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Green Jobs Philly News #13

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

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Row Home-Grown © 2008 Shelley Buonaiuto

Row Home-Grown © 2008 Shelley Buonaiuto

GREEN HOMES

PHILADELPHIA PREPARES TO WEATHERIZE 400,000 ROW HOMES.  Weatherizing a row house in north Philadelphia costs about $2,000. Philadelphia Gas Works will pay.
—INSTITUTIONAL ENERGY AUDITS

REDUCING FORECLOSURES WITH THE PHILADELPHIA MODEL

EARTHSHIP PHILADELPHIA VIDEO

PLANNING AND ZONING FOR GREEN BUILDINGS new report by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Rowhome scuptures by Shelley Buonaiuto (frames by Michael Buonaiuto).  Funds sought to install life-size versions in windows. © 2008 A Little Company
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FRESH GREEN INDUSTRY  

22 “HOT JOBS IN PHILADELPHIA” INCLUDE THREE GREEN CATEGORIES: Solar Panel Installers, Energy Auditors, Green Property Management, according to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.  

THOUSANDS OF SOLAR JOBS COMING
PV AMERICA CONFERENCE in Philadelphia 6/8-10 showcased dozens of categories of solar electric manufacture.  Thousands of component parts are needed to convert sun to spark– tools that make tools to make panels.
—Exhibitor nearest Philadelphia was Malvern-based Applied Energy Systems, providing gas cabinets for PV manufacturing.  Brooks Instrument, in Hatfield, PA, employs 210 to assemble and test polysilicon spray coatings.  A E Polysilicon manufactures in Fairless Hills, PA.  Philadelphia union laborers (IBEW 98 & 743) were employed in Tullytown, PA to install 16 acres of solar panels at Grows Landfill.
—PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA ALREADY GENERATE 209kW.  Another MW at Navy Yard is planned.  Total 1.7MW installed/planned.
PA SOLAR REBATE 
—SUNSHINE LAWS: House Bill 80 and Senate Bill 92 increase required power generation statewide by sun, wind, etc.

 Sunny Side of the Street © 2008 Shelley Buonaiuto

Sunny Side of the Street © 2008 Shelley Buonaiuto

INFINITE SOLAR TRAINING SCHOOL Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal courses, 2880 Comly Rd. (NE Phila) 215 667-1267 Member of SEIA

PHILADELPHIA URBAN INDUSTRY INITIATIVE   creates and retains manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia neighborhoods.  

PHILADELPHIA MATERIALS PROJECT “will identify needs, barriers and next steps for the development of a viable supply chain for local designers, green tech innovators and manufacturers… to stimulate opportunities for sustainable manufacturing in Philadelphia.”
—PROPOSED PHILADELPHIA GREEN MANUFACTURE 
MADE IN PENNSYLVANIA  Nominate your business: 

GREEN BUSINESS INCUBATOR LAUNCHED AT NAVY YARD “Small businesses are where the economic recovery starts and encouraging those small businesses – particularly small, green, businesses – is vital to the sustained growth of our regional economy,” said Mayor Nutter. info@goodcompanyventures.org

PHILADELPHIA AMERICA’S  #4 “GREENEST ECONOMIC” CITY according to CommunityWalk.  “Rankings are based on the presence of an incubator for clean technology industries, including renewable energy, advanced transportation, advanced water treatment, alternative fuels, green building, and energy efficiency.”
—More detailed calculation by Securities & Ecologies Commission (SEC) 
HOW GREEN IS PHILLY?
PHILADELPHIA RECOVERY
MAP OF STIMULUS (AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT) FUNDS from the federal level to the community level. Comprehensive Road Map of funds that relate most closely to social equity and “green” (Diagrams & Matrices).

CONNECTING PHILADELPHIA WORKERS TO LIVING-WAGE GREEN, HEALTHCARE JOBS 
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MOVING RIGHT ALONG

Acela in Phila

Acela in Phila

PENTRANS PROMOTING “SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF RAIL” “Pennsylvania is really committed to high-speed rail,” said Marilyn Jamison, Amtrak development director, at Pentrans annual membership meeting 5/28. She believes Philadelphia needs to make clear plans: contact Peter Javsicas to help: javsicas@pentrans.org
—GENERAL MOTORS BANKRUPTCY GOOD FOR ITS EMPLOYEES AND AMERICA IF THEY BUILD TRAINS, says Michael Moore

SEPTA YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL seeks members ages 14 to 22. Send resume and letter of interest: YouthAdvisoryCouncil@septa.org (215) 580-7478 Deadline 7/15.

