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2-8-10 February Green Jobs News and Resources

2-8-10 February Green Jobs News and Resources

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NEWS, RESOURCES & EVENTS
 
Dear Leanne,
 Small business and green jobs seem to be on everyone's minds thismonth, from City Hall to the White House. In his State of the UnionAddress, President Obama made a bold call for clean-energy jobs,saying, "the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be thenation that leads the global economy." He also called businesses"The true engine of job creation in this country," and said that "Weshould start where most new jobs do -- in small businesses" bycreating a "new small business tax credits."Earlier the same day, Mayor Nutter was on exactly the same page.At a press conference in West Philadelphia the Mayor announced$27 Million in new financing opportunities for small businesses. Heemphasized the importance of small business to the City's recovery efforts by sayingthat "It's small businesses that create the jobs and economic growth that will lead ourcountry out of recession." The Mayor also highlighted the importance of green jobs bysaying that "The greening of the Philadelphia economy - whether it is training displacedworkers to weatherize homes, manufacturing solar panels, or reducing the energy costsfor small businesses - will be increasingly important to our city's success."
In This Issue
 
Join our list
 
EVENTS
 
URGENT: Are You Receiving Funds to Trainin the Green Economy?
 
Just a year ago, leaders of the Green Economy Task Forcetravelled to Washington DC to ensure that the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act contained opportunities forpeople with barriers to employment to receive training forgreen collar jobs. Since then, not only has Philadelphiareceived federal training dollars for workforcedevelopment, community college, and organized labortraining programs, but the state and many privatefoundations have contributed to the growth of green jobtraining in our city as well. As thrilled as we are, we alsorecognize that with these investments comes enormousresponsibility. Join the GETF's Job Training Committee inpartnership with the PWIB, JOIN, SBN, and the City of Philadelphia, for Philadelphia's first convening of green jobtrainers, to discuss
opportunities
,
overlaps
, and
obstacles
 to effective green job training in our city.
 
WHO:
 
 
Organizations that have received $50,000+ to trainadults for green collar jobsIncluding trade schools, union apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, community college, and nonprofitorganizations
 
For jobs in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency,Conservation & Pollution Mitigation, Eco-friendlyProduction, and Eco-friendly Transportation
 
WHEN:
Friday February 19, 2010 - 2:30PM to 5:00PM
WHERE:
United Way of Southeastern PA, 1709 BenjaminFranklin Parkway
 
HOSTS
:Green Economy Task ForcePhiladelphia Workforce Investment BoardJob Opportunity Investment NetworkSustainable Business Network of Greater PhiladelphiaCity of Philadelphia
 
RSVP
to kate@sbnphiladelphia.org by Noon Tuesday Feb
 
16. Space is limited.
 
SVI Opportunity for GETFStakeholders
 Have you seen Saturday's agenda atthis year's Social Venture Institute?Two of the country's green jobs rock stars, MelissaBradley-Burns, Senior Strategist at Green for All andBrenda Palms Barber, CEO of North Lawndale EmploymentNetwork, will be presenting on capital access, socialentrepreneurship, and jobs for people with barriers toemployment.SBN's 8th Annual Social Venture Institute (SVI)is on February 26th and 27th at the Hub Cira Center. Sign-up for Saturday-only and get a reduced rate. To learnmore about the event visit www.sbnphiladelphia.org and to
 
register visit www.SVI2010.eventbrite.com or call (215) 922-7400.
Conference on State of Composting inDelaware Valley
 Compost Matters, a one-day conference that will look atthe current state of composting in the Delaware Valley, willbe taking place on
February 10
. With a focus on newdevelopments in food-waste composting practices, theforum will bring together innovators, policy makers, andvisionaries in the field, examining current barriers to foodwaste recovery, public policy issues, and successful modelsfrom the region and around the state.Conference participants will learn about currentopportunities for composting food waste and how toinclude food recovery efforts in their operations. Tours of local composting sites will be offered.
 
NEWS
 
SBN Hires Green Partnerships Associate
 
We are happy to announce the hiringof Huyen Tran to be the new GreenPartnerships Associate in SBN's GreenEconomy Department. Huyengraduated in May 2009 from theMasters of Engineering Managementprogram at Duke University where shefocused on business administration andentrepreneurial execution. Prior toDuke, Huyen was a project manager at a contract researchorganization where she worked closely with clients andengineers to implement and manage healthcaretechnology. In 2006, Huyen co-founded a non-profitprogram in Vietnam that promotes the education of children from impoverished communities. In her sparetime, Huyen likes to travel and learn new languages.
 
Huyen's primary focus will be on improving and expandingSBN's green business partnership strategy to bettersupport research, education, and job training programsand to manage our existing partnerships. We are surethat she will be warmly welcomed into the SBNcommunity.You can reach Huyen at huyen@sbnphiladelphia.org. 
 
A Green & Fair Recovery
 
A recent article in Yes! Magazine addressed the growingneed for equity in green jobs and the lack of reportingrequirements in the stimulus to measure equity for womenand people of color.Read the full article here. 
Obama & Biden Preview Initiatives forMiddle Class Families
 Last week President Obama and Vice-President Biden helda meeting of the Middle Class Task Force, where they laidout key investments for middle class families. Theseinitiatives, borne out of the meetings, travel and work of the Task Force, are aimed at helping middle class familiesafford soaring child care costs; care for their agingrelatives; cope with the challenge of saving for retirement;and pay for their children's college tuition.Vice President Biden, emphasizing first and foremost thatgetting jobs back on track was the highest priority,

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