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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #31

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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Claudio and Dibruno Houses of Cheese copyright © 2011 Erin McGee Ferrell

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FUTURE HISTORIES OF PHILADELPHIA
FAST FORWARD VIDEO CONTEST

YOUTH TENNIS CAMPS via Arthur Ashe, 7 weeks, 4 locations in Philadelphia, scholarships available.

YOUTHADELPHIA GRANTS by Philadelphia Foundation to total $125,000 for vocational preparation and other needs.

PHILLY’S JOBLESS MEN:
BEYOND PRISONS special issue of Yes! magazine : drug war is “the moral equivalent of Jim Crow.”  New book “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
—MURAL ARTS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM

RECYCLED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY (RAIR) is “working to connect art and sustainability. We provide artists with salvaged materials and comfortable workspace while increasing awareness about the waste stream.”  article in Next American City

HOW TO MAKE IT AS A MUSICIAN IN PHILLY
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FUTURE FUEL

ENERGYWORKS CONTRACTOR DIRECTORY by Delaware Valley Green Building Council lists energy-efficiency contractors and consultants.

PENNSYLVANIA INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT facilitates energy conservation among congregations and faith-based organizations.

Green Jobs Philly BOOK explains how Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods can employ themselves to build and install simple technologies that lower the costs of heating, cooling, eating and healing.

VETERANS GREEN JOBS at Bucks County Community College has partnered with Gamesa Wind USA to train and hire Veterans as Wind Technicians.  Gamesa seeks Veterans with technical Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) in electrical, mechanical, aviation maintenance, nuclear maintenance, communications, engineering,systems operation, explosive ordinance disposal, and other similar trades or a civilian equivalent/education.  audie@veteransgreenjobs.org

GENEROCITY.ORG features news stories about civic-minded individuals, nonprofits, large and small, and socially-responsible businesses addressing the critical issues in the five-county region. Organizations and companies can share information on events and volunteer opportunities, donate, run online fundraisers and organize online networks.

MID-ATLANTIC RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION “Many hands make solar work” 610 682-4300 bill.hennessy@themarea.org

SUSTAINABLE URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS (SUN)

PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) PLATINUM ROW HOME is certified, in Fairmount
—FIRST SOLAR POWERED CHARTER SCHOOL IN U.S. in Arizona

SEPTA Gets Tough

SEPTA Gets Tough

TRANSIT VIEW gives you the approximate location of your ride. See a route map, the vehicles in service, and information about where the service is and where it’s going. Available for all 116 bus routes, three trackless trolley and eight trolley lines.

DELAWARE VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF RAIL PASSENGERS on Facebook

FUKUSHIMA: IT’S MUCH WORSE THAN YOU THINK. Time to close Three Mile Island and Limerick, while replacing fuel dependency with fuel efficiency. Most U.S. nukes are leaking radioactive tritium.  Nuclear power is not a green job.
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EAT YOUR GREEN

COMMON MARKET GET $1.1 MILLION GRANT TO PROMOTE LOCAL FOODS

MAP YOUR COMMUNITY people and prices

LIVING CITY BLOCKS

CHEAP COOKING FUN: Sonja Firehazard of Philadelphia explains how she spends $100/MONTH for food for herself and her son, and eats well.

CITY HALL PREPARES TO TRANSFER VACANT LOTS TO AGRICULTURE.  Council’s 5/12/11 resolution authorizes Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless to hold hearings “concerning the public benefits created by community gardening and urban agriculture, and the need for the City of Philadelphia to develop policies to promote and facilitate the use of vacant land for gardens and agriculture.”

HIGH TUNNEL ASSOCIATION (at left) provides greenhouses for Philadephia farms and gardens, to extend harvest year-round.

PHILLY SHARING BACKYARDS links people with unused yard space with those looking for a place to grow food.  ”Landowners post a pin on a Google map showing where they have unused space and aspiring gardeners can contact them directly.  Or, if the gardener doesn’t see any postings in their neighborhood, they can put a pin on the map where they live to indicate where they want space.”

CAMPAÑA PARA OBTENER LOTES BALDIOS en FILADELFIA

COBBLESTONE KRAUTERY local organic saurkraut made on Broad St.

SHOPPING MALL CONVERSION TO GREENHOUSE, YEAR-ROUND FARMERS’ MARKET, LOCAL FOOD EDUCATION CENTER in Cleveland

900,000 BEES MAKE WEST PHILLY HONEY “Enjoying a flight radius of 2 miles, each bee has a varied diet from flowering trees  in Clark Park to ornamental flower boxes in Queen Village.”

