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Green Jobs Philly News #17

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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GREEN SKILLS, MONEY, ENERGY, PLANS, FOOD,

BICYCLES, NEWS, EDITORIAL, EVENTS, YOUR LETTERS

GREEN SKILLS

GREEN JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR YOUTH ages 17-24 who have not graduated, are not in school and are unemployed or underemployed.  Choose your track: Green Building, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Landscaping, Reading, Writing, Math Help, GED Preparation, Job Readiness Training, Support Services.  Foundations Community Education 215-424-5810

FUNDS FOR GREEN TRAINING BY PHILADELPHIA WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD

Got my job through Green Jobs Philly!

Got my job through Green Jobs Philly!

GREEN YOUR RESUME
—ENROLL TO SEEK GREEN JOB
—SEE LIST OF TALENTED PHILADELPHIA JOB SEEKERS

PENNSYLVANIA GREEN JOBS REPORT

VOLKLIBRE! connects “localism, arts culture & ecology by engaging artists, musicians, poets/writers, performers, community organizers, environmentalists, homemakers, students, teachers, parents, activists, local/independent businesses & self-employed individuals, artisans, farmers — anyone interested in sustainable living, social justice or improving one’s own quality of life.”  Events

PHILADELPHIA SOCIAL INNOVATIONS JOURNAL

START SMART, START GREEN: BUSINESS PLAN TRAINING CLASSES. Women’s Opportunity Resource Center. 215-564-5500

THE PHILADELPHIA COUNCIL FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS

THE SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH  EARTH CENTER

GREEN JOBS TRAINING CENTER OPENS.  Training programs enrollment.
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GREEN MONEY

FUNDING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN PHILADELPHIA

“Philadelphia has ambitions to become the greenest City in America. Its recently released comprehensive sustainability plan, Greenworks Philadelphia, articulates that vision. And yet, its infrastructure is crumbling. Facing increasingly scarce resources, simultaneously achieving green city goals and a state of good repair will require a change of approach.”

FRESH CASH FOR PHILADELPHIA
RECIPE FOR SUCCESSFUL LOCAL CURRENCY

PENNSYLVANIA DATABASE OF INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLES AND EFFICIENCY

TAXING LAND NOT BUILDINGS encourages rather than punishes building improvement.

2011 CITY OF PHILADELPHIA BUDGET

2010 STATE BUDGET
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GREEN ENERGY

MAJOR SOLAR FACTORY COMING TO PHILADELPHIA.  Helisosphera U.S. will open a manufacturing facility at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, creating up to 400 new jobs within three years and an estimated additional 200 construction jobs.  The facility will produce 1.2 million solar modules yearly.

PHILADELPHIA INSULATION FACTORY (PIF) would create lowest-cost cellulose insulation in Philadelphia, employing Philadelphians to lower Philadelphia heating costs.  Here’s how:  1 2 3 4 5 install fire resistance More info

$30 MILLION FOR WEATHERIZATION FOR PHILADELPHIA   “With this money we are replacing windows and doors, insulating roofs, upgrading heating systems and much more.  These improvements are generating hundreds of dollars in annual energy cost savings for those Philadelphians who need it the most…”  –Mayor Nutter

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION REQUIRES PECO SPEND $342 MILLION ON ENERGY EFFICIENCIES

CONSERVATION WORKSHOPS HELP PHILADELPHIANS SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY.  to host one: Colette Davis at  Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification is marketable and portable national certification.  Daily Energy Tweets twitter.com/phillyenergy or facebook.com/Energy-Coordinating-Agency-Philadelphia

PECO’s SMART HOME REBATES

CAN A BIG HOUSE BE GREEN?

GREEN PROJECT DIRECTORY lists latest Philadelphia green buildings
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BICYCLES

PHILLY ELECTRIC WHEELS (PHEW!) is The first store in the tri-State area dedicated to selling and servicing electric bicycles and tricycles.  Electric bikes go 20-25mph, 20 miles on full charge. Batteries are as easy to recharge as a cell phone battery.  215 821-9266, phillyew@gmail.com

PHILADELPHIA IS NO. 1 AMONG BIG CITIES FOR BICYCLE COMMUTING Bicycle Commuting Doubles in Philadelphia over three year period.  –The US Census Bureau.  Philadelphia’s bicycle commuters comprised 1.6% of all commuters who travel to work.  Philadelphia’s percentage of bike commuters is nearly three times national average.

