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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #6

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

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—President-Elect Barack Obama served on the board of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago 1993-94. This organization transfers economic power to neighborhoods while creating jobs, by teaching neighbors to build and install simple tools that cut heating and cooling costs.  Obama has often said that change happens “not from the top down, but from the bottom up.”
PHILADELPHIANS’ HOPES FOR OBAMA’S GREEN POLICIES in GREEN CITY JOURNAL “good ideas for great cities” video by Caryn Hunt

RAY OF HOPE PROJECT relies on former inmates to rehab Philadelphia housing.  “All our renovations use green materials,” says Raymond Gant. Ex-offenders get experience and referrals– some have started their own businesses.  “Green jobs are the solution to poverty.” 215 964-7627 Donations welcome.

PHILADELPHIA GREEN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (business & residential) listed. Add your new or retrofit project (Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Basement, Heating, Cooling):

TRABAJOS VERDES (green jobs) featured in Philadelphia newspaper AL DIA.  

GREENJOBSPHILLY.ORG makes it free and easy for Philadelphians to offer and request green jobs, green services, green grants and green loans.  
—HIRE EACH OTHER.  Most new jobs will not be created by government or big business but by nonprofits and neighbors.  All skills can be adapted for green jobs.  JOIN THE LIST of talented willing green workers.

BICYCLE CENSUS DOUBLES IN THREE YEARS according to Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition. 75,000 bike trips daily.

STRETCH DOLLARS, EXTEND LIFE: Philadelphia hosts more than 40 yoga studios.  Preventive health care, making pills and surgery less likely, is a green field. Yoga Living Magazine 

GREENFEST PHILLY has already begun to organize for 2009.  Last September, 200+ exhibitors and 20,000 guests attended “the Philadelphia region’s largest environmental event.” 

ECONEXUS “will become an essential starting point for anyone seeking information about green living.”   Sponsored by Urban Green Partnership



FARM TO PHILLY connects to “finding and eating locally grown/produced food in Philadelphia, its surrounding suburbs, and South Jersey.”

FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND at Reading Terminal Market provides regional foods all year.

Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) not only plants urban orchards but finds them.  Put your own fruit/nut trees on their map

FARMERS MARKETS OPEN FOR HOLIDAY: Clark Park (credit cards accepted) and Headhouse.

food from the hood

food from the 'hood

WEAVERS WAY CO-OP GREEN BLOG  WW Farm has hosted over 2,000 student volunteers.

SWEET PEA NOURISHMENT provides “farm-to-event services, connecting local farms to weddings and other large celebrations.  Sweet Pea also assists individuals, groups, and institutions seeking mindful, common sense culinary instruction. They’re committed “to the health, taste, and community benefits of eating locally, in season.”

PHILADELPHIA WEATHER: As our economy relies more on regional food, weather-sense will overlap business-sense.


“If you’re not for zero waste, how much waste are you for?” said Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, at the Future of Recycling forum by the Recycling Alliance 11/15.
—San Francisco recycles 70% of discards, aiming for 100% by 2020.
—Toronto recycles 42% of discards, aiming for 70% by 2010.
—Philadelphia recycles 8% of discards, aiming for 10% (Tolson) or 18% (Nutter) by 2010.  “The budget for recyclling will not be cut,” Mayor Nutter announced.  “This is a “very serious goal.” 
—RECYCLING ALLIANCE GOALS: Reinstate Recycling Committee, hire a Recycling Coordinator, recycle 18% by 2010 and 75% by 2012, start incentive recycycling pilot program for 10,000 homes, report progress annually, require City purchase of recyclables, connect to 311, reform Building Code to incorporate recycling facilities, require recycling at public events, collect plastics #1-7, compost all organic waste, provide HHW stations citywide, recycle at apartment houses and offices, re-use facilities for unrecyclables.  
THE STORY OF STUFF is a fine teaching aid.



Two hundred green-leaning regional professionals representing dozens of area businesses gathered at Loew’s Hotel 11/13 to swap business cards and encouragement, and to quiz panelists about green opportunities within economic crisis.  Eight experts in recycling, manufacturing, brewing, marketing, architecture, investing and electric power were brought together by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network.
—It was agreed that a tough economy makes a green economy more urgent and more inevitable.  “A bad economy is a driver not an impediment,” according to David Sturgis, VP at Campbell Soups.  “We’re entering a second Industrial Revolution,” requiring green retooling and efficiencies, said Robert Fleming, professor of Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University. 

THE GREEN ECONOMY magazine in Princeton features “innovations for a prosperous planet.”

