Institute for Local Self Reliance

  • Grant:
    Democratizing Energy, Using Feed-In-Tariffs
    Program:
    Climate & Energy
    Location:
    National
  • Grant:
    Composting Makes $en$e
    Program:
    Ecological Agriculture
    Location:
    National

The 39-year-old Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) helps communities maximize their local economic potential through innovative policies and practices in a variety of sectors, from local retail and energy, to waste and broadband internet.

ILSR puts hard numbers on soft dreams, providing empirical evidence that local authority over economic decisions results in a marriage of environmental and economic benefits.  Its staff partners with communities across the country to change and implement the rules that give communities a greater share of their economic potential.

The 11th Hour project is a strong supporter of ILSR’s work toward a democratic energy system.  This work includes innovative new research on the economic and environmental advantages of a decentralized electricity system, vivid multimedia tools and new rules that transform theory practice, and powerful partnerships with a broad network of advocates, policy makers, and communities to adopt these practices and keep their energy dollars at home.

The Composting Makes $en$e project is advancing composting to create jobs, enhance soils, protect the climate, and reduce waste.  This grant specifically supports the production of a report, “State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where, and How,” for the 11th Hour Project, to inform the development of its compost program.  The report will assess how to expand composting in the US.