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Green Jobs Philly #14

Monday, July 13th, 2009

GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS is broadcast monthly to 5,536 Philadelphia officials, businesses, environmentalists, organizers, jobseekers.

JOBS * FOOD * FUEL * HOUSING * TRANSIT * HEALTH * EVENTS * YOUR LETTERS

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GETTING HIRED

PHILADELPHIA’S RECOVERY ACT SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM HAS EMPLOYED 9,000 YOUNG PEOPLE with $7.4 million from federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

all kids can fly <br>© 2009 Avigail Milder

all kids can fly © 2009 Avigail Milder

WHY WE WORK: Philadelphia’s children deserve a city as beautiful as they are.  Facepainting by Philly Face Painting owner and artist Avigail Milder. “We paint everything but the Smile!”

CHECK THE LIST OF JOB SEEKERS Lots of talented people to hire or join with to start a new business or organization.
Ted Lee is a native Philadelphian who got his B.A. in Communications and Mass Media from Temple in 1993.  He has worked since then as news broadcaster, radio talent, computer network technician, video instructor, and more.  Like 10% of Philadelphia workers, he’s currently looking for work, and likes the green theme.

all kids are stars

all kids are stars

all kids are tigers

all kids are tigers

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA “supports the creation and development of high growth firms by delivering essential resources, education and networking opportunities to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams”

all kids are wise

all kids are wise

ENERDELPHIA DIRECTORY OF NEW ENERGY CONTRACTORS & FINANCE

EL CENTRO HISPANO EMPLEO Y ENTRENAMIENTO

INTEREST-FREE SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

GREEN MANUFACTURING SUMMIT in Lafayette Hill 6/24 sponsored by Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center Nearly 100 area manufacturers convened to learn about “sustainability for competitiveness.”  All manufacture can easily become both greener and more profitable.
—”Efficiency must always be first,” said panelist Heather Cowley, Regional Energy Manager of DEP.  Solar and wind electric are installed after electricity waste ends, she said.  One may add that deep green manufacture produces goods thoroughly up-cyclable, durable and useful, which strengthen friendly trade.  Greening the manufacture of weapons which destroy cities and nature misses this point.  DVIRP hosts “lean and green” workshops, and they provide a crosstable of sustainability grants and loans
—Philadelphia once hosted 400,000 manufacturing jobs.  Today there are 25,000.

ARAMARK AMONG TOP COMPANIES SENDING GREEN JOBS ABROAD

SBA BRIDGE LOAN $35,000 INTEREST-FREE FOR STRUGGLING EXISTING BUSINESSES  “For small businesses profitable in the past but are now struggling due to the recession.
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GETTING TRAINED

GREEN JOBS SECTOR POISED FOR EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

GREEN JOBS TRAINING AT PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
* Green Building Basics: Energy $69.00 starts 7/29, 3-6pm
* Green Building Basics: Introduction to Green Buildings, Site and Water starts 7/15
* Green Building Basics: Materials and Indoor Air Quality $69 starts 7/22
* Green Home Basics  (12 hours) starts 9/24 3-6pm

CAREERLINK PARTNERS WITH PHILADELPHIA WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD to oversee new economic stimulus funds and monitor the performance of job training and education programs in the city.  Career focus is clean energy, business and financial services, education and health care.  Register at one of five CareerLink offices.  The best collection of green employers is maintained by Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and Sustainable Business Network.  PWIB has $9 million for weatherization training.

COLLEGIATE CONSORTIUM is creating a model for energy efficiency and clean energy career ladders

GREEN ADVANTAGE CONTRACTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

COLLEGE STUDENT INTERNSHIP CLEARINGHOUSE: Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG) seeks companies needing interns Chris Pavlides (215) 204-1035

GREATER PHILADELPHIA CARES opens doors to job experience through volunteering, leading sometimes to employment.

TEENS GO GREEN teaches landscaping skills: Urban Tree Connection (215) 877-7203
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THE GREEN MOVEMENT

FRIENDS OF THE CYNWYD HERITAGE TRAIL is installing 5 miles of bike path connecting Cynwyd to Manayunk.  Volunteers needed.

