June 11, 2010
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.
April 21, 2010
In celebration of Earth Day, come to our Green House Warming on April 22nd!
Our Green House Warming Celebration Will Provide an Opportunity for the public to come and see the newest addition to Market Street and learn more about The Partnership CDC’s Commitment to Greening West Philadelphia.
April 21, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – In celebration of Earth Day, The Partnership CDC (Community Development Corporation), is proud to present its brand new greenhouse on April 22nd, 2010 from noon to 2pm. During this “Greenhouse Warming” Earth Day Celebration, The Partnership CDC (Community Development Corporation) invites members of the community and media to come and view the greenhouse and learn more about our green programs and initiatives.
The Green House Warming Earth Day Celebration is a chance for The Partnership CDC to bring members of our community together and encourage them to share in our mission of bringing a green future to West Philadelphia. The Greenhouse itself will be dedicated to growing plants that The Partnership CDC’s Green Professional Training students will use in the installation of Green Roofs across West Philadelphia. The Greenhouse will also serve as an educational venue for local students and groups who want to learn more about plant science, urban farming, and greenhouse construction.
The Partnership CDC is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of affordable housing, job creation and training, economic development and environmental awareness in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Since 1992, The Partnership CDC has developed or co-developed over 340 affordable housing units, counseled over 6,400 families and directly invested over $60 million into the West Philadelphia Community. For more information, please call Alix Howard at (215) 662-1612 x 22, firstname.lastname@example.org . Community groups interested in touring the greenhouse should contact Tess Williams at (215) 662-1612 x 24 or email@example.com.
December 16, 2009
Locally Grown Produce
Families took home free groceries
On Saturday, December 4, 2009 the Partnership CDC (Community Development Corporation) held the first workshop of the 5-part Healthy Homes Program.
Hosted at the Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation on 45th and Market in West Philadelphia, excited parents entered the room, eyes alert and somewhat curious about the day’s events.
Outreach Specialist, Mayla Henderson from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health presented detailed health statistics specific to residents in West Philadelphia. Families learned some of the key reason for the devastating health issues affecting them, their families, neighbors and friends.
The workshop also included an impressive arrangement of fruits and vegetables for families to take home. Bob Pierson from Farm to City educated on the importance of buying fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The next workshop is January 9 highlighting water quality with a presentation from the Philadelphia Water Department and the Partnership CDC’s Green Professional Training Program. Program Participants will receive free Brita water purifier and water analysis kits.
As the program is tailored specifically to families of Henry C. Lea, Charles R.Drew, and Alian Locke Elementary schools, parents with children in grades K-5th, are strongly encouraged to attend.
If interested, please contact Melony Burnom at 215-662-1612.