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GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS #7

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS is published ONCE OR TWICE MONTHLY to 3,518 area officials, businesses, environmentalists, organizers, jobseekers. Subscribe or unsubscribe: paul5glover@yahoo.com

Merrie Greener Christmas

Merrie Greener Christmas

GIVE GIFTS OF THE FUTURE:
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
Nearly 50 CSAs serve Philadelphia
ANOTHER CSA LIST
AND ANOTHER
PLANT FRUIT TREES IN CITY: Philly Orchard Project donations tax-deductible
CONSIDER BICYCLES, EDIBLE LANDSCAPES, ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES, TRANSIT PASSES

PLANT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE:Philly TreeCycle sells small potted evergreens via Joe Cafe and Arbol Cafe, seeks other outlets (for one-tree display + order forms) Jason Butsch  

GET READY FOR WINTER AND FOR SUMMER WITH GREEN ROOFS & roofscapes.com
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New Green Hires and Employer

New Green Hires and Employer

 HIRED THROUGH GREEN JOBS PHILLY

Wayne Siefert, right, president of Green Packaging, hired two salespeople who had posted their resumes on greenjobsphilly.org. Luke Woods is a recent college grad with Marketing degree, and Marie Dilsizian had worked in the insurance industry for several years
REGISTER FOR A GREEN JOB
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BUSINESS NOTES

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA 

Philadelphia’s AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INVENTORS 215-546-6601

PHILADELPHIA ZONING CODE COMMISSION SURVEY asks what you’d like the new zoning code to address (it’s on the right-hand side, scroll down to click).

EARTH BREAD AND BREWERY is greenest bar in town: Recycled carpeting. Woodwork stained with BioShield Aqua Resin. Painted with Sherwin Williams NO-VOC Harmony line. Polyurethane alternative Ecoprocote Poly-Soy. Tongue and groove hard pine purchased on Craigslist from a Maine warehouse. Tables recycled from another brewery. Chairs bought at auction. First and second floor bars from other bars. Local purchases from:Greenable, Environmental Home Store, ReStore, Gerber Ultra flush toilets, compact fluorescent light bulbs, compostable cups, lids and straws (for kids soda), green contracting services from The Stock Group.

WiFi Hi-Five

WiFi Hi-Five

WIFI REACHING UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOOD (17th & Diamond)

GREEN YOUR BUSINESS and GREEN YOUR SECOND CAREER 

HIRE TALENTED PHILADELPHIANS FOR GREEN JOBS

REPAIR WORK IS GREEN WORK
27 PHILADELPHIA SHOE REPAIR SHOPS
24 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT REPAIR SHOPS 

$50,000 AWARD FOR INNOVATION 

GENTRIFICATION IS NOT GREEN

Philadelphia Predatory Lending Task Force 
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ENERGY NOTES

ENERGY CONSERVATION WORKSHOPS CITYWIDE
PGW has funded ECA to provide 50 Self Help Energy Conservation Workshops across the city this winter. “Learn to air seal your doors and windows to improve your home’s heat retention. Each participant will receive some weatherization material free of charge.” Host a workshop in your neighborhood:  katrinas@ecasavesenergy.org

SOLAR REBATE SIGNUP The maximum 35% rebates are on hold due to state difficulty bonding the ternative Energy Investment Fund. This underscores the need for a regional stock exchange
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SUSTAINABILITY GUIDES PHILADELPHIA
This green buzzword leads us several directions. Sustainability Director Mark Alan Hughes quotes the UNEP definition: “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
—Many realize that making Philadelphia habitable for next generations means completely and promptly rebuilding this city so we thrive with little fuel. Doing so changes everything familiar but opens doors to far more secure lives.
—Top-down and grassroots initiatives combine to reduce food and energy costs, clean water and air, and enrich all neighborhoods. Here are some local sustainability sources:
SUSTAINABLE PHILADELPHIA 
GREENSPACE ALLIANCE declares “”Achieving an expanded and improved system of open space is inextricably linked with the advocacy of development that is less consumptive and degrading of limited natural and cultural resources.”
—SUSTAINABLE PHILADELPHIA VIDEO SERIES features institutional and personal action.
Start by viewing zero-energy home then click #2 LEED office at Navy Yard #3 wissahickon charter school #4 delaware river water trail map #5 wind farms Seeking funding for 6 more episodes: Eric Fiedler at MiND TV (215) 483-3900, ext. 215 for more info on the sponsorship program.
—CANDIDATE MICHAEL NUTTER CAMPAIGNS FOR SUSTAINABILITY 
—CITY HALL’S GREEN PLAN New York’s Bloomberg proposes INVESTING PENSION FUNDS FOR GREENING 
—PHILADELPHIA SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS nominations due 1/9/09
TEMPLE 
UPENN 
HAVERFORD COLLEGE 
PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE of TEXTILES & SCIENCE (1999): 
—CHERRY HILL SUSTAINABILITY BLOG
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK 
—TRF’s SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND 
—FRIENDS OF THE WISSAHICKON Sustainable Trails Initiative 
—TABERNACLE UNITED CHURCH’S PHILADELPHIA SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES <i>“Progressive Christianity for a change”</i>
SOSTENIBILIDAD y encuesta sobre planificación regional
be.com/watch?v=r8EXIs3sd-g&feature=related FILADELFIA, COLUMBIA tambien tiene un plan de sontentibilidad
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Elkins Park Bamboo

