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Occupy Philly’s first press statement addresses direct democracy

October 20th, 2011

DAY 15 – “We, the General Assembly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in solidarity with all other peaceful occupations in communities around the world, offer this first official message from our General Assembly to every other General Assembly on this planet. We arrived at this message through our process of direct democracy.

We hereby invite the General Assemblies of the world to join us in organizing the first Regional General Assemblies, on a date to be determined by the consensus of all participating Assemblies.

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Make 10/10/10 a global workday: Be part of a community climate-change event

September 22nd, 2010

Looking for something to do on Oct. 10, also known as 10/10/10? Take the fight against climate change into your hands with a “global work party” on that once-in-a-lifetime date. The efforts are coordinated by 350.org, an action-oriented non-profit focused on creating solutions to global warming. The group’s name is a reference to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the safe limit in the atmosphere for humans, the group says. Right now, we’re at 390 parts per million. Not good.

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Eco-movie ‘Future Weather’ will have a sustainable set in Philadelphia

August 2nd, 2010

Lili Taylor and Amy Madigan will be in Philadelphia later this month to shoot the indie film Future Weather, according to Philly.com. The film is a drama about a girl who becomes obsessed with helping the environment after she is abandoned by her mother. It stars 13-year-old Perla Haney-Jardine as Laduree, a loner who takes refuge in nature. Producer Kristin Fairweather told Philly.com that she and writer-director Jenny Deller have partnered with local businesses to have a sustainable film set including organic, locally sourced food.

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One Block Off the Grid expands to Philadelphia

July 19th, 2010

One Block Off the Grid, which provides solar group discounts, announced it will launch Philadelphia’s first solar group purchase program. Designed to reduce the cost and confusion typically associated with buying solar, 1BOG offers consumers free advice and a group discount rates for installation.

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Pennsylvania says bald eagles now nesting in 50 counties

June 25th, 2010

The bald eagle’s amazing recovery from the brink of extinction in this state continues as America prepares to celebrate the birth of its independence, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. So far this year, 192 bald eagle nests – in 50 counties – have been recorded in Pennsylvania. As recently as 1983, only three Crawford County nests remained in the state.

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Pep Boys to pay $5 million fine for Clean Air Act violations

May 11th, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department said Pep Boys has agreed to take corrective measures and pay $5 million in civil penalties to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling motorcycles, recreational vehicles and generators manufactured in China that do not comply with environmental requirements. Baja, Inc., which supplied the non-compliant vehicles to Pep Boys, is also settling with the U.S.

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Earth Day events around the U.S.

April 12th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Thousands of events will commemorate this 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. In the U.S., many gatherings will focus on making environmental progress by cleaning up a wildlife area or prepping a community garden. Some cities will host festivals, with info booths and giveaways, live music and food.

In Washington D.C., a rally on the National Mall on April 25 aims to show broad support for climate legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate. Speakers will include the Reverend Jesse Jackson; film director James Cameron; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong; producer Trudie Styler; author Margaret Atwood and others. Performers will include Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Q-Tip, Booker T and others

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Pennsylvania classes will help residents better care for trees

March 26th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

As part of an initiative to plant one million trees and restore tree cover in Pennsylvania’s 14 metropolitan areas, the state’s TreeVitalize program will offering citizens classes in planting and caring for trees.

“Trees, like people, need to be nurtured to thrive,” John Quigley, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said in a statement. “Many urban street trees die within the first seven years of planting. These classes will teach people how to help our investments in trees to survive.”

TreeVitalize is a program aimed at revitalizing urban areas by increasing tree cover with a goal of 1 million new trees planted statewide by 2012. More than 186,000 trees have been planted to date.

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Philadelphia will encourage white roofs with ‘Coolest Block’ contest

February 17th, 2010

White roofs cut energy costs. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/The Dow Chemical Company)

White roofs cut energy costs. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/The Dow Chemical Company)

From Green Right Now Reports

Philadelphia wants to rally its residents and stoke the spirit of friendly competition among neighborhoods to green up their streets. The RetroFIT PHILLY “Coolest Block” contest, announced today at City, will encourage residents to update their energy-hungry black rooftops.

“Our Greenworks Philadelphia goal is to retrofit 15 percent of the city’s row home roofs, and the ‘Coolest Block’ contest is jumpstarting this effort,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said in a statement.

Organized under the auspices of The Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia (ECA) and the City of Philadelphia, with product and technology contributions from The Dow Chemical Company and the financial support from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the contest invites row home owners to enter to win energy-saving cool roof, air sealing and insulation upgrades for their entire block.

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Educating and empowering the next generation of green citizens

February 15th, 2010

By Jean M. Wallace, MAEd
CEO, Green Woods Charter School, Philadelphia

As a young girl, I spent every summer at the Jersey shore. I loved the beach! I’d stand by the water’s edge and simply marvel at the vastness of the ocean. With my red plastic bucket in hand, I would spend countless hours exploring the small tide pools and discovering the diversity of life that lived within the ocean current. It was fascinating to me and, looking out over the horizon I always imagined to myself, “What is out there?”

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TogetherGreen seeds neighborhood projects across the nation

December 10th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Ajamu Brown, 32, was raised in Central Brooklyn amongst families who immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life.

While growing up watching his community suffer from the effects of crack cocaine, AIDS, a failing educational system, and poor housing, Brown decided he was going to make a difference. He headed to upstate New York where he received his degree in speech communications from Ithaca College. After graduating, Brown joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer on HIV/AIDS education and outreach.

“During that time I learned a lot about Namibia’s delicate eco-system. It was difficult to witness the high rate of human and environmental degradation, but I learned how important it was to have bottom-up strategies and community support in solving problems that will create sustainable solutions,” Brown said.

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GreenFest Philly coming Sunday

September 10th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

The City of Brotherly Love will be showing its nature-loving side this coming Sunday during GreenFest Philly at 2nd and South streets. The event, sponsored by Toyota and produced by the Urban Green Partnership, will feature a green film festival, an introduction to the Girl Scouts of America’s new Go Green Initiative and displays by some 200 enviromental groups and businesses.

About 25,000 people are expected to attend this year’s GreenFest Philly. This year’s theme is “food” and booths are expected to help educate the public on how to buy locally, eat vegetarian, grow your own food and support farmer’s markets.

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