PHILADELPHIA BIKE SHARING FEASIBILITY STUDY

PHILADELPHIA’S FUTURE HAS TWO WHEELS

BRIDGE TO RIDGE TRAIL RECONSTRUCTION

PEDICAB BILL ADVANCES IN COUNCIL.  PETITION DRIVE SEEKS ENACTMENT.  PEDICABS WORLDWIDE

AND TRAINS: “The standout performers in the snowstorm and its aftermath were SEPTA’s subway and elevated lines. If you could get to the terminal, they’d get you to Center City or wherever else you had to go.” –Delaward Valley Rail Passengers Association NEWSLETTER.  Subscribe to this great 20-page resource
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GOOD NEWS

GENEROCITY is “building Greater Philadelphia’s first online publication dedicated to telling the stories about individuals, schools, charities, nonprofits and businesses in the region working to make a positive difference in their communities.”

POSITIVE NEWS STORY FEATURES GREEN JOBS PHILLY page 17.

GREEN JOBS PHILLY NEWS FACEBOOK
GREEN JOBS JERSEY spins off from Green Jobs Philly, launches in several weeks.
—GREEN JOBS PHILLY LISTSERVE

GREATER PHILADELPHIA IDEALIST GROUP

HEALTH REFORM FROM BELOW

RESTORING FREE SPEECH TO COMMON PEOPLE. Rep.Donna Edwards introduces 28th Amendment.
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GOOD FOOD

PHILADELPHIA URBAN FARM NETWORK seeks Better organized distribution channels for locally grown produce, Events Web Page to coordinate different events and avoid too much overlap, more comprehensive compost system, more urban ag voices in the media, community green house system, seasonal jobs.  Cake made for urban farm potluck by The Night Kitchen Bakery

PHILADELPHIA HARVEST REPORT: more than 2,000,000 lb. in 2008: “Tomatos were by far the largest crop, with approximately 837,550 pounds or 41% of the total. Other important crops included cabbage (218,556 lbs, 10.7%), collards (151,8300 lbs, 7.5%), beans (139,557, 6.9%), and squash (110,662 lbs, 5.4%). These five crops accounted for two-thirds of the total crop. At the other end of the scale, we estimated only 954 pounds of peanuts grown.”  Does not include cane or bush berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) or fruit trees. –Dominic Vitiello & Michael Nairn

LOVE PHILLY LOCAL FOOD seeks to integrate urban agriculture programs

76 REGIONAL GROWERS PRESENT AT FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND

GOOD SWEETS: PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP) has planted 17 orchards, 158 fruit & nut trees, 287 berry bushes & vines.  Countless eco-orchard perennials.  Volunteers and tax-deductible donations welcome.
VOTE FOR POP for $15,000 people’s choice grant.  That’s a lot of orchards!

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD GROUP (PHOG) LISTSERV connects Philadelphia orchard caretakers, urban farmers, and backyard fruit growers who wish to share information about fruit-growing, events related to fruit-growing, and questions about fruit-growing. This includes fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, fruiting vines, and edible forest gardens.

A LITTLE TASTE OF EVERYTHING is “dedicated to increasing access to nutritious, affordable foods and providing food systems education for low-income populations in Philadelphia.”

LOGAN TRIANGLE SUITED ONLY FOR TREES AND AGRICULTURE 35 abandoned acres.

FRUIT TREE MAP

PHILLY COMPOST MAP

BENNETT COMPOST

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING seeking interns

SODA TAX: PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS WEIGHS IN: “Sugary beverages are high in calories.  High calorie diets are linked to obesity.  By taxing soda the government can make back money it spends on health care costs related to obesity.”
—SODA CAUSES DIABETES and other health problems

PENNSYLVANIA VEGETABLE AND SMALL FRUIT GAZETTE

URBAN JUNGLE - CREATING SUSTAINABLE GREEN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS.  Green roofs, vertical gardens, hassle-free high-tech drip irrigation, window boxes, organic and green garden center.  Twitter

SUBURBAN ORGANICS

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING: another local business joins the list, seeks interns.

