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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance invited local officials, communities fighting waste incinerators, and both clean energy and waste management advocates, to join a webinar exploring our latest report on the economic and environmental impacts of power-generating waste incinerators.
The webinar –– which was hosted on Wednesday, January 9th at 1:00PM CST –– covered incineration as an issue connecting waste management and energy sectors, drawing from ILSR's Energy Democracy, Waste to Wealth, and Composting for Community Initiatives. The session dug into the implications of classifying this process as “renewable" and outlined ways to combat this aging, dirty industry and alternative strategies to support more equitable, economic, and sustainable local solutions in both the waste and energy sectors.
Marie Donahue, research associate with Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Energy Democracy Initiative, presented the results of the team's December report, Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy.
In addition, Donahue was joined by allies Aiko Fukuchi from GAIA, a worldwide alliance whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration, and Mike Ewall, Founder and Executive Director of the Energy Justice Network, a national support network for grassroots community groups fighting dirty energy and waste industry facilities. These two speakers provided additional perspective and on-the-ground strategies communities can use to fight dirty incinerators.
More information: http://www.ilsr.org/webinar-waste-incineration-january-2019