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Green Jobs Philly #11

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Philadelphia is full of beautiful children who deserve a city as beautiful as they are.  Success is exactly this.  Prosperity means nothing less.  This newsletter proves that Philadelphians are dedicated to creating the best imaginable future for our kids.

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LIVING IT GREEN MAGAZINE is a new “biannual resource directory promoting Green Products, Natural Foods and Holistic Health Services in the Philadelphia Tri-State area.”  

GREEN CHANNEL AT PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/DAILY NEWS: 

 

 

 

IF IT FEEDS IT LEADS

PHILADELPHIA FOOD HARVEST MAP: add fruit trees, nut trees and berry bushes

 GRID MAGAZINE’S FOOD ISSUE celebrates edible Philadelphia with articles about neighborhood gardens, Philadelphia Orchard Project, growing heirloom veggies, and a list of Earth Day events.

SHARE FOOD PROGRAM OF PHILADELPHIA  “people can get a break on their grocery bill by purchasing food at discounted prices in exchange for volunteer time. For each package of food purchased, we simply ask for two (2) hours of some type of “good deed” time, at SHARE, in your community, or even in your own neighborhood.  

URBAN GIRLS PRODUCE, at Schuylkill Center, grows for local farmers’ markets: “potatoes, lettuces, cooking greens, okra, tomatillos, lima and pole beans, basil, tomatoes and more.” (215) 817-5614

Smart in Montmartre, France

Smart in Montmartre, France

 PHILADELPHIA URBAN VINEYARD AND WINERY
—“It is proposed that an urban vineyard and winery be established in an inner-city Philadelphia neighborhood specifically for the purpose of generating funds to support other urban garden and green space projects and the organizations that support them.”
—“Philadelphia was the site of the first commercial vineyard in the U.S. along the banks of the Schuylkill River in what is now Fairmont Park.  Established by a Frenchman, Pierre Legaux in the early 1700’s.” Mark L. Chien, State-wide Viticulture Extension Educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension, College of Agricultural Sciences, 717.394.6851 

PHILADELPHIA’S SMALL PLOT INTENSIVE (SPIN) FARMING MOVEMENT gets worldwide notice for “making it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size.  Its precise revenue targeting formulas and organic-based techniques make it possible to gross $50,000+ from a half- acre.  You don’t need to own land. You can affordably rent or barter a small piece of land adequate in size for SPIN-Farming production.  It fits into any lifestyle or life cycle.”

WHERE DOES PHILADELPHIA’S FOOD COME FROM?

THE PHILADELPHIA PROJECT by Greensgrow in Kensington. “Hydroponics, Honey From the Hood, Vermicomposting, bio diesel, school tours, on farm lectures, organic gardening workshops, green roofs, The Neighborhood Urban Agriculture Coalition (NUAC) community gardens and senior markets.

FOOD ROUTES maps food miles from plot to plate.  Site created in Philadelphia.

PENNSYLVANIA “BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL” NEW BLOG

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP) PLANTINGS 2009

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING IN PHILADELPHIA by Phil Forsyth of Forsyth Gardens and Grace Wicks of Graceful Gardens 
—LIST OF EDIBLE FLOWERS 

PHILLY COMPOST MAP “Share your experience and your bins!  You know that the best way to keep organics out of the waste stream is to compost in your own back yard.”

ORGANIC RECYCLING CENTER OPENS in Fairmont Park at 3850 Ford Rd. 

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HIRE EACH OTHER

Hundreds of talented Philadelphians listed at Green Jobs Philly seek green jobs.  Many provide resumes on this site.  Since there are more jobseekers than jobs, the new economy requires that we hire each other.  Call your fellow jobseekers and start new businesses and groups.  Meet basic needs quicker, cheaper, and funner.  Then tell us.  Need money?  Ask for it at  greenjobsphilly.org/register_grant_seek.php

hire Claudette, hire from our list

hire Claudette, hire from our list

 “I’m open to hard work involving plants or trees, I’m experienced in greenhouse work, tree nursery work, and in assisting in an office environment. I am a good driver and excellent communicator. I would love to learn new skills involving plant and animal conservation.”  –Claudette Johnson, B.A. Art
—ARE YOU HIRING?  greenjobsphilly.org/register_job_offer.php
—HAVE YOU GOT MONEY OR LAND TO HELP THIS NEW GENERATION OF PHILADELPHIA ENTREPRENEURS? greenjobsphilly.org/register_grant_offer.php
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GOOD ENERGY

PHILADELPHIA RECEIVES $14,108,700 ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDS for Energy Efficiency and Conservation

PHILADELPHIA GREEN COLLAR JOBS: Customized Training Funds - Request for Proposal by Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation

SOLAR FINANCING BY REGIONAL BANK:  The Beneficial provides loans starting at 4.75%.  Solar lending specialist: (215) 864-6126

DEP’s SOLAR GRANT PROGRAM provides 25%-35% rebate for the total cost.  ”Solar installers have been lining up customers and waiting for the grant to be announced, so we could see our roof-scape change dramatically this summer.”  -Rick Mohr of Enerdelphia The grant has just been released.

