The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a national research and policy organization founded in 1974 to advance community-centered, environmentally sound and equitable economic development.
To this end, we [ILSR] work with citizens, activists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies, and industries that meet local or regional needs; to maximize local human, material, natural, and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all.
Since 1974, the Institute has pioneered in several areas, including the "new localism," urban materials recovery (recycling and reuse), decentralized energy sources, locally owned businesses and publicly owned telecommunications infrastructure.
ILSR uses three approaches to achieve objectives:
These four criteria are based in the following areas of focus: solid waste, energy, retail business and telecommunications.
<b>Institute for Local Self-Reliance</b>
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