Saturday, November 28, 2015

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:

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.

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Earth to Philly is a weblog focusing on earth-conscious technology, trends and ideas, from a Daily News perspective. We look at the "green" aspects of your home, business, food, transportation, style, policy, gadgets and artwork. If you have a Philly-related story, Click here to let us know about it!

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

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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