REGIONAL PLAN FOR FOOD SECURITY

SUSTAINABLE FARM INCUBATOR

PRooF (Philadelphia Rooftop Farm)

PHILADELPHIA AIR POLLUTION RISK EVALUATION: air is food too

SLOAN ST. COMMUNITY GARDEN successfully raised $2,600 through Kickstart to pay fees to protect garden from development

GREENER PARTNERS contributes to the “resurgence of farming activity within the Greater Philadelphia region. By reestablishing sustainable, organic farming operations, Greener Partners is impacting the way people think about their food and the environment.”

O.UR. FARMS  “We’ve been working with some of our neighbors on a shared backyard farming model where we move crops (or animals) around and the product is shared with the homeowner and a community market.  Combined with farming a few vacant lots we’ve been able to supply a pretty reasonable farmer’s market in a pretty impoverished neighborhood. So we were thinking about expanding this model and seeing if there were others that wanted to share some of their yard space for agriculture in exchange for organic vegetables.  This model is being used in some high-wealth communities (SF and NY) but as far as I know doesn’t exist in Philly.”  Ryan prestonsparadise.org

GRACEFUL GARDENS ON CBS 10

NEIGHBORHOOD FRUIT

PEDAL–POWERED GRINDER for garden scraps needed by Philly’s urban farms.

DETROIT GOES TO SEED AND BENEFITS

OPPORTUNITIES IN URBAN AGRICULTURE
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GREEN PLANS

CONNECTIONS: The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission REGIONAL PLAN FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE calls for protecting 500,000 acres of open space, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half, and securing an additional $100 million per year in new regional funding to modernize the transportation system. It also focuses on new development and revitalization projects in the region’s 100-plus “livable communities,” pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented neighborhoods throughout the region that blend residential and commercial amenities.
—-Limit the need for ever-expanding water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure that is becoming increasingly difficult to finance, build, and maintain.
—-Preserve natural features, including important habitat areas, woodlands, stream buffers, and wetlands. TheY maintain surface water quality, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, improve air quality, strengthen biodiversity, enhance personal health, and make the region more attractive.
—-Decrease dependence on the automobile for personal mobility, leading to lower levels of air pollution, less dependence on fossil-fuel energy, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
—-Provide more opportunities to live, work, and play in walkable, pedestrian-friendly communities served by high- quality, efficient transit.
—-Preserve farmland and strengthen the local agricultural industry, thereby enhancing local food production at a time when rising energy prices and climate change are making long-distance food transport increasingly cost prohibitive.
—-Prevent outward expansion of suburban development into rural communities.  mboyer@dvrpc.org

URBAN LAND REFORM IN FLINT CREATES JOBS AND LOCAL WEALTH
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MINI-EDITORIAL

Our modern technologies for commuting, air conditioning, electric lightling, heating and flushing, are now old-fashioned– they waste energy, money, metals, soil– they pollute water and air.  Healthy change must be embraced by bureaucracy, culture, law and finance.  New tools will employ more of us, reduce costs of living, clean water and air, and give children a future.  Without bold leadership, America’s next generation will inherit rotten cities, worthless dollars, depleted oil, exhausted Social Security, while being pushed to pay student loans and fight wars. Green Jobs Philly celebrates elders who are being responsible to America and Earth.  –Paul Glover
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EVENTS

3/10 FARM TO SCHOOL conference call

3/11  SEPTA Community Meeting on Germantown Station: Thurs., March 11, 7:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 35 W. Chelten Ave.

3/11-13 PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS 2010 CONFERENCE:  A Sense of Place – Our Outdoor Heritage.

3/13, RAISE BEES START UP HIVE WORKSHOP.  Green St & Carpenter Lane, West Mt. Airy.  2:30-6pm. $200 includes your Amish-made hive kit.  Reservations required:  muze@erols.com. “Come with a hammer, leave with a hive.”

