Archive for June, 2010

June 23, 2010

The Partnership CDC is launching The Green and Healthy Initiative on Tuesday, June 29 at 11:00 AM on the corner of North Holly Street and Powelton Ave.

The community will have the opportunity to find out how they can receive Eco-friendly, money saving household tips.

The Partnership CDC, an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing West Philadelphia utilizing community development principles that are sustainable and environmentally sound, has announced the launch of The Green and Healthy Initiative.

The Green and Healthy Initiative is a new and exciting initiative designed to empower communities with resources, information and skills necessary to lead healthier, more environmentally friendly lives. The Initiative consists of two components Healthy Homes Program, a green energy education for homeowners and the Green Professionals Training, a green construction job training program designed for local residents and contractors.

Through the Healthy Homes Program, homeowners receive environmentally friendly money saving techniques that make their homes both green and safe. Participants may be eligible to receive a cost and energy saving Eco-roof at a nominal fee.  Homes with eco-roofs save an average of $300 per year on their energy bill. The program is designed for family members of all ages.

“Beautiful, a much needed improvement to our neighborhood” commented a community resident on the new eco-green roofs on Wyalusing Avenue installed by participants of the Green Professionals Training Program. Through this program, Philadelphians have the opportunity to be trained in the new emerging green construction industry.  The program specifically recruits ex-offenders to participate in the training program.

The Partnership CDC is implementing The Green and Healthy Initiative in partnership with LISC Sustainable Communities Initiative West; PECO; BIO Neighbors; and R.I.S.E. The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders.

Contact:

Alix Howard (215) 662-1612

ahoward@thepartnershipcdc.org

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June 11, 2010

2010 Rhythm & Blues Talent Search

The Partnership CDC is having a Talent Search to give young talented musicians a chance!

If you or someone you know is 18 years old or younger and has a talent for singing or rapping, The 2010 Rhythm & Blues Talent Search is just the right opportunity!  The winner of the 2010 Rhythm & Blues Talent Search will recieve a cash prize and will perform on the same stage as Kindred The Family Soul at the 2010 Rhythm & Blues Fest on September 18th! All completed entry forms must be submitted by July 12, and if you are selected to be a finalist, you will perform at the Talent Search on August 7th. Only one winner will be selected by the judges!

If you or someone you know has the talent to win, please print the entry forms with complete contest rules and information from this link: talentsearchinfo, our facebook event page, or pick it up from our office at 4020 Market Street. Remember, the complete entry form is due on July 12th, so don’t miss your chance to become the next R&B Superstar!

For more information contact Tess Williams at 215-662-1612 x 24

June 11, 2010

The Partnership CDC is getting Greener…

The backyard of The Partnership CDC was recently given a face-lift, transformed from its past of concrete to a much more aesthetically and environmentally pleasing Greenhouse. The Greenhouse was built to show the rest of West Philadelphia that The Partnership CDC is ready to do some ground breaking work in the city and make it more sustainable and healthy for all.

The work of the Partnership CDC has been so significant that we were awarded the Community Conservation Grant from the Philadelphia Zoo. The Greenhouse, characterized as the “doorway to the future” by Executive Director Steven Williams, has been a major milestone in the Partnership CDC’s mission of greening Philadelphia one block at a time. It is one of the many facets of The Partnership CDC’s Green and Healthy Initiative Programs. These programs are designed to decrease unhealthy environmental factors in homes, provide hands- on project- based training for West Philadelphia’s emerging green economy and green professionals, and increase the economic health of families by lowering home energy costs and building financial literacy. By addressing these issues in our community, we have been able to create a model that we hope to have replicated throughout the city.

Of course, we didn’t do this alone. The City of Philadelphia’s R.I.S.E. program, BioNeighbors, ECA, Sci-West, LISC, The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), The Enterprise Center and PECO, along with our dedicated volunteers, have all been instrumental in making these programs as effective and wide reaching as possible. Also, the employees of The Partnership CDC have been the backbone of this program. Our structural engineers, Dave Young and Mike Brown were the main catalysts of the group that designed and built the greenhouse, cultivated the greens, and provided the knowledge and morale for the rest of the team. Without this substantial help, the Greenhouse and other Green and Healthy Initiative Programs would have been impossible.

 

The microgreens and herbs found within the Greenhouse are described by Alix Howard as “delicious”, and all of these plants will be used for environmental, educational or edible purposes. This is a new turning point in urban farming, and we invite you to come see it for yourself! Because of all the Green and Healthy Initiative Programs by The Partnership CDC, Philadelphia will go green one block at a time.

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