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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #8

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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GREENandSAVE offers ECO-ACADEMY TRAINING

 GREEN JOBS is new course taught at Temple University 

 PHILADELPHIA FARMING WIKI AND FORUM 

 URBAN GIRLS FARM NEEDS LAND within 40 miles of Philadelphia.  Growing 100 foods organically on one acre in New Jersey for local farmer’s markets since 2003, they seek an acre or 3/4 on Pennsylvania land close to this city.  Contact Liz Humphries ginahump@gmail.com 215 817-5614  

KENSINGTON BUSINESS DIRECTORY FEATURES GREEN CHOICES   See also Green Your Business 

WHITE DOG CAFE SOLD BY JUDY WICKS (1/12): contract requires same purchasing, labor and environmental standards, social mission. She retains ownership of name and logo.
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HIRE LOCALS: SEVENTY RESUMES OF PHILADELPHIANS SEEKING GREEN JOBS have been listed  Add yours

DATABASE OF PHILADELPHIA MINORITY, FEMALE AND DISABLED CONSTRUCTION FIRMS  by Mayor’s Commission on Diversity in the Construction Industry 

lower prices are higher wages

lower prices are higher wages

 PHILADELPHIA FIELD PROJECT finds solutions to poverty more through lowering costs of living than raising wages.  High prices for housing, heating, insurance, food, transit, etc drive demand for higher pay.  However, poverty can more effectively be reduced by empowering neighborhoods through mutual aid, urban agriculture, co-op health plans, green technologies.

PHILADELPHIA, Miami and Las Vegas are targeted for TRABAJOS VERDES (green jobs). 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE GREEN ECONOMY says that “roughly 553,517 jobs in a representative group of job areas that could see job growth or wage increases by putting global warming solutions to work and creating a green economy. The benefits of pursuing green investment strategies would spread to a much wider selection of occupations.” 

GREEN COLLAR JOBS DEFINED ON PHILADELPHIA’S ‘RADIO TIMES.‘ Marty Moss-Coane interviews Kevin Doyle and Bracken Hendricks 6/2/08 

LIFE IN THE PHILLY ECO-BUS Rob Marco’s Urban Hermitage Project is a “conscious living experiment” based on Green Theology.  He has created a “zero-energy, ecologically-sustainable solitary dwelling in a recycled school bus, as a witness to Christian discipleship in the eremitic tradition.”  

BALTIMORE AVENUE STREET LIGHTING PROJECT Encouraging walking at night reduces crime, reduces car dependence, and increases health.
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MEDICAL CARE WITHOUT DOLLARS: Philadelphia hospitals lose millions of dollars yearly because people are too poor to pay.  Many low-income people want to pay but can’t.  Barter systems enable medical centers to get value and clients to keep respect.  For example, artists and performers in Brooklyn barter for expenses at Woodhull Hospital.  Franklin Memorial Hospital in Maine barters with patients via “Contract for Care.” 

—Workshops and Resource Guides for Philadelphia artists seeking health care.

ARTISTS IN HEALTH CARE CERTIFICATE at Temple University:  “For musicians and visual artists interested in working in with people who are vulnerable or underserved because of physical, mental, emotional, social and economic challenges.  Free.

PHILLY CREATIVE JOBS The arts are green when they stimulate creating rather than consuming.  See also OurGoods.org

 PHILADELPHIA GREEN JOBS CORPS GRANT: Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia has received $125,000 from the Knight Foundation to design a Green Jobs Corps.  SBN began in February 2008 to create a comprehensive green collar job strategy for the Philadelphia region because “the businesses we serve need a trained workforce, policies that promote green collar jobs will also help grow the green business sector, and we want to create economic opportunity for all Philadelphians.”  
—Following Van Jones’ public appearance in Philadelphia in February 2008, SBN convened the Green Economy Task Force, four committees focused on Policy, Funding, Job Training and Employer Commitment. Over 70 people representing 50 organizations are currently involved.