MAYOR NUTTER ESTABLISHES BIKE- AND PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY POLICY The Complete Streets Executive Order, requires full consideration of cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users by all City departments during street design.

—PHILADELPHIA PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PLAN by Planning Commission 
BICYCLE PARKING NOW REQUIRED FOR NEW ZONING PERMITS 

PHILADELPHIA RECEIVES BICYCLE FRIENDLY CITY AWARD by League of American Bicyclists, at the Bronze Level.  “While I am proud to have Philadelphia recognized at the bronze level, I’m aiming for platinum,” said Mayor Nutter. 

BICYCLE ART & DESIGN: major bike show at Moore College of Art 6/19-10/13.  20th St & The Parkway, Reception 6/26, 6-8pm  lmertes@moore.edu  See EVENTS for related exhibits

NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE WORKS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SUMMER CAMP July 6-Aug 28th, Mon-Friday 8:30am-4pm. All day or 2 hours. Also need Saturday drop-ins, 9am-2pm. Also need presentations on map reading and compass use, nutrition and importance of exercise, yoga, art projects (photography, bike part art/ jewelry, etc.).  Cat: 215-386-0316. Summer Camp volunteer orientation June 17, at 6pm.

NORTHWEST TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE “Traffic calming is a set of strategies… which aim to slow down or reduce traffic, thereby improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as improving the environment for residents.”  Kittura Dior  215-843-7573

SCHUYLKILL BANKS VOLUNTEERS needed

PEAK OIL IS HERE, ADMITS MAIN SKEPTIC GROUP. Oil prices will rise as availability declines.
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NEWS YOU CAN EAT

nontoxic pesticide

nontoxic pesticide

LADYBUG FEST at Schuylkill River Park Community Garden. 1,500 beetles given new homes by gardeners using nontoxic pest control

FOOD CO-OP FORMING IN ITALIAN MARKET: Bella Vista Natural Foods seeks to convert to member-owned store. 1010 S. 9th St.  First meeting attended by 70, and 25 signed up for the steering committee.  Co-op food buying clubs and grocers enable members to get healthy local food cheap, by pooling labor. bellavistafoodcoop@gmail.com 215 923-3367

lambs quarters

lambs quarters

TONS OF WILD FOOD IN THIS CITY are mowed or ignored yearly.  Tasty exotic spinaches and flowers.  “Don’t gather within 4 feet of an old house because of lead paint. Don’t gather within 30 feet of a highway — and even then, preferably gather uphill — because of nickel and cadmium from the batteries, petroleum chemicals wearing off tires and washing off the side of the road, coolant, and gasoline. And never, ever, ever gather near railroad tracks. They’ve been putting pesticides and herbicides in those areas for the last 100 years.” 
EDIBLE FLOWER CHART 

MULBERRY PIE BAKE SALE RAISES FUNDS FOR  COMMUNITY GARDEN. Harvested and baked locally, 12” diameter, $12 each, delivered.  Two acres at 30th & Oakford.  Donations of mulch, soil,  tree seedlings, ornamental stone welcome. David Hilbert 215-939-5364

MILL CREEK FARM FEEDS HUNGRY NEIGHBORS– NEEDS PROTECTION.  A donor matches donations up to $750.  Haverford & 52nd.

GREENSGROW’S TEN REASONS TO BUY LOCAL FOOD

Lunch Wagon © 2009 Ellen Gavin, native Philadelphian

Lunch Wagon © 2009 Ellen Gavin, native Philadelphian

AND ANOTHER REASON TO GROW IT: “Philadelphia last summer conducted its first two gardens provided by the Board of Public Instruction, one at Weccacoe Square [5th & Catharine], in a crowded foreign district, the other at Lansdowne Avenue.  In each of these Philadelphia gardens over a hundred children worked every day from May to October, raising tomatoes, peas, beets, beans, lettuce, cabbage, almost all the summer vegetables, while classes from neighboring schools visited the gardens for lessons in nature study.  Some of the little farmers were asked what they would have done during the summer had not the gardens been in existence.  There were prompt replies of ‘Playin’ ball and breakin’ windows,’ ‘Readin’,’ ‘Bummin.’  ‘Never has a summer been so peaceful,’ was the report of the residents.”  – Alfred Emanuel Smith, New Outlook, v. 79, January 1905.

