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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #25

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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tending a North Philly orchard

tending a North Philly orchard

WORK FORCE GOES GREEN: two South Philly community centers train through Neighborhood Green Job Readiness Partnership


GREEN JOBS ACADEMY FOR VETERANS at Bucks County Community College, for Solar/Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Bristol, Pennsylvania. Apply by 12/3



by Frank Noler © Jeffrey Smith

by Frank Noler © Jeffrey Smith

GERMANTOWN GREEN BUSINESS DISTRICT PROPOSAL “to create ‘green collar jobs, unique Green Businesses as models for economic development, and the development of urban housing rehabilitation and weatherization projects that integrate Green building and historic preservation standards that are both practical and affordable to low and moderate income homeowners.”
—They cite “manufacturing jobs related to large scale production of a wide range of appropriate technologies (i.e. solar panels, bike cargo systems, green waste bins, etc.)  Materials reuse/producing products made from recycled, non-toxic materials.  Non-toxic household cleaning in residential and commercial buildings.  Parks and open space maintenance and expansion.  Printing with non-toxic inks and dyes and recycled papers.  Public transit jobs.  Recycling.  Solar installation and maintenance.  Tree cutting and pruning.  Peri-urban agriculture.  Water retrofits to increase water efficiency and conservation

Philadelphia ready to roll

Philadelphia ready to roll


MAPPING YOUR SHORT ROUTES: CommonSpace promotes “environmental and economic sustainability in Philadelphia by helping its users discover neighborhood destinations that they can get to by walking, biking or taking public transportation.” BETA CONTEST through 12/15. Four who complete the survey win a $100 gift certificate to one of four local restaurants.

SEPTA COMMENT LINE:  Nearly every metro rail system in the world color coded routes to make use easy for visitors.  Philadelphia’s new schedules and routes are grey.   Tell them what you think

SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA FIRST SUBURBS PROJECT (SEPA) is “coalition of community organizations and institutions focused on solving common challenges facing the older, developed suburbs of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. These communities share conditions of diminishing economic investment, declining infrastructure, struggling school districts, and social services lagging behind the needs of their residents.”

SAVING ENERGY IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES The Energy Coordinating Agency and its Neighborhood Energy Centers reach low-income people in Philadelphia

SUSTAINING CREATION COMMITTEE at Neighborhood Interfaith Movement.  “Our traditions call on us to be good stewards of the earth and to work together to preserve our environment.  We would like your input into what the Committee can and should do in the year ahead.”  Eric Wilden


UNIVERSITY CITY OFF THE GRID “Your guide to sustainable living in University City.”

Logan Triangle: 35 empty acres

Logan Triangle: 35 empty acres


THE ABANDONED CITY. The City of Philadelphia is the largest owner of abandoned properties in the city. City Paper and PlanPhilly and will compile the first public “master list and interactive database of these properties and examine how they came to be owned by taxpayers and why they are not being sold or redeveloped.”
NEARLY 20% OF PHILADELPHIA PROPERTIES ARE TAX DELINQUENT. This project will develop a searchable database and examine how unpaid taxes have cost the city more than $1 billion in lost revenue and thwarted development. By freelance investigative journalist Patrick Kerkstra with the Philadelphia Inquirer and See study by Econsult

Philadelphia’s New GREEN STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM DATABASE charges non-residential property owners for stormwater based on  the impervious surfaces on their property, rather than the amount of water they use. Website enables property owners to see their property in high resolution and displays the Impervious area of their property, Gross area of their property, PWD account information, credits on their account.

PHILLY END THE FED seeks to return control of money from banks directly to the public.




PENNSYLVANIAN’S 150 WINERIES ARE 4TH MOST NUMEROUS AMONG ALL STATES.  “Everyone in Pennsylvania is no more than 45 minutes from a winery,” says Christopher Boyd, owner of CARDINAL WINERY in North Wales, PA.  His wines include mead and fruit wines.


Build a simple backyard leaf bin

Build a simple backyard leaf bin

KEEP YOUR LEAVES– trees are minting real gold.  When piled leaves decompose they become food for food next spring.

PHILLY FOOD FEED “the blog with all the info on the Philly local food scene as well as sustainable eating in general.”

LOS ANGELES BANS PLASTIC BAGS: “No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag.”


WOMEN’S PRACTICAL FARM/GARDEN SCHOOL Tinicum, PA. Teaching backyard homestead to small agricultural enterprise.  “Learn to grow organic and biodynamic vegetables, fruit, flowers, and herbs while experiencing the flow of the growing season. First Saturday of the month March-October.  114-acre organic horse farm.  $100/per workshop (6 hours of instruction plus lunch).  Eve Springwood Minson, 267-614-3695

PHILLY FOOD FORESTSworking in South Philadelphia to establish a large collective food garden and public space with the intention of feeding, educating, and building culture…”

MINI-EDITORIAL: Mutual Aid is the new Middle Class agenda

Life controlled by dollars

Life controlled by dollars

Life connected to others.