GREEN JOBS COORDINATOR NEEDED: Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia seeks qualified applicants for full-time work as Green Jobs Coordinator, creating new local employment that improves environmental quality.
—Qualifications: Experience designing, developing, and implementing job training. Prefer 3-5 years experience in community organizing, excellent multi-tasking skills, strong research and presentation skills. Proficiency with computer networking skills.  Salary $40,000.  Submit cover letter including relevant experience, resume, references.  Leanne Krueger-Braneky 
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Van Jones

Van Jones

BOOK REVIEW: The Green Collar Economy, by Van Jones. Philadelphia’s shift to green jobs is noble, necessary, and humble.  “Let’s be clear, the main piece of technology in the green economy is a caulk gun,” says Van Jones, founder of Green for All.  “Leaking windows, ill-fitting doors, poor insulation and old appliances can gobble up 30% more energy.”  Moreover, “drafty buildings create broke, chilly people and an overheated planet.”  Jones’ repeated theme is that we need to “green the ghetto first” by creating “jobs not jails.”
—Jones recruits professional skills for this mission, too, to build and maintain America’s next civilization.  Cities, suburbs and farms must be completely overhauled to prepare for scarce fuels and climate change.  This massive task challenges government, finance, industry, and every home.
—Jones’ prime achievement is to name the old habits dragging America down while forgiving, demanding, reassuring, and inviting us all forward.  “Most of the economic power we need to green the Earth is still in the hands of people with a ‘pillage and pave’ mentality.”  But it is “only the business community” that has the “requisite skills, experience and capital” to do the job.
—He as readily criticizes environmentalists who are stuck opposing plans rather than proposing plans.  Therefore half this book introduces federal, state and local initiatives that prove the future both practical and profitable.  Making these investments attractive makes this book beautiful.
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10,500 LBS OF ELECTRONIC WASTE collected by TOXTOUR 12/12.  “Over 150 households participated.  Although we already had a handful of volunteers from Arcadia University and Awbury Arboretum helping us, we were so busy that people stepped out of line to volunteer to help for the day.”  –Sarah RobbGrieco, Executive Director, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

RECYCLING WEEKLY CITYWIDE since January 5: metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard 

LIBRARY USE RISES WHILE LIBRARIES CLOSE
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GREEN GRANTS
* For environmental causes in Philadelphia
* Resources for grantseekers 
* Do Something youth grant

CAMPAIGN TO “GREEN THE STIMULUS.”  Congress will provide over $800 billions for job creation.  These should emphasize energy efficiency, rail, transit, organic agriculture, fuel alternatives, small business, etc rather than the same corporate special interests that made the mess. 

FROM BROWNFIELD TO ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE PARK: the Rhizome Collective in Austin, Texas received a $200,000 brownfield cleanup grant from the EPA to bioremedate a 10-acre dump. Their  techniques are being used to remove toxins deposited by the waters of Hurricane Katrina.
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warming to greening

warming to greening

ENERGY AUDIT VIDEO: Energy Coordinating Agency on ABC Channel 6 news. Conservation Works Program  is one of several conservation programs that ECA provides to low income households, sponsored by the Philadelphia Gas Works. ECA also provides energy conservation audits through its fee-for-service program, Smart Energy Solutions. Jennifer Hobbs (215) 988-0929 x1049 jenh@ecasavesenergy.org 
—Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) PROGRESS REPORT and services 
—“Your tax deductible contribution will leverage approximately $3,000 in federal funding for energy conservation services for each of these low income families, and reduce their average energy cost by 25% or $735 each year.  At the same time, you’ll be helping to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming by decreasing the amount of energy the families must use to keep warm.”
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EVENTS

1/15 THE GREEN ECONOMY:  Urban Sustainability Forum, Academy of Natural Sciences.  Reception at 6pm, Lecture at 6:30pm, panel.

1/16 BIKE SHARING,  Academy of Natural Sciences.  Reception at 6pm, Lecture at 6:30pm. Streetfilms shows an eclectic array of “Livable Streets” videos from all over the world to inspire change for the streets in your neighborhood.  Free Bike Valet Parking by Neighborhood Bike Works

1/17 FORECLOSURE PREVENTION SEMINAR.  How to prevent falling behind on mortgage payments, what to do if that happens, how to prepare and maintain a budget, what is credit and how to repair your credit, and how much house can you afford to buy.  Urban League of Philadelphia workshop 9am-1pm, 121 S. Broad St, 9th floor. Register by 1/15: 215-985-3220.

1/18 WOMEN CAN COOK TOO! 3-7pm, 1st District Plaza, 3801 Market St 267-386-8204 ext.2  “Women have always provided nutrition to their families whether it’s educational, spiritual, and mental or just with a home cooked meal filled with love. Women Can Cook Too is an event to gather women from all cultures to share a sample of their favorite food creation. COOKS NEEDED AS WELL!!!  Market your business or group.  

1/19 WHY DID THE WATER TURN GREEN? workshop for teachers and environmental educator 9.  Learn to teach about the impact of excess nutrient on aquatic systems.  5pm Temple  University Main Campus. Earn 6 Act 48 hours 

1/19 WEATHERIZATION TRAINING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS  Temple University’s Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad St, 8:30-10:15am, RSVP: kparker@globalcitizen.us.com Learn to install weather stripping, plastic over windows, caulking around windows and doors  Weatherizing can save 5% - 20% in energy costs!