COMPLETETHETRAIL.INFO Schuylkill Banks seeks to “connect Montgomery County to Delaware County along the Schuylkill through Philadelphia” viapedestrian and bike path.

PEDESTRIAN WATERFRONT APPROVED

BIKESHARE PHILADELPHIA

GREEN YOUR DRIVEWAY “Philadelphia has 80,963 driveways, totalling 84,500,000 sq ft, or 1,939 acres.  Of these, 76,895 are residential, totalling 72,000,000 sq ft, or 1,652 acres (2% of city total).”   They pour about 2 billion gallons of rainwater into storm sewers yearly.  About half of that can carry raw sewage into our rivers. [thanks to Eric.Werfel at PWD]
—There are already several pervious asphalt drives in Philly, such as Vanni subdivision (1125 Southampton Rd) and between 40th, Union, Fairmount, Aspen.  And there are many more paved with staggered blocks, gravelled or grass-covered.  See also: eco-friendly-green-drivewaysgreen-options-for-your-driveway &nytimes.com/2006/05/04/gardenfrankejames.com/debate

PHILADELPHIA RAIL TRANSIT PROPOSALS intend to extend tracks “to areas of the city that currently lack the kind of transit service that would make Philadelphia easier to get around in without a car.” –Yonah Freemark

CAMDEN-TRENTON JERSEY RIVER LINE LIGHT RAIL WELCOMES BICYCLES ABOARD AT ALL TIMES  $1.35 adult fare
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BROADCASTING SEEDS OF CHANGE

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY NEWS (Facebook)
NURTURING THE GREEN ECONOMY by Michael Nutter and Allyson Schwartz

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE LAUNCHES “GREENHOUSE” SECTION

GRID MAGAZINE’S FACEBOOK PAGE

LABOR JUSTICE RADIO

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY at Academy of Natural Sciences LAUNCHES NEWS PAGE with MODERATED FORUMS

MEDIA MOBILIZING PROJECT works in greater Philadelphia “to  act as a tool to inspire and unite those who have a vested interested in change.”  They especially promote “fusing otherwise fragmented struggles for justice.”

GREEN JOURNALISM “Have a burning desire to write about the environment or a local Philly issue?  We’re excited to hear from you and will be considering submissions for future guest entry posts!”greenphillyblog@gmail.com

“YESTERDAY THE NEW GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS CAME OUT, offering its usual overstuffed cornucopia of green opportunities and communications attempting to connect people with information and jobs.”  Daily News: Earth-to-Philly 6/16/09. Your microdonations support independent journalism- while newspapers are fading (20,000 reporters and editors laid off last year), web journals are taking the stage.  Green Jobs Philly requests $5 from each reader, to enable the News and our related services to grow. Donate via PAYPAL

Or checks (TAX-DEDUCTIBLE) to Community Health Collaborative (memo: GJP), 140 W. Sedgwick St, Philadelphia PA 19119.  THANKS!

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY RESEARCH GROUP at Temple University “partners with communities to foster mutual understanding of e-health geographies; digital inclusion and  the interactive web; fair information practices; and social justice in digital society.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK (Facebook)

GREENSGROW FARM NEWS (Facebook)

PHILLY ECOCITY

RETHINKING SCHOOLS
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HARVESTING GOOD NEWS

PHILADELPHIA ROOFTOP FARM (PRooF) regards “the vast amount of unused Philadelphia flat rooftop space as potentially viable farmland for organic fruit and vegetables.  We plan to put together a solid project proposal by the end of the summer and try to raise a few bucks by the end of the year to support a 10-roof pilot project for the 2010 growing season.”  They’re seeking 10 “farm hosts” for the 2010 growing season.  A structural engineer would evaluate roof strength.  “Throughout the summer a PRooF volunteer would come over to your place twice a week to check out the plants and to harvest all the great food.  We’ll even work with you to plant things on your roof that you’re going to want to eat.”  Jay 215-913-2679 jay@fundamentalchange.net

signs of sustainability

signs of sustainability

OTOLITH SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD ON GIRARD AVENUE is all about sustainable fisheries and reviving oceans.

