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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #41

August 26th, 2012

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WEB EDITION AND BACK ISSUES 2008-2012

GETTING HIRED

GREETINGS FROM THE NEW ECONOMY

PHILLY ECO-GUIDE: the most complete catalog of local green groups and businesses.  Visit these folks to seek employers.

PHILADELPHIA HIGHER EDUCATION NETWORK FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT  (PHENND) lists jobs, some of which are green.  Works to “strengthen Philadelphia’s service & service learning communities.”

FREE PHILADELPHIA COMPUTER CLASSES, WEB ACCESS, 1-ON-1 TRAINING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

PHILADELPHIA ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONTRACTORS CATALOG These folks hire people who understand retrofit.

AMTRAK EMPLOYMENT Philadelphia is USA’s second-busiest station.

GREEN JOBS GUIDE by DEPT OFLABOR

CULTURAL COWORKING SPACE

PHILADELPHIANS OCCUPY BANKS IN 1994

SWITZERLAND APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM: Youth unemployment rate 3.4% and dropout rate 7.6% thanks to government support of young employees.

FEDERAL RESERVE CHIEF ADVOCATES MEASURING “WELL BEING” RATHER THAN MERE PROFIT
— MEASURING IMMEASURABLE CHANGE explains how

DYING OF OLD WAGE?  time for a raise
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EAT WELL

MILL CREEK FARM Work days 8/11: 11 am - 2pm, 8/13: 9 am - Noon, 8/22: 9 am - Noon, 8/29: 9 am - Noon. Mill Creek Farm feeds its community (some of their harvest at left).  4901 Brown Street

PHILLY’S FARM TO PLATE CHEF COMPETITION showcases “delicious ways to prepare  local foods.”  Contest also raises funds to build an earthship, a home that grows its own food. Entry fee $50.00 dollars; grand prize $1000.00 dollars.  “There are urban farms all over Philadelphia,” says Rashida Ali-Campbell of LoveLovingLove. “They give so much to the community, in terms of beauty and bounty. Our hope is that people will gain greater respect for fresh food grown at local farms.”  LoveLovingLove Inc. will also bring the first earthship to Philadelphia.
—Cookoff judged by local and national celebrities such as Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, Andrea Beaman, of Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars, and Gervace Peterson, of CBS’s Survivor. Hosted by 105.3 WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson. The competition will be held October 6th, 11AM-2PM at the Center for Culinary Enterprises. To enter the contest, submit an original recipe of six ingredients or fewer + $50 application fee via PayPal; lovelovingloveinc@gmail.com or LoveLovingLove Inc. c/o Philly’s Best Farm to Plate Chef, 704 Cedar Avenue Yeadon PA 19050. Deadline: September 24.

PATCH ADAMS FREE CLINIC LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN to build on 5 acres in North Philadelphia, including orchards, gardens, greenhousing, playground.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP) 2012
• Planted four new orchards in partnership with the Hunting Park Community Garden, Overbrook Environmental Education Center, Teens 4 Good Carousel Farm, and Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy. Expanded 12 existing orchards.
• Organized holistic orchard training event in partnership with Bartram’s Garden and UNI.
• Involved hundreds of Philadelphians from across the city in planting and caring for community orchards.
• Celebrated the spring harvest with Strawberry Festival at Woodford Orchard.
• Received grant from ACTrees People’s Garden Grant program to plant Philadelphia’s largest orchard at the Bartram’s Garden.
—Host a House Party for POP:  “Want to really help POP grow its base and raise money to plant fruit trees in Philadelphia?  Host a house party– from appetizers or pizza to a sit-down meal for your friends.”  Kim Jordan
Volunteer at Orchard Plantings and Events
—Join the Education Committee to develop educational materials about orchard care, nutrition, composting, weed identification, pest control.”  Nicole Yarbrough
—Join the  Orchard Committee: “Experienced POP volunteers are invited to serve as orchard liaisons, developing a long-term relationship with our orchard sites and community partners.” Phil Forsyth
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PHILLY MISCELLANY

PHILADELPHIA PLANETO PLANNING DEPARTMENT BLOG

FRACKING PENNSLVANIA MAP

CENTER FOR HAND-COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS “The corporations, the 1%, own all the electronic voting machines, and these can all be rigged.”
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EVENTS

9/7, 8 & 9 PHILADELPHIA HONEY FESTIVAL

9/20 GREEN JOBS TRAINING BEHIND AND BEYOND THE WALLSAcademy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 6pm “Learn about the PHS Roots to Re-Entry job training program, which maximizes the chances of employment for inmates involved in PHS’s award-winning City Harvest program, and provides supportive services to help them prepare for life outside of prison.”