Elkins Park Bamboo

PHILADELPHIA VACANT LOTS + BAMBOO = LOCAL MANUFACTURE, JOBS, BUSINESSES

Thousands of types of housewares are being made of bamboo. Homes, floors, scaffolding, bicycles are also bamboo. A bamboo railway in Thailand serves rural areas.

This picture shows bamboo growing in Elkins Park and bamboo clothing designed by Shardlow Designs Photographer Patrick Snook 
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EVENTS

12/13 SOLAR HOT WATER WORKSHOP to become certified installer

12/13 WEATHERIZATION WORKSHOP, 10am-noon, Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 17th & Fitzwater St. RSVP 215.492.2980

12/13, 14, 20 GREENSGROW FARMS HOLIDAY MARKET, Gaul & Cumberland, 1-6pm
 
12/14 ROCKET CAT HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, 2001 Frankford Ave, 9am-2pm

12/17 MURAL ARTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Thomas Eakins House, 1727-29 Mt Vernon St, 4-7pm, 

12/17 ECONOMIC CRISIS COPING STRATEGIES “Every dollar counts in business. Learn from entrepreneurs and business owners as they discuss strategies and share personal experiences on how to survive and thrive during challenging economic times.” 5:30-7:30pm, PNC Center, 1600 Market St., Center Hall. $25. Register

12/20 & 21 VIXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Avenue. y

12/21 NIKOLA TESLA INVENTORS CLUB, Free Library, Skyline Room, 4th fl, 2-4pm 

1/13 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING. All welcome. 123 South Broad St., 6-9pm, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads LLP, RSVP by 1/9 julie@s bnphiladelpha.org

1/15 – Urban Sustainability Forum “The Green Economy: Economy and Environment Working Hand in Hand,” Academy of Natural Sciences 6-8:30pm

1/22 NATURE IN THE CITY: Exhibition and Panel Discussion, 7-9pm, COMMONWEALTH GALLERY
LINCOLN FINANCIAL MURAL ARTS CENTER AT THOMAS EAKINS HOUSE, 1727-29 Mt. Vernon St. The Restored Spaces Initiative is a collaboration with Mural Corps, the Mural Arts Program’s award winning art education program for at-risk teens, Philadelphia schools and civic institutions. Brian Campbell 215-685-0750 info@muralarts.org

1/31 PHILADELPHIA GREEN SKILLS CONFERENCE, Moore College of Art & Design
20th & Race St., 8:45am-2pm, Stormwater Management, Free Internet Mapping Resources, Giving Trees a Great Start, Grassroots Fundraising. $5.00 advance/$10.00 at door. Hannah 215-988-8842 dwaters@pennhort.org   
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MINI-EDITORIAL
Closing libraries is the best way to unbalance the budget. During hard times, libraries provide essential resources for community organizing, jobseeking, business creation, relaxation. Fewer libraries lead to more social unrest and crime, which raise costs for police, courts, jails. The same is true of pool closings. These are extraordinary examples of spreading pain further downward while our wealthier residents continue warm, fed and playful.
—Continued exclusive dependence on dollars is strangling this city. The alternative is to create our own money here, our own stock market, our own neighborhood and institutional credit and trading systems, while reducing the costs of food and energy through urban agriculture and massive weatherization.
—Our choice is to begin these boldly now, or watch this city fail. –paul5glover@yahoo.com
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YOUR LETTERS

