Thursday, November 08, 2012
Inspire Speakers Series
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Join Phipps and Green Building Alliance (GBA) on the second Thursday of each month to hear from local and national sustainability experts as a participant in the Inspire Speakers Series. Special guests for the Nov. 8 talk are Bill Reed (nationally recognized consultant and lecturer; president, Integrative Design Collaborative) and Joel Glanzberg (acclaimed author and educator; cofounder and director, Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute). Refreshments will be provided and registrants are invited to tour Phipps one hour before the start of the talk. Registration required through GBA. Register online at www.go-gba.org/inspirespeakersseries
Philadelphia City Council approved a tax on sweet drinks last Thursday, becoming the first major city in the country to pass such a levy and overcoming a multi-million dollar campaign by the beverage industry to oppose it. The 1.5 cent-an-ounce tax affects both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened diet drinks. The council and Mayor Jim Kenney framed it as a way to raise revenue, but health advocates have pushed for years for soda taxes to help fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Do you think the Democrats 'sit in' at the House of Representatives will result in a vote for gun reform by lawmakers?