February 6, 2016 |
Yes, Flower Show lovers, there will be geysers! And - albeit through live streaming - hiking through the redwoods and sledding with dogs in Alaska. Officials from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the organizer of the Philadelphia Flower Show, described Thursday some of the "adventure moments" the more than 250,000 expected visitors can experience from March 5 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year's Flower Show theme is "Explore America," to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service.
January 29, 2016 |
THE JOB FAIR was unconventional. The applicants, mostly young black men, had all served time in prison for everything from robbery to cocaine sales. And yet, unlike most job fairs, more than half of the 50 or so participants were expected to walk away with a job in landscaping, perhaps even a promising career, a life of greener pastures. "What we have here today is contractors giving individuals a second chance at becoming productive citizens," said Terrell Bagby, interim director of RISE, a city reintegration program for so-called returning citizens.
December 21, 2015
ISSUE | ED RENDELL What about Paris? In the wake of 196 countries acknowledging that we need to move away from fossil fuels as a source of energy, it is a bitter pill to read Ed Rendell praising the spoils of fracking in the Marcellus region ("Time is right to develop Phila. energy, container hub," Monday). The climate agreement reached in Paris on Dec. 12 is a much-needed landmark on the road to a sustainable future, but there is much work to be done, and we cannot afford to backslide.
November 20, 2013 |
THE HEAD of the federal AmeriCorps program joined Nutter administration officials in City Hall yesterday to unveil PowerCorpsPHL, which connects disadvantaged youth with training and temporary jobs in city departments. The first crop of 43 participants, who are all 18 to 24 years old and were recommended by a city agency or nonprofit, started work in October. Many have criminal records, were in foster care or have other difficulties getting ahead. The jobs are supposed to help beautify the city by having workers do things like cleaning parks, planting trees and educating residents about watershed preservation.
October 20, 2012 |
Al Gore is about 50 times richer than he was when he left the vice presidency in 2001. According to an Oct. 11 report by the Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Gore accumulated a Romneyesque $100 million partly by investing in alternative-energy firms subsidized by the Obama administration. Two days after that story ran, Mitt Romney proclaimed at a rally in Ohio's Appalachian coal country: "We have a lot of coal; we are going to use it. We are going to keep those jobs. " Thousands cheered.
September 4, 2012
By Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic Where have all the copy boys, blacksmiths, and elevator operators gone? We could ask the same of coopers, the artisans who crafted wooden barrels back in the days before plastic bottles - when households needed churns, casks, and hogsheads to hold liquids. The word milliner might ring a bell with some hat-wearing church ladies. But, really, when was the last time you bought a custom-made, hand-fitted hat? Jobs must change with the times.
June 22, 2012 |
Let the power games begin. On Wednesday, Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to join an Environmental Protection Agency program aimed at getting more people, businesses, institutions - and more towns - to purchase electricity generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and other "green" sources. The program is voluntary, but once a city opts in, competition can heat up. Until Philadelphia's entry, Washington had bragging rights as the largest municipality in the program.
June 19, 2012 |
Again, Obama bypasses Congress Once again, President Obama has bypassed Congress, this time to establish a new immigration policy ("Obama shields younger migrants," Saturday). In December 2010, the U.S. Senate defeated the "DREAM Act," but the president has, once more, thumbed his nose at our elected officials. I am just amazed that he continues to ignore the U.S. Constitution. I wonder if this new policy is a reflection of his concerns about November 2012? James J. O'Donnell, Ocean City Tools of a dictatorship The Obama administration has usurped the authority of Congress with an executive order "DREAM Act" on immigration.
March 30, 2012 |
Green jobs - or, as our president calls them, the "jobs of the future" - have been notoriously tough to define and count. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recently did it, though, and now it's the result that's notorious. Facing an admittedly difficult project, the BLS created a definition that is so broad as to make it a meaningless measure of the green economy. Here's a sneak preview: There are 33 times as many green jobs in the septic tank and portable toilet servicing industry as there are in solar electricity utilities.
March 23, 2012 |
Liz Robinson long ago reconciled herself to the naysayers, the folks who thought that green jobs were some figment of a tree hugger's imagination. "I think people don't understand," said Robinson, executive director of the Energy Coordinating Agency , a Philadelphia nonprofit that trains people to perform energy audits on houses and buildings in the city. Maybe more will now. On Thursday, the mother source of all job statistics, the office that provides research data to battalions of labor economists and academicians, released its first report on green jobs and services.