LOCAL SUPERMARKET CHAINS HELP OR HURT THE OCEANS Wegmans is most ocean-friendly, Whole Foods is #3, Genuardi’s #5, Superfresh #12 in Latest Greenpeace Sustainable Seafood Scorecard.  Trader Joe’s (#17) receives worst ranking of National Supermarket Chains: they “have made no visible effort to increase the sustainability of their seafood operations and continue to ignore scientific warnings about the crisis facing global fisheries and the marine environment” by stocking “red list” seafood like orange roughy, swordfish, or Chilean sea bass – some of the world’s most critically imperiled species.  None of the companies featured in the report guarantee that they won’t sell seafood from fisheries that are harming sea turtles, dolphins, seals, sea lions, or other marine mammals.”  Jillian Costigan (216) 789-7386

FARMING THE 2-1-5 This group seeks to convert “Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant lots in the city into farmland.” Other goals: “increase urban farmer education and develop a workforce with a specialized skill set, preserve farmland, strong right to farm protection, focus on agricultural development and zoning within Philadelphia, and develop ways to assess farm viability within urban areas.”  trusthappiness@hotmail.com CALENDAR

SLIDING-SCALE WORKSHOPS at PRESTON’S PARADISE.  Earth plasters, canning, etc.  839 N. Preston St. Ryan Kuck

FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS in Reading Terminal Market.  They’re doubling their size. fairfoodvolunteers@gmail.com

FARM TO CONSUMER DEFENSE FUND resists Congress, which would put Monsanto in charge of all farming, penalize small growers.

SMALL, MINORITY FOOD PRODUCER GRANT PROGRAM provides “technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives.”  Max: $175,000.
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HOME GREEN HOME

PHILADELPHIA GREEN HOME NETWORK FORMING

every neighborhood wealthy

every neighborhood wealthy

GREEN ROOFWORKS PHILADELPHIA is a research initiative at Philadelphia University.  “Anybody interested can contact me and I will give them a tour and tell them about green roofs. During the school year its a hands-on training opportunity for students.” Zhenya Fomin 216.360.5693

GREEN BUILDING BROCHURE by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING PROGRAM, GRANTS AND LOANS through the Alternative Energy Investment Fund in PA.  For homeowners and small businesses  building LEED Gold or Platinum structures.

EXOLATION SUPER INSULATION invented in Philadelphia

LEED PLATINUM HOME NEAR ART MUSEUM $565,000  1500 block of Montrose. “Some Green aspects of the home– existing structure salvaged, construction waste recycled, FSC certified woods & recycled metals throughout, vegetated (’green’) roof, rain water harvesting, reclaimed & recycled materials & finishes throughout, passive & active ventilation, day lighting & sun shading, no- and low-voc paints & stains, no carpet, soy based spray foam insulation, low-flow plumbing, high-efficiency (Energy Star) appliances & equipment, energy efficient windows & doors, compact fluorescent lights, close to many community resources and one block from transit.”

WHEREISIT?  First to identify and locate liberty bell at left wins $10 gift certificate to Earth Bread Brewery Send guesses to paul5glover@yahoo.com

NO CASINO IN THE HEART OF THE CITY opens headquarters 718 Market St.  “The slots business is a predatory industry that profits off addiction and imporverishes its clientele.  We do not build a healthy economy or a balanced budget by increasing levels of poverty and addiction among our citizens.”  More than 50 organizations have signed this statement.  Anti-Casino CIRCUS celebrated grand opening.

AFFORDABLE ECO-HOUSING EARTHSHIP being installed in Philadelphia: (610) 931 0826 lovelovinglove@gmail.com Needs no fossil fuel for heating/cooling.

