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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #16

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

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HIRE EACH OTHER.  Most new jobs will start with new businesses and groups which connect us to reduce costs of food, fuel, housing, health care.  Register to offer/request green jobs ATTEND EVENTS LISTED BELOW TO MEET EMPLOYERS AND FELLOW JOBSEEKERS.



Fair's Fare

Fair's Fare



Clean Water Makes Clean Food

Clean Water Makes Clean Food


VACANT LAND MANAGEMENT MANUAL & VIDEO by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
LOGAN TRIANGLE 22 idle acres, could be a giant orchard.  News coverage of new efforts to rebuild on logan.  RDA/ULI efforts towards logan parcel Mar 2009.  RDA URBAN FARM PILOT TEST

PHILLY COMPOST “Helping Philadelphia achieve a zero waste future by keeping food and yard waste out of landfills through composting in our neighborhoods.”

Aaron Birk composts at Mariposa

Aaron Birk composts at Mariposa






Yes, the lottery is a tax on desperation. But when Powerball hit $193 million, I made a list of how I’d spend them. Then I compared my list with how most winners spend– for megamansions, olympic pools, week-long beer blasts, investments in destructive multinationals. So I bought one ticket, because I’d invest in Philadelphia to seed the following enterprises, to create thousands of green jobs:
— PHILADELPHIA INSULATION FACTORY (PIF) Superinsulation made of local newsprint would cut our heating/cooling bills by over 80%, giving us discretionary income to support local businesses & farms, thus creating new jobs & strengthening local culture. The foundation of economic development. $10 milllion.
— PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC SUN CO-OP (PESCO) to generate rooftop electricity, while retaining wealth locally. $12 million.
— PHILAHEALTHIA HEALTH CO-OP to allow thousands of members to self-insure, keeping billions/year insurance payments in this county instead of wasting it on HMOs. $18 million.
— DENTAL CLINICS member-owned by low-income residents, to provide free care. $14 million
— MASSAGE ARMY to provide free chair massages citywide every day for 10 years. $5 million.
ECOLONIES and EARTHSHIPS create mixed-use, low-income, multifamily dwellings which need no fossil fuel for heating and cooling.  $35 million.
— HOMEOWNER REVOLVING LOAN FUND interest-free, to transfer rental homes to co-op owners. Removes housing from the speculative market by attaching limited equity riders. These co-ops would provide child/elder care & other neighborhood services. $15 million.
— LAND TRUSTS purchase vacant lots for ecolonies, removing them from speculative market.  $15 million.
— PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP) to plant 40,000 vacant lots for fruit and nut harvest. $10 million.
— FOOD PROCESSING & STORAGE CENTERS to convert neighborhood organic harvests into pasta, canned goods & dehydrated stock. Expands local agriculture by enabling farmers to grow for more than the seasonal market. $8 million.
FARMERS MARKETS to store and sell the above below commercial rates. $4 million.
— PROUD OF ORGANIC PHILADELPHIA (POOP) replaces toxic sewage sludge w/clean, sweet smelling fertilizer via aerated waterless toilets. No more pooping into clean water. $10 million.
BIKEPATHS allow us to move safely without traffic jams & pollution. They permit emergency vehicles to move freely. $5 million.
— PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL & INDEPENDENT STOCK EXCHANGE (PRAISE) to connect regional skills & tools to create flexible manufacturing networks that capture contracts. $2 million.
—PHILADELPHIA FUND FOR ECOLOGICAL LIVING (PhilaFEL) makes tax-deductible donations to install green tools in our lowest-income neighborhoods. $10 million.
— PHILADELPHIA HOURS LOCAL CURRENCY could donate community currency at-cost to local government & nonprofits, enabling millions of dollars of services to be provided without raising taxes & without paying interest on bonds. HOURS would be welcome everywhere when government agrees to accept them for tax payment. $2 million.
— DREAM-COME-TRUE GREEN JOB CENTERS to connect residents to the regional resources that make our wildest hopes real. $2 million.
— MOSAIC SIDEWALKS would spread wonder & color underfoot (local plants, animals, fantasies) employing dozens of local artists. $2 million.
— MUSICIANS EVERYWHERE would provide acoustic accompaniment in hospitals, parks, aboard trollies, at bus stops. $3 million.
— JUGGLERS, CLOWNS, PUPPETEERS– how could I leave them out? $2 million.
— NEIGHBORHOOD ENTERPRISE SCHOOLTEACHERS (NESTS) to reward and credential neighbor adults for teaching neighbor children. $5 million.
—Together, these will allow us to relax in a beautiful, exciting community, raising the standard of living while lowering the cost of living & setting examples for the nation.
—How would you spend lottery winnings? If you win, call me– let’s have some fun.
—Next edition: accomplishing this list without the lottery.