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART BUILDS CITY’S LARGEST GREEN ROOF: 26,000ft2.  Take a guided tour of the future Roof Sculpture Garden, consisting of “thin layer of light weight aggregate, up to 6’ deep geofoam, specially engineered normal weight soil mixes.”

PENNSYLVANIA WORKS! has issued PRINCIPLES & CRITERIA to “foster sustainable economic development and conservation of resources:”  1. Redevelop first.  2. Provide efficient infrastructure. 3. Concentrate development. 4. Increase job opportunities. 5. Foster sustainable businesses. 6. Restore and enhance the environment. 7. Enhance recreational and heritage resources. 8. Expand housing opportunities. 9. Plan regionally; implement locally. 10. Be fair. APPLY FOR FUNDING

STUDENT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPETITION Delaware Valley Green Building Council invites designs for a “sustainable food co-operative market.”  Deadline May 4. 

FROM SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS TO SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.  Pittsburgher revives neighborhoods ecologically.
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GREEN MOTION

CAREERS IN TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUTH, MINORITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 10  weeks, Pre-Reqs: minority, college juniors and seniors; minimum 2.5 GPA; Begins: June 1. “have an interest in public transportation or a transportation related career.” shawn@tcgconsulting.biz

The Girard Line, by Holly Guerin

The Girard Line, by Holly Guerin

TRANSIT AND WALKING DIRECTIONS MAP FOR HUNDREDS OF PHILADELPHIA CITY SCHOOLS 

ANTIQUE BIKE PROJECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS to help youth build reproduction of a 100-year-old bicycle.  Andy or 215-386-0316.

NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE WORKS SUMMER CAMP Register: Cat Bergeron 215-386-0316 

 

VOLUNTARY “TRAIL TOLL” requested by Bicycle Coalition, to Complete the Schuylkill River Trail 

PHILADELPHIA PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE SURVEY: City Planners want your opinions about the PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PLAN

PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL PORT AUTHORITY GREEN SCENE http://www.philaport.com/green.htm
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REAL MONEY

PHILADELPHIA’S INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CIVIC VALUES EVALUATES STIMULUS BENEFITS 

STARTING A GREEN NONPROFIT AND NEED ACCOUNTING FREE

 EQUAL DOLLARS redesigned. “Equalizing the Economic Playing Field in Our Communities!”

COMMUNITY CURRENCY MAGAZINE

PHILLY CARROT MOB  saturation shops at a store,on one special day, if that store agrees to dedicate a high percentage of the day’s profit to energy efficiency.  “The Carrotmob is just getting started in Philadelphia but in San Francisco (the birthplace of the mob), they are making significant progress.  We’re hopefully executing our first Carrotmob by mid- to late May.”  –Tony 

PHILLY MICROCREDIT LISTSERVE 

PHILADELPHIA GREEN GRANT WRITERS 

GREATER PHILADELPHIA GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM LAUNCHED by Chamber of Commerce.  Founding members are primarily large companies.  Members admitted when executive signs “Letter of Commitment “to change business according to checklist suggesting various  practices that reduce environmental impact.  
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ETCETERAE

JUGGLERS.COM is owned by Give & Take Jugglers of Philadelphia. “We have a very savvy associate who was on the ball in the right decade.  People talk all the time about its value,” says Nick Gregory.
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NATIONAL GREEN ARTS CORPS STARTED BY PHILADELPHIAN  “The major goal of the NGAC will be to create a program that employs artists to work with community centers, businesses, and Green Job Training Centers. In this way, artists can contribute, along with other sectors of the society, to developing long-range solutions to our nation’s aesthetic, environmental and economic development.” –Michael Schwartz 

TECHNICALLY PHILLY “covering the community of people who use technology in Philadelphia.”

WINNERS OF $10 GIFT CERTIFICATES TO INFUSION COFFEE AND TEA, HIGH POINT CAFE, EARTH BREAD BREWERY: chasingmolly, willettasb, mmuroff.  Reply w/address to claim: paul5glover@yahoo.com
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MINI-EDITORIAL 

Every smallest effort you make toward rebuilding Philadelphia is essential.  Thanks!  –Paul Glover paul5glover@yahoo.com (215) 805-8330
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EVENTS

4/16 WHAT FORMERLY INCARCERATED WOMEN NEED.  Panel discussion by Pennsylvania Prison Society.   “Women are going to prison at a faster rate than men.  75% of female prisoners are mothers, 36% have mental health issues, 80% were abused at some time in their lives and 90% will return to our communities.  For this return to be successful, they need housing, employment, clothing, medical and mental health services—just to start.”  Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 6-8pm, 824 W. Lancaster Ave. #5, Bryn Mawr.  RSVP Cathy Wise 215-564-6005, ext. 106.