HOME SAFE: PHILADELPHIA FORECLOSURE PREVENTION RESOURCE GUIDE for housing counselors

GREEN ON GREENE BUILDING (Greene St & Carpenter Lane in West Mt Airy) storefront available 9/15.  “The plan is for all tenants in the building to have a green mission: green services, systems and synergy.  Serious eco-oriented tenants encouraged.”  Pam Rogow 215 842-1040

ENERGY CO-OP CELEBRATES 30 YEARS SERVICE TO SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA and moves to new HQ: 1528 Walnut St ecapstaff@theenergy.coop

CLOTHING LOCALLY-MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL
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EVENTS

through 8/7: GROW! ART SHOW: found objects, green art: Off the Wall Gallery, 13th/Pine.

7/16 PROTECTING PARKLANDS, Urban Sustainability Forum, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 6:30-8:30pm

7/18  EARTHSHIP BUILDING at Chalmers Field, 29th & Chalmers Ave. 10am-2pm.  Alicia Dorsey (215) 227-3622

7/18 DELAWARE VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF RAIL PASSENGERS board meeting, Medical Arts Building, 1601 Walnut St. 1:15-4pm

7/19 PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP) MUSIC FESTIVAL 3-8pm, Liberty Lands Park, 3rd & Wildey, music by:  LO Power Plane, Midlife Krisis, The Mean, Elliott Garland Ensemble, $10 suggested donation plants fruit trees and berry bushes.  Philadelphia Brewing Company beer!

7/20 DESIGNING CONTAINERS FOR THE SMALL GARDEN Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden, 6:30-8pm, $25, register: 215-751-8381

7/21 HEALTH CARE, FOOD SAFETY AND ANTIBIOTICS: Why some methods of raising food animals are putting human health at risk. Academy of Natural Sciences, 6-8:30pm RSVP cep@ansp.org

7/20-31 CURIO THEATRE COMPANY Theatre Camp, ages 6-17, weekdays 9:30am-3pm: $395.

7/22 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: learn to grow healthy gardens without pesticides.  $25. Liberty Lands Community Garden, 913 N. 3rd St, 6-7pm

7/22 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK OPEN HOUSE SOIREE, 6-8:30pm, 1528 Walnut, 21st floor, coctails and networking, minimum donation $25.  RSVP jen@sbnphiladelphia.org

7/29 RESHAPING THE CITY: NEW VISIONS FOR URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE speakers “in such areas as transit, urban design and green infrastructure present models for how Greater Philadelphia should think about its long-term infrastructure investment strategy.”

7/30 SOUTH PHILLY CORNER STORIES: Live music, magic, veggies from neighborhood gardens, storytelling!  Concert Gardens, 21st & Ellsworth, 8pm-  Suggested donation $5. phillycornerstories@gmail.com

7/30 WISSAHICKON GROWING GREENER “Bring your home energy and comfort questions and get expert, cutting edge answers.”  Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Blue Bell Branch, 650 Skippack Pike (Rte.73), Blue Bell, WissahickonGrowingGreener@gmail.com

8/2  INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE with Phil Forsyth “By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources - food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs - it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.”

8/7 A VEGETABLE PARTY Noon-4pm. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street. “join a celebration of edible education on Independence Mall to learn about the origins of the foods we grow and consume, principals of ecology and a healthy respect for living systems. This event showcases the efforts of local urban farmers, chefs and activists.  Participants include the Urban Nutrition Initiative, the Pedal Co-op and Slow Food USA.

8/12 LEED RATING SYSTEM UPDATE Learn about new prerequisites, tighter standards, new regional priority credits, re-assigned point values, revised Accredited Professional training program.  AIA Center, 1216 Arch St, 5:30-7:30pm REGISTER

8/12 EDIBLE LANDSCAPING CLASS by Phil Forsyth of Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), Wyck Home, 6026 Germantown Ave, 7pm.  $10.  Register

8/22 NURSES CHAMPIONING THE HEALTH OF MINORITY COMMUNITIES VIA A GREENER ENVIRONMENT, Women’s Health & Environmental Network http://www.when.org, 8:30am-12:30pm, Thomas Jefferson University, Bluemle Life Sciences Building, 10th & Locust St, Teresa Mendez-Quigley

9/10 GREEN POWER AWARD LUNCHEON “celebrates the people, businesses and institutions blazing the trail towards a cleaner and healthier Pennsylvania by purchasing green power, advancing policies that develop the renewable energy market, and creating new renewable supply.“  Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St. noon-2pm, $20 PennFuture members, $25 non-members

9/13 BIKE PHILLY: “20 miles of Car Free Streets” in Center City.

