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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #22

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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GREEN PROFESSIONALS TRAINING PROGRAM by The Partnership CDC.  “As our program grows, we hope to add more technologies to our curriculum.  We believe that since the Earth belongs to all of us, all of us should have access to the skills and means to protect the planet and our future!”  –Alix Howard

PHILADELPHIA JOB CORPS LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTE (PJCLSI) Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid • Medical Assistant • Emergency Medical Technicial • Administrative Medical Assistant • Pharmacy Technician • Dietary Planner • Hospital Engineer/Facilities Maintenance

HOT ROOF COOL JOB by Bruce Schimmel

PHILADELPHIA NAVY YARD GAINS $129 MILLION FOR CLEAN ENERGY HUB “The Energy-Efficient Building Systems Design Hub (will) research, develop and demonstrate highly efficient building components, systems, and models which are applicable to both retrofit and new construction.”

PENNSYLVANIA TIME BANKS: GET WHAT YOU NEED WITHOUT DOLLARS
timebanks/directory of PA
Equal Dollars

GASLIGHT VILLAGE  “is a proposed mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented, urban village on the site of a former gas works on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. When completed, it will be home to some 4,000 families.”

PHILADELPHIA ECO-BROKERS are green realtors

HOW PHILADELPHIA CAN SURVIVE THE BUDGET CRISIS by the Committee of Seventy

PENNSYLVANIA ZEITGEIST organizes the public to take back control of finance, military, job creation.

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH ACCESS BLOG invites comments about health insurance in this state. “46,000 Pennsylvanians are about to lose their health insurance. AdultBasic will expire on December 31, 2010–unless we act.”  SAVE ADULTBASIC FACEBOOK GROUP!

SIFT PHILADELPHIA business/nonprofit sustainability consulting

GREEN TRANSITION SCOREBOARD shows “ $1.64 trillion in private investment in companies growing the green economy since 2007.  This is up from $1.24 trillion since the end of Dec. 2009.”

CURB COLLECTIVE gathers “perfectly good items that are thrown out to the curbs of this city on a daily basis by its more affluent wasteful residents and then to redistribute these items through the use of free markets and request based programs to communities throughout the city.”  jmollis@riseup.net

PHILADELPHIA NOW RECYCLES PLASTICS # 1-7 and aluminum foil for street pick-up.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

RECESSION OR DEPRESSION?  Nicole Newman  of Diverse Philly says it’s time to use the D word.

PHILADELPHIA SCOOTERS zip through traffic jams, get 100mpg.

PHILLY ELECTRIC WHEELS takes you hundreds of miles for pennies.  25 models of electric bicycle, plus bicycle repair
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MORE PHILADELPHIA GREEN MEDIA

SMARTBUILDINGTALK.COM is “a new blog and resource site covering Philadelphia area green building news, events, resources, and green homes for sale.    Currently seeking interns/volunteers to help edit postings, 3-10 hours/week

THE SUSTAINABILITY BUZZ “Savings through sustainability”

PRIMITIVE WORLD VIDEOS specializes in documentaries and web videos about sustainable green organizations.  Their segment: “Green Careers: Sustainable Futures - SEPTA sequence

GRATEFUL GAZETTE “We would like to be a newspaper fully benefiting it’s community to it’s fullest potential while using the community to create the paper. The more who participate the better we will be. Writers, artists, musicians, opinionist this is your place to be seen, heard, and recognized.”

PHILADELPHIA ENTERPRISE REPORTING FUND: ten awards of $5,000 for collaborative journalism projects deadline 9/6/10

PHILLY FUTURE introduces local blogs

COLLATERAL NEWS is local YouTube broadcast

PHILLY’S RACE FOR DEATH ROW

VERIZON HELPS DESTROY INTERNET INTEGRITY.  Radio and television were once locally-controlled civic media.  Corporations took them away from grassroots voices to make them commercial and dumb.  Same corruption, now of internet, is threatened by Google/Verizon deal.
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Northern Liberties, ©2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, ©2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, ©2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, ©2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, © 2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, © 2010 by Robert Jimenez

THE POWER OF THE PEN, AND PENCIL, AND CAMERA, PAINTS, CLAY, DANCE, SONG

PHILADELPHIA ARTISTS UNITE FOR GREEN AND LOCAL ECONOMY
Young Philadelphla artists are organizing networks and shops to support one another and make it easy for the public to support them. This is a generation which will have to create its own safety nets, as Boomers and bankers exhaust Social Security and Medicare.

