Did you know that putting just 100 currently unemployed, formerly incarcerated individuals back to work would produce an additional $1.9 million in city wage tax revenue over these individuals’ post-release lifetimes?
Join us to learn about PHS’s Roots to Re-Entry job training program, a new employment initiative that provides inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System with meaningful opportunities and practical job training while fostering healthy green communities.
Representatives from the Job Opportunity Investment Network, a partnership of regional funders, will moderate a panel of Roots to Re-Entry partners and stakeholders to illustrate how this initiative helps its alumni gain high-demand, accessible jobs in the landscaping industry.
Panel participants include:
- Jennie Sparandara, Executive Director, Job Opportunity Investment Network, Moderator
- Diane Cornman-Levy, Executive Director, Federation of Neighborhood Centers
- Troy Davis, 2010 Roots to Re-Entry Graduate
- Louis Giorla, Commissioner, Philadelphia Prison System
- Tom Innes, Attorney, Philadelphia Defender Association
- Fran Lawn, Roots to Re-Entry Project Manager, PHS (pictured above)
- Joseph Pyle, President, Scattergood Foundation
- Ken Kolodziej, Program Employer, KJK Associates
The discussion will take place at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, on Thursday, September 20, with a reception: 6:00 pm; the program begins at 6:30 pm. The fee is $5. To register, click here.
If you’re at all familiar with PHS’s City Harvest initiative, you know PHS is committed to urban agriculture. If the topic interests you as well, then come to the latest installation of the Urban Sustainability Form for…
High Tunnels: A Sustainable Solution for Local Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Networking Reception: 6 – 6:30 pm, Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Register at hightunnels.eventbrite.com/
At this Urban Sustainability Forum, find out how high tunnels could help improve access to affordable, nutritious foods in Philadelphia. High tunnels are nonelectric, temporary structures that consist of a layer of plastic over a pipe frame. These structures, however, are not greenhouses. They do not require a permanent heating or ventilation system, ventilation is accomplished manually, and there are no furnaces or fans. High tunnels can extend the growing season and improve the yield and quality of vegetables, small fruits, and cut flowers.
Urban farming is a fast-growing movement in the United States, especially in Philadelphia. As more than 86 percent of the U.S. population now resides in or around urban areas, the sustained use of urban farming could contribute to food security, food safety, and workforce development. Increased availability of fresh and nutritious food in urban areas could combat the alarming rise of obesity and thus reduce related healthcare costs in the United States. High tunnel projects could help eliminate Philadelphia’s “food deserts,” or urban areas lacking access to nutritious, affordable food, and provide more fresh and nutritious specialty crops to underserved populations.
URBAN VOIDS: grounds for change will be on sale during this program. This book illustrates the innovative community engagement process and the international ideas competition that challenged residents and designers to imagine sustainable re-purposing of its vacant lands. Featuring essays by key participants and an illustrated gallery of competition finalists, URBAN VOIDS offers inspiration for Philadelphia’s future.To find out more about efforts to use vacant land in productive, innovative and healthy ways, see http://www.gfcactivatingland.org.
Register at hightunnels.eventbrite.com/
Attend the Urban Sustainability Forum and discover the rich ecological history of the Delaware Estuary. In this evening presentation we’ll learn how human activity has threatened life in the estuary and get more information on current efforts to enhance and rebuild its living resources.
The forum will feature Jonathan H. Sharp of the School of Marine Science and Policy from the University of Delaware. It takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2011, beginning at 6 pm with a networking session. The program starts at 6:30 pm. Make sure to register here.
Greenworks Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter’s plan to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America by 2015, was released in spring of 2009 and presented its first Progress Report in 2010. Based on sustainability target areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement, the plan has enabled Philadelphia to make great strides in achieving the Mayor’s goal.
You can learn more about the progress made in each target area by attending the “State of the City” Urban Sustainability Forum. On Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 6 – 8:30 pm, join us at The Academy of Natural Sciences. You’ll hear from 11 prominent local organizations, and PHS will discuss Plant One Million. Learn more here.
Attend the Urban Sustainability Forum on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 pm to tackle pressing water-related issues. Representatives from the Philadelphia Water Department, major building owners and operators, community groups, and concerned citizens will come together at the Academy of Natural Sciences for We Are Our Water: How to Protect Our Health, Communities, and Pocketbooks by Using Water Wisely. This is free and open to the public.
It’s time to stop waffling about water. Join us on Thursday! Click here for registration and more information.
February’s Urban Sustainability Forum will demonstrate the need for students and teachers to have awareness, knowledge, and skills to create a new and more sustainable approach to living in southeast Pennsylvania. The forum will showcase examples from local programs and institutions that are successfully taking on this challenge.
Join us for what will surely be a revealing conversation. Click here to register. Details below. Continue reading
Join PHS for December’s Urban Sustainability Forum, Green 2015. Learn how plans are unfolding to create new public parks throughout Philadelphia.
- Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia
- Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Commissioner of Parks and Recreation
- Alan Greenberger, Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Commerce Director
- Harris Steinberg, Executive Director, Penn Praxis
Click here to register. Click here to learn more about the initiative. The Urban Sustainability Forum takes place at the Academy of Natural Sciences, at 19th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The reception is at 6 pm, and the program starts at 6:30 pm. Space is limited, so RSVP right now.
Also, show us your favorite park! Email a photo of your favorite park, green space, community garden, etc., to us and we’ll show it at the forum! Please send the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, December 3.
How much do Philadelphians throw away each year? Around 700,000 tons of discarded material. How much money (tax dollars!) could be saved through adequate recycling of this discarded material? Almost $17 billion. This month’s Urban Sustainability Forum, Trash to Treasure: Recovering Value from the Waste Stream, highlights this important topic. Save the date: October 14.
Speakers include Philadelphians who work to increase recycling and reduce waste:
David Biddle, City of Philadelphia
Avi Golen, Revolution Recovery
Carla Castillo and David Kinsey, RecycleBank
Click here to reserve your seat.
Regular attendees of the Urban Sustainability Forum will note that this month’s meeting falls on the second Thursday rather than the third. It takes place at the Academy of Natural Sciences, at 19th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The reception is at 6 pm, and the program starts at 6:30 pm.
For years the Urban Sustainability Forum has provided enlightening evenings of dialogue for industry leaders and laymen alike. Last month, the organizers took the show on the road, so to speak, by offering the first Urban Sustainability Tour.
Tour takers saw a park in progress at U-Penn.
On August 19, 35 people joined PHS, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and other partners on a trip to see heralded green spaces across the city. The theme was “Innovations in Green Infrastructure,” so the guided tour revealed past, present, and future plans to provide a more natural approach to systems typically addressed by pipes and concrete.
Find the full story at planphilly.com, but highlights included the green roof at Radian, a new residential building; Clark Park and its porous basketball court; and the always-progressive Mill Creek Urban Farm.
Participants also saw the in-the-works 24-acre park on the University of Pennsylvania campus. This site is surely innovative, and the tour leaders spoke on the stormwater management system that will supply the park’s irrigation.
As one tour-taking said, “This gives great hope for the future of our city!”
Be sure to attend the upcoming Urban Sustainability discussion, this one on ways of cutting your energy costs.