3/14 BREWERS PLATE

3/15 Infinite Solar IREC Accredited SOLAR THERMAL DESIGN AND INSTALLATION COURSE

3/16 MISSION MOB: A HAPPY HOUR WITH DAMN GOOD INTENTIONS.  Bringing startup and social entrepreneurs together for a mission-driven happy hour.  Free but ticket required.  6:30pm, Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St

3/16 ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS Walnut Street West branch of Free Library, 201 South 40th St (at Walnut St) 3-4pm

3/16 DVRPC REGIONAL CITIZENS COMMITTEE ACTION TASK FORCE 10:00am, 2010 PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE ROOM.  DVRPC Transportation Improvement Program

3/17 FARM ECONOMICS WORKSHOPS: How to Write a Farm Business Plan, How to Price Products for Market, 5:30-9pm, The Enterprise Center, Studio C, 4548 Market St.. Penn State Extension 215 471-2200 x 0

3/17 CLEANTECH COMPANIES TO WATCH, Entrepreneurs Forum, 5:30-8:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s University, Haub School of Business-Teletorium, City Ave & 54th St

3/19 CAPITAL AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY/CLEAN TECHNOLOGY BRIEFINGS. 9-10:30am. Ben Franklin Technology Partners/SEP, Building 100 Innovation Center, 4801 S. Broad Street, Suite 200, The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA 19112

3/19 GOOD JOBS NOW! MAKE WALL STREET PAY: “While their actions destroyed Americans’ jobs, homes and hope, the Big Banks got billions in taxpayer bailouts—and went back to business as usual. They gave their execs about $145 billion in 2009 pay and bonuses, and now they’re spending millions lobbying to kill financial reform. America is 10 million jobs in the hole. It’s time for Wall Street to pay to create the good jobs we need. Join us to take this message right to one of the biggest, baddest banks of all.”  AFL-CIO, 11:45am, Paine Plaza- 15th & JFK across from City Hall.

3/20 DVARP General Meeting: Sat., March 20, 1:00 pm at 1601 Walnut St., Suite 1129

3/25 MID-ATLANTIC CLEANTECH INVESTMENT FORUM Academy of Natural Sciences Auditorium, 4:30–8pm

3/25 SEPTA Board meeting: Thurs., March 25, 3:00 pm at 1234 Market St., mezzanine

3/30 SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee: Tues., March 30, 5:45 pm at 1234 Market St., 7th fl

4/8 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE: THE IMPACT OF DESIGN ON SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS 8am-noon, Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center Room 200, 1755 N. 13th St.  “Philadelphia designers, artists, entrepreneurs, students, and business professionals explore how creative design and innovative new business ideas can work hand-in-hand to shape an eco-friendly future.”  Free for students w/ OwlCard; $20 for professionals.

4/10  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAIL PASSENGERS TRI-STATE MEETING.  Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Discussion of matters affecting Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and special tour of SEPTA’s rail and transit control center. Registration $25.00 incl lunch.

4/16-18 GOGREEN EXPO at Convention Center

4/17 PHILADELPHIA WATERSHED WORKSHOP

4/17 EARTH DAY FESTIVAL & FLEA MARKET, Clark Park

4/24 RAY OF HOPE FUNDRAISER: creating green jobs for ex-offenders, rehabbing low-income housing 5858 Castor Ave, 6-10pm.

“BEERS FOR BILLS” by Urban Eco-Electric (UEE).  Bring your energy bill, learn about how solar energy can save you money, and get a free beer. Times/places.
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YOUR LETTERS