1/19 NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE WORKS Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  Help with various fun projects 9am-3pm.  Lunch provided RSVP dcb@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

1/29 RESOURCES FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS: job sources, freelance projects, networking opportunities, professional development organizations and funding sources are essential to help advance the careers of creative professionals in the Philadelphia Region.  Hosts: Innovation Philadelphia and Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA), 6-8pm, Painted Bride, 230 Vine St. panel discussion and networking reception.  Free.  RSVP: innovationphiladelphia.com

1/29 MURALFARM LAUNCH Mural Arts Program introduces its new site where pictures and detailed information about murals can be searched– by artist, theme, date, location, neighborhood. 1727-29 Mt Vernon St. 5:30-7:30

2/5 PHILADELPHIA’S GREEN INITIATIVE talk by Mark Allen Hughes Philadelphia’s Sustainability Director, ASHRAE (HVAC professionals), 5pm social, 6pm dinner, 7pm talk. Dave & Buster’s, 325 N Columbus Blvd # 19n, (215) 413-1951

2/5-7 FARMING FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE Pennsylvania Association for Organic Agriculture, State College, PA

February 11, 19, 25th - URBAN LEAGUE CAREER CENTER ORIENTATION every Monday 2-4pm, 1818 Market ST, 20th floor. Learn about FREE services available to help you find a job. RSVP Carla 215-561-6070 ext: 200 cbaptiste@urbanleaguephila.org

FIRST WEDNESDAYS GREEN DRINKS 
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MINI-EDITORIAL
200,000 Philadelphians who are functionally illiterate (22%) need green jobs that least require reading.  Big salaries and 401K plans are beyond their reach.  For these folks, good jobs are those which pay enough for basics plus some enjoyment.  Dignity is secured more through mutual aid systems– neighborhood programs we own– that reduce costs of housing, food, fuel, clothing, child care.  Reduced expenses are de facto salary increases. –Paul Glover
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YOUR LETTERS

