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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #28

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MONEY

PUBLIC BANKING, STARTED BY PHILADELPHIA QUAKERS, is now the PUBLIC BANKING INSTITUTE expanding the North Dakota model.  Such banks exist for community benefit rather than investor benefit.

PHILADELPHIA LOCAL ECONOMIC TRADING SYSTEM (LETS)

PHOENIXVILLE TIME BANK

WIKIDELPHIA being organized by Stan Pokras and, maybe, you.

GREEN SPACE PHILLY is workspace where entrepreneurs can have a full-time desk, part-time desk, meeting or event space. Seeking sustainable businesses and social entrepreneurs for this co-working community. info@greenspacephilly.com

BOOK REVIEW: “ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US!”  novel by Ralph Nader
—Some of America’s fattest cats woke one day realizing that their greed was strangling their nation, this planet, their grandchildren.  Owning everything, they wanted something stores don’t sell: a good future.  Therefore they began to shift their wealth from Wall Street to Main Street, via community-based businesses: local food, renewable energy, health co-ops, etc.  Nader’s billionaires, movie stars and celebrities take aim at Wal-Mart, to set an example of constructive revolt.
—Their main policy weapon is legislation that shifts corporate rights to average citizens, while curbing multinations’ power.  This is Nader’s key narrative, too: rich people move congressmembers like chess pieces.  Within these 500 pages there’s no romance, car chases or explosions, so this very important novel is likeliest to be read by investors and legislators.
—But Nader gets the ball rolling.  My own novel-in-progress, begun 11 years ago, is astonishingly parallel– good super-rich challenge bad super-rich.  Yet its heroes feature the sexier grassroots folks who take that ball and run.

PHILADELPHIA2035 PLAN DRAFT by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) for public review and comment. Printed copies at local branch libraries.  Comments to phila2035@phila.gov

HOW PHILADELPHIA MOVES celebrates our love of dance.
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FOOD

GREEN JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM for Philadelphia youth ages 20-24 who are unemployed or underemployed and qualify as “low income” according to WIA regulations. They may be high school graduates or dropouts and may have had some college but may not be college graduates.  Focused on local and sustainable food systems and food preparation. Trainees gain the skills for “entry-level jobs in restaurant and other commercial kitchens. They will also obtain special knowledge of organic growing methods, urban and small-scale farms.”  March 21-May 5.  Sign up for an information session: Natalie Lucas 1-888-977-KIDS (5437).

GREENER PARTNERS offers The LOST ARTS SERIES: Workshops “to educate and inspire communities in the greater Philadelphia area to lead more self sufficient and sustainable lifestyles” including “cooking, cultivating, preserving and self-care.”  Wed. evenings and Saturday mornings.  Register: Amy Johnson, 260 Spring Road, Malvern, PA 19355  610.316.5671

PHILLY HOMEGROWN is a project of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation intending to “inspire consumers to shop from within the 100-mile foodshed, broaden the market for local food, amplify the work of the local food movement of Greater Philadelphia.”  According to the Hunger Coalition, nearly 1/3 Philadelphians go hungry, while 40,000 vacant lots sit empty.

LOCAL FOOD PRACTICES AND GROWING POTENTIAL: MAPPING THE CASE OF PHILADELPHIA
Peleg Kremer and, Tracy L. DeLiberty combine remote sensing and GIS techniques to estimate land potential for urban food production. “The results of the NDVI analysis for the whole city suggest that 46% of the city’s 91,237 acres are bare or vegetated (including bare soil, low vegetation, shrubs and trees), while the built area covers 52% of the city.”  Includes 7,618 acres of treeless yards.

WALNUT HILL FARM ACCEPTING FOOD SHARE MEMBERS  Fresh food grown near 46th St station  of Market-Frankford El, for the March 2011 to February 2012 growing season.  “Selected applicants will spend about 15 hours per week cultivating crops, attending farmers markets, and attending to other co-op business.”  Erica Smith, 4725 Osage Ave.

