Philly: The Future Green Jobs Capital? Not Anytime Soon

M. Nutt’s got big plans for this town. Keep dreamin’.

By Stephen Zook
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Philadelphians not working in green jobs here could still benefit from those who are through quality-of-life improvements, green roofs, insulation and more efficient light bulbs.

However, the city is losing ground on at least one green quality-of-life barometer: Energy Star-certified buildings. Energy Star-certified buildings are rated on a 100-point system, and a high rating signifies an environmentally advanced building.

The Environmental Protection Agency, which awards Energy Star ratings, compiled databases in 2008 and 2009.

Between 2008 and 2009, Philadelphia went from 50 Energy Star-certified buildings to 36, although it gained slightly in square footage of Energy Star-certified space, from 11.9 million square feet to 12.5 million square feet. In other words, some of Philadelphia’s buildings lost their environmental ratings, and at least some of those buildings were replaced by larger ones. Compared to Energy Star-certification in other cities, Philadelphia went from No. 17 to No. 24 in the country (when measured by the number of buildings) or from No. 14 to No. 15 (when measured by square footage).

How “green” a city can claim to be is mostly a subjective argument. While D.C. clearly outpaces Philadelphia in one category—Energy Star-certified buildings—Philadelphia has more green roofs than any other city except Chicago. But considering the falling green job market in Pennsylvania and aggressive green campaigns by other states and cities, Nutter’s dream of Philadelphia as the green capital of the U.S. may be a difficult one to achieve.


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1. Bodega said... on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:08PM

“It seems to me, that by the very facts you list in this article that "M. Nutt" ,as you refer to him, is within striking distance of making Philadlephia the greenest City in America. You state that Philly/PA is in the top 20-25 or higher of all the list your provided, so Yeah, it will be a tough job, but it certainly isn't impossible.

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2. Nezhy said... on Mar 31, 2010 at 01:46AM

“To think that ANY industry, let alone a Green one will come here is smokin some serious weed. Look at our City and State government. Crooked as all hell, and incapable of getting anything smart, or productive accomplished. Green Industry will NEVER be here as long as these morons and their party keep getting reelected here.”

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3. 40 Watt said... on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:24AM

“This is a pretty shoddy piece of journalism. First, how can the reporter compare city numbers with state numbers. I assume those are the only ones he could find, but really you can't make comparisons like that. They're illogical. And he has only one not particularly credible source who says there needs to be a shift in authority from City Hall to the neighborhoods. What does that mean? Oh wait, we should all be using more insulation? We should all have green roofs? And no other sources, no statistics? Did the reporter look at what the RDA is doing with Urban Agriculture? Did he bother looking for other numbers? This is amateur night Philadelphia Weekly. Pure amateur night. There are lots of good freelance writers out there. How about not giving a piece like this to a college kid. He's not ready for prime time yet.”

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4. 40 Watt said... on Mar 31, 2010 at 05:46PM

“The very fact the Weekly published this piece makes me wonder if anything in this publication gets edited. I think I'll stick with the City Paper.”

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5. Gulfam sajid said... on Sep 6, 2010 at 07:44AM

“I am belong of poor family, but the one chance of jobs, because eat the family of the people.I am is completed of intermadiate pass but the B.Com part one passing max is 411 only but the B.Com part 2 two compart but only inshallah only two Month is clears.please one chance”

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