Roundup: News the Earth can use

The Daily News, always ahead of the curve, did our big Earth Day spash yesterday, but there's still a bunch of Earth Day stuff worth mentioning, so we're rounding it up here:


The SustainaBall is a fundraising event supporting the educational and programming activities of the Sustainable Business Network. Per their press info, proceeds from the event, which is tomorrow night, go to help ventures like:

The Green Economy Task Force: Working to develop a comprehensive green-collar job strategy to benefit low-income people and local businesses the Philadelphia region.

The Social Venture Institute: A nationally tested vehicle for sharing the expertise of successful business people with emerging entrepreneurs in our region. Over 1,000 entrepreneurs have been trained through this program and 42% of this year's participants were minority-owned companies, many from low-income communities.

You can find more background at the SBN site - meanwhile here's the vital stats:

4th Annual SustainaBall and Silent Auction:

April 23, 2010 7:30 - 11:00 PM @ The Chestnut Club, 1529 Chestnut Street

Buy tickets here. (All tickets include open all-local bar, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.)

Climate Change: Its impact... Our Action
A discussion of future public policy
7:00PM - Franklin theater, Franklin Institute
Free with a valid student ID, email to preregister.

How can we change models for living in the Greater Philadelphia region with a smaller carbon footprint? In this lively discussion and debate, learn more about the science behind climate change as well as the range of innovative policy solutions related to building practices, water usage, food distribution and energy production and distribution. Mark Alan Hughes, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and former Chief Policy Adviser to the Mayor Nutter, will moderate the discussion.

Red, White, Blue & Green
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free with museum admission.
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and team mascot SWOOP will host a “go green” game show entitled “Recycle Bowl.” Children can make recycled paper and crafts.  

Annual Trash Fashion Show
Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, Great Hall. 11:30 a.m., 6 p.m. free.
Moore design students construct garments using items such as electrical tape, soy packets, shower curtains, used candy wrappers, phone wire and old CDs. (More in this Jenice Armstrong post from Monday)

900 block of South Street, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday.
Join Whole Foods, Big Green Earth Store, Sun & Earth, Grid Magazine and a host of other local “green” businesses and nonprofit organizations for a block party. Live music and product giveaways.


Yesterday E2P blogger Jonathan Takiff had an Earth-Day-themed Gizmo column about the next trend in home lighting, LEDs, and why they're destined to replace the iconic CFL:

While much has been made in recent years about another energy efficient bulb- those curly, cute flourescent CFLs - there's also been some naysayers growling in the mist. Compact-flourescent lights are made with mercury, not good for landfills. Those bulbs warm up slowly and lose illumination output relatively quickly, like one percent every 100 hours. CFL's also suffer shock and premature failure when repeatedly turned on and off.

LED lightbulbs, when made properly, click on instantly, aren't nearly as hazardous to the environment and prove incredibly durable in temperatures under 95 degrees Fahrenheit. (At the other extreme, cold weather applications are not a problem.)


It would be remiss to have an Earth To Philly post on Earth Day's actual 40th anniversary that doesn't also refer readers over to the new site, where you can get an inside look at how Philly's celebration came together and its impact. Yesterday's post has been updated with more links and info.