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Philly's charging forward

Looks like Philly's moving into the century of sustainability with a couple of encouraging tech developments.

Philly's charging forward

Looks like Philly's moving into the century of sustainability with a couple of encouraging tech developments.

First, from today's Daily News, Gloria Campisi reports on a city-funded program to cut business and home energy consumption....

It sounds like a sci-fi movie.

You're walking down a hallway in an office building after hours and the lights go on as you approach and turn off on their own after you pass by.

But it's not a technostalker on your heels - it's merely simple infrared sensors.

They are among the many energy savings proposed in the EnergyWorks program being unveiled today by Mayor Nutter and members of the Metropolitan Caucus, made up of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

And CBS3 reports on Philly's (and Pennsylvania's) first electric-car charging station. It's on Columbus Boulevard near Tasker Street.

We're not sure how many Philadelphians own electric cars yet. Let's hope not more than a handful, as there could be some very long lines here to get a fill-up:

This “level two” charging unit — festooned in green and white ribbons and under a temporary tent for today’s ceremony — could take up to four hours to top off a vehicle’s battery.

Wow. The story also mentions "level three" units, not available in Philly yet, which will only take a few minutes for a full charge. Still, if you're an early adopter, start making your plans for an electric car now.

Smart Center Trevose, where Earth to Philly drove the Smart Electric earlier this year, told me consumers can expect to see the cars being actively sold in our area "in late December, early January."

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The experts at Philadelphia's Energy Coordinating Agency answer your energy questions in our regular feature Stay Warm, Stay Green. Send in your question or questions to energy@phillynews.com.


Look for Jenice Armstrong to supply tips on green living as well as occasional columns on the subject of Green. She also blogs at Hey Jen.


Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.


Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.


Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.


Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...


Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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