West Philly Tool Library, Philadelphia’s alternative to costly tool rental, needs your help for a work day this Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences will host a panel discussion on how we can learn from 2012′s super storm Sandy in improving city planning, disaster preparedness planning, engineering, and policy.
The event takes place this Thursday, 6pm-8pm, February 21, 2013.
Mid-Atlantic Residents May Consider Backup Power Options in the Wake of Super-storm Sandy
I will be presenting on electricity basics for homeowners from 6pm – 7:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14th, 2013, at the basement of Calvary Center for Culture and Community (big church building at 48th & Baltimore Ave). Please RSVP via the sponsor page, West Philly Tool Library.
For a taste of what’s on for discussion (and for reference of attendees afterward), I’m attaching my presentation outline inline here:
CLASS OUTLINE: BASIC ELECTRIC FOR HOMEOWNERS
Household Electricity for Homeowners
Robert Monk, Electrician/Proprietor, Robert Monk Electric
email: electrician [at] PhillyLicensedContractor [dot] com
phone: (215) 906-6604
1. Basic electrical distribution system
2. Wiring materials and methods common in pre-WWII houses
3. Modern wiring materials
5. Smart Meters, Niche Rates, Solar PV
Join me next Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 2012, @Philamuseum.org town hall to let Corbett know that Pennsylvanians want a sustainable energy supply and sustainable jobs that are safe for us today, and that will preserve our ecosystem and natural resources for use tomorrow. This means radical rethinking on regulation and fees for hydraulic fracture drilling for shale gas, and renewed commitments to supporting renewable energy investment here in Pennsylvania.
Old-guard energy money talks, but organized people alive to their own and their children’s interests, together with a nacent renewables industry, still can talk louder.
PennFuture Clean Energy Conference
PennFuture Clean Energy Conference website. Thurs-Fri, September 13-14th.
West Philly Orchestra is like a mix of your Jewish and eastern European traditional (wedding) dance bands, but cool, like, with West Philly traditional punk flavorings. I think it was probably a member (or a fan?) who got me psyched about a similar band from Netherlands, called De Kift — stumbled upon while browsing recent songs from the semi-public iTunes playlist at Satellite Cafe. Anyway, influences are folky — both traditional and modern (punk). Which is to say: they can connect with a room of people and get them dancing. I just hope no one falls off the sides of the Great Stair tomorrow night…
Water, water everywhere: tools for addressing stormwater and Marcellus issues
Watershed, a workshop put on by Penn Future, will give citizens and volunteers the Tools for addressing stormwater and Marcellus issues. To better protect our water from a variety of threats — including stormwater runoff and Marcellus gas drilling.
Penn Future is an environmental lobbyist group working to make ecological victories economical.
When, where and more:
Saturday, March 31
Registration, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Keystone College
Evans Hall, One College Green, La Plume, Pa 18444Free for PennFuture members and students with ID; $10 for others.Space is filling up. Register online or by calling 570-208-1757.
The city of Philadelphia is considering requiring building owners to record and report their buildings’ energy usage annually. This is to measure progress of citywide energy-reduction efforts.
Condo and co-op owners are invited to learn how this requirement may apply to their buildings. Also, to learn what tools are available to track and reduce energy use and associated costs.
Tracking Energy Use: Condos, Co-ops : Speakers
Andrew Kreider and Emily Linn, EPA Regional Energy Star Program Managers
Will Graupner, hpeLEED and Travis Peyton, hpeGROUP
Griff Miller, 2601 Board Member
Join Philadelphia-licensed master electrician Robert Monk and volunteer next Saturday, January 28, 2012, to help West Philly Tool Library organize and consolidate its warehouse.
Learn some carpentry. Stumble on ingenious and mysterious tools!
Know the new layout and tool locations better than any of your other member-friends!
Join WPTL as a member!
As a member, rent (actually, borrow) any of thousands of tools, for a week at a time and only $1/day late return fee
Buy someone a gift subscription to get them ready for this spring and summer!
Tool Library work day on Sat, Jan 28
On Saturday, January 28, we’re having a Winter Work Day from 9am to noon. We’re going to be re-organizing our tools, building new shelves, and sorting through tool donations. We could really use your help.
We’ll provide you with coffee to get you going in the morning. And we’ll provide you with pizza at lunch time.
Come out, meet other interesting Tool Library members, and have some fun. We could really use your help.
If you can make it, please RSVP by sending Michael an email at email@example.com.
Thanks! And see you then.
The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences presents:
Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting a forum on the “Urban Smart Grid“, which will address opportunities and challenges relating to energy scarcity, conservation, and automated responses to minute-by-minute conditions on ‘the grid’ — our regional energy ecosystem.
When: June 14, 2011, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Check out West Philly Tool Library (http://www.westphillytools.org/) at the May Fair, and start borrowing tools for all those spring-fall projects you’ve been dreaming of.
WPTL will be sharing info and signing up members from 10am-3pm. I’ll be there 12:30-3pm.
Customer Resource Blog Categories
Off-site Links ->
- Annapolis Home Inspection, LLC Aluminum branch circuits, homes 1965-1972
- ComplianceAndSafety.com OSHA Electrical Safety Training
- Electric Monk TV (YouTube) Video channel for PhillyLicensedElectrician.com Robert Monk
- EnergyConservation HowTo A tinkerer genius discusses energy conservation and his ladder system for accessing the attic (where a lot of energy-saving work happens).
- PennFuture Energy Center Energy and energy efficiency news for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Phila area rife with building efficiency upgrade opportunities Philadelphia Inquirer article discusses recent study showing Philadelphia’s inner-ring suburbs stand to save from energy conservation retrofits.
- Philadelphia Row-house Manual A design, maintenance, and modifications manual for our most widely-used form of housing.
- Robert Monk Robert Monk’s personal blog
- SolarCities (DOE) Solar PV Levelized Cost Interactive Comparator Simple graph compares ‘levelized cost’ of energy from solar PV to conventional grid rates, with a time-slider interactive feature.
- The Circuit Detective – Solve Home Electrical Problems Yourself! Electrical troubleshooting procedures pitched to homeowners.
- The Energy Co-op Blog from a leading alternative energy provider in PECO territory, includes fun conservation tips.
- Weatherization: the anti-Solyndra Salon.com article praising the continued success of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), low-income energy-savings and job-creation.
- West Philly Tool Library Official site of WPTL, Philly’s own community tool lending library: like a book library, but tools!
- WestPhillyLocal .com Site name say sit all.
- Bartram's Gardens Founded in Philadelphia’s colonial era, today the gardens continue pioneering in horticulture and agriculture with a variety of herbs, trees and other vegetation in an arboretum/gardens on the Schulkill River banks, and a new farm abutting sadly neglected
- HiddenCity Philadelphia Surprising places it takes an adventurer to discover; events, too.
- Philly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule City of Philadelphia dates and places for disposing of spent batteries, CFL lamps, unused paint and cleaning products, etc. LovePhilly: don’t pour these in the drain or send them out with the trash.
- Reading Terminal Market Purveyors of fine foods and foodie stuff, all under one roof downtown under the PA Convention Center
- Secret Garden on the Rails Jacques-Jean Tiziou shows some dramatic natural and urban and naturalized-urban scenes along abandoned rails of Philadelphia
- Sketch Burger, Fishtown A vegan-friendly burger joint with a #1 in Philly contender beef burger, best fries that somehow stay fresh for 1/2 hour while you tackle burger, and a vegan cafe vibe of friendly folks.
- WXPN: Philly sings in key of love Love songs by Philly artists