Archive for November 23rd, 2010

November 23, 2010


The Partnership CDC has been growing some different programs in our backyard of West Philly to make life a little healthier for you. The Green and Healthy Initiatives of The Partnership CDC are a five-pronged approach to “greening Philadelphia one block at a time”.

First, the Green and Cool Roofings are low maintenance, cost effective investments to save money on energy bills. The Healthy Homes program is a series of workshops that help community members and their elementary age children learn important methods of keeping their homes safe and healthy.  The Green Professionals training is the training of local individuals to become certified green and cool roofing installers. The Partnership also has a Greenhouse, which serves as an educational venue for learning about plant biology and aquaponics and allows The Partnership to practice what it preaches! Lastly, the Financial Literacy Classes offer a wide range of free services to residents participating in our green programs. These services include credit counseling, energy audits, budgeting, and financial literacy training. Green Block Parties are the outreach tool used to share our programs and services with residents.

Executive Director Steven Williams explains this approach in the video below!

These initiatives have recently been getting national attention!

Two of the graduates of our Green and Cool Roofing Program were seen in the article of the Associated Press, which was then posted on the The Washington Post,  USA TodayAOL NewsMSNBC, and Yahoo! News. The articles demonstrated the rising popularity of Cool Roofing, and its economic benefits! Not only is The Partnership CDC on the forefront of this new technology, but we are actually creating jobs to support it!

Also, the Healthy Homes Program has been featured in the news! Our workshops have just begun and The Partnership CDC as the program coordinators are happy to know that this year will be even better than last. We are planning to give out over $1,000 worth of products that will allow the residents of West and Southwest Philadelphia to implement their growing knowledge of living green and healthy.

For more information on any of our initiatives, please call 215-662-1612 or email