Philadelphia Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) demonstrated outside City Hall 11/14.  “Congress recently approved a $850 billion BAILOUT for the largest banks because they had too much debt.  Students are also suffering from a financial crisis because of the high cost of education.  Over the past decade, debt levels for graduating college seniors with student loans more than doubled from $9,250 to $19,200.”
—Student debt forces many U.S. students to take jobs they dislike, rather than jobs that fix society.  Temple student Madison Chibirka said, “When I graduate in 2010 I will owe more than $20,000.  I had to withdraw from a course because I couldn’t afford its $200 textbooks.”  She adds, “Our goal is a complete student union– we decide what we learn and where the money goes.” 
—11/5 International Day of Action Against The Commercialization of Education seeks to Emancipate Education from Student Debt Slavery. Hundreds of thousands of students worldwide resort to prostitution to pay tuition.

We Are Wealth

We Are Wealth






If Philadelphia depends strictly on dollars we will not have enough money with which to employ everyone, pay fairly, expand health clinics and transit, revive schools, operate libraries and swimming pools, repair bridges and water mains, support neighborhood businesses, sponsor arts and clean our environment.
—As money is drained from America’s schools, libraries, hospitals, municipal utilities, railways and pensions into self-destructive war, our taxes rise to pay for less.
—One way to challenge this misuse of national wealth and loss of local wealth is to print our own  neighborhood currencies and sector currencies.  We can break the spiral of impoverishment by asserting community creativity.
—Supplemental local cash, targeted to small businesses, nonprofts and low-income, enables more local trading to take place, which expands business activity and improves creditworthiness. Community currency is a powerful way to bring underutilized labor and talent into local markets, which then feed regional and global trade.  DETAILS  Movie: The Wealth of Neighbors


11/22 FAIRMOUNT WATERWORKS FAMILY PROGRAMS: Pipes and Pipelines 2-4pm  “Learn more about the city’s infrastructure. We’ll show you where your water comes from and how it gets to your house. Then using paper, cardboard rolls and other material found in a kitchen, we’ll help you build a pipeline and explain how the principles of flow, gravity, weight and volume can affect a sewer system.”

11/23 GREENSGROW FARM FUNDRAISER for Community Kitchen.  Philadelphia Brewing Company (2423 Amber St), 2-6pm

11/24 LESSONS IN SUSTAINABILITY: Everyday Efforts for Going Green. Forum by Young Involved Philadelphia. Academy of Natural Sciences, 5:30-7pm

12/2 GERMANTOWN MEETS TO ORGANIZE: Germantown Theatre Center, 4821 Germantown Ave, 7pm. “Germantown citizens from all walks of life poured their hearts into the Obama campaign. Many were so encouraged by what the power of organized people can do that they plan to get together to see how to ‘keep it up,’ to improve our own community.”

12/2 PHILADELPHIA URBAN FOOD AND FITNESS ALLIANCE (PUFFA) general meeting, The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St, 5:30-8:00pm.  RSVP or 215-386-5211 ext. 106.

12/8 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE hosted by PennFuture,  4-7pm, 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100 RSVP

12/8 MILL CREEK FARM BENEFIT, Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Sq, 3-7pm.  “The Mill Creek Farm makes fresh, locally grown food more widely available in West Philadelphia and helps to increase food security for the community. Supporting urban agriculture improves city environments, builds the local economy, saves energy resources, and facilitates community education about food, health, and sustainability.”  Tickets $20 in advance available online; $25 at the door.

Uncle Ben Wants You to Green Philly

Uncle Ben Wants You to Green Philly


“GREENEST CITY” NEEDS GREENEST CITIZENS: All of us, wealthy and not, will change our lifestyles significantly, in order to deliver to our children a city on a planet with a future.  No bureaucrat, plutocrat, academic, service worker, social worker or socialite is exempt.   The good news is that greening the economy will make this city prosperous, beautiful, healthy and affordable.  Book: Green Jobs Philly

FIGHTING OVER SCRAPS, OR BAKING BIGGER PIES: Today’s rapidly shifting economy opens new markets while it squeezes traditional jobs.  Solid green jobs that can’t be shipped overseas are seeking workers, to insulate, cultivate, craft and heal and repair.  These transitions bring new definitions of jobs, careers, success and modernity.

OUR NEXT PRESIDENT: is surrounded by several from the Clinton era who deregulated banks, pushed NAFTA, maintained Iraq embargo, repealed welfare.  They  would have us lower our expectations.  Essential change, however, will require fierce public demand by the millions who elected Obama.  To the extent he keeps faith with us we will push forward with him. Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks and many others are organizing to push grassroots power.