9/18 BIKE PART ART SHOW PARTY, (“Music, Art, Beer, Snacks, Raffle, Benefit!) Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave, 7-10pm.  donation $5.

10/5-6 GLOBAL CREATIVE ECONOMY SUMMIT register

10/14-15 BUILD GREEN CONFERENCE

INLIQUID ARTS CALENDAR
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YOUR LETTERS

“I am considering a midlife career change. I have worked in the area of Human Services. I want to learn more about varies areas of that exist in the green field. What or where could a person go to learn about being retrained in varies green jobs?  Thanks!”  –Sharon Howard
—[REPLY]  Your human service skills already translate to green work.  I’d recommend browsing Green Jobs Philly News current and back issues to see what interests you.  Are you especially concerned about women, youth, environmental justice, racism, food costs or quality, housing, health care, etc?  Start there.  Browse the internet for these keywords + philadelphia.
—Green training programs are starting up here for weatherization, solar, gardening.  Some programs are costly, some are free, more are needed.  Community College of Philadelphia is organizing, ECA Saves Energy, Neighborhood Gardens Association, and several solar trainers.
—There are hundreds of green organizations and over a thousand green businesses here.  Many people see needs neglected so are starting their own businesses.  In this tough economy, most new jobs will not come from corporate or government sources. Most will start with folks getting together to meet needs.
—Attend meetings and volunteer. greenjobsphilly.org/future.html
—To apply for a green job, you can green your resume, you can upload your resume on the site, you can offer services.
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“I’d like to subscribe to GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS. I was forwarded the latest newsletter by a family member and it is something I would like to keep up with. I am currently in Berlin, Germany, but plan on moving to Philly when I return to the United States.
—”I was struck by the [Philadelphia] proposal for a plastic bag ban. I think it’s great. Here in Berlin plastic bags cost 15 cents.  This is usually enough to deter people from paying for them, and thereby encourages a widespread use of durable, reusable bags, cloth or hefty plastic with nice designs or something. It’s better to have something nice to take along, to save money, and to not be so easily tempted to throw it away.  Charging 25 cents for a plastic bag would scare too many people or make them angry, but 15 seems just right to be persuasive. I’m not sure how an all-out ban is going to work in philly. I think it’s good to give people a choice but to hint at the right choice. Berlin has been really inspiring in a lot of aspects of life that I think cities in the US could look up to.” –Elijah S-V
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“Preparing our neighbors for the elimination of electric cap rates is critical. Reducing the number of families struggling to pay their electric bills next year could reduce truancy and delinquency for children/families who may not go to school or be able to function in school at their best when they are worried about how they are going to cook meals, wash or dry clothes, heat or cool their homes sufficiently ,or do their home work assignments via internet when electric costs are high.”  –Bernice Tidwell, Logan Olney EPIC Community Stakeholder Group
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“I’d like to send $500 to Green Jobs Philly, to support your work.  Which 501(c)3 nonprofit should I send that to?  Thanks for your newsletters and your tireless, effective organizing.  I feel well represented.  Keep up the good work!”  –Aron
—[REPLY] Donations are tax-deductible to: Community Health Collaborative (memo: GJP), 140 W. Sedgwick St, Philadelphia PA 19119.  That’s for Green Jobs Philly, but will contribute to our work to develop the regional stock exchange, insulation factory, and other programs.  Thanks!
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“I am looking for a seasonal paid job picking fruit or harvesting veggies for the summer…  I’m not sure where to start with my search, as the internet seems to overload me with too much information!!!  I thought maybe you had some advice on where to start asking, if you knew of any great people to work with, or anywhere that is currently looking for help.  Thanks very much!  Any info is much appreciated!”  –Meghan McCracken
—[REPLY] Start with Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF).  For SE Pennsylvania farms, visit farmers at farmers’ markets.  Join the Philadelpha Urban Farm Network.  Jump into the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) network.  Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) is having it first fundraising festival July 19, 3-8pm at Liberty Lands (2nd/Poplar) and there you’ll meet food folks.  Good luck!
