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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #32

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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SOUTH PHILLY GREEN JOB READINESS PROGRAM “To help residents of South Philly move to the top of the line for newly created jobs in the green industries!”

PHILADELPHIANS ORGANIZED TO WITNESS EMPOWER AND REBUILD (POWER) is “pledged to connect 10,000 Philadelphians with living wage jobs by 2015.”  Representing 40 houses of worship and 25,000 individuals and clergy members.

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GREEN JOBS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED
DECARCERATE PA rallies “to call attention to the state’s focus on incarceration, while cutting resources from schools and important services we need in our communities.”

HALF OF PHILADELPHA COLLEGE GRADS 20-29 ARE UNEMPLOYED

RAISE THE VIBRATION about “is a gift of love to the city of Philadelphia. A celebration of all various cultures, groups, and individuals to synergize goals, aspirations, education, and social consciousness.  Our goal is to create a space in which community groups can offer support, resources, and information focused on the idea of social consciousness.”

PHILLY NETSQUARED “Remixing Philadelphia for Social Change” hosts monthly gatherings to share information about new web tech.  Join them to discuss, or join them via livestream

ENERGY JUSTICE NETWORK of Philadelphia supports “communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies.”
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CITIZEN PLANNERS

PEDESTRIAN PLAZA: The City of Philadelphia, the Office of Transportation & Utilities, and the Department of Commerce are accepting proposals to install Pedestrian Plazas on underutilized street segments.  These will feature benches, tables, chairs, bike parking and landscaping. krystal@southstreet.com

GREEN CITIES CURB CARS: Major european cities exclude automobiles from center city.  “Store owners in Zurich had worried that the [street] closings would mean a drop in business, but that fear has proved unfounded… because pedestrian traffic increased 30 to 40 percent where cars were banned.”
—Philadephia could, for example, prosper by excluding automobiles from Walnut Street, from 16th to 19th.

BEYOND BIKE LANES, PHILADELPHIA is “committed to using the critical mass as a nonviolent organizing tool in solidarity with labor, environmental, anti-war, and civil rights causes.  Biking is the fastest growing form of transportation in Philadelphia, and bikers as a group are some of the most active in our communities. We believe it’s time to organize as a constituency for a broad variety of causes.”
WASH CYCLE LAUNDRY DELIVERS ON BICYCLE.

EYES ON THE STREET invites Philadelphians to write and network about local planning issues.

DEPARTMENT OF ALTERNATIVE AFFAIRS is more official than City Hall

100 USES FOR WOODEN PALLETS

PHILADELPHIA SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION CONGRESS The mission of the PSRC is to fund and implement community projects based on creating a more livable and comfortable existence for the peoples living in Philadelphia that are on the low end of the socio-economic ladder. This goal is a necessity because of the neglect that has been directed towards civilians of urban centers that live in poverty, and by equalizing neighborhoods, we can truly create an equal society.”

SEVEN INNOVATIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISTS

PHILLYECOCITY.COM “a virtual meeting place for  anyone interested in Sustainability.”

THE ABANDONED CITY explores Philadelphia’s vacant lots and what we can do with them.

PROPERTY RESEARCH FORM is available from Zoning Matters.  Download and email it to learn “whether the draft zoning code as sent to City Council in May 2011 could result in changes at a particular property” such as “Dimensional standards such as height, lot width, required open area, or setbacks.  Permitted uses.”
—DRAFT REGULATIONS OF THE ZONING CODE

SUSTAINABLE 19125 VIDEO

HOW TO MAKE A TOYNBEE TILE

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES CONSULTING
GREENPLANNERS CONSULTING
—PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS (SWEP) is seeking nominations for our annual Touchstone Award, which is given to a woman… who has made active, special contributions to her chosen environmental field and… community activities.”
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GOOD EATS

CLOUD 9 ROOFTOP FARM being planned at SHARE

PHILLYLOCALGOURMET.COM offers “a growing collection of locally made, unique gift-giving options.”

YOUTH FOOD BILL OF RIGHTS drafted in Philadelphia

URBAN SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY  “urban sustainability with a focus on sustainable agriculture, horticulture and recycling.”

VERTICAL FARMS “Will City Hall green the building permits?”
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GOOD MONEY, AFTER BAD

FRESH CASH FOR PHILADELPHIA “There’s no budget problem. There’s an imagination problem.”

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND WARNS U.S. ABOUT ITS ‘FRAGILE’ ECONOMY

LABOR: THE NEW GOLD STANDARD

AIRBNB KEEPS TOURIST MONEY IN OUR CITY by allowing visitors to stay in private homes for far less cost (as little as $25/night) than at hotel chains. Philadelphia has 177 listings so far.

SOCIAL POWER AND THE COMING COPORATE REVOLUTION: Why Employees and Customers Will Be Calling the Shots, Forbes Magazine 9/26/11

PHILLY SOCIALISTS “We fight to extend and deepen democracy– to transform our political and economic system into one befitting basic human dignity.”

SAVE MONEY THIS WINTER.  Install a solar box heater

SAVE MONEY NEXT SUMMER: HAVE YOU NOTICED IT’S 10-20 DEGREES COOLER IN YOUR BASEMENT?  Make it habitable.
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EVENTS

PHILLYSPACEFINDER “Find a creative space for your next special event, rehearsal, performance, audition, meeting, etc… You can search by purpose, location, rate, size” etc.

10/5 GRID MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY, 1218 Arch Street, 5-7pm

10/6, 20, & 11/3, 26 CLASS WARFARE IN PHILADELPHIA

10/8  APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL at WOODFORD ORCHARD 10am, NW of 33rd & Dauphin, East Fairmount Park.  “Join us for this fun community celebration of the fall harvest with ciderpressing, apple dessert contest, bean bag toss, and tours of the orchard and historic Woodford!  We’ll start the fun with mulching, weeding, and planting new trees and perennials!”  RAINDATE: Sunday, 10/9 @ 10am.