Life connected through solidarity

Times are tough.  Yet Philadelphians have the power to fix everything.
—Americans took power to establish this nation, to end slavery, to demand shorter work days and social security, to demand votes for women and blacks.  During the past 60 years we gave much power away to large companies which promised us shopping malls and bargains; we gave our power to big government, which promised to protect us from enemies; we gave our power to big medicine, which promised to heal us; we gave our power to big education, which promised to prepare us for better futures; and we gave our power to Wall Street, which gambled with our greed.
—The joyride is over.  Wall Street accepted our power and sent our jobs overseas, bankrupted our Treasury, enlisted us, evicted us, jailed us, polluted us.
—We got what we wanted and now pay what it cost.  The price will get bigger, more will suffer, until we take power again, the American way.
—Merely changing names at the top does not restore democracy.  Central authority, whether capitalist or socialist, can trample us.
—We take power over our lives, to make life good again, by taking ownership of the economy as voting members of regional co-operative banks, regional money and trade systems, co-op health plans, co-op farms, co-op housing, clean energy systems, diplomatic defense systems.
—Through these mutual aid programs it is possible for us to fully employ one another, to reduce the costs of heating and eating, to create a secure world. –Paul Glover

How to start a co-op


11/21 PHILLY TREE PEOPLE FALL TREE PLANTING 2771 Jasper St between Somerset and Lehigh, Frankford and Kensington, 10am. Tools provided, BYO gloves.  Over 100 trees, free lunch afterward at Philadelphia Brewing Company.

12/3 PHILLY CAM VIEWING PARTY: learn to broadcast your show on local cable TV.  Community Access Media


12/6 PHILADELPHIA URBAN FARM NETWORK POTLUCK 7:30pm,1434 South 21st. Discuss new cooperative effort by West Philly CHGA to organize our growing operations into a Co-op. Also, I know the Urban Tree Connection would like to give an update of their big conservatorship win, and I can think of about four or five projects gearing up for this spring that I’m excited to hear about. Also, a rep from Fairmount Park has committed to coming to this meeting.

12/7  GREEN 2015: AN ACTION PLAN FOR 500 ACRES OF NEW PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, 6:30pm.

12/8 PENN FUTURE PARTY 1500 Walnut St, 4-8pm RSVP


“l teach in a vocational high school for adjudicated youth in Philadelphia. Could you point me in the right direction as to how l can offer training in energy retrofit to possibly get my guys certified?”   –CJ Petermann
—[REPLY]  Best local action is by Energy Coordinating Agency.  Check also Connection Training Services

“The St Louis Business Council has provided our graduate school a grant to study green jobs websites.  Yours is one of the best in the nation because it has an easy interface making it easy to connect employers and jobseekers.  Your newsletter is so impressive.”  –Kate Kozlowski
—[REPLY]  You’re welcome to adopt our template.  It’s available to anyone seeking to start a regional green jobs site.

“I am a former community organizer, a West Philadelphia resident, an attorney, and recent graduate of Penn Law, currently clerking for a judge in federal court.  I am now seeking funding to create an initiative to provide comprehensive legal support for urban agriculture and gardening in Philadelphia, particularly for folks who are using urban ag to get at issues of blight and food security, and to create food and financial resources for their communities.  As you all know, there are a host of legal issues involved, even just looking at securing land tenure and my hope is both to be able to help individual projects negotiate these issues and to create some toolkits/workshops so knowledge can be shared.   This city also has an ever-changing political and legal landscape. One of my major goals will be to ensure more voices are heard at the city level.
—”The project would be housed at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and would start sometime next fall.  However, I’m very interested in meeting with farmers/gardeners now to talk about current legal needs, build relationships, and strategize about possibilities.”  –Amy Laura Cahn

“Thank you for your email and for the links showcasing the projects and movements with which you are involved. I found the work being done by The Patch Adams Free Clinic to be inspiring and very important. Thank you for educating me on these issues.”  –Elizabeth

“Please sign my petition and spread it around to anyone you know who lives in the Philadelphia area:petitions/PhillyFoodForests There are currently 8 abandoned lots on the 500 block of Mercy Street (near 5th & Snyder) in South Philadelphia that are owned by The Philadelphia Department of Public Property and 11 that are privately owned, overgrown, and neglected. With enough support from residents of the city and surrounding area, Councilman Frank DiCicco’s office will write a letter to the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) granting the neighborhood permission to start a large collective garden in these lots.
—”The current vision is to turn this largely vacant block into a beautiful, productive, and self-sufficient green space for the surrounding community. Perennial fruit trees, bushes, shrubs, herbs, and food crops will be planted, along with vibrant flowers that attract bees and birds to pollinate. Part of the space will be kept open for gatherings of people, and all food that is grown will be shared among the people who volunteer their time to maintain the land. Composting, rainwater harvesting, and creatively repurposing discarded materials (such as wooden palettes, bricks, cinderblocks, and tires) will also be employed.”  –Robyn Mello