LEGALIZE CHICKENS IN PHILADELPHIA

GO-GREEN INITIATIVE JEANS DONATION FOR HAITI recycles your jeans, primarily to Haitians.
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MINI-EDITORIAL by Paul Glover

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO NUCLEAR POWER
—There’s no fuel like less fuel. Any job done with less fuel liberates fuel for other jobs and other generations. More clean fuel can be extracted from fuel efficiency than any source. Modernization of the nation’s industrial motors would replace energy produced by 70 large nukes, and switching to energy-efficient illumination would save the energy of 40 nukes, while new efficient household appliances will put 22 nukes to rest.  New and retrofit superinsulated housing are estimated able to reduce residential heating needs over 75 percent. Every step in the direction of efficiency strengthens our future.
—Efficiency is the next shift of national gears. The continent’s once-limitless open spaces and cheap resources made growth a headlong race for wider highways and taller buildings. But this style of ‘progress” has led us to decayed cities, hot Greenhouse summers, drug escape and crime, dying forests, carcinogenic water, toxic garbage, the invasion of foreign-controlled capital.
—Consuming lots of oil and metal was long seen as essential to making big profits, but the opposite is now true.
—Philadelphia’s efficiency champion and pioneer is Energy Coordinating Agency
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WHY I LOVE PHILLY

GREEN JOBS PHILLY INTERNSHIPS
There’s a lot of work to do, to help move Philadelphia greenward.  We’re networking and news reporting– finding the neighbors, skills, tools, teachers, raw materials, buildings, land and credits that are the basis for green jobs, green businesses, green industries, green organizations and green finance.
These resources are published to enable Philadelphians easily to find green jobs, green grants and green loans.  We meet people at festivals, parks, events, garage sales, churches.  We search the web, flyers, kiosks.
We’re even starting new organizations that reduce the costs of living, create energy efficiencies, energy alternatives, urban agriculture, and make this city great again.
Green Jobs Philly assumes several things:
1) Philadelphia is full of beautiful children who deserve a city as beautiful as they.
2) Poverty is a lack of networks more than a lack of dollars.
3) Fuel costs and shortages will change this city entirely.
3) Powerful solutions to city problems begin within neighborhoods.
As a self-starting intern you’ll learn about grassroots organizing and community economics, urban environmentalism, and online media.  While this internship is unpaid, we’ll provide certificates according to your skill development. paul5glover@yahoo.com

PHILADELPHIA EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE

Zero heating and cooling bill.  Fresh food all year.  Here in Philly.

Zero heating and cooling bill. Fresh food all year. Here in Philly.

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EVENTS

3/15 GREEN– THE NEW BLACK:  A Conversation on Social Activism and Environmental Justice.” Featuring Van Jones, President Obama’s former Green Jobs leader, environmentalist and co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Color of Change and Green For All and John Francis, Ph.D., environmental activist and author of “Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.”  $20-$75

3/15 FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE: From Global to Local.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital- Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust St.  5-7:15pm.  Register

3/19 ARE YOU READY TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR? Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Student Building, The Coffee House 17th Street between Spring Garden & Callowhill, 8:30am-noon

3/19  FREE SEED AND PLANT EXCHANGES  by Philadelphia Seed Exchange.  Bring seeds/plants to swap or come with empty hands.We have heirloom seeds to distribute. Weavers Way Coop, 2-5pm, 559 Carpenter Lane.
—Earth Cup Cafe, Sunday, April 3, 2-5 pm 405 S. 45th St. (45th and Pine)
—Essene Food Market, Saturday, April 9, 10a-12:30pm, 719 S. Fourth St

3/23 GREEN JOBS TRAINING and EDUCATION FAIR FOR WOMEN, Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill St, 8:30am-noon.

3/24 Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) organizational meeting.  6:30pm, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th St.  Survey to “help us design the initiative around your needs”

3/27 PRIORITY FOOD CO-OP 5245 Germantown Ave “Community Creates Solution to Food Desert.” Every last Sunday of month.

3/29 VAN JONES: THE GREEN COLLAR ECONOMY, Temple Performing Arts Ctr, 7pm, 1837 Broad St.  Free.

4/1-6 SOIL KITCHEN is a wind-powered event that trades free soup for your backyard soil samples.  Second St and Girard, 11am-6pm.  Bring a scoop to get some soup.  Coincides with:

4/3-5 NATIONAL BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE at Convention Center, which features an Equitable Development during pre-conference.

4/28 LA FERIA DE EMPLEOS Philadelphia Convention Center anam@aldia.com

5/1  INTERFAITH GREEN FAIR Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 Coulter St.  “Learn how to green your home, communities, and world.  Visit vendor booths w/ products, services & programs.  Participate in an array of workshops. Make the connection between values & environment.”