PHOENIXVILLE AREA TIME BANK “builds community through members sharing their skills and services in exchange for Time Dollars. Each Time Dollar represents an hour of service. Typical services include: rides to the airport, gardening, pet care, household construction, food exchanges, and computer help.”  610-608-9281.


barter bike bites

barter for bike bites

LILY’S BARTER BAKERY “I bake just about anything you can think of.  I don’t accept money. I strongly believe that everyone has something to offer, and you must just be creative and self reflective.”

SUPERFLUID “QUID” TRADERS “The value of Quids derives from two elements: The first is the basic premise that Quids always represents a swap of services or products into the system. The second is that we are fully transparent about the model, and limit the use and number of Quids.”

BARTER FOR YOGA CLASSES “We’re looking for help on a few projects coming up this Fall.  Every hour of work you put in earns you a FREE yoga class.” Show preference on subject line: promotions, housekeeping, office support, accounting, legal services, handy-work.

FREE TILE SCRAPS for floors,showers, tables, sidewalks, garages, pools, picture frames, etc.  Bring gloves, buckets or crates.  Chris Blumberg 856-571-0822


Infinite Solar

COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR GREEN JOBS TRAINING pamphlet about the U.S. Department of Labor’s $500 million Recovery Act funds.

WEATHERIZATION INSTRUCTORS MUST BE L & I CERTIFIED, according to Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, as of 11/1/09. Weatherization workers seeking employment in  Weatherization Assistance Program must be trained by a Pennsylvania Certified Weatherization Instructor.



PHILLY ELECTRIC WHEELS is Pennsylvania’s first store selling and servicing electric folding bicycles.  “Costs just one penny a mile to operate – maybe $5/year–and as easy to re-charge as a cell phone.  Tote the kids, groceries or sports equipment on board.  Electric bikes climb hills, reach 25+ mph, maximum range 25-40 miles.  These models can generate their own power and be carried onto trains & trunks.”  PhEW! grand opening 10/15 at the corner of Greene St. & Carpenter Lane (Free ice cream and complimentary trial rides 2-7pm).  550 Carpenter Lane.

Ben and Franklin

Ben and Franklin at GreenFest

PHILADELPHIA WALKSHED lets you calculate neighborhood walkability.

200th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST RAILROAD IN PENNSYLVANIA demonstration route 180’ in yard at Standard Tap, 1809.  Preparing the “first railroad meant to be permanent, and the first to evolve into a common carrier after an intervening closure.”


IDLE-FREE PHILLY is a mapping tool that allows residents to report illegal idling to the City of Philadelphia’s Air Management Services, as well as to the Clean Air Council, local clean air advocates.



New Green Schooling



GOING GREENER IN PA. New TV series highlights the greener side of Pennsylvania.  “Kids are encouraged to send in their own videos of what they, their families, schools or neighbors are doing to bring sustainable living home.”

DELAWARE VALLEY EARTH FORCE teaches teachers to teach green.