Northern Liberties, © 2010 by Robert Jimenez

Northern Liberties, © 2010 by Robert Jimenez

PANADELPHIA “showcases how people coming together can create marvelous works of art without instruction or control…
—”PANadelphia seeks to bridge the communication gap between organizations such as community recreation centers, independent media centers, local businesses, schools and daycares, political activists, studios and venues, and dedicated people interested in applying themselves to creating a world of mutual support and consideration.  We believe that a world in which everyone is fed, clothed, and sheltered; where all have equal access to clean water, clean air, and clean soil; where health, freedom, and creativity are encouraged and sustained; where racism, bigotry, misogyny, and the like are absent from the minds and hearts of our people is a realizable goal and a world worth working towards.”

PHILLY MAKES! “a blog for artists, crafters, designers, and makers of all sorts who live in Philadelphia. Participants commit to create and post one thing per week. A ‘thing’ can be just about anything you might make- a piece of art, a scarf, a bicycle, a website, your dinner, whatever! It can even be a work in progress that you’d like to share and get feedback on!”

GREATER PHILADELPHIA CULTURAL ALLIANCE JOB BANK

COMMUNITY CULTURAL EXCHANGE acts as “ a bridge between local art and culture groups, businesses, artists and the South Street area community.”

VOLK LIBRE connects “artists, artisans, crafters/makers, musicians, poets/writers, performers, community organizers, environmentalists, homemakers, students, teachers, parents, activists, independent businesses & self-employed individuals, artisans, farmers and superheroes — anyone interested in arts cultures, sustainable living, social justice

PHILADELPHIA DREAMIT VENTURES gives $25,000 + big perks to promising web businesses
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* Art in the Age (of mechanical reproduction)
ART TO SAVE THE WORLD on South St
* ART IN THE DARK SYLA! (Support your local Artist)
* Bambi Gallery at Piazza
* Bicycle Revolutions “bicycles, art, revolution”, 712 S. 4th St.
* ETSY “mass production is over, if you want it”
* HANDMADE PHILLY
* Heidi’s Unique Gifts (HUG)
* INK ANSWER COMICS COLLABORATIVE: “high standards for low-brow art.”
* Smack Parlor (Mkt/2/3)
* Sweet Jane vintage
* Topstitch in Old City 54 N 3rd St
* Lost and Found 133 N. 3rd St
* NICE THINGS HANDMADE
* PHILADELPHIA DUMPSTER DIVERS
* Vagabond Boutique and Yarn Shop
* Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project, 1808 W. Tioga St., 15-223-8180 (Mail Box #4)  Yasproject@gmail.com
* Zine of the Month
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FOOD NEWS

GREEN AISLE GROCERY sells only local and regional foods. 1618 E. Passyunk

KYLIN ARTS EDIBLE LANDSCAPING: Eat your Weeds!  “You can snack on your garden even if you didn’t plant a vegetable garden, you have no fruit trees, and you accidentally let you potted herbs go the way of the Dodo.  Its time to graze in your lawn. There are loads of edible weeds that are more nutritious than your grocery store lettuce, they add new exciting flavors to your plate and you make your lawn and garden happy too.”

HARVEST LOCAL FOODS “A New Philadelphia-Area Service Delivering the Freshest, Locally-Grown Organic Groceries to Your Door Year-Round.” 305 Windermere Avenue, Lansdowne.

SOUTH PHILLY FOOD CO-OP FORMING

ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPING ASSOCIATION NEWS edited by Jennifer Chesworth of State College
EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS
FROM LAWNS TO EDIBLE LANDSCAPES

A GUIDE TO FARMING IN PENNSYLVANIA provides links between agricultural entrepreneurship resources and those provided by other areas of the Penn State College of Ag Sci:

THE COZY HERBIVORE “vegetarian comfort food recipes” by Sara May of South Philly.

PHILADELPHIA VEGVINE links area vegetarians and maintains a dating service http://www.veggiedate.org/state/Pennsylvania.cfm
—NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT: LOVING HUT#mce_temp_url# on South St.

BIRCHTREE CATERING: “locally minded, seasonally inspired”

PHILADELPHIA FORAGING: FREE FRESH FRUIT

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED MEDICINAL HERB SHARES

GLUTEN FREE PHILLY

DETROIT URBAN FARMING DECISIVE, PHILADELPHIA LAGS   “The woes of the auto industry have decimated Detroit, leaving behind miles of waste land and abandoned homes.  One of [Detroit’s] richest men is hoping to revive the region with a farm [in the city].  John Hantz hopes his $30 million investment will improve the neighborhood and spur development.”