“Thanks for the good NEWS and the alternative thinking you bring to the forum!  Re NESTS:  a great idea! Im currently between jobs in technology sales & business development (and expect to be back to work very soon)but I also have taught music  piano - and am looking to get back to this in the evenings. Also, I am very interested in the sustainability movement.I have not worked directly this realm, but I would like to use my strength and skills to contribute to the movement in some way. If there is some way I could contribute to the NESTS idea I would consider:teaching music, cooking, gardening (I helped plant some trees with the Horticultural Society back in April), house repair, storytelling.”  –Scott Shaffner
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“I’ve noticed that I’ve not received an enewsletter from Green Jobs Philly since October.  Can you tell me the status of your work now and if it is continuing?  You have been an invaluable asset to this city and it would be a critical loss if your work wasn’t carried on here.”  –Katryn Lavanture
—[REPLY]  The home page still serves, and this is the first Green Jobs Philly since October because I’ve been preparing related programs and because, throughout December, my back went out.
—I’d be willing to transfer the 6,300 emails and site to people willing to publish Green Jobs Philly more regularly, in this format.  There is far greater ad sales capacity than I’ve tapped. paul5glover@yahoo.com
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“I am in the process of developing a model of community-based production of goods. The intent is to develop a workers’ collective of skilled makers and crafts people - woodworkers, metal workers, sewers, knitters, glass blowers, etc etc - that collectively own and share technologies and space. I have ideas for a shop that is shared by people, that offers workshops and classes, and is open to the community at large. Through selling goods, teaching classes, and being hired for custom production we should be able to build up a shared pool of funds to be used collectively.  http://www.madein-philly.com
—”I am interested to know if you have heard about anyone working on something like this and to get your thoughts on such an idea. My motivation is to personally stop developing more theory and start being an active member of a community. Also owning technology and being skilled in using it to make the things you use is powerful and I want to share this with other people.
—”Over time we see connections to local currency, having healthcare, owning resource production, etc.”  –Andrew Dahlgren
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“The second broadcast of  “Neighborhood Pathway” and “Creating a Green Pathway out of Poverty”  Come take part in something that affects our lives whether you have someone who is in prison, or you know someone in prison.  heritagecommunitycenter.org.  The Ray of Hope Project has helped 80 seniors and low income familes to continue living in their homes, and 90% of the homes were repaired by formerly incarcerated people who came through ROH.  During the past 7 years, over 500 ex-offenders have worked in our program and 85% have stayed out of prison. This is our time in history again to make a statement again, ‘Yes We Can’ Power is in numbers!!!! “  –Ray Gant
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“I am a teacher at in South Philadelphia at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School. I was wondering if Green Jobs Philly runs a program that is designed for schools where they can ‘adopt’ a piece of land and care for that plot of land. I hope that all is well with you.”  –Charles Imbesi
—[REPLY] Green Jobs Philly itself is a website making it easy for Philadelphians to connect to do good things.  Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) and many other groups tend land for agriculture, recreation, business.
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“I agree Obama is losing support because, contrary to his campaign promises, so far all he’s offered or produced is more of the same broken status quo (i.e. favoring big moneyed interests at the expense of everyone else) on every issue of national importance (campaign finance, the economy, jobs, war, health care, environment, etc.).
—”Imagine if the $1.5 Trillion in the two economic stimulus packages had been divided evenly and distributed among 300 million Americans. Had our leaders chosen to give $5000 to every man, woman and child instead of to the same crooks who caused this mess in the first place, our economy and jobs would be healing by now. Real demand would have replaced imaginary and misguided trickle-down theory. Most of any bottom-up sort of stimulus would be back in the hands of the bankers by now after having trickled up while providing precisely the kind of economic balance we truly need restored. Every hand that money would have touched on its way back up the economic ladder would have added real value to our dollar. Instead he has devalued our dollars even further by starting at the top (again, just like Bush and Republicans).
—”In reality money trickles up much faster and far more reliably. Often money does not trickle down at all. It and any jobs it creates more often than not go to India and China. The way to create jobs here is to create demand here. Obama is doing the opposite, increasing the money supply at the top when we’re already horribly out of balance and top heavy.”  –bspoons@consolidated.net
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I was wondering if you had knowledge of interior designers in your network that are using lime renders? These finishes have very low to no v.o.c content, and have a beautiful finish. I am writing on research I am doing on carbon dioxide emissions through the manufacturing of building products. Any advice or referrals will be put to good use.”  –ron.benson1@yahoo.com
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“I am concerned about one of the items PECO is rebating.  An electric domestic hot water heater can annually use 2500 to 3500 Kwh in a home.  PECO is rebating $300 to replace one of these with a heat pump hot water heater.  At first blush a heat pump hot water heater which uses a fraction of that energy would seem like a deal:  it is for PECO.  It is an easy target for them to create grid reduction.  The problem with this is one of Balance.
—”Some versions (most out now) of heat pump hot water heaters draw their heat from the interior of the home.  In a small home to mid sized home, or in a home where the HOME heater is correctly or marginally sized, insertion of a heat pump hot water heater into the basement or conditioned space could measurably affect the operation of the heater especially when in “ECO” mode and, thus could affect the balance of the home.  Typical complaints associated with installation of heat pump hot water heaters which draw their heat from the interior of the home include exacerbation of cold rooms in winter, colder room where the unit is located, and new drafts and air moment in the home along with elevated heating bills.
—”Considering rebate opportunities in light of the WHOLE HOUSE picture is your smartest play.”  –Sean