Tree Tenders Basic Training

Sat., Jan. 31. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Farming for the Future Conference

Wed., Feb. 4 to Sat., Feb. 7. 

Intro to Backyard Chickens

Sat., Feb. 7. 10 to 11 a.m.

 

  




 

 

Thursday
Jan292015

Come Intern with Grid 

 

Grid interns will help table events while learning the ins and outs of working at a niche publication.

Summer internships available at Philadelphia's
leading sustainability magazine

Are you passionate about sustainability and looking for a way to get involved in Philadelphia? Grid, Philadelphia’s leading sustainability magazine, is looking for eco-minded individuals interested in an editorial internship during the summer. Internships at Grid provide an experience for current or recent students to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to put out a free monthly niche magazine.

Interns work closely with the managing editor and are an integral part of the process, learning how to improve his or her writing skills, manage our burgeoning events calendar, fact-check, blog and use social media skills, and occasionally help us table events. The position requires strong writing skills and a well-rounded awareness of environmental issues. The internship is 12 to 20 hours per week and very flexible and typically last 10 to 12 weeks, but can be extended. The positions are unpaid, with the option of receiving school credit.

Internship lengths mirror semesters and are broken into three parts: spring (January through April), summer (May through August) and fall (September through December). Interns are required to work 20 hours a week; however, the scheduling of these hours is at the intern's discretion. The position is unpaid.

Internship applicants should email a cover letter describing their qualifications and interests, including how Grid interests them and what they’d like to learn during an internship, along with a resume and any recent writing clips (no class papers, please) to sara@gridphilly.com. In general, the most helpful writing samples show your ability to research facts, organize information, and interview a variety of sources.

Applicants should indicate which internship period they prefer. The deadline for application is March 12 for the summer period, July 16 for the fall period, and Nov. 1 for the winter/spring period. No phone calls please. We only meet in person with applicants under serious consideration for the internship.

Wednesday
Jan282015

Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline While Obama is in Philadelphia

People in Lawrence, Kansas, protest during President Obama's visit. | Photos courtesy 350.org
As the president meets with House Democrats, activists will urge them to reject Keystone XL and take meaningful action on climate
 
Tomorrow, as President Obama visits Philadelphia to meet with House Democrats and plan their Congressional agenda, hundreds of climate change activists are planning to gather outside the meeting to urge him to veto any bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Organizing the protest is 350 Philadelphia, a local division of the global climate movement 350.org
Here's more information from 350.org:
As the Administration’s decision on the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline approaches, the activists plan to continue urging the President to reject the pipeline permit outright, on the grounds that the pipeline would threaten the climate and American natural resources.
 
The group will also urge House Democrats to support policies that protect the climate and help the United States transition to clean, renewable energy. Additionally, this coalition acknowledges the broader social and economic issues that underlie environmental injustice, and urge their political leadership to support the creation of living wage jobs, investments in education, and subsidies for sustainable infrastructure improvements.  
 
WHAT: Rally outside President Obama’s meeting with House Democrats to urge him to reject Keystone XL and take meaningful climate action
 
WHO: Hundreds of activists representing 350 Philadelphia, 350.org, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, the Shalom Center, Mom’s Clean Air Force, MoveOn.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Penn Environment, CREDO, Food & Water Watch Pennsylvania, Ecology and Peacemakers Mission Groups of Central Baptist Church (Wayne, PA), and more!
 
WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The group will gather outside the Society Hill Sheraton Hotel, 1 Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

People in San Francisco protest while President Obama visited.

Friday
Jan232015

Mobile App Helps Improve Transparency of Unconventional Drilling

FracTracker’s free mobile app gives users the power 
to share the impact of fracking

As New York State’s decision to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing continues the conversation on the dangers of fracking to the environment, the public is actively moving forward in recording and sharing the effects of drilling throughout the United States.

The FracTracker Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase transparency of, and access to, data and information relating to unconventional oil and natural gas development, has created a free mobile app to accomplish just that. The FracTracker app is designed to give users the ability to “Share a Shot,” or submit photos of oil and gas production, “Report an Issue,” regarding near-by drilling and “Check the Map,” to view an interactive interface of oil and gas wells drilled in your area.

