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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #24

Monday, October 25th, 2010

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GREEN MACRO-ECONOMICS

Baseball in November 2009, game 5 © 2009 by Charles Cushing

Baseball in November 2009, game 5 © 2009 by Charles Cushing

DELAWARE VALLEY ECO-ECONOMY

PENNVEST FUNDS GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
PHILADELPHIA’S NEW VOICE OF BUSINESS is “breaking the business as usual mindset and creating a better future for business and society.”

DELAWARE VALLEY POST-GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY “recommends making smarter transportation investments, coupling these investments with more sustainable land-use patterns, fostering clusters in emerging eco-industries, and maximizing the value of these initiatives by eco-branding the region as a sustainability center.”

CITIZENS PLANNING INSTITUTE teaches Philadelphians to become neighborhood planners.

CUTTING THROUGH THE ZONING CODE explains the revised Philadelphia code.  By Nick Gilewicz at PlanPhilly.   Activists in City Hall, new book by Pierre Clavel.

WHY THE GREEN ECONOMY IS UNSTOPPABLE — AND 10 WAYS IT’S MAKING LIFE BETTER

DEINDUSTRIALIZATION OF AMERICA

GREEN RE-INDUSTRIALIZATION OF AMERICA:
—Philadelphia has lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Worker-managed green factories can restore our industrial prominence. These can be organized and run by workers, solar-powered for health and quiet, producing all the useful goods we need for a much better American Way.
—By decentralizing industries to neighborhood control, products can be made with pride and skill.  Production schedules and product design could suit local resources.  Recycling processes could be developed for all materials.
—Operating expenses and living costs are reduced by interneighborhood exchange of such goods as tools, pottery, bikes, glassware, clothing, solar equipment and furniture.
—Industry has been the noisiest and ugliest part of cities.  By rescaling and soundproofing industries for neighborhood life, they can blend with urban beauty.  Insofar as beauty contributes to social harmony, beauty is practical.
—Philadelphia can learn to luxuriate in the necessities before the necessities become luxuries.  In societies whose goods are crafted more is appreciated, less is consumed.  This kind of priority gives us a short work day amid pastimes worthy -of leisure: romping, playing, sunbathing, musicmaking, storytelling, meditation, inventing, dancing, exploring, exercising, learning.
—Such an industrial base thrives on peace rather than war.  Relying on regional raw materials makes us independent of foreign supplies, ending the competition for these which has caused most war.

—Here’s how other places do it:
Cleveland
St. Paul
Buffalo
San Francisco
Indiana

PENNSYLVANIA UNITED FOR EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS “Though families in Pennsylvania are hurting financial in these hard economic times, Emergency Unemployment Compensation will END on November 30th! Thousands of unemployed workers in our state need EUC benefits to pay their bills and put food on their families’ tables.”

PHILADELPHIA LAND REFORM: converting vacant lots to job opportunities
VACANT LAND LAW proposed by Councilmember Darrell Clark  includes authorization to extradite absentee tax delinquent property owners for prosecution.
PERMACULTURE ZONE LAW proposed, to establish orchards

RECLAIMING VACANT PROPERTIES: “The Intersection of Sustainability, Revitalization, and Policy Reform.  How can government do a better job of compelling negligent owners to comply with codes or give up control of deteriorated properties?”

ABANDONED RAILROAD INVENTORY AND POLICY PLAN “enhancing alternative transportation and recreational opportunities” by DVRPC

JENKINTOWN RESIDENTS UNIVERSALLY OPPOSE NEW PARKING GARAGE, PREFER MORE TRAIN STATIONS:  They cite clear choice between cars and trains.
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EATS

THE NILE GIFT SHOP AND VEGAN CAFÉ 6008 Germantown Ave. 215-843-0900 sponsored by AUSAR AUSET SOCIETY a Pan-African spiritual organization whose” focus is the upliftment of the community through holistic teachings.”

PHILADELPHIA BEER FROM LOCAL HOPS: Philadelphia Brewing Company and Greensgrow Farm are micro-brewing beer with locally grown hops. PBC presents: “Harvest From The Hood”!