SALT LAKE CITY PUSHES URBAN FARMING ON CITY LAND

SEATTLE URBAN FARMING LEADERSHIP: Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food.  “The ordinance updates the City’s Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including allowing “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones, with some limitations in industrial zones. Also, residents will now be able to sell food grown on their property.
—”These code changes will strengthen our community food security,” said Council President Richard Conlin, sponsor of the ordinance.”

UNITED NATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA “Philadelphia is a great city full with great ideas, great opportunities, and steeped in great learning experiences when it comes to local, urban, holistic and organic agriculture.  Our city can become a beacon of how other cities can contribute to rearranging the world food supply.”  –Misha Baker 1501 Cherry St. 215-241-5738.

U.S. FOOD WASTE WORTH MORE THAN OFFSHORE DRILLING

NEARLY ALL PLASTIC IS NOW RECYCLED CURBSIDE. “Plastics that CAN NOT be recycled curbside are plastic bags and dry cleaner bags, pvc pipes, and compostable plastic. See “Plastics 101” guide
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EVENTS

8/27 PATCH ADAMS FREE CLINIC ORGANIZING POTLUCK, Calvary Methodist Church, 48th/Baltimore Ave, 6:30.  Bring visions, ideas, dish to pass.  Free clown nose to all!  : SLIDE SHOW.  Facebook

9/1 ROXBORO GREEN COHOUSING progress report, Mishkan Shalom, Shurs Lane & Freeland Ave., 7-9pm, LPIser@aol.com 215.843.4833

9/2 FARMERS’ MARKETS BENEFIT, London Grill, 23rd/Fairmount. No-cover happy hour 6-8pm

9/5 PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE at dusk.  Sign up to be notified of route.

9/7 COMMUNITY CULTURAL EXCHANGE Copabanana, 4th/South St. 8pm.

9/13, 15, 16 GREEN JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM for weatherization, energy efficiency.  PCAT, 2111 Eastburn Ave, 9am-2pm.  Bring driver’s license, birth certif, SS card, proof of income.  Register: Glynnis 267 297-6231.

9/18 FARMRAISER HOEDOWN for Emerald Street Urban Farm, Emerald St & Dauphin, 2-9pm.

9/18 PARK(ING) DAY in Philadelphia 267-687-5709

9/19 WEST PHILLY GARDEN DAY.  Self-guided tour noon-3pm of “the many beautiful ornamental and community gardens in University City” which “will open their gates and welcome visitors to learn more about growing their own food.  Along the way, visitors will be able to stop and admire the nominees for University City’s annual Inspirational Garden Awards.  Workshops: starting your own community garden, bee keeping, planting fruit trees, etc.  At 4pm, Woodlands Mansion presents Garden Awards. Seth Budick (215) 243-0555

9/20 CREATING JOBS AND SAVING THE PLANET: speech by Bill McKibben, Academy of Natural Sciences, 6pm. RSVP

9/26 SWAP MEET LAST SUNDAYS at Robins Books/ Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S.13th St.  As seen in City Paper:  also October 31 (halloween!), November 28

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9/29 KENSINGTON FOOD CO-OP FUNDRAISER. 10am-4pm.

10/2 FALL FESTIVAL AT GREENSGROW FARMS “Sample harvest dishes presented by Rachael Ray, enjoy various crafts and loads of children’s activities.”  10am-3pm, rain or shine.  2501 E. Cumberland St.

10/8 A SENSE OF PLACE: PRESERVING PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOODS

10/17 GREEN ARTS FESTIVAL: A CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS Environmental education and arts organizations host the Community Arts Festival at the Crane Arts Building for “children of all ages for “art, environmental learning, and fun.” Entrance fees help support local youth programs, like the Cruz Recreation Center and the new ArtsRising ArtsZones.  Organizations enroll
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YOUR LETTERS