“I just wanted to thank you again for including us in your broadcast. It has led to a lot of great media! We would like to include Green Jobs Philly in our next email blast as a way of saying thank you.”  –Micah Gold-Markel
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“Since you’ve got lots of inspiration regarding a sustainable future for Philadelphia, I thought I’d send this invitation your way. I don’t know if you’ve been following the fight against casinos in our neighborhoods, but I think it’s a really huge issue that could singlehandedly turn our city in a really unfortunate direction. The campaign is taking a new turn, and looking for people to help vision some alternatives. I’d love to have you involved.” casinofreephila.org –Jaques-Jean Tiziou
—[REPLY] Casinos suck money out of town, enrich insiders, feed on desperation. Orchards, transit, weatherization and locally-owned green businesses are sure bets.
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“GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS is an amazing resource.  I always think that I have a pretty good sense of what is happening in the Philadelphia Green Jobs movement and then I read the newsletter and learn about 10 other things that I hadn’t even heard of.” –Travis Douglas
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“We are one of the most polluted urban areas and it is because the City has a persistent history of failing to uphold environmental laws like proper brownfield clean up and dust control and informing the neighbors of health hazards (especially poor or vulnerable neighbors).
—”I will continue to inform and invite people to learn about urban toxins and the very real health hazards they cause, plus the ways in which the City of Philadelphia often fails to live up to it’s obligation to protect the health and welfare of its citizens.
—”I can not change the system alone and I am reaching out to others across the city who have experienced  similar problems of environmental and civil rights violations.  I want to hear from people who have had serious abuses caused them by the politics of this city.
—”I truly know that Citizens can get things changed in many ways.  We just have to act like we are the ones in charge of the city and stop acting like the city is in charge of us.  That is the way the founding documents  are written.
—”However, nothing will change unless the citizens start acting like they are in charge.” –Margaret Motheral greenuptoxicphiladelphia.com
—[REPLY] Linking initiatives like yours citywide will create a powerful voice for environmental cleanup, and end environmental racism. Visit the new PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CLINIC  “The Clinic’s mission is to provide legal and technical assistance to affected local communities to enforce their environmental rights and, through impact litigation and other methods of advocacy, to empower local activists to improve the public and economic health of their communities.”
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“I recently purchased your book Green Jobs Philly and enjoyed your vision and boldness. I appreciate that you welcome suggestions. I have some questions.
—”Perhaps you could provide more of your reasoning behind various figures, in particular how you’ve itemized eco-goals and the 100,000 green collar jobs. I understand it’s a rough sketch, but still I found myself wondering, how did he come to these various figures?
—”What kind of things would a Neigborhood Networker do? The job title intrigues me.
—”In what ways can a writer like me make a living writing about sustainability or green city initatives? Or what ways can I, in your words, help Philly “create [its] own media”? However, I know I need some more ideas if this is going to work.  So all suggestions welcome and appreciated.” –Brian Baughan
—[REPLY] Estimates for the 100,000 jobs are entirely educated hunches without reference to statistics, to stimulate conversation.  These job numbers assume a vastly different and better civilization.
—Neighborhood networkers survey neighbor skills and needs, in order to connect people for home repair, yard work, child care, sick care, cooking, mediation, recreation, tutoring, rides, etc.  These are traditional neighborhood functions which are not counted as employment.  The value of such exchanges can be the basis of neighborhood money and barter credit systems.
—To rebuild Philadelphia we’ll need to rebuild media, to celebrate our native genius and generosity rather than stupidity and consumerism.  Philadelphia writers and artists powerfully influence whether we have confidence in ourselves and trust in one another.  I’ve found hundreds of outstanding feature stories to be told here, among the thousands of people I’ve met tabling for Green Jobs Philly.  Together they prove Philadelphia is moving greenward.
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“Your efforts to promote greening in Philadelphia are very much appreciated.” –Patricia Lazos
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What steps must be taken to start a local currency? I thought to seek advice from you since you are the founder of Ithaca HOURS I know people and businesses that may be interested in this system.
     I am working on starting my own Non-Profit Organization, and a for-profit for my husband. I am ALL about community and our community needs something like this right now. Times are hard and not getting any better for a while. We, my husband and I are both jobless and next to homeless, so, it may seem crazy to be thinking of the community, but we are givers not receivers, so i know higher powers will help us on our journey.
     My idea for Non-Profit, is similar to a food bank. But, many in the community fail to see the need for hygiene items and baby items. I also know it is hard to go to get help for your pets, when hard times come in. So, i would have food, hygiene, baby, and dog, all at one place. If low income can get food for themselves once a month, why not pets too? I know it will work and it will help our community. I have a few people ready to help, once i get it going. –Lori Sleeman
—[REPLY] You have good ideas. We’ll need to meet local needs more cooperatively, on a nonprofit basis.  When you have incorporated as a nonprofit, you can connect with a tax-exempt organization to be your “fiscal sponsor,” so that you can receive tax-deductible donations via grants and internet.

—The success of a local trading system will depend significantly on having someone employed as a networker to promote, connect, facilitate, troubleshoot. I’ve written Hometown Money.

—The benefits of your co-op and/or trading system to the local economy can become great– more community stability, less crime, less cost to taxpayers for subsidizing poverty, police, courts, jails, health care. Any sponsorships will be well repaid.
—I started also the Ithaca Health Alliance whose members pay $100/YEAR to be covered for 12 categories of everyday emergency and own their own free clinic.
—This principle of mutual aid can apply to all aspects of daily life– child care, housing, health care, finance, food, fuel.  See also Big Problems Need Little Solutions
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