Sweet Corn is Here! Come on down to the Mayor’s Market at Love Park on Wednedsay from 11 to 3

This Wednesday come to the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park, at the corner of 15th and JFK, and get your hands on the first sweet corn of the season, just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend!

If you’re curious about how to cook fruits and veggies, come see a cooking demo 12 to 1 pm, featuring fresh produce from the farmers.

Market offerings on Wednesday, June 30

McCann’s Farm: Sweet corn, blueberries, peaches, zucchini, yellow squash, string beans, and honey

Teens 4 Good: Swiss chard, kale, collards, onion, garlic, potatoes, turnips, cucumber, green beans, and raspberries

Penn State Extension: Nutrition education and produce cooking suggestions

La Baguette: fresh baked breads, pastries, and quiches.

Visit with Mayor Nutter at the Mayor’s Market at Love Park on Wednesday, June 23

This Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., come to the corner of 15th St and JFK Blvd, to the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park

At noon Mayor Michael Nutter will be visiting the market and participating in a delicious cooking demonstration by Michael Solomonov, Executive Chef at Zahav.

Tasty fruits and veggies from our local farmers will be available for purchase, and you can also learn some line dancing moves in the Park before you pick up your produce!

PRODUCE AVAILABLE on June 23

McCanns Farm: Blueberries, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, broccoli, and honey

Teens4Good: Collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, beets, turnips, mint, and cabbage

La Baguette: Freshly baked pastries, breads, and quiches

4mula: Plants for green roofs and window boxes

Come to the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park Every Wednesday

This Wednesday, come to the corner of 15th St and JFK Blvd, to the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park.  We’ll have a delicious cooking demonstration by Michael Solomonov, Executive Chef at Zahav, and you can buy tasty fruits and veggies from our local farmers.

You can also learn some line dancing moves in the Park before you pick up your produce!

PRODUCE AVAILABLE June 16

McCanns Farm: Blueberries, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers, and honey

Teens4Good: Collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, beets, turnips, mint, and red and white cabbage

La Baguette: Freshly baked pastries, breads, and quiches

Greening the City

By NILDA RUIZ

LAST MONTH saw the release of the first annual Greenworks Philadelphia progress report, and we celebrated the city’s move toward a greener, more sustainable future in my neighborhood at 9th and Norris.

Mayor Nutter visited to report on the city’s sustainability plan and tour many of the sustainability efforts led by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and the residents of eastern North Philadelphia. In just one year of the Greenworks program, neighborhoods across the city are starting to enjoy more green space and energy-efficient buildings and healthier citizens.

This gathering, in part, celebrated the improved quality of life in APM’s targeted neighborhood around 9th and Norris thanks to partnerships with the water department, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Greenworks Philadelphia. Schoolchildren, residents and activists from across the city came to see some of the many improvements we’ve made to our neighborhood.

We have embraced long-term sustainability planning not for its own sake, but because of the results it delivers, immediately and for generations to come. This is about a battle for better quality of life and a better city that we can pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Using these sustainable programs and concepts, APM has stabilized 20 acres with partnerships from private industry, government agencies and nonprofits that resulted in an investment of $70 million into the neighborhood. Property values have increased 270 percent since we started developing the area seven years ago, crime is down by 17 percent since implementing more green concepts, and families are starting to have their own vegetable gardens as the old and young work to learn from each other. By planting trees and bringing fresh, affordable food within reach, we promote clean air and good health, reducing the rates of asthma and Type 2 diabetes. These initiatives have started to change behavior, and we see more people in our recycling program, which reduces waste for the city. These are all building blocks that construct a better future for ourselves and all of Philadelphia.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD is an example of how we can innovate to save money and become greener. At 9th and Norris, there’s a parcel of land designated for storm water runoff. The grassy parcel acts as a sponge, soaking up storm water, which assures cleaner water for fishing, swimming and drinking, and helps the city save money on storm water management.

APM’s latest “crown jewel” is at 9th and Berks. The Temple Regional Rail Station is undergoing a transit-oriented development, encouraging use of public transit, reducing the use of cars and air pollution while saving the cost of owning a car. It incorporates the water department’s storm water management system, which lessens the burden on our old sewers, and decreasing the use of clean water. The Planning Commission hopes to use this as a model.