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EVENTS

6/23 SUN city-wide sustainability network. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, PennFuture, Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, and the New Kensington CDC invite you to continue this conversation at a social hour at the New Kensington CDC’s Garden Center (Frankford and Berks) at 6:30pm. (Rain date 30th).

6/24 FOOD ORGANIZING COLLABORATIVE (FORC) pushes for Community control of food and land. Kingsessing Recreation Center, 5100 Chester Ave.  6-8pm.  Accessible by 13 trolley or 52 bus.  Free food and refreshments.  RSVP phillyforc@gmail.com A project of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP)

by James Kennedy

by James Kennedy

6/25 BIKERS SUPPORT SICK DAYS LAW: demonstration at City Hall, noon.

6/25 WYCK FOOD SYMPOSIUM featuring African American food historian Michael Twitty; Kellogg Foundation/IATP Food and Society Policy Fellow and Huffington Post blogger, Rose Hayden-Smith; co-chair of the Slow Food USA Biodiversity Committee, Ben Watson; food historian William Woys Weaver; and Geechee Girl Rice Cafe chef, Valerie Erwin. Buffet lunch. Tickets include buffet lunch. for PUFN members are $40, a savings of $35.

6/29 & 30 PHS Green City Teachers Build-a-School-Garden Training, 8:30am-1pm, Science Leadership Academy, 22nd & Arch.
—How to design, build and maintain a school garden year ’round, Relevant classroom activities, Involving the community, Gardening and testing, Working with administrators.  Act 48 credits available. greencityteachers@pennhort.org Sally McCabe 215-988-8846.  Pre-registration required.  Fee $25.

7/4 VEGGIE PICNIC! Public Eye: Artists for Animals hosts board games for adults & children, frisbee, facepainting, coloring pages, crafts, lawn games, live music. ”Bring your own veggie picnic (no grilling), blankets, and instruments. Meet in front of Nonnie’s (sorbet & water ice shop), noon-12:15pm (or call to find picnic spot). Details at RSVP: Lisa Levinson lisa@publiceyephilly.org 215-620-2130

7/16 SUSTAINABLE SATURDAYS: The West Philadelphia Local Food Series” featuring special tours, urban farming activities, how-to workshops, unique beer and food events, and many more opportunities to celebrate local and sustainable food practices in West Philadelphia. Events will be held on the third Saturdays through September.

7/16 PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT MUSIC FESTIVAL, 2pm-8pm, Liberty Lands Park, Northern Liberties.  Bands include Zillions/Blood Like Mine, Faux Slang, Coppertonic, Eric Carbonara/Jesse Sparhawk, and Pile of Girls.  Beer, food vendors, POP nursery plant sale, more!  RAINDATE: Sunday, 7/17 @ 2pm.

7/17 PHILLY STAKE SUMMER EDITION is a local foods dinner raising money for creative  community projects. Community members become grantors and creators.  “A stake in the Philadelphia community,  the arts and in creative thought, local organic food, in local economy.”  Bartram’s Garden, 54st & Lindbergh Blvd.,  5-8pm

CHEAP DATE PHILADELPHIA: STREET FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
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YOUR LETTERS

“I stumbled upon your greenjobsphilly site, and your Philadelphia Regional & Independent Stock Exchange (PRAISE)  proposal. I LOVE it! This is precisely the specific kind of plan I’ve been trying to gather others to brainstorm about regarding local communities across the states and how to start to turn things around on a grassroots level. Bravo!
—”Is there any progress regarding your PRAISE idea?  I’ve always wanted to launch local initiatives, many similar to what you outlined in PRAISE, which can be replicated throughout the country to create healthier communities on all levels. Your outline was one of the most well developed I’ve seen– awesome!
—”Gathering to discuss such initiatives is one of my primary goals at Wishadoo!, so I’m trying to find others interested in such alternatives. wishadoo.org —Dena Patrick
—[REPLY] PRAISE is a concept ready to happen, when enough people are ready to pioneer.  I’ve put you on the list, thanks!
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“Rachel and I are really happy about the work that the mayor has done to open up bike lanes in the city, but we are also sick of bike lanes being an easy progressive score for an otherwise tory administration.
—”Mayor Nutter opposes the sick time bill that passed City Council last week, and plans on vetoing it. The bill would allow workers to earn up to five days of paid sick time after working at a job for ninety days, and up to seven days in larger businesses like Walmart. Employers with fewer than five workers on payroll would be exempt.
—”We think it’s time that bikers stop being such cheap dates!  We need to organize a Critical Mass demonstration to connect our need for complete streets with our need for complete jobs. The demonstration will have to target the mayor, city council, and even ally groups like the Bicycle Coalition to take a broader view of the public welfare.”  –James Kennedy and Rachel Playe and article.
—[REPLY] San Francisco’s paid sick days law has proven good for their economy

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