According to FracTracker’s “Pennsylvania Shale Viewer” map, there have been 1,365 wells drilled in 2014, all of which can be seen on the app. The map has several data layers where you can click and see the sites that have received violations such as “the failure to contain a pollutional substance in a lined pit or tank” and “potential pollution to waters of commonwealth” as well as the location of drilled unconventional wells and areas that were approved for permits.

“FracTracker’s app contributes to the collective understanding of oil and gas impacts and provides a new opportunity for public engagement,” says Brook Lenker, Executive Director of the FracTracker Alliance. “We hope that our mobile app will revolutionize how people share oil and gas information.”

This map, along with others, such as the “The PA Beer and Unconventional Drilling Map” that shows drilled and permitted wells and their proximity to breweries and brewpubs throughout Pennsylvania, can be seen and shared with the FracTracker app with just a few swipes on your smartphone.

The FracTracker app is available for iPhones and Androids and can be downloaded at fractracker.org/apps.

 

Wednesday
Jan142015

Volunteer with PowerCorpsPHL on MLK Day

Photo courtesy PowerCorpsPHL

What a better way to honor and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering? On Jan. 19, PowerCorpsPHL, a new AmeriCorps program, is hosting three volunteer opportunities around the city, where you can honor the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to serving communities. The following is a list of sites where you can find PowerCorpsPHL crews giving back on Monday:

Organization: Teen Harmony/TEN2gether
Site
: Athletic Recreation Center, 1400 North 26th St.
Time
: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teen Harmony aims to provide social change and environmental gain. This year's project will feature a discussion on Youth Violence, cleaning out the basement of the rec center, mural painting, a food and clothes drive, and a small art show.

Organization: Wharton Recreation Center
Site
: Wharton Recreation Center, 2300 Wharton St.
Time
: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to come out to the Wharton Recreation Center to clean and paint the building. Lunch will be provided.

Organization: Vare Recreation Center
Site
: Vare Recreation Center, 2600 Morris St.
Time
: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The team at the Vare Recreation Center needs your help in revitalizing their space for underserved teens. They will be cleaning, painting, moving furniture, and hanging blinds. The center serves 25 to 40 teens from the Grays Ferry area every day and, with our help, can continue to keep kids off the streets.

More about PowerCorpsPHL from its website:

PowerCorpsPHL is an innovative, new AmeriCorps program designed to address Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett’s environmental stewardship initiatives as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth workforce development and violence prevention priorities. Partnering with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL will annually enroll 100 individuals, ages 18-26, in a 9-month program: 6 months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with City departments followed by 3 months of intensive job placement support.

 

Over the next three years, PowerCorpsPHL will plant 3,000 trees, revitalize 3,000 acres of public land, educate 18,000 residents in watershed preservation, and connect 300 young adults to meaningful employment, post-secondary enrollment, or continued national service.

Sunday
Jan112015

Green for All

Why Paso Verde is the most important green building development in Philadelphia

For Paseo Verde, APM chose to build on an empty lot that Philadelphia Gas Works employees were using for parking right beside SEPTA’s Temple University Regional Rail station. | Photo by Jeffrey Totaro

On a recent afternoon, Latifa Patton prepares three giant aluminum baking pans full of aromatic macaroni and cheese with vegetables. The kitchen of her three-bedroom townhouse in the mixed-income Paseo Verde development in North Philadelphia is lined with succulents. The living room is an oasis of potted palms, orchids and colorful cushions.

Patton says people ask how she can afford to outfit her home this way. She makes $7.50 an hour at a work-study job; and with the help of student loans, she supports her nine-year-old daughter and two-year-old son while earning a degree in social work at Community College of Philadelphia. “I go to thrift stores. I’m creative,” she says. “I love my house. It’s why I have to make it comfortable.”

Before she was accepted as one of Paseo Verde’s first tenants for its subsidized apartments, Patton and her children were homeless and had been living in a shelter for a year. Now, she pays just $302 a month in rent at Paseo Verde.

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