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Announcements from 3/18/22 Show
Resources from Cory Felder at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
RMI’s PUC Modernization Series: https://rmi.org/insight/puc-modernization-issue-briefs/Utility Transition Hub (data to help people transition to decarbonization): https://utilitytransitionhub.rmi.org/
Help for Philadelphia to Lower Water and Other Utility Bills
Customers having trouble paying bills may qualify for lower monthly payments and can get personalized help from customer assistance experts by signing up for a Utility Fair appointment at water.phila.gov/utility-fairs
Wednesdays in March from 4–8 pm virtually on Zoom and are by appointment only. Registration: water.phila.gov/utility-fairs
Customers with past-due water bills may also be eligible for grants from the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Philadelphia Water Department customers may receive up to $5,000 towards delinquent water bills. Customers can learn more and apply at https://www.dhs.pa.gov/waterhelp.
#UtilityFairsPHL sessions will feature customer service staff from PWD and PECO. PGW customers can sign up to have a representative reach out to them directly for assistance.
Participants who RSVP will get follow-up information
Request an application or apply for assistance at www.phila.gov/water-bill-help or call (215) 685-6300.
Commenting on PA’s updated Environmental Justice (EJ) Policy
Verbal public comments can be made on 4/5, 4/12, 4/28 – see the above link for more details
Separately, written comments also can be submitted.
Preliminary EJ Policy Revision discussion sessions will be held on 3/22 and 3/31 – see above link for more details
PA EJ Summer Internship Position
Tree Planting Germantown IPL Tree Tenders
April 22 and 23
Contact Mark Smith for more information: 215-886-5383 or via email.
Penn State Brandywine presents “Storytelling: Winning the Climate Narrative”
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 6:30 – 8pm
Register for ZOOM-based event: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vf-GhqzkrHtIK8HS6CjEw7dSLjh7N8DEm
Features personal stories, poems and songs of climate wakening, sustainability, and change-making.
Expanded Philadelphia Street Sweeping in April
Neighborhoods to be swept:
Frankford: Bridge to Adams Streets from Griscom Street to Torresdale Avenue
Germantown: Berkley Street to Chelten Avenue from Pulaski Avenue to Wakefield Street
Kensington: North 2nd Street to Kensington Avenue from East Tioga Street to East Lehigh Avenue
Logan: West Godfrey Avenue to West Roosevelt Boulevard from North Broad to North 5th Streets
Nicetown: North Broad to Clarissa Streets from West Hunting Park to Windrim Avenues
North Central: North Broad to North 22nd Streets from West Glenwood Avenue to Diamond Street
Paschall: South 58th to South 70th Streets from Greenway to Dicks Avenues
Point Breeze: Christian to McKean Streets from South Broad to South 24th Streets
Port Richmond: Kensington to Aramingo Avenues from East Tioga Street to East Lehigh Avenue
South Philly: McKean Street to West Oregon Avenue from South 4th to South 8th Streets
Southwest Philly: Woodland to Kingsessing Avenues from South 49th Street to Cemetery Avenue
Strawberry Mansion: Diamond Street to West Lehigh Avenue from West Sedgley Avenue to North 33rd Street
West Philly: Parkside Avenue to Spring Garden Street from North 52nd to North 40th Streets
West Fairhill: North 5th to North 13th Streets from West Glenwood to West Susquehanna Avenues
Announcements for 3/4/22 Show
Summer Internships with PA Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Environmental Justice. Intern to assist in the development of public communications.
See the Commonwealth’s employment website for the internship postings: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/transferjobs
Germantown Info Hub
Has a free newsletter with information on neighborhood resources, jobs, goings on, etc. Some of these things have an environmental component. Get the email newsletter at the following location: https://germantowninfohub.org/
EPA Listening Sessions on Brownfield Funding Opportunities
MAC GRANT LISTENING SESSION
Date: March 10, 2022
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time
To join: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1610792570
RLF GRANT LISTENING SESSION
Date: March 11, 2022
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time
To join: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1604426220
For more information on Brownfields Grants, visit: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-epa-brownfield-grant-funding
Zoom Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Talk
Put on by a local neighborhood group
Wednesday 3/23 7pm
Speaker: Julia Nakleh, Climate Reality leader (2020) and on the leadership team of the Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Climate Reality Project
Philadelphia Hazardous Waste Event
Saturday April2 9am-3pm
8401 State Rd. at Ashburner St.
Drop off items that are toxic, flammable corrosive or reactive.
Registration, more information and a list of acceptable waste: https://www.phila.gov/services/trash-recycling-city-upkeep/dispose-of-household-hazardous-waste/
Free Legal Help with Utilities
Put on by the Community Legal Services Energy Unit
Saturday 3/12 11am-2pm
For Philadelphia residents at Face to Face Germantown (123 E. Price St.)
All Philadelphians welcome, but particularly aimed at Germantown residents
Register and arrive before 11am and you are guaranteed to be seen:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2022 round of Community Conservation Partnership Program grants. Applications accepted until April 6. More information: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx
Franklin Institute is currently accepting applications for 2022 GSK Science in the Summer™ Educators! This is a free, summer education program that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. The goal of the program is to increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers, especially for populations underrepresented in STEM. This year, the program will take place from July 5 – August 12 in libraries throughout the greater Philadelphia area counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia County.
Educators will apply to lead programs in-person in one of the counties listed above and will travel to libraries to deliver the program to participants in grades 2 – 6. We are seeking educators with 3+ years of experience working with children in a group setting or a valid teaching certificate. We are accepting educators on a rolling basis (until April 1 or when all positions are filled) so educators are encouraged to apply early.
• $275/ 4-hour program led
• $50 one-time rate for attending the training
• $25/day for on-call substitution plus the full $275 if called in
You can find information on how to apply on our webpage or by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/educators
Announcements for 11/5/21 Planet Philadelphia show:
Germantown Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) Tree Tendersplanting trees Friday and Saturday November 19th and 20ieth, possibly also on Thursday Nov. 18.Call Mark Smith 215-264 5442 to volunteer.
Apply for 2022 environmental education grants: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/EnvironmentalEducation/Grants/Pages/default.aspx
Funding for cleaner fuel vehicles at Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants Program:
PA Department of Education proposed standards for Science, Environment, Ecology, Technology, and Engineering – comment period may still be open, see proposed standards:
https://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Curriculum/Science%20Education/PA%20Integrated%20Standards%20for%20Science%20Environment%20Ecology%20Grades%206-12.pdf (Science, Environment, and Ecology)
(Technology and Engineering)