4/18 EARTH DAY FEST & FLEA MARKET at CLARK PARK, Baltimore Ave & 43rd.  Music, green networking, workshops, vendors, farmer’s market, storytelling, kid stuff.   “Brings our community together to build a sustainable future for all!”  Benefits Uhuru Solidarity Movement.  Rain date 4/19

4/18 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION at Streets Dept’s Training Center State Road at Ashburner St.  map List of chemicals

4/18 POINT BREEZE PIONEERS INTO SPRING ACTION: Chew Playground, (18th & Washington Ave), 10am.  Mission: “To ensure the development of sustainable green spaces by engaging the neighbors, friends, residents and business owners of Point Breeze in the restoration of our landscapes.” 

4/18 HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION WORKSHOP, free, PECO Financial Education Ctr, 4027 Market St, 8:30am–1pm.  “Receive expert advice and a free energy kit including efficient light bulbs, shower heads, weather-stripping.” Register: Shawn McGeth at 215-307-4917.  The Partnership CDC 

4/20 ENTRY LEVEL WEATHERIZATION TRAINING: Four weeks; certificate of completion. Intro to residential energy efficiency, basic carpentry, air sealing, insulation, and heater maintenance. Qualify to work for the Weatherization Assistance Program, contractors and related private companies. “While ECA cannot guarantee every participant a job, we plan to hire 10 students from the first class, and we have partnered with other career professionals to help place all the trainees.”  ecasavesenergy.org
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4/21 SEPTA 2010 CAPITAL BUDGET HEARING, 1234 Market St, 11am & 5pm. 

4/21 PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE PLAN SPEAKOUT, Municipal Services Bldg, 1401 JFK, 16th fl, 6:30-8:30pm

4/24 SUSTAINABALL AND SILENT AUCTION to benefit Sustainable Business Network  “live music, local food, dancing, cocktails” (semi-formal) 8-11pm, The Green Roof of Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine St.  

4/24-26 EARTH DAY FEST & FLEA MARKET at ARBOL CAFE “Vendors, Workshops, Speakers, Plants, Music, Food, Children’s activities. Uhuru Solidarity Movement. 3733 Lancaster Ave.  philly@uhurusolidarity.org 215-387-0919 

 4/25, STUDENTS UNITED FOR PHILADELPHIA AGRICULTURE (SUPA) YOUTH-LED WORKSHOPS. 12:30-4pm WB Saul High School; 7090 Henry Ave, highlighting urban agriculture and greening the city.  Groups represented: T4G, Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), Mill Creek Farm, Penn State, Weaver’s Way, Farm to City, Urban Tree Connection,  MLK, Grumblethrope Historic House and Gardens, Central and Crefled.

4/25 BarCamp NewsInnovation Phila reinvent media conference Annenberg Hall, 2020 North 13th St 

4/27 VEGETABLE GARDENING IN A SMALL SPACE “how to grow some of your favorite veggies on a patio or in a small backyard.”  Queen Memorial Library, 4-5pm, 1201 S. 23rd St. (Federal at 22/23) citygardening@pennhort.org

4/25 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING  “Hello All Tree Lovers! Welcome to the Spring Planting Season!! PHS and the DCNR TreeVitalize program are thrilled to announce that more than 1,000 trees will be planted this spring in the greater Philadelphia/SE PA region. Planting all those trees will take quite a bit of volunteer-power and we need all the help we can get!” gpen.org/ShowEvents.cfm

4/25 GREEN FAIR hosted by State Rep Kenyatta Johnson, Marion Anderson Recreation Ctr, 17th/Fitzwater, 11:45am-4pm.  ”Learn about green jobs and energy efficiency.”

4/28 SLOW MONEY BREAKFAST: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, with Woody Tasch, author of “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money.”  “What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?” 8-9:30am, White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom.  $12 SBN Members; $15 non-members. Reservations required: 215-386-9224.  See also Philadelphia Regional & Independent Stock Exchange (PRAISE).

