The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. To reach this vision, we build local power to fight corporate control. ILSR is a national research and advocacy group that partners with allies across the country to build an economy driven by local priorities and accountable to people and the planet. Our Energy Democracy Initiative empowers households & communities to produce local renewable energy and oppose the power of monopoly utilities.
Climate solutions are most effective at the local level, with coalition and community building, rooted in local needs and opportunities. ILSR has a long history of promoting effective climate solutions by advancing local economic development programs like the Waste to Wealth Program, the Energy Democracy Initiative and the Composting for Community Initiative. ILSR has been a proven thought leader and an important voice in sustainable development policies that is needed now more than ever. - Pete