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10/5-16 DESIGN PHILADELPHIA celebrates “Philadelphia’s creativity, commerce, and community, featuring “more than 150 creative events.”  Organizations and businesses are invited to promote their creative economy event at

10/7 STARTING A SMALL FARM: a short course, The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market , 6-9pm  apply

10/9 DESIGN BUY SELL: LOCAL DESIGN FOR A LOCAL MARKET Panelists include Philadelphia industrial designers, business owners who are responsible for buying products at wholesale, leaders in the green design industry, and small business development specialists.  Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. 9am-noon

10/10 HONEY BEE SYMPOSIUM, 8am-4pm Temple University Ambler.  “Bee-friendly gardens and tours of the Arboretum at Temple. Register:

10/10 NICETOWN ORCHARD CARE DAY, Lend a hand alongside volunteers from the Nicetown neighborhood. Mulching, weeding, fun for all.  RAINDATE: 10/11, 10am, 4700 Germantown Ave.

10/10 CIRCLE VENTURE ORCHARD CARE DAY, Cambria & D St, 11am.  RAIN DATE: 10/11, 11am.

10/11 PHILLY SWAP O RAMA RAMA “Encouraging creative reuse instead of consumerism.” Features complimentary sewing, deconstruction and fabric-embellishing workshops. ”And a GIANT pile of clothes.”  Noon-5pm, Old Pine Community Center at 401 Lombard St.  Entry fee is $20.00, plus a donation of clean, gently used clothing.

10/13 GREENFIELD ORCHARD PLANTING, Sansom & 23rd St, RAIN DATE: Wednesday, 10/14.  POP is scheduling other plantings for the fall.  POP Wish List: Orchard plant materials: figs, kiwi vines, raspberries, comfrey, strawberries, mulch/wood chip delivery, Quality tools: wheelbarrows, shovels, garden rakes, trowels, pruning tools, Irrigation supplies: hoses, soaker hoses, gator bags, mushroom compost delivery, Grape trellis construction, Rainwater harvesting system installation.

10/13 ADVENTURES IN TEMPORARY REUSE of abandoned factories.  Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch St. 6-8pm.

10/12  “NO FAMILY HISTORY: INVESTIGATING WHAT’S BEHIND THE BREAST CANCER EPIDEMIC”   6pm, National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St.  Sabrina McCormick “presents compelling evidence of environmental links to breast cancer, ranging from everyday cosmetics to industrial waste. As drugs, pink products, and corporate sponsorships generate enormous revenue to find a cure, a growing number of experts argue that we should instead increase focus on prevention— reducing environmental exposures that have contributed to the sharp increase of breast cancer rates.” Presented by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

10/14 SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING IN THE PLANET, Academy of Natural Sciences, 6-8:30.  RSVP:

10/14-15: BUILDGREEN 2009 CONFERENCE: ”Convening all green building stakeholders in the design/build, policy, manufacturing, and economic development/investment community.”

10/15 PHILLY ELECTRIC BIKES (PHEW!) GRAND OPENING.  Area’s only sales/service of electric bicycles.  Green St & Carpenter Lane, Mt Airy.  2-7pm

10/15 MOBILIZATION FOR HEALTH CARE FOR ALL organizes civil disobedience to challenge insurer greed.

10/17 LOCAL FOOD POTLUCK SUPPER for “growers, producers, localvores, and everyone interested in good local food.  Please bring a dish to share made featuring local grown or produced foods. $5 suggested donation. Acoustic musicians welcome. ”  2-6pm, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd 215-482-7300

10/17 PEOPLEHOOD PARADE & PAGEANT from Paul Robeson House (50th and Walnut) to Clark Park.  “A festive and creative celebration that allows hundreds of participants to take to the streets while celebrating our city’s greatest strength: its diversity.”

10/20 THOUGHT FOR FOOD “dispatches from the front lines of the Philly local food movement. Chat with restaurateurs, farmers, and entrepreneurs, and learn.”  8-10:30pm, Studio 34 Yoga, 4522 Baltimore Ave.

10/20 GREEN INFORMATION TECNOLOGY, Academy of Natural Sciences,  6-8pm

10/21 SUSTAINABILITY DAY AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY 11:00am-2:00pm at Bell Tower.  “Festival of fun with student organizations, departments, and outside vendors.”

