The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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Chester County Planning Commission Fall 2011 Intern Opportunities

Description:  The Chester County Planning Commission is seeking fall academic internships to perform Geographic Information Services work on several planning projects. Interns will work closely with staff from the Planning Commission to witness how a county planning commission operates and observe first-hand the collaboration that occurs within planning projects.  These opportunities are non-paying, academic internships. Both positions require a minimum of 28 hours per week service.  Applicants must be available for an internship with a minimum of 6 weeks

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume no later than September 30, 2011 to Chester County Planning Commission, ATTN- Beth Cunliffe, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Project 1- Central Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Study


Project 2- Housing Planning Initiatives


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Volunteers needed on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm at SHARE!
 
SHARE food program is looking for volunteers on Wednesdays from 10-3 who will assist with packing boxes for our Farm to Families program. Farm to Families will ensure that hundreds of families who live, work, and worship in North Philadelphia have access to fresh, healthy food. Volunteers will be responsible for weighing, sorting, and bagging various kinds of produce. If interested please contact our Fresh Food Director. wblades@sharefoodprgram.org
 
 
Intern:
SHARE food program, a non-profit organization, is looking for three college or gradate school interns who will assist the fresh food director with various tasks.  Exciting opportunity for hands-on experience in learning how to purchase and distribute food for a low-income CSA in north Philadelphia. This unpaid internship is ideal for school credit (if approved by your professor). Minimum 10 hours per week required. Interest in food systems, food justice, local food, and urban agriculture is a plus. Looking for responsible, trust-worthy, hard working, flexible, detail-oriented, candidates.
 
Primary Duties:
Packing weekly food boxes
Weighing and bagging fruits and vegetables
Weekly paperwork
Selling fresh local produce to customers  
Heavy lifting
Social Media updates
Assisting on our urban farm 
 
 If interested please send resume to wblades@sharefoodprgram.org
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Healthy People Global Goods


Goods Movement: Public Health Implications for the Mid Atlantic
September  23, 2011
University of Pennsylvania - Houston Hall
Philadelphia, PA 
Registration Fee: $50
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Ports, rail yards, and truck traffic expand to accommodate even greater cargo volumes, they increasingly encroach on their residential neighbors. Residents located near goods movement facilities suffer from elevated levels particulate matter, a pollutant which easily penetrates the lungs and enters the bloodstream, causing a myriad of health problems. According to the 2008 EnergyFutures report “U.S. Container Ports and Air Pollution: A Perfect Storm,” 64,000 premature deaths in port communities are attributable to air pollution. Ports use 1.5 times more fuel than the aviation industry, and air quality in half the port communities violate federal ambient air health standards.    Due to increased environmental health research, advocacy for environmental justice issues, and the tightening of ambient air quality standards, goods movement is increasingly viewed as an important public health issue. The health impacts associated with global goods movement include asthma, heart disease, cancers, adverse birth outcomes, and premature death. Pollution-related diseases negatively impact individuals, families, communities, and even health care systems. In addition to health impacts, goods movement also affects quality of life by producing noise pollution, traffic congestion, and visual blight.    Voluntary and regulatory air quality measures have been implemented in other parts of the United States. One model that has been proven particularly effective is in Southern California, where academic researchers, community organizations, environmental and public health advocacy groups, industry and labor groups, and legislators collaborated to identify the key issues in their region and change goods movement practices, which resulted in tangible public health benefits. The successes in Southern California are largely due to an increased awareness of goods movement as a public health issue. The increased awareness was achieved, to some extent, through goods movement conferences which brought together the various stakeholders, educated them about the public health issues, and fostered collaborations that resulted in cost-effective solutions that benefitted industry, government, and public health.     While some goods movement facilities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have recently implemented air pollution mitigation strategies, they still lag behind their counterparts in terms of implementing cost-effective solutions. Moreover, there is a lack of awareness in this region of what goods movement is and how it impacts health and quality of life. This is in part due to lack of awareness within the public health and environmental advocacy communities.

This training has been submitted to APA for approval of 6.25 AICP CM Credits by the PA Chapter of APA. CM credits are pending.