GREATER PHILADELPHIA FOOD SYSTEM STUDY evaluates opportunities for increased local production and consumption of food, given rising fuel and food costs and competing global marketplaces. Another objective is to inventory, summarize, and build upon the important work of, and compelling studies authored by, many different organizations and government agencies already committed to these issues.

FRIENDS OF THE GARDEN OF THE ARTS

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GREENER PROFIT

NEW VOICE OF BUSINESS starts Philadelphia chapter. 

Jeff Westphal said “There is an under-represented segment of business that wants to be heard. We’re going to help raise their voices in Philly and across the country, and show that the old voices don’t speak for all of us.”

GREEN YOUR BUSINESS

DIVERSE PHILLY is promoting green business and wealth creation all neighborhoods. 

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA’S RECOVERY news 

PHILADELPHIA AND REGIONAL RESTORATION DIRECTORY 

PHILADELPHIA ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING 

PACKAGE REDUCTION by TwiceGreen of Philadelphia 

TIERRA MIA ORGANIC NAIL SPA  328 S. 17th St, 2b 

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GREEN NONPROFIT 

200 PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOODS MAPPED by the Preservation Alliance, which invites us to upload our photos of local historic buildings. 

FUTURE OF PHILADELPHIA SUSTAINABILITY: What’s next for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability? 

LATEST GRID MAGAZINE 

COMMUNITY JOURNALISM IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC CRISIS by Philly IndyMedia 

GREEN JOBS PHILLY T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST:
$250 winner; $50 runner-up. paul5glover@yahoo.com

PENNFUTURE PODCASTS

NEIGHBORS ALLIED FOR THE BEST RIVERFRONT partners with others to promote community-based planning and development which is sensible, sustainable, and inclusive of positive public involvement.

PHILADELPHIA PARENT PARTNER LISTSERVE. “Parents who have found employment or are now seeking employment through a welfare-to-work program in Philadelphia and want additional information related to helping their kids in school and in the community.”
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MORE GOOD ENERGY

URBAN ECO ELECTRIC (UEE) SOLAR EQUIPMENT LEASE PROGRAM offers Philadelphia homeowners free solar panels (including installation and maintenance) plus a 50% discount on their average Peco bill for the first two years of the lease, plus freeze on electric rates for the ensuing 18 years.  David Blumenfeld (215) 909-6814. 

WIND ENERGY PHILLY “It is my dream to see windmills on the west bank of the Cobbs Creek that travels along 63rd St from Spruce St to Woodland Ave.”  carinknightresearcher@gmail.com

HYDROGEN GENERATION FROM SEWAGE METHANE BIOGAS proposed for Philadelphia by Jasper Jones on Hydrogen Green Energy Forum, WPEB 88.1 FM alternate Sundays 5-8pm
—Proposal for Conversion of Philadelphia Gas Works to Hydrogen, and Philadelphia Water Department Sewage Division to recycle sewage biogas after conversion to hydrogen syn-gas. Use hydrogen to power SEPTA Vehicles Buses Trains. Lee Stabert 

PHILADELPHIA GREEN RESOURCES

PLASTIC BAG BAN ADVANCES IN COUNCIL.   China has banned all plastic bags.  

PREPARE FOR THE BEST: PHILADELPHIA’S GREEN FUTURE:

PREPARATE PARA EL MEJOR: EL FUTURO DE FILADELFIA 

WINNERS of GIFT CERTIFICATES:atripaday, jacombs7, tom@yardsbrewing

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EVENTS

6/16 SEMINAR ON FUNDING SOURCES such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  “navigating federal search engines, conducting foundation and corporate research, tailoring proposals to specific funding sources and an introduction to local Foundation Centers’ resources.” Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch.  Jewish Community Center, Klein Branch, 10100 Jamison Avenue,  8:30am-1pm.  Register: jane.murray@mail.house.gov 215-517-6572.