9/27-28 NEW METRICS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONFERENCE, Wharton School

9/30: SEED SAVING WORKSHOP & EXCHANGE: Philly Seed Exchange teaches seed saving basics. 11am–1pm at Greensgrow Farm . Free. “Bring seeds if you got ‘em or look through the Philly Seed Exchange seed library. They will show you some seed ID techniques and teach pollination and vectors and how to design a vegetable/herb/flower garden for saving seeds with minimal cross pollination within species. Learn what container plantings work well for seed saving in the city. Free squash seeds to clean and take home.”  RSVP phillyseedexchange@gmail.com

10/1  PHILADELPHIA IDEALIST GRAD FAIR, Drexel University, Creese Center, Behrakis Hall, 3210 Chestnut St  5-8pm.

10/4 PHILLY SWAPPERS AT GREENSGROW FARMS 7:30-8pm “Food swaps are popping up all over the world and now Philly has one! They make and exchange homemade or homegrown food items (preserved fruits and veggies, pickles, jams, jellies, salsas, vinegars, cheeses, breads, cookies, cakes, honey, granola, homegrown herbs and vegetables, backyard eggs, soups, spreads, etc.”   Registration required.

10/6 GREENSGROW FALL FESTIVAL “celebration of fresh, local food, crafts and farm fun!  Come see how a former galvanized steel plant became a model for urban agriculture.  Milkshake’s First Birthday Party & Other Childrens’ Activities, Chili Cookoff!, Preserving the Harvest, Gourd Birdfeeder Workshop, Pumpkin Carving, Snacks & Crafts, Countertop Microgreen Gardening, Adopt-a-pet, Live Music, Craft Bazaar, Local Food Vendors, Fall Farmstand, Fun for the Whole Family!”  Rain or Shine 11am–4pm

10/16 SERVSAFE® FOOD SAFETY TRAINING & CERTIFICATION “Do You Work with Food in Philadelphia? Make sure you in compliance with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health code for Food Service Professionals and Establishments.”  Register by 10/2: Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Church, 2139 E. Cumberland at Trenton Ave.

10/27 PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD DAY “celebrate the fall harvest and raise community awareness of the bountiful orchard spaces in their neighborhoods.”  Citywide.

PHILADELPHIA FAIR SHARE CALENDAR AND FORUM
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YOUR LETTERS

“Do you know of any company, organization, etc. that [advocates] using a good ole fashioned lawn mower that doesn’t use gasoline (better for the environment), gives us exercise and saves us money?“  –H.L.
—[REPLY]  usedpushmower.info/city/philadelphia
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“I work with the Refugee Resettlement Program at HIAS Pennsylvania, and I am hoping to connect the families we work with to opportunities to work in green jobs. Through my research, I found the Green Jobs Philly website and read through the excellent resources there. However, we generally have to place our clients in entry level (food packing/warehouse) jobs due to the language barrier and lack of formal work experience, so the job listings on the site are above the qualifications that our clients have. Given your expansive knowledge of the green jobs network in Philadelphia, I was wondering if you are aware of any green employers who you think would be open to providing job training/employment opportunities for refugees in entry level positions.”  –Chloe Tomlinson
—[REPLY]  Green employers here are found via Sustainable Business Network’s directory and via Philly EcoGuide. American Cities Foundation is active on behalf of entry level green jobs http://www.amcities.org I’d recomend Googling Philadelphia + energy efficiency, deconstruction, insulation, and other categories in my book “Green Jobs Philly.” The number of people needing such jobs is larger than the number of jobs available.  Therefore we need to create new jobs that fill needs that are neglected by the formal economy.  Green Jobs Philly” explains how to begin.
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The Women’s Bureau appreciates the work that you do in the Green community. We also would like to thank you for your anticipated cooperation.  –Jennifer Campos, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Region III
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“Nice newsletter as always.  Thanks for all you do.  Have you heard of Swidjit?  It is a start up organization out of Ithaca, NY.  I thought you might be interested.”  –Sean
—[REPLY]  Sure have, thanks.  And have spoken with the founder. It’s a fine platform for community trade and conversation that would work well here.