10/22 GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING , Academy of Natural Sciences, 6-8:30pm.  ”There is no lack of vision for green infrastructure development in Philadelphia . From riverfront greenway plans to watershed management plans and the recently released Greenworks Philadelphia, various agencies and organizations have proposed new greenways and parks, stormwater management facilities and green energy programs.  Project advocates, however, have been unable to identify workable and reliable methods for funding this green infrastructure.  Philadelphia requires a new approach in order to manage– and ultimately reverse– the effects of its declining infrastructure.”

10/23 GREEN CAREERS WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN IN PHILADELPHIA Drexel University’s Bossone Center on Market St. between 31st & 32nd Sts (1 block west of 30th St. Station, 8am-noon).

10/30 HEALTH OF IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN PHILADELPHIA, Amado Conference Room, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St, 9am-2pm

11/1 FRESH: THE MOVIE 7-9:30pm, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon, NJ.  ”more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participant in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.”



“I am unemployed and would like to know how I apply for training for the weatherization jobs.  I am on your list but I do not live in Philadelphia.”
—[REPLY]  Getting trained for weatherization begins by locating your relevant local agencies and businesses.  Without knowing where you live, I’d suggest Googling weatherization + training + (your city or town or state). There are state centers and online courses.  There are businesses near you which may take on apprentices or even hire, depending on your background.
—When you’re in Philadelphia, Energy Coordinating Agency is the lead agent for most weatherization training in Philadlephia.  I think they’re already booked.  There are some private contractors in the Yellow Pages: “insulation contractors” who might be hiring and training on the job.  Some of the events listed in Green Jobs Philly News can enable you to meet people in these fields.  Otherwise, check with Community College of Philadlephia.  They have a green jobs curriculum. Good luck.

“How do I get a green job fast?”  –Kwame
—[REPLY]  Read current and back issues of Green Jobs Philly News, contact some of the businesses and groups there, attend some of the meetings you see in the EVENTS section, register to get hired at  Learn about green jobs and knock on doors.  If you provide your background and skills I can make more specific recommendations.

“I love your Green Newsletter. I have a store called Bright Eyes Organics Baby Superstore.  I would love to offer your subscribers a 10% off discount to my store off of their first purchase. I can also advertise your newsletter on my site on the Spotlight Sites and Events Page, encouraging more of my customers to subscribe to your site.”  –Claudia Streets

“Personally, I believe that the world can sustain seven billion or more people, if the majority of people began to live much smarter.  Here are my humble suggestions:
—”Wean the world off the automobile and ban all new asphalt paving.
—”Begin a 25-year program to convert asphalt roads and parking lots into orchards, gardens, farms, and forests, or electric rail and narrower paved bike paths.
—”Use the wealth of flat roofs in Northeastern cities and suburban big-box stores as additional green roof/garden space to preserve the roofing membrane, save energy, clean the air, grow food, etc.
—”Turn office space, that is currently used to shuffle meaningless paper and money, into new apprentice-based classroom space to teach the next generation useful skills, such as horticulture, preventative medicine, restorative carpentry, engineering, fine arts/mural creation, plumbing, community mediation, etc.
—”That’s the start of a prescriptive list; what would you add?”  -Cory Suter
—[REPLY] Good start.  My recommendations are at “Prepare for the Best”

“I’m involved with the Eastern PA Permaculture Meet-Up group, and a few members have been expressing an interest in creating a local alt. currency.   I’m somewhat familiar with this idea, as back in the 90’s I had considered it for Bucks County, and took a field trip to Ithaca to check out how it was working there.
—”This weekend, I attended the PA Renewable Energy Festival and overheard some folks talking about a “regional” PA currency, which is what I had been pondering myself lately, since Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties are so intimately tied to Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley has started putting together its own alt. currency. So a regional currency makes more sense to me, and I think more people would get involved. Particularly with the way the economy is now panning (fizzling?) out.
—”I wondered what your thoughts on this are, as I’m guessing you’ve been approached with these ideas from others. Now that you’ve lived in Philadelphia for a while, do you see a regional PA currency as plausible in this area?” –Joy Hunsberger
—[REPLY]  I’ve been promoting local currency for Philadelphia– neighborhood, sector, citywide– and have been waiting to hear from people who want to focus on it.  Local currency needs at least one full-time manager.  It’s like starting a farm, food co-op or credit union. Not something for a volunteer board of directors alone.  Recommend that regional currency evolve from local currencies.  But can imagine an effective regional agricultural/green currency.