“I want to get my high school diploma and do some green work.  How do I get my GED?”
—[REPLY]  Find state GED info here.  Here are official places to study for GED in Philadelphla: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/find_programs/9081/able_providers_in_philadelphia/522938  You can even study at home:  http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/find_programs/9081/able_providers_in_philadelphia/522938  Tests are administered at 150 sites in Pennsylvania.  Type in your zip code.
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“My boyfriend was released from prison and has not been able to find a job.  What programs are available?”
—[REPLY] Resources for ex-offenders in Philadelphia:
—Read current and back issues of Green Jobs Philly News to see which businesses and groups are helping build a green grassroots economy.  Many are open to ex-offenders.  SEE ALSO:
—Pennsylvania job programs for ex-offenders
Impact Services “If you or someone you know needs help getting back into the game, call us. We want to help!” 215-739-1600
Mayor’s Re-Entry program (website being rebuilt)
—Here’s how Monroe County does it: (north of Allentown)
Turning the Tide
—Here’s how Camden does it
—Community College has special green jobs training programs
—There are occasional job fairs here specifically for ex-offenders:
Ray of Hope (Ray Gant) hires ex-offenders
Kevin Brooks Salvage
—Philadelphia appenticeships
X-0ffenders for Community Empowerment works to repeal “economic apartheid” (215)668-8477 Jacobs19132@yahoo.com
Ex Offenders Association of PA (legal rights)
PA HIRE Network
PA Prison Society
—PA law says: To reject a worker based on a criminal record, the employer must conclude: (a) there is a direct relationship between the job and the offenses; or (b) employing the ex- offender would involve an unreasonable risk to property or safety. Factors to be considered:
a. The City’s public policy encouraging employment of people with criminal records;
b. The offenses’ bearings on the specific duties and responsibilities of the job;
c. The time that has elapsed since the occurrence of the offenses;
d. The person’s age;
e. The seriousness of the offenses;
f. Any information that the person has produced about rehabilitation and good conduct;
g. The employer’s legitimate interest in protecting property and safety.
—I’ve written Green Jobs Philly which introduces several businesses your friend might start.
—Tell me more about your friend’s interests and skills and I’ll make more specific recommendations.
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“We were pleased to see the Trolley Car Ice Cream Shoppe photos in your Green Jobs Philly News email last month.  We think  the information you are sharing with readers about green jobs and opportunities in the city are great!”  –Erica Hawthorne
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“Thanks for adding our event to your newsletter. We are honored.”  –Ahlia
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“We would like to order your Green Jobs Philly book; however, we are located in Harrisburg.  Please let me know how best to place a mail order.”  –Stephanie Frank, Keystone Research Center
—[REPLY]  You can purchase Green Jobs Philly via Paypal for $5 via button at bottom of healthdemocracy.org/book.html or via Paul Glover, 140 W. Sedgwick St, Philadelphia PA 19119
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“I am hoping that you can, perhaps, help to point me in the right direction:  I serve on the Kimberton Waldorf School’s (KWS) Green Committee. The school’s goal is to, ultimately, become energy independent through a variety of renewable technologies.  The Green Committee at KWS has been working on trying to obtain funding for solar power for the campus for some time, but we keep coming up empty.  Any thought/ideas you have on this would be much appreciated!”  –Melissa Miles, Organizer, Eastern PA Permaculture Guild
—[REPLY]  Here are some suggestions:
—1.  You might rely on a turnkey program.  If you have roof space, there are solar providers who will install PV free, you’ll contract with them to pay your current electric rate, they’ll get profit from selling to the gridl
—2.  There are federal and state grants and rebates, reducing to a fraction the purchase price.
—3.  Use the PV for an unusual purpose, among others.  To the extent your project is novel it will attract media attention.  Some PV installers may be willing to give deep discounts in exchange for the free advertising they’d get by association with the school.
—4. Were you to open the doors to a broader public for green education and green training, additional grants may be available.
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“I am extemely interested in the legal do’s and don’ts of creating local currency. Can I buy food, clothes, etc., how do I get the PEOPLE to “take” to it. How do I organize to educate the people!? Can I travel with it. And what about the international free market-can I import and export with it if so, then HOW!!!? I unlike you have no titles or awards in this project or that one-and I dont feel I need one.  I am an able and interdependent member of a collective whole obliged to release myself from the fetters that bind me and all else who CHOOSE intellegently to partake. People should and do have a voice.  It’s time now to tear down the myth that only a specialist in this or that is capable of speaking out! Show me the way please.”  –Jason
—[REPLY]  I’ve written the book Hometown Money, which explains how to start and maintain community currency.  Available for $25 via Paypal at bottom of tclivingwage.org You can spend local currency outside of the community with people willing to accept it.  It cannot be invested in the stock market.  But a regional stock exchange can be created.
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“I really enjoyed your CityPaper article “Prepare for the Best” –there is a lot of good information in there that I’ll be happy to forward widely to my friends.”  –Jenny
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