“I’ve been asking around about my options to install a geothermal system on my house.  Are you aware of a list of local contractors so I can price out the installation for such a system? I’d greatly appreciate it.”  –Brian
—[REPLY]  SHALLOW GEOTHERMAL drills as little as 35 feet for heating or cooling residences Philadelphian Bill Parker has started Liberty Heat & Energy to reduce reliance on grids.
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Thanks to Green Jobs Philly- Harmony Green planet I got a job as substitute librarian at the West Oak Lane Charter School!”  –Caryl Johnston
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“Your Green Jobs Philly web site is a breath of fresh air!  Is it better for you if people buy your book in a bookstore ,or from you directly ?  Thanks for your site.”  –Pamela Rockwell-Warner
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“I liked “Repair Work is Green Work”. Do you know about Use it Again, PA,  promoting Repair & Reuse across the state? “  –Meenal Raval
—[REPLY]  Thanks for the heads-up— an excellent site. 
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“I was just telling my daughter that I thought a good way out of the present economic and energy crisis would be for the Fed to back mass production of affordable solar panels for the world. It would create jobs we would have an export to bring money back in and well the rest is green. My daughter suggested that I contact you to find out what’s going on in this area of things.”  –John Y
—[REPLY] You’re right.  The federal government could powerfully accelerate distribution of solar panels, passenger rail, energy efficiencies, urban agriculture, and many good things, through subsidies and tax credits.  This would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and strengthen regional economies.  But because existing institutions are more dedicated to preserving themselves than to preserving America, we’ll see most of the Obama stimulus spent for automotive infrastructure, with investments and tax breaks profiting the nation’s largest companies.  When corporate and government systems fail us we rally as our forebears did, creating small businesses and mutual aid organizations.
—Philadelphia has several photovoltaic companies.  Passive solar tools like solar heat boxes and insulation are even more effective, with least unit cost.  They generate jobs for less skilled neighbors and reduce living expenses.
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“I’m writing to you because a friend pointed me to a very interesting ecological resource, and  thought you might want to “spread the word” with your newsletter.
—”It’s a new typeface font that uses (so it claims) 20% less ink than regular fonts.  It does this by putting “holes” in the letters, so less ink is used, though it still retains readability.  It was invented in the Netherlands, and is available for people to download and use for free.  The website is: ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html.  –Seth Horwitz
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“I was in Good Karma Coffee today and I saw your pamphlet/book Green Jobs Philly on the table gave it a read and I was immediately interested. Short about me: I have an HR degree, have done recruiting and sales over the last 2 years and completely felt unfulfilled and miserable, well 3 out of 4 of the jobs at least. Here is the thing, I am currently looking for a new job in any green / not for profit jobs in Philadelphia.  I am simply not looking for just another job, I am looking for a career even if the pay is not great. 
—”I have been pursuing my passion for music and photography and am now ready to get back in the job market. I have the right attitude, ambition, degree and intelligence to fill any job, I am seeking one that might have a little impact and get paid at the end of the day.”  –Zachary Radel
—[REPLY]  Your skills and attitude are better suited to the green world than the suit world.  There are hundreds of environmental organizations in Philadelphia and some are hiring gpen.org/organizations.cfm.
—During tough economic times most jobs may come from starting our own programs and businesses with like-minded people.  You might join with other jobseekers at greenjobsphilly.org to provide better ways to heat, eat, house and heal at lower cost.
—Success now means being warm and fed, doing work that meets basic needs and cleans the environment.  As my book shows, there are thousands of types of work that rebuild Philadelphia.  We need your songs and photography, to celebrate this work.
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“Some neighbors, along with SOSNA, are trying to green the schoolyards at Arthur (20th & Catharine) and Stanton (17th & Christian) Elementary Schools in South Philadelphia.  We initially just wanted to plant some trees in the schoolyard, but would like to expand on the greening efforts if the funds and support allow it.  We have been in contact with Kathleen Murray from City Council.  She has expressed support of the project and we are trying to get her help to obtain permission from the school district.
—”I was wondering if your non-profit provides any resources or guidance to help us carry out this project.  Any help you can provide will be much appreciated.  Thank you for your time!”  –Sincerely, nn
—[REPLY]  Phil Forsyth says,”Last year the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) planted orchards with Hartranft and Potter Thomas Elementary Schools and berries and fruiting vines at MLK High School.  If the groups you are working with decide to pursue a partnership with POP, the first step is filling out an application (www.phillyorchards.org/orchards/develop).”
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“Rather than foist a fleet of diesel oil-burning hybrid buses on us, SEPTA could follow the lead of Calgary Transit and power its electric vehicles with clean-generated electricity:
calgarytransit.com/environment/ride_d_wind.html
—”SEPTA management has for years now had a policy of downplaying the fleet of streetcars and trackless trolleys inherited when the agency was implemented in 1968.  Right now, in South Philadelphia, SEPTA is allowing the electric routes 23, 29 and 79 fall apart by neglect.  SEPTA sees fit to run diesel buses on these lines, refusing to order electric vehicles or take care of the infrastructure.  
—”Meanwhile they shamelessly greenwash: at least one of their diesel hybrid buses is ‘wrapped’ with inane advertisement, giant letters reading “Emits Feel-Goodness.”  Uh, sorry — that hybrid emits heat, noise, and carcinogenic diesel particulates.  All the while SEPTA’s clean electric fleet of streetcars and trackless trolleys shrinks with each passing decade.
—”It’s aggravating that SEPTA sees nothing wrong with petitioning the new administration to spend stimulus money on more hybrid diesels, instead of maintaining (let alone expanding) its 100% electric system.  That’s no vision for a sustainable future.
—”The hybrid buses that SEPTA touts are not living up to their promise in other cites.  Toronto Transit Commission is now trying to cancel its order for more hybrids.  After running them for several years longer than SEPTA has, Toronto has found that hybrids are only 10% more efficient than straight diesels, and the huge battery packs have been failing at an alarming rate once the warranties expire.
—”Historically, the trackless trolley and streetcar fleets were powered in part by local hydro power.  True, in the old days the transit company generated electricity by burning anthracite too, but the city system was powered at least in part by hydroelectric turbines on the Schuylkill at Flat Rock Dam near Domino Lane . 
—”Over forty cities in North America have, are building, or are planning new electric streetcar routes.  But incredibly, here in Philadelphia , the transit authority ignores the green infrastructure it has.  With 3 million dollars worth of new tracks and wires in place in Mt. Airy , the transit authority cheerfully tells us that it will never use them and that hybrid diesel buses are good enough.  The city’s riders and neighborhoods deserve better.  All we need to do is somehow change SEPTA management’s Diesel-Uber-Alles mindset.
—”SEPTA spent so much money on their green marketing campaign, including cutesy ads made out of moss, that I felt the need to make one of my own.  –Mike Szilagyi, Mt Airy  mszilagyi@CampbellThomas.com
—[REPLY] See also jgpotter.com/html/position.html and foster4reform.org/gtnavefollies.htm
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