August 13, 2009
It never ceases to amaze how politicians who shout to the sky that they are independent thinkers conduct themselves as if they're being led by the hand. Perhaps legislation clearly aimed at creating more jobs for electrical workers was State Rep. Bill Keller's bright idea. But how did he come up with it, given that the Philadelphia Democrat was a longshoreman, not an electrician? Hey, back in the day, Keller was also a member in good standing of the longshoremen's union. So maybe that's why he's running interference for an amendment pushed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.
August 6, 2009 |
Xavier Brown extended one hand into the thicket of vines and leaves and gently touched a sprouting green pepper. "This," he said, "is ours. " Brown, 17, stood on a cracked patch of concrete, admiring the small garden at West Philadelphia High School, one of a series of plots run by local youth through the Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, 75 students at West Philadelphia, Sayre, and University City High Schools learned about nutrition, gardening, and cooking.
July 7, 2009
Continue fight against warming The passing of the Waxman-Markey bill in the U.S. House is not the success it might appear. In fact, we have hardly made a dent in the fight against global warming ("House passes climate bill," June 27). While it is vital that the United States takes a strong stand to limit emissions, we have again proven that petty politics can eclipse the overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is a reality and must be addressed. Those who don't accept the reality of global warming have again succeeded in holding us back from taking the necessary measures to clean up our environment.
May 3, 2009 |
From her seat at the Franklin Institute last week, one of nearly 300 on hand for the unveiling of Mayor Nutter's plan to make Philadelphia "the greenest city in America," Leanne Krueger-Braneky drew praise from a White House envoy. Van Jones, a green-jobs trailblazer and now an adviser to President Obama, lauded Krueger-Braneky for her leadership on sustainability issues in Philadelphia long before political officials embraced the cause. Two years ago, even Krueger-Braneky wasn't familiar with the terms "green jobs" and "green economy.
April 29, 2009 |
If talk about greenhouse gases or carbon footprints makes your eyes glaze over, think about this: New parks and leafy trees throughout the city, more farmers' markets with fresh food for sale, cheaper household energy bills and - most importantly - more than 10,000 new jobs. That's Mayor Nutter's vision for the city in his new sustainability plan, Greenworks Philadelphia. The agenda, which Nutter was to reveal today, sets 15 targets to make Philadelphia a greener place to live by 2015.
April 28, 2009 |
WE ASKED Christine Knapp, executive director of Penn Futures, to send us her Rolodex, or at least the top names of people she consults for her work on sustainable issues. Here's who she's got on speed dial: Green jobs: Leanne Kreger-Braneky, director of Sustainable Business Network. Convener of the Green Economy Task Force. Kate Houstoun, new Green Jobs coordinator. Fran Pettricione, Philadelphia Area Labor Management. Sally Silver, head of Smart Energy Initiative of SE Pa. Tom Tuffey, director, PennFuture Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment.
March 17, 2009 |
MY TWO grandchildren are excited about celebrating the Irish part of their heritage today. Like millions of others, Dylan, who's 8, and Kaya, 5, want to paint the town green in commemoration of St. Patrick's Day, the celebration of the man who, according to legend, helped spread Christianity throughout Ireland near the end of the fourth century. I told the grandkids that although I'm donning green as well today, I will not be downing any green beer or green potatoes. Although I do have Irish in my bloodline, my reasons for going green have little to do with shamrocks and more to do with helping to save the environment.
March 2, 2009 |
More than half of all Americans - about 160 million - think of themselves as middle class, according to a 2008 Pew survey. But recent events suggest officials in Washington have a much narrower definition, encompassing only the 16 million workers represented by a union. This definition gives new perspective to last week's first meeting of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force in Philadelphia. Headed by Vice President Biden, the task force certainly seems to be a high priority for the White House.
February 28, 2009 |
Vice President Biden convened the White House's Middle Class Task Force in Philadelphia yesterday for a daylong inaugural hearing on the promise of prosperity in thousands of "green" jobs expected to be created by the drives to make the nation energy-independent and reduce global warming. The event, in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania, featured questions from six cabinet secretaries, testimony from eight experts, and a bevy of public officials, including Mayor Nutter, touting their early embrace of the coming green economy.
February 27, 2009 |
Today, in Philadelphia, the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families is holding its inaugural meeting. Our charge is to assess current polices and develop new ones aimed at helping the middle class, the economic engine of this country. The economic-recovery package that President Obama signed into law last week contains more than $20 billion for investment in a cleaner, greener economy, including $500 million for green job training. The task force's first order of business is to evaluate how investing in green jobs will help build a strong middle class.