PHILADELPHIA FUTURE FARMERS

PHILLY COW SHARE

GREENSGROW WINTER COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SHARES “Unlike the summer CSA, there are only 95 shares available.  There is a meat and vegetarian option.  The winter CSA runs 10 weeks, with pick-ups occurring every other Saturday.  The 1st pick-up is December 4th.  The cost is $400 for the whole season.  APPLY

THE FOOD FOR ALL COLLECTIVE (CORRECTED)   “is a member-owned, collectively managed, not for profit organization that seeks to make humane and sustainable choices accessible to everyone. To that end, we aim to: Provide products and promote practices that are healthy not only for the consumer, but are equally as healthy for: the farmers and laborers; the land, water, and air; all beings; and the entire planet. We call this being “Universally Healthy”.  Support sustainable lifestyles and alternative access models to universally healthy food and practices.  Foster community by providing education, inspiration, and infrastructure within an open and fair organization.  Remove barriers, including cost and information, to universally healthy food and practices.  Always move forward in adopting better methods and ideas in being universally healthy.
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NEW MEDIA

PHILADELPHIA AREA NEW MEDIA ASSOCIATION

CITIZEN MEDIA SITES IN PHILADELPHIA by Knight Citizen News Network.  Add another site

PHILADELPHIA BLACK PROFESSIONALS NEWS NAMPHILADELPHIA biweekly news

GREENBLOG PHILLY
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LEARNING

EDUCATION BY INCLUSION

DISMANTLING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE

TRADE SCHOOL (video): Young people are beginning to avoid college and student debt, instead starting their own free schools.   17,000,000 Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that BLS says require lesser skills.  Over 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees (over 8,000 of them have doctoral or professional degrees), along with over 80,000 bartenders, and over 18,000 parking lot attendants.

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ARTS

SOLAR POWERED FOUNTAINS PROPOSED FOR SCHUYLKILL RIVER.

BROKEN UMBRELLAS INTO ART: Recycling Zychal rescues umbrellas found on streets after storms

PAUL ROBESON TRIBUTE: This giant of civil rights lived in West Philadelphia and his picture appears on our web masthead.

CROCHET GUEVARA documents the whimsical guerrilla yarn/textile art movement as it unravels (hehe!) in Philadelphia.

BIG APPLE ARTISTS BARTER FOR HEALTH CARE at Woodhull Hospital   NYFA:
—Philadelphia’s hospitals can do this too.

TURNING POINT PRIZE $15,000 for social entrepreneurs ages 18-35 in college “whose idea holds promise to improve the lives of women, girls, and families in the Greater Philadelphia area.”  Applications
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MINI-EDITORIAL

Philadelphia has begun to address its Food deserts– neighborhoods  where there are few supermarkets and high food prices.  Many here are starting farms and farmers’ markets to build regional food security.  Similar dynamic effort is needed to fix Philadelphia’s Health desert, our Money desert, our School desert, our Power desert, our Job desert.
—Development of a genuinely nonproft co-op sector driven more by mission than money is required, because dependence on large corporations and big government has failed Philadelphia.  With 350,000 unemployed, 25% poverty rate, 200,000 uninsured, 42% dropout rate, 100,000 working poor, and a 22% illiteracy rate, Philadelphia’s elites merely manage disaster.  Many Philadelphia institutions exist primarily to provide middle class employment for some, while great numbers suffer.
—Yet there are more solutions than problems, as this newsletter makes clear. –Paul Glover
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EVENTS

10/29  ORCHARD PLANTING at Walnut Hill Community Farm.  Help the Philadelphia Orchard Project and Fruit Guys plant a border of raspberry bushes.  Tools, gloves, lunch provided.  9am to 3pm at 4610 Market St.  Rain date 11/5.

11/6 SURROUND: Philly Homegrown: “to feature and support a local industry of homegrown artists, musicians, designers, health practitioners, nutritionists, and creators of all kinds.  We will be jammin it up every 1st Saturday to celebrate you. There will be live music, DJ, open mic, party favors, live internet streaming, and some homegrown workshopping.”

11/6 WALK AND BIKE NEW SOUTH STREET BRIDGE, 2pm.

11/6  GREEN BURIALS, Sustainable After-Care, Home Funerals, featuring guest from the Natural Undertaking group of Southeastern PA!  West Conshohocken Borough Hall, 112 Ford St., W .Conshohocken, 11am, $5 -10 suggested donation. RSVP

11/7 WEEDS WALK AND WOODS LURE: Bartram’s Garden Ramble, 54th/Lingbergh Blvd, 11am.  “Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard with broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the area’s many wild plants and animals.”
—WOODSLORE AND WILD WOODS WISDOM:,2pm, Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave, 7pm at Studio 34,  4522 Baltimore Ave.  Suggested donation $0-$20. RSVP David

11/7 WEAVER’S WAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING 5:30pm, Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St.  Keynote by Katherine Gajewski, Director of Phila’s Office of Sustainability, “Greenworks Phila: Progress & Opportunities for Weavers Way”

11/8 AGE-FRIENDLY PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE Loews Philadelphia Hotel 1200 Market, 9am-4:45pm

11/13 WHOLE HOG FEAST by Greensgrow at Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth St, 5-8pm, Certified Master Chef Tom Griffiths.  RSVP by Nov 10.  Buffet of charcuterie, salumerias, and vegetarian and vegan dishes plus wine, local beer.  Live jazz.  $75 Benefit for Kensington Community Kitchen.  Tickets:
Info: events@greensgrow.org