Ben Franklin photo: Michele Corbman model: Bill Ochester concept: Paul Glover



“I read your recent newsletter and saw that someone was interested in starting an energy audit business. Since the Commerce Department’s primary focus is job creation, we can assist these individuals in a number of ways.”  –Karen Randal, Manager of Commercial Development and Attraction, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce

“Got a job through your website!  Green Packaging gave me an interview, and I start Monday.”  –Maria Dilzizian

”Green Jobs Philly is a great source, and I have already sent the link to several people.
—”I have a few questions about signing up as a job seeker on your site.  I am interested in a job using  biobased materials - for building materials, packaging, or medical uses.    I tried to upload a resume from my files, but only the name of the file appeared in the box. Also,the zip codes listed  must be for Philadelphia only.  I live outside Philly, and was not able to manually enter my zip. Should I just pick the closest zip?  I am assuming that we in the suburbs can register at the site. Is that correct, or is it only for city residents?
—”I have been in contact with Orion, a community center in Phoenixville.  They said they could get me a list of local people who they could recommend for jobs.  I will send them the Green Philly website.
—”Best luck in your work!  It is a breath of fresh air and much needed!”  –Pamela Rockwell-Warner
—[REPLY]  When designing the site decided I had to put a geographic frame around it so that it’s mainly useful for Philadelphia residents.  And so that it’s not jammed with spam job ads.  That said, Philly’s suburban neighbors are extremely active on behalf of greening and starting green businesses.  Do you have a Philadelphia address and/or area code you could use?”

“What do you think of the [T.Boone] Pickens Plan for wind farms?”  –R. Crews
–[REPLY]  Promoting windmills, that’s good.  But prefer neighborhood-initiated, neighborhood-owned technologies, including wind, that put all economic benefits directly back into the neighborhood and free us from the grid.  Met a guy in South Philly who wants to build an urban windmill sized to power his block.

“Not too long ago, received a newsletter from you that led off with mention of solar window boxes.  I cannot track that down and would like to fill in a friend. Can you please remind me?”  –Bob Leming 
—[REPLY]  I’ve found three people to build these so far.  The story led Green Jobs Philly NEWS #3.  Simpler inexpensive materials should be used.
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“Was looking thru Jobs Offered on Green Jobs Philly, and saw one that I’d like to forward to a friend.  How would one know when the position gets filled? Would this listing get deleted?”
—[REPLY]  Those offering jobs indicate how long they want the listing posted.   I don’t know whether it’s been filled, unless they contact me to delete it before expiry.  So you might contact them directly.

I am currently a Senior at Franklin & Marshall College researching the viability of local stock exchanges and their rise and fall in the United States.  I am trying to create a census of the local stock exchanges in the United States.  If you could reccomend any sources as to where to find the answers to these questions or where to find a comprehensive list of exchanges I would be most grateful.”  –Nicole Coates
—[REPLY]  PRAISE (Philadelphia Regional & Independent Stock Exchange) is a proposal.  Enacting it will require building a vast local network being gathered by Green Jobs Philly NEWS.

“I recently read about the Fairmount Park composting toilets in your recent e-newsletter.  I’ve also been noticing the number of chemical port-a-potties all over the city.  I think by law there has to be one at every construction site as well.
—”If someone could retrofit a waterless toilet to be portable and enclosed, this might be a moneymaking idea and would increase the use and visibility of these devices.  I know people who could probably design a workable enclosure and I might have some money to invest, though I suspect there might also be green small business grants available as well.”  –Anne Harvey
—[REPLY]  Recently saw a crude compost toilet on wheels in a book.  The carousel style is the safest and cleanest I believe.  Yes, let’s make a prototype and start manufacture.

“I am new to your ideas about money as time. It’s gotten my wheels turning which caused me to begin contemplating creating a currency in my neighborhood. I own a small business, and our neighborhood is small but strongly united. I am confident that I would be able to get a number of local businesses to honor the money in exchange for goods and services.
—”In addition to that, I also happen to have won an art grant recently for about $10,000. So I thought starting a new currency based on minutes might make an interesting project since as an artist I could also design the money as a sort of sculptural project. 
—”My thought on this idea which is different from Ithaca HOURS is that I would like to start by creating (minting?) a series of 3 silver coins; 1/4oz = 15 minutes = $2.4175, 1/2 = 30 minutes = $4.835, 1oz = 60 minutes = $9.67  I could do this by buying silver shot to melt into coins.
—”The exciting thing about the idea is the coins would have a real world value anywhere, but it would still be predominantly used in my neighborhood at localities where people would agree to honor it for goods and services.  The other option would be to somehow back a paper currency by it’s equivalent in silver, or maybe do both like America used to do.”  –Xavier Leplae
—[REPLY]  Sounds good: art/money/grant/neighborhood.  Have you seen the book Hometown Money?  It introduces the nuts and bolts of starting and maintaining a local currency.  To be successful, someone will be needed to be hired to promote, facilitate and troubleshoot circulation.  Benefits

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