the community was searching for a strategy to grow as agriculture and manufacturing opportunities slowly left the region. In this episode of ILSR’s Community Broadband Bits, NGN CEO Paul Belk shares how their broadband network is creating a new technology hub and good paying jobs. Listen to the podcast here.

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Five Solutions to Grow Community Renewable Energy
Community renewable energy has significant political and economic benefits, but is often hindered by five major barriers.Watch this vividly illustrated presentation to learn how communities can overcome the barriers and advance more local renewable energy.