Our neighborhood is doing everything we can to make a healthy difference, in partnership with the Nutter administration. Join us, and let’s make Philadelphia the great green city we know it can be.

Read the full article Here.

Read more about Greenworks Here.

Generating Products, Not Just Ideas, to Get Off the Fossil-Fuel Diet

Here’s what becoming a smarter city means to me. Philadelphia just launched a small program to help city companies develop a market for their technologies to improve energy efficiency.The $430,000 program will award grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 to companies with more than a great idea. This money is aimed at getting products off the lab bench and installed into a setting where the entrepreneurs can prove their technologies can walk their talk.

How, you might ask, can a city that needed to attract $600,000 in private- sector funds before it could open its public pools this weekend afford to push such a program? It all goes back to the federal stimulus package and Mayor Nutter’s ambitious Greenworks Philadelphia plan to remake how the city consumes energy, handles trash, and nurtures green space. The money for the new Greenworks Pilot Energy Technology program comes from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act block grant funding. The energy-tech program is an experiment to support local companies that have been working on products to cash in on the current mania to try anything that’s not fossil-fuel-related.

The thinking: Help a company get its new product up and running with a customer. If the demonstration project works, the company shows it off to other potential customers. New orders come in, production ramps up, and jobs are created.

One of the city’s priorities for the Philadelphia Navy Yard is as a hub for “clean energy” research and commerce. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which has its operations at the Navy Yard, will evaluate the proposals from companies seeking funding. Deadline for applications is July 31.

Ben Franklin’s technical review of the applications is expected to last until mid-September. Then, it will forward recommendations on who should get funding to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. by the end of September. Grants are expected to be awarded by PIDC at the end of October.

Realistically, only three to eight companies will get grants. But this is the kind of shovel-ready project I can get behind, because it emphasizes products, not concepts that exist only as drawings on cocktail napkins. And if it smacks of government’s trying to pick winners, well, no more so than what the Ben Franklin economic-development program has tried to do over its 27-year history.

In backing successes and failures, Ben Franklin has provided small amounts of necessary funding to technology companies when they’ve been too “green” to interest venture capital firms.

Now that green is one of the hotter trends in venture investing, the city’s pilot energy-tech program could help some grant recipients get noticed in the increasingly crowded “cleantech” field.

For more information about the program, go to http://www .sep-energy.org/gpet/gpet.htm

By Mike Armstrong

Inquirer Columnist

City of Philadelphia Launches Pilot Program to Help Local Companies Launch New Green Technologies

Grants Will Help Bring New Green Technologies to Market, Creating Jobs, Launching Businesses

Philadelphia, June 11, 2010- The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, in partnership with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners are launching an innovative new pilot program designed to help Philadelphia companies with cutting edge energy efficiency technologies develop a market for their products. The Greenworks Pilot Energy Technology (G-PET) Program offers grants to Philadelphia companies to accelerate the introduction of their new, energy efficient products and services to the marketplace. G-PET is being funded with $430,000 of federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009 to the City of Philadelphia.

“In a research hub like Philadelphia, helping to find ways to turn ideas into companies is the best thing we can do to create jobs and boost our economy,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “The future of green technology is the future of the green economy we’re all so excited about.”

“Greentech is a new field and it’s important that the City partner with its most innovative companies to help develop it,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger. “We’re conducting experiments like this one to help lay the groundwork for the growth of an industry over the next many years.”

As an integral part of the Greenworks Plan, G-PET will support the Mayor’s goals of reducing citywide building energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as growing the number of green jobs. Qualifying products or services must be able to verify energy efficiencies and be at installation-ready stage.
G-PET will fund all or part of pilot installations of qualifying products or services for projects located in Philadelphia, with a preference for projects that have significant job creation potential, are able to demonstrate additional project funding, and for those that are located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where the Nutter administration and its partners in the private sector and academia have established the Navy Yard Clean Energy Campus as a regional and national center for research, education, and commercialization of green technologies.

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania will identify Philadelphia companies and evaluate proposals from companies for grant funding. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) will determine successful applicants, who will be awarded grants in the range of $50,000-$150,000. The deadline for applications is July 31st, 2010. More information on G-PET and an online application form is available at: http://www.sep-energy.org/gpet/gpet.htm