6/17 PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENT MEETUP GROUP 7:30pm-8:30pm, Greenpeace office, 232 S. 4th Street Philly, PA 19106, 3rd fl

6/17 AMERICAN CITIES MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY for issue #23, Royal Theatre, 1524 South St, 5:3–7:30pm. RSVP

6/18 GREENWORKS PLAN 2015 at Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th & Parkway

BICYCLE ART & DESIGN EXHIBITS
— to 7/4 Big Bike, Window on Race
—7/11-8/30 Toilet Tricycles, Window on Race
—6/19-10/13 Commuter Bike for the Masses Competition, Goldie Paley Gallery
—6/27 Street Party & Film Screenings, Moore College of Art, 2-8pm
—7/18 Bikes & Trikes Family Fun Day, Aviator Park, 1-4pm
—to 9/19 Fast Forward, Levy Gallery for the Arts

6/20 “BOOKS NOT GUNS” BOOK FAIR, Universal Institute Charter School, 1415 Catharine St. Book Giveaway! Prizes! Meet the Author. Movie: Akeelah and the Bee. Parent Workshop. Kids’ Workshop.  State Representative Kenyatta Johnson 

6/20 RECYCLE #5 PLASTIC 610 West Carpenter Lane, 10am-1pm. All items clean and dry.  The #5 stamp must be visible.  Don’t assume lids are the same number plastic.  Brita filters welcome.  weaverswayrecycling@yahoo.com

6/21 BIKE FREEDOM VALLEY non-competitive: 8, 22, or 44 miles from Boathouse Row.

6/22 LEADING IN DIFFICULT TIMES: first of 5workshops, 6:30pm, Church of the Advocate 1801 W. Diamond St.  “learn the basic steps necessary to recreate, reposition and redeploy for optimum service to family, community and society.”  John Elliott Churchville, Ph.D. 215.848.8511 

6/28 CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM 33rd & Girard, Hatfield House

7/1-2 GREEN CITY TEACHERS SUMMER SERIES. Luis Munoz-Marin Elementary School, 3300 N. 3rd St, 8:30 am-1 pm “for teachers interested in school gardening: how to design, build and maintain a school garden year ’round; relevant classroom activities; involving the community; gardening and testing; working with administrators. Participants will help build an outdoor school garden.” Act 48 credits available. Sally McCabe greencityteachers@pennhort.org 215-988-8846. Deadline to register 6/26.

7/8 PHILLY STARTUP LEADERS MIXER 3711 Market Street, 8th Fl, 6:30pm, 

7/8 BIKE PART ART SHOW SUBMISSION DEADLINE, for Aug 28 opening. artshow@neighborhoodbikeworks.org

7/10-11 COHOUSING CONFERENCE, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills.  Altair Cohousing is a multi-generational community of homeowners who are designing and building a sustainable, green village of around 35 households in Kimberton.  Keynote by a nurse specializing in elder care who helped build such a project in Germany.

8/1-2 PEOPLES FESTIVAL “Honoring Mother Earth” Vernon Park, Germantown.  noon-8pm.  info@peoplesfestival.org