5/1 PLASTIC BAG BAN HEARING AT CITY COUNCIL offered by Councilmen DiCicco and Kenney.  Would require $.25 fee on plastic shopping bags, prohibit Styrofoam food packaging in favor of biodegradable/compostable or recyclables.
—Clean Air Council sponsors photography contest re: impact of plastic bags & styrofoam packaging.  All submitted photographs of plastic bags will be used in a slideshow displayed throughout the hearing. Winner gets $50 prize. Email photos: kedwards@cleanair.org

5/2 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING, NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA Meet at Al Furqan Mosque, 9am, by Dollar Tree at Cottman, 7252 Roosevelt Boulevard, Hasan Malik 215 694 9607 
—5/2 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING, ROXBOROUGH Garden R.U.N., 242 Monastery, 10:30, Jill Schneider 215-779-3688 5/2 
—5/2 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING, DIVERSIFIED COMMUNITY CENTER, 10am, 1529 S. 22nd St. (at Tasker), Cheryl Weiss 215-336-5505 Ext 342  
—5/2 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING, IMPACT SERVICES, 10am, 1952 E. Allegheny Ave. Phyllis Martino 215-739-1600 x141 

5/3 BARE ROOT TREE PLANTING 2771 Jasper Street, 10:30am. Nykia Perez 215-284-6383 

5/9 EATS AND BEATS 2009 Urban Nutrition Initiative Benefit Dinner, by  UNI Teens.  Calvary Center, 48th/Baltimore Ave, 5:30-8:30pm, “support our efforts to transform West Philadelphia.”  Four-course meal, Local and seasonal flavors, Silent auction, Multimedia showcase of student work, Raffle, Live music by Gina Ferrera.  Sliding scale donation: $15 to $50. Advance tickets required”  215-898-1600 eatsandbeats2009@gmail.com    

5/11 BECOME AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONTRACTOR 

5/13 GETTING READY FOR CHANGE: A GREEN ECONOMY AND GREEN JOBS panel discussion & breakfast 8-10am at Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill. RSVP 

5/15 A SENSE OF PLACE: Preserving Philadelphia Neighborhoods.  ”The first citywide conference for community leaders about preserving and celebrating Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.” 

5/17 MICROFINANCE NOBEL PRIZE WINNER MUHAMMAD YUNUS SPEAKS AT WHARTON COMMENCEMENT, 1pm, Franklin Field, 33/South.  Billions of dollars lent to the poor have lifted millions from poverty.

5/21 BECOME A TREE TENDER, 5:45-8:45pm, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Fl.  RSVP required

5/21  FEEDING PHILADELPHIA, Urban Sustainability Forum, Academy of Natural Sciences, 6-8:30pm, RSVP “exploring new ways that growers, markets, and consumers can strengthen and improve Philadelphia’s access to healthy, safe and affordable food.”

5/22 Urban Farmer Skills: How can we feed Philadelphia? Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8:30am.  “A skill-building, hands-on workshops for the regional farming community.  Seed saving, Hoop house construction, Small space farming, Business planning, and more. Fee: $10 partial day / $15 full day. Lunch included! (scholarships available).  Register
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YOUR LETTERS

“Hello. my name is John Larkin. I have recently relocated to the area (Valley Forge-Phoenixville) and I am keenly interested in finding future employment and a career in the green industry. Please add me to your mailing list and feel free to call me if there is anything that I can participate directly in on your behalf. I’m open and willing to do volunteer work for you or a related cause. I look forward to hearing from you again!”  –John Larkin 
—[REPLY] Thanks for offering to help.  Main work here is networking to connect more people to this list and these processes.  As green networks grow, everything is possible.  Offering unpaid internships, until our funding expands. 
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“I just got a chance to look at the website.  It is a great resource to stay linked into the community. I wasn’t aware of the resource for loans and grants. I will definitely refer my clients to the site. What are some of the positions that are looking for multiple openings?”  –Brandon Fitzgerald
—[REPLY]  The job list at our site is growing gradually and contains primarily one or two openings per employer.  Most new jobs will be created by jobseekers themselves, starting new businesses and organizations that meet basic needs.
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“Thanks for hooking me up with the green jobs newsletter. Wouldn’t it be nice to be the new Berkeley”  –Carol Purfield
—[REPLY]  Yes, the new Berkeley, the new San Francisco.  And someday, they the new Philadelphia.
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“I’ve been working as a web developer/web strategist, primarily for nonprofits, for about 8 years now.  ”I’m interested in exploring the possibility of forming a business group with other nonprofit consultants where we can combine forces.  This would be open to any type of consultant interested in working with nonprofits, social ventures, etc.  The basic idea being we can combine forces for marketing and for supporting one another. 
—”Anyway, if anyone is interested in exploring this idea further, I’d love to hear from you.  I know a couple of people already interested and I’m hoping to organize a meeting to discuss.” Sam Cohen  
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Glad to see that you are continuing with the green jobs. May these days of reflection find you a recipient of grace, mercy and power.”  –Phylicia
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