10/11 SOUTH PHILLY TEEN ORCHARD PLANTING, 2015 S. 8th St, 4:30pm “In partnership with youth from the United Communities Center, we’ll be planting new fruit trees, berry bushes, perennials, and groundcovers. RAINDATE: Tuesday, 10/18 @ 4:30pm

10/12  CREATIVE ECONOMY GATHERING by Young Involved Philly, 3700 Walnut.

10/15 PEACE FEST, Independence Mall, 6th & Market, noon-6pm.

10/17 ECA ENERGY CONFERENCE,  PECO’s Energy Hall 2301 Market St. 8:00am-4:30pm

10/21 GREEN YOUR SCHOOL WORKSHOP, Energy Hall, PECO, 23rd & Market St, 9am-1:30pm, free

10/21 CARROTMOB PHILADELPHIA· 4-7pm “West Phillie Produce, 16 S. 62nd St.  “West Phillie Produce wants to expand its reach through partnerships with other corner stores. The proceeds from the event will enable the storeowner to provide fruit salads and fresh produce to other local stores.”

10/22 SHARE ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am, 2901 Hunting Park Ave.  RAINDATE: Sunday, 10/23 @ 1pm
—10/22 ROXBOROUGH HS ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am, 6498 Ridge Ave.

10/23 PEOPLEHOOD PARADE AND FESTIVAL 1PM-5PM by Spiral Q Puppet Theater

11/5 EARTH’S KEEPERS ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am, 51st & Kingsessing Ave, RAINDATE: Sunday, 11/6 @ 1pm.

11/12 TEMPLE PC ORCHARD PLANTING, 10:30am, N. Franklin & W. Thompson, RAINDATE: Saturday, 11/19 @ 10:30am.
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“This is the greatest news about community around.  I am not sure how I got this newsletter but I like it!!  I am a Historical interpreter living in Philadelphia.  I portray six historical women, including BESSIE COLEMAN, MARY FIELDS, SOJOURNER TRUTH, HARRIET TUBMAN, PHYLLIS WHEATLEY, HATSHEPSUT. I am a retired science teacher.  I have always liked the environment, recycling, saving the earth, etc.  I have developed a character called “Mother Earth”.  So wherever there is a gathering and some type of positive entertainment is needed about the earth, I am available.”  —Dr. Daisy Nelson Century
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“I’d like to get involved with moving philly greenward…but i’m not exactly sure how yet.  I’m aware that there is alot of work to be done, and looking for something practical/genuinely progressive to help along. As I’m out of school and not working too steadily, I have some time to devote to worthwhile initiatives. I’m open to volunteering/interning in some capacity (not even seeking a ‘green job’ necessarily)..like i said, just haven’t zeroed in on anything specific yet. I’m interested in local media/culture, transition, alternative economics/currencies, urban farming & grassroots organizing. I realize this is pretty broad, but any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!”  –Julian H.
—[REPLY] Your whole generation is scrambling to fit into a system that’s failed their future, so your desire to help build new paths is just what’s needed.
—Best way to start I think is to review current and back issues of Green Jobs Philly News is to find groups with which you’d like to work.  There are hundreds of links from the past 3 years.  Find out when they meet, show up, ask for a broom, offer a tune.
—My own efforts are focused on the Patch Adams Free Clinic.  Right now this involves getting the word out, tabling in public places, hosting potlucks.
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“I started subscribing to your email newsletter shortly after my daughter started attending Temple. Very impressive work you do. Thanks for that.”  –Kurt
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“I have looked at your web page and I am very impressed by your achievements and advocacy for urban community development and empowerment, especially in Philadelphia. I grew up here in Philly and I want nothing more than to take what I have learned and bring it back to this city. I also noticed you taught at Temple in Urban Studies. I am looking at Graduate programs and would love to hear what you think about Temple’s curriculum and strengths in terms of graduate programs in urban studies.
—”The third reason I am writing is to ask if I would be able to meet you and discuss Philadelphia and the different roles you have played, what you think is most important currently for community development and what organizations you see as leaders in this cause. I would also love to be of help in anyway that I can in your efforts whether volunteering in the field or in an office, wherever there is need.
—”Thank you so much for being so inspirational and committed to Philadelphia. I hope to hear from you soon.”  –Allison Gibson
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“The future is green—to choose not to green is to forfeit our own future. However, the harder question is, How do we get there? Ironically, the present global economic and global warming crises have actually come to our rescue. The combined effects of both the global economic and warming crises demand that we look for innovative ways of behaving and thinking that will solve or alleviate these problems while preserving ourselves, our families, our communities, our cities, our country and our planet.
—”Consequently, building a green economy here in Philadelphia that has the capacity to employ the majority of our unemployed and underemployed residents will be critical for our future thriving as a city. Green jobs are certainly important, but without green businesses, there can be no green jobs. Workforce development people in Philadelphia will tell you that training people for jobs in the absence of businesses that will hire them is less than a zero sum game. In fact, workforce development funding has been cut drastically at every level because of this reality.
—”A new workforce development mindset and model are required: training programs must lead trainees to join forces where appropriate and start new enterprises that will focus on the triple bottom line: making a profit, developing their people and conserving our planet. But it is even more important that people currently looking for work change their mindset as well.
—”We must all ask ourselves: What good consumer-friendly product or service do people need and want that I can see myself providing? The mind switch from seeking a job to creating a green business has the potential to single-handedly bring our entire nation back from the brink of economic ruin. To behave and think differently, or not to behave and think differently? That is the real question, the answer to which will decide the future we create for ourselves.”  –John Churchville, The Coalition