“Awesome edition.  We’re having an explosion of interest and action in sustainability in Philly and your newsletter  really brings it home.  Yours is the only newsletter I know of that combines environmental and economic/social justice.   Thanks so much for your good work (I’m making a donation).”  –Corri Beth Gottesman

“I am the Communications Director at the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP). With the malady of unemployment, I applaud your efforts toward the employment of the future, green jobs.  As a mass transit activist, I wonder how large a role you think mass transit should play in green jobs? –Andy Sharp
—[REPLY] Alternatives to the automobile are an essential part of America’s future.  Rail is pivotal, and jobs developing them are green jobs.  I wrote the following proposal for reviving trollies in Ithaca NY (1992) and feature local and regional rail in my 1982 scenario for rebuilding Los Angeles.

“I am an Americorps VISTA working for Delaware Valley EarthForce an environmental service learning organization. Our Youth Leadership Team works with 30 philadelphia students grades 7-12th. An important aspect of our work is providing students with a robust understanding and prepartion for green jobs.
—”Are there any resources you could recommend– trainings, workshops, internships– that you know of?  Would you be interested in giving a presentation to our students on green jobs? Or helping them organize a Youth Green Jobs Fair?”  –Samantha Goldman
—[REPLY]  There are several explicitly youth-oriented green jobs programs in Philadelphia, and others to which youth can apply.  Among them: Mural Arts program for at-risk youth.
—Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) ”High school kids in light blue t-shirts worked to clean up the area in front of the Valley Green Inn, in Wissahickon Valley Park. They are part of the Conservation Leadership Corps, a group of 50 local high school kids working at green jobs in area parks, including removal of invasive plants, picking up litter, and gardening.”
—Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN)
—American Cities Foundation (ACF) Youth Workforce Development Program “concluded its first annual Green Collar internship program at UPenn this year.  52 students successfully completed the inaugural Youth Workforce Development program which began with attending training courses at the University of Pennsylvania. The training course included Effective Communication, Introduction to Green Jobs, Resume Writing, Interview Preparation, Workplace Protocol, and Conflict Resolution.”
Orleans Technical Institute recruited out-of-school youth 18-21 for a free government funded 15-week Property Maintenance/ GED program starting in late September.   Teaching basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electricity. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 7:45am-2:15pm at 2770 Red Lion Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Applicants must be Philadelphia residents who are mature and motivated.
—See also philadelphia-joins-national-program-green-jobs-city-teens and
youth-in-natural-resources-will-be-restoring-habitat-and-jobs-for-youth and
—I’m seeking to start two green youth-oriented jobs programs: PhilaFEL and NESTS
—Attending the events listed in Green Jobs Philly News will enable young folks to meet elders who’d be willing to help.
—Browsing back issues of Green Jobs Philly News will connect young folks to hundreds of local initiatives where they might help.
—Government and Wall Street are not handing out many jobs lately.  The next generations will be entrepreneurs, starting businesses and organizations which meeting basic needs for heating, eating, housing, healing.

“Wow!!!!!!  So extensive.  Something for everyone.  Do you do this yourself?”  –Judy
—[REPLY] I’ve been putting this together monthly since August 2008.  There’s a torrent of good stuff happening here, and Green Jobs Philly News is its switchboard.

“Hi there.  Thank you so much for mentioning us and the link!!  What a wealth of information–keep them coming!”  –Theresa Cohen, Neighbor Hire

Community Health Collaborative (memo: GJP), 140 W. Sedgwick St. Philadelphia PA 19119