Have You Signed Up for the Greenworks E-Newsletter?

Very soon we will be sending out the July edition of Greenworks Philadelphia Exchange, the monthly e-newsletter from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to update you about progress towards Greenworks Philadelphia’s goals.

If you have not signed up through the MOS Website please click the link below and fill out the form so that you can stay informed.

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SEPTA Independence Pass

pic of SEPTA's Independence PassAlthough its been out for a couple of months, we wanted to remind people of SEPTA’s Independence Pass.  This $10/person or $25/family pass is good for unlimited travel on all forms of SEPTA (with the exception of regional rail arriving in Center City before 9:30am) as well as Center City District’s Phlash trolley line.  A great way for the occassional SEPTA rider to leave the car at home and spend the day enjoying Philadelphia.

More information and details here.

Lists of Incentive Programs for Renewables & Energy Efficiency Upgrades

There are a lot of incentives that make it affordable to reduce your the energy demand or upgrade to renewables at your home, business, or school.  Because there are so many new incentives and older incentives often sunset it can be difficult to stay abreast of what is available for your needs.

There are two lists that combined cover nearly every federal and state incentive for Pennsylvania:

  1. PennFuture has a good list broken down by what the incentive can be used for (e.g. solar, wind, efficiency) Available here.
  2. At www.dsireusa.org the NC Solar Center has a list  of incentives for renewables and efficiency upgrades for each state  broken down by type of incentive (e.g. grant, loan, rebate). Available here.

In addition there are two programs specifically for Philadelphia homeowners or tenants:

  1. Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation’s (PHDC) Weatherization Assistance Program – provides free weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to Philadelphia homes occupied by low-income residents http://www.phdchousing.org/weatherize.htm
  2. The Redevelopment Authority’s (RDA) Philadelphia Home Improvement Loan Program – administers a program that provides low-interest loans of 3%-5% for renovations (including energy renovations) in owner-occupied homes in the city. More information available at http://www.philaloan.com/

Use these to save money, improve the environment and help us meet Greenworks’ energy targets!

Message from Mayor Nutter about City Hall Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, through the early fall, local farmers and vendors will be in the City Hall courtyard selling local foods and goods from 11am-3pm.

Be sure to stop by the City Hall courtyard today – and every Wednesday – for fresh produce, baked goods, prepared sandwiches and salads, cut flowers, and more. In addition, each week at noon local chefs will lead cooking demonstrations to show how you can cook easy and healthy meals at home using ingredients from the market. They’ll be handing out samples of their dishes so that you can get a taste of their work. Master Gardeners from Penn State will also be on hand to answer your questions about home gardening and to offer recipes and information.

Last week’s offerings:

McCann Farm (Monroeville, NJ) – vegetables and fruit

Triple Tree Farm (Lancaster County) – cut flowers

La Baguette (Pennsauken, NJ) – baked goods

Mugshots Catering (Philadelphia) – prepared sandwiches and salads

Kit Summers (Delaware County) – salsa with locally produced ingredients

Cooking demonstration by Deborah Winans

 

The City Hall Farmers’ Market is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia and Farm to City. Through Greenworks Philadelphia we support access to fresh, healthy and local food options. For more information on farmers’ markets in neighborhoods across Philadelphia, visit: www.farmtocity.org or www.thefoodtrust.org.

Come out to support local growers, purchase fresh foods and enjoy the bounty of summer! Whether you’re picking up some things for dinner, staying to eat, or coming by for the cooking demo, it’s a great way to spend your lunch break.

Sincerely,

 

Mayor Michael Nutter