11/24 SOLAR ENERGY SEMINAR– FREE Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association’s Community Center, 700 North 3rd St, 6-7:30pm SunlightSolar.com

12/10 ENDANGEREDCITY ”challenges local artists, architects, historians, and urban explorers to express the inspiration within Philadelphia’s physical history.” Submissions, by 11/15, may relate to a historical building, neighborhood, landscape, detail, or space in the Philadelphia region which resonates with the artist.
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YOUR LETTERS

“I wondered whether you might be able to direct me to a grant writer.  We are transforming a large warehouse in Philadelphia into a rooftop farm and converting the entire building to alternative energy. I have researched the many Federal and state incentives available.  I would greatly appreciate a referral or even a direction to look at.The warehouse is at 5th and Oxford.  I am still gathering information–from architects, builders, the Water Department, etc.  Our first step was figuring out the reuses of the building.  The large rooftop is approx. 45,000 sq.ft. which would be  agricultural.  The interior is 270,000 sq. ft, mostly 3 floors high.  The 4th and 5th floors–all windows with a great city view (approx. 25,000 sq. ft.), will be loft apartments.  That leaves 245,000 sq. ft. for rental space in the building interior.  The first floor will be retail businesses that benefit the community.  The possibilitiles for the rest of the building are limitless. I would like to see some agricultural-related businesses, some technology development, some green jobs training, etc. I believe (as you do) that this is the new economy for Philadelphia.”  –Pamela Sodi
—[REPLY] Good to hear this. Assume you’re looking for a volunteer grant writer.  If you do a search “grant” at greenjobsphilly.org/list_jobs_offered.php you’ll find a few grantwriters.  You might join the listserve and ask: Where is this building located?  Have any links to the project?  A web page would raise your profile.  And perhaps put up some notices in your neighborhood.
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“Keep up the great work. I have been sending the newsletter to our network.”  –Betty Turner, President, Germantown Community Connection
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it is always a pleasure hearing from you and to see the good job you are doing for our community. Keep up the good work.”  –Drs Carolina Baltazar Harris, Snyderville CDC
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“I want share my project with you and maybe you can help me. I am searching for a grant to finance this green project to recycle tires.  To recycle the discarded tires in North Philadelphia, I need a grant for $350.000 for equipment to pick up the tires, process the tires, compact the tires, which can then be used for structural materials. This project will produce a minimum 15 green jobs in North Philly.”   –Irving Rodriguez
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“I am a healer, RN, who would like the opportunity to practice caring for my community with the Patch Adams clinic. I have lots of time as a nurse (~20 yrs) and lots of experience fixing and building. I live in an old Victorian house in Fishtown and am quite good at painting, electric, general fixing of most stuff. Oh yea and I can garden too. I just took some time off from hospital work to rehab a house to sell. I have been called on to treat neighbors without insurance repeatedly. I am that person who gets a call or knock on the door when someone is sick. I call it guerrilla care. Many of my friends are without insurance and work as contractors and artists. So really, I am already one of you. And I would like to be part of this movement. Like I said, I can help heal and I can help build. I hear you may be considering Fishtown as a site. This community is awesome and would be a great location for your center. There are lots of old factories that would afford the space you are searching for. Please keep me in mind and let me know how I can help!”  –Susan McAnally
—[REPLY] Thanks for your fine offer.  Soon as our public website is ready we’ll invite volunteers, members and donors. Here is background.
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“I’m a 23 year old who just moved to Philadelphia last week.  I rode by bicycle across the country this summer to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.  I saw some very cool green technology along the way, such as geothermal heating.  I was searching for a career in the Philadelphia where I could learn new skills and help the environment.  Then I came across Green Jobs Philly and started reading the depth of information presented on the site; I am really blown away.  I saw your bio and was even more shocked to see you WALKED across the country.  I bet that is an awesome story to tell and I hope to hear some of those in the future as I just joined the listserv and plan on getting involved in any way I can.  Thanks for spearheading such a worthwhile initiative.”  –Brian Germain
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“I am a student at Philadelphia University studying art therapy. I would love to know if you are going to have any options for people to do art therapy at the Patch Adams Free Clinic and may need volunteers, or even possible internships. Also I am a member of my Schools Psychology Society. Our society likes to get out and volunteer!  I am unaware of how far along the Patch Adams clinic is, but let me know if you think our help is needed.”  –Rosemary Krzywicki
—[REPLY]  Thanks for this fine offer.  We’re looking forward to having art and music space in the clinic.  We’re still in the preliminary phase, looking for locations.  I’ll add you to the mailing list for all updates.  Here’s our video.
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