PHILADELPHIA PRESERVATION ALLIANCE EVENTS
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YOUR LETTERS

“I was wondering if the picture of the Divine Green Lorraine Hotel in the newsletter [#12] is actually going to happen or if it’s just a sketch of an idea?”  –Jacquelyn Fagan 
—[REPLY]  This is a sketch of what I’m told the owner has in mind.  He doesn’t yet have funds to complete the conversion to combination retail/condo/community center.
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“I wanted to talk to you about a project that my after school program youth want to implement.  They want to do a flower garden in an empty lot. Can you help us.” –Dr. Carolina Ramsue
—[REPLY]  You might consider planting an edible landscape, to combine lessons of beautification with lessons of food gardening.  Many lovely flowers are edible and many bushes and trees yield food with little cultivation.  I’d recommend speaking with Phil Forsyth, who is the manager of Philadelphia Orchard Project and owner of Forsyth Gardens 
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“I am currently working as a substitute teacher, and that is paying our mortgage.  Due to the end of the school year,however, there will be only 4 working days most weeks, starting next week. Would you like a volunteer for that missing day? Your Green Philly News is always a great way to end the week, and this week is no exception.”  –(Pamela Rockwell)
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“I’d love to be on  your mailing list.  I think your newsletter is absolutely awesome and spine-tingling inspiring.”  –Ann King-Musza
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“I have an idea for some kind of health co-op for children and families facing autism spectrum disorder, so they can access quality cutting-edge natural effective care at a reasonable cost.  I am looking for models and wonder if what I’m thinking has applicability to what you’ve created?  Or, can you direct me to other(s) that might be able to share some seeds of wisdom?”  –Terry Mitchel 
—[REPLY]  Health co-op discount/trade plans likely meet your needs.  Certainly, in larger cities with greater population of challenged children such enhanced child care co-op arrangements can reduce costs for tending and purchasing.  Or you can organize co-op purchasing nationwide via the web.  Bulk discounts.  My book “Health Democracy” introduces how and why to organize a local health co-op.  Let me know more.
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“The internet strikes me as the ideal place to barter with a local currency.  For example, instead of Amazon.com or EatNow.com, something more like a WestPhiladelphia.com, where local businesses can advertise and sell products and services using a local, web-based currency? And users can rate local establishments. Visitors can get an easy, firsthand glimpse of what the neighborhood has to offer just by browsing the website. A confederacy of such local networks should be able to lower overhead costs.  A website with a local administrator on our payroll and with almost entirely user-generated content. Coupon postings. Sort of like an even more local and specialized Craigslist, a fully customizable craigslist-couchsurfer-facebook-myspace, ‘where everyone knows your name.’ Will the internet ever work this way, or will it always gravitate towards gigantic, centralized networking hubs? I think a “local facebook” might be something attractive to people in the near future. What do you think? What do others think?”  –Steve Landis 
—[REPLY]  Excellent, completely agree.  Translating global ideas into local actions requires websites with local focus.  Philadelphia already has thousands of local networking sites.  Networking these networks into computer credit systems can allow us to do trade well with few dollars. 
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“I’ve been receiving your Green Jobs Philly e-newsletter from the get-go, and you’re doing a great job with it. Kudos to you. If possible, I’d like to promo some upcoming neighborhood cleanup projects I have scheduled through in your next Green Jobs Philly e-news. My girlfriend and I started sustainADELPHIA about a year ago, with the aim of mobilizing community members in different areas of the city to clear trash and recycling from area streets, parks, and lots.  Keep up the good work.”  –Matt Migliore
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”In our neighborhood, Pelham Road, there are at least four homeowners besides me who were interested to install geothermal heat pumps. Only 2 companies do that kind of installation in Philadelphia (2005).  They do only commercial and made quotes of  $58.000. Completely off the chart. I also am very annoyed that the Philadelphia Housing Authority is building all kind of new neighborhoods, but refuse to install multi-dwellling large loopsystems for geothermal heating/cooling. I therefore wonder often if Philadelphia is kept back by a village mentality or just sheer corruption.
—”How can we get soon a cadre of trained plumbers for residential markets, and how can I get a geothermal heat pump system in my house for about $20,000 to $23,000. I like to go for the green, but the way we do things in Philly seems to cost too much of the other green.”  –Christiaan Morssink 
—[REPLY]   Good topic for discussion on the Green Jobs Philly LISTSERVE
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“Your newsletters are great! I enjoy reading them. I met you at one of the Clark Park festivals and had mentioned that I was working on creating a website with my sister all about “green living” in Philadelphia. Well, we have finally got the site up and running, so I just wanted to send you the link! It’s anaturalday.net  Check it out if you get an minute! Of course we are still making some changes and will always be working to improve the site!”  –Keely P. McGroarty
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“I heard you speak on KPFA in Berkeley awhile back and would like to get a copy of your Green Jobs Philly book.  My son is returning from his first year of college, and is interested in solar energy (physics major); I thought it might be a good reference for him about green jobs, even though we’re here on the west coast.  Does the $5 cover shipping?  If not please let me know how much I need to send you and I’ll get a check into the mail.”–Lori Ingram 
—[REPLY] Yes, $5 covers shipping.  Paul Glover, 140 W. Sedgwick St, Philadelphia PA 19119. I’ve also written Hometown Money, about local currency.
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“Thank you for this very useful service.  The item about HB 42 preservation grants and credits refers to grants for homeowners and credits for businesses.  Does that bill have anything for nonprofits?  My church wants to make energy efficiency improvements but is strapped for cash.  It’s obviously not a homeowner, and it doesn’t pay any taxes, so tax credit do it no good.”  –William H. Ewing
—[REPLY] Your church might contact randy@preservationalliance.com  The Preservation Alliance has best details about HB 42, maintains an historic buildings repair program and they may otherwise be familiar with resources you seek.
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“This newsletter is impressively thorough and accessible. Connecting the nodes of activity the way you, GRID and so many others are doing, is weaving an indestructible, flexible and resilient fabric of green community.”  –John P. Smith
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“A number of our clients are currently seeking employment– many of whom have experiences that are likely transferable to the new Green Economy.  I will list www.greenjobsphilly.org as a resource in our office.  The more people we can get to support this movement, the better.” Shawn Benham, National Student Partnerships- North Philadelphia
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