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“I saw in your recent newsletter a mention of ladybug fest where ladybugs were given away. I can’t find any mention of it on the websites linked in the newsletter. If you have any more info. on this, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m looking for native ladybugs to use in my garden. I’m also on a mission for a native species toad [for my garden]. I can’t buy one as it is illegal in PA to sell native species. If you have any ideas on this for me, aside from going to catch one myself, that would be great.”   –Kelly Gidzinski, Certified Ecosociate by EcoBroker
—[REPLY]  The Ladybug Fest was my journalist’s name for what I saw happening.  They had ladybug cookies and ladybug strawberry treats, and kids running around distributing them. So there was no specific publicity of that event.  There is a ladybug-design pest control car linked.
—Here’s a list of PA native toads.  Try Schulkill Nature Center– they rehabilitate injured wildlife and probably someone will bring them a toad attacked by a dog.  Or maybe they know good places to find them.  Also contact Neighborhood Gardens Association, a project of Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.
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“Hi - I just wanted to give a small criticism. I love this blog; it’s the best resource for finding out about the Green happenings in town. However, I find it very difficult to read. I’m not sure if anyone else has this issue, but I wonder if making the headlines lowercase and bold would help with easy legibility. Maybe using bullet points in lists could help too.  Just a thought…thanks for keeping us up to date!”  –Jenna McBride
—[REPLY]  Thanks for offering help. I format these with a serif font, probably Times, but the copy you emailed back is a sans-serif.  So it looks much more crowded and unreadable.  Others replying to my broadcast sent versions that 1) centered all text 2) had full-size pictures that took up the whole page rather than scaled.  Suggestions and design help welcome.
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“My role at the Philadelphia Youth Network is to design and manage occupational skills training programs that lead to some industry-recognized credential. PYN would like to include green job training as part of our occupational skills pathway, but I’m struggling with identifying training entities (other than the ECA) that offer green jobs training, particularly in the energy sector. Do you know some training institutions we might be able to partner with for a reasonable price?”  –Temwa Wright
—[REPLY]  See the GREEN TRAINING section above and in back issues.
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“Thank you for creating your site! I am a graphic design and marketing consultant and I am now concentrating on helping out green companies. I signed up but there is no zip code choice for where I live- Malvern, PA 19355 and no choices to select for what I do - Graphic Design and Marketing. Could you please add these and let me know so I can update my profile.”  –Anne
—[REPLY]  These are fixed, thanks.  Graphic Design and Marketing are powerful parts of the green movement when used for good purposes.
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“At the bottom of the last page of an ancillary document to the one posted on your site is mentioned a maximum 35% rebate (for which only limited-income households are eligible–almost a contradiction in terms?) as well as the $2.25/w (not Kw, right?) which is confusing in itself.
—”All this obfuscation looks to me as if the legislators are just creating the *impression* of job-creation and greening, but intend to use the vast funds mostly for other purposes.  I don’t think the program is going to entice any more people to go solar than has happened in the past, when there was a grant, not a rebate and of a more generous amount!”  –Ann Agee
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“This is the most awesome green site in town.” –Bob Shipman
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“Hi there!  how does health co-op membership work??  What coverage does one attain by becoming a co-op member??  i don’t know if i quite understand how co-op membership for health insurance works, but im very much interested nonetheless.  Our health care system is a joke.”  Lisa Conrad
—[REPLY]  In Ithaca, NY the Ithaca Health Alliance covers 12 categories of everyday emergency anywhere in the world for $100/YEAR.  Members own their own free clinic.  I came to Philadelphia to start PhilaHealthia but have been blocked by the PA Insurance Dept.  So we’re continuing this as an underground movement to dramatize our plight.
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