5/7 LAWN MOWER TRADE-IN EVENT gives “significant discounts on electric mowers for first 250 registrants.” who trade in gasoline-powered lawn mowers.  Springfield Township High School parking lot, 1801 East Paper Mill Road , Erdenheim.  Pre-register

5/7 INTRODUCTION TO EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS, workshop  “Edible forest gardens produce delicious food while imitating natural forest ecosystems. Trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, groundcovers and fungi can combine to form healthy edible ecosystems. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more.”  9am-5pm.  West Chester.   SUNDAY5/8 ADVANCED EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS

5/28  PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE: 8 Saturdays and 3 Sundays from May-December, 8:30am-5:30pm, Bartram’s Gardens.  By Philadelphia Orchard Project & Susquehanna  Permaculture.  Upon completion students will be certified as permaculture designers. Hands-on workshops, field trips.  Phil Forsythe, Benjamin Weiss, and Brandon Tennis.  Cost: $1000 or $900 if paid in full before April 1st, 2011.  Register
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YOUR LETTERS

“I very very much appreciate getting the GreenJobsPhilly e-newsletter.  There are always many links I follow and inspirations to build on.
—”I am a writer, educator, gardener, cook, beekeeper, chicken owner…..who is hoping to collaborate on an market garden education center somewhere not too far from my Mt. Airy home.  I imagine growing an wide array of crops in an array of urban agriculture methods - to sell, to cook, to add other sorts of value to and as part of a demonstration and teaching locale.  Workshops and publications would be an  income source, as would sales from honey and other products of several beehives.”  –Anna Herman
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“Thanks,  I’ve registered two late adolescent kids w/ their job search.”  –Risa
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“Note that several states, most recently S.Carolina, are researching the legality of their own gold/silvercoin…  Your thoughts?” I don’t recall any of the 400 local Depression-era currencies being state-issued… The good news:  N. Dakota has its own state bank, and is doing better than most other states - financially- of course for only a few thousand folks!  State Senator Lee Bright has called for a study researching state currency for S. Carolina, to be released Nov.1.  Va. and other states have also looked into it.” –John Dowlin
—Best source for state-by-state currency legality is book by Lewis Solomon: Rethinking our Centralized Monetary System.   You may be familiar with the Public Banking Institute
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“I really love Green Jobs Philly and I was wondering who is the best person to email for volunteer opportunities?  Have an amazing day.”  –Jamie
—[REPLY]  See the Internship section above.  Thanks!
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“In thinking, writing, and beginning to participate in local community currency exchange programs, one question continues to nag me.  One of the objectives to introducing a community currency is to prevent the extraction of wealth by creating a money that cannot be spent at businesses that are not local.  Let’s assume for a moment that one member of a time bank or LETS system provides oil changes to people in community.  this means that people are no longer going to Jiffy Lube or Pep boys as much.  but isn’t it people in the community that are working at these Jiffy Lube oil change shops?  Isn’t there some potential for harm to the jobs of local people and income of local people by not spending money at the corporations that employ those local people?”  –Adam Molner
—[REPLY]  Certainly any shift of jobs from one business to another requires people to find new work.   Since small businesses hire more people per million dollars income than do chain stores, the shift to local businesses increases the job base.  It also increases the democracy base, since local businesses are more readily influenced by citizens.
—Reluctance to move our job base from old tech to green tech slows essential change to a prosperous future.  The single biggest problem confronting America is that we’ve built an economy that, without bold vision, merely manages disaster.  It profits by destruction.  Most of us are employed within it and depend on it.   So our institutions resist change.
—Seems to me that most of America’s institutions no longer serve America, existing instead primarily for maximum bucks.  For example, health insurers are not in business primarily to give us peace of mind. Mortgages are not issued primarily to shelter us.  Commercial banks do not exist primarily to keep our money safe.  Electric companies do not exist primarily to brighten our lives. Gas companies do not exist primarily to keep us warm.  Grocery stores do not operate primarily to nourish us.  School districts do not operate primarily to excite children about learning and prepare them to create the best communities they can imagine.  Prisons do not operate primarily to deter crime or prepare people to return to society.  Government does not exist primarily to balance competing interests or fairly distribute resources.  Our military does not exist primarily to defend America from invasion.  Television shows do not broadcast primarily to entertain us.  News media do not exist primarily to help us comprehend our world and become effective citizens.  These institutions exist to keep themselves alive, make some people rich, and control the rest of us.
—The good news is that all skills can rotate greenward. America needs at least 20,000,000 green-collar jobs to rebuild, retrofit, plant, harvest, manufacture and repair the homes and tools of the future.