Kevin Murphy – Berks County Community Foundation

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Learn more about the work of Berks County Community Foundation in this segment with president Kevin Murphy. The foundation manages around $42 million in assets and distributes $2.5 in grants annually to community efforts.

“It’s a constant job of going out and understanding what’s working in other communities, not only in the United States but around the world, and what’s not working in those communities, and how we can apply that to the challenges and opportunities that Berks County faces,” he said.

Some of the larger investments are directed towards the future of agriculture in the county and the nurturing of environmentally sustainable industries and practice.

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Berks County Community Foundation – Promoting Energy Conservation and Green Building in Berks County

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Near the top of the list among Berks County Community Foundation’s many philanthropic projects in Berks County are those promoting renewable energy and sustatinable energy businesses.

The foundation is about to embark on a highly symbolic project of its own – building its new headquarters in downtown Reading, PA as a LEED Certified building. The Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) standard speaks to the energy efficiency and environmental impact of buildings.

This week we spoke with Kevin Murphy, President of BCCF, about the project, which he suggests is being done largely to help promote awareness of Green Building techniques in the region.

“We want people to know that this is not some unapproachable thing that’s done by a bunch of hippies sitting around eating granola,” Kevin said.

Visitors to the new BCCF headquaters, scheduled to enter construction phase in late 2007, will find themselves immersed in a learning experience about the building itself – from widescreen monitors in the lobby explaining how the building runs on windpower, with a webcam trained on the Pennsylvania windmills that harness the power, to signs in rest rooms enlightening guests on the finer points of waterless urinals.

Look for more segments on environmentalism and sustainability on Berks.TV in the coming weeks and months plus more from Kevin Murphy about the BCCF.

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West Reading Farmers’ Market – Tim Bock of Wills Valley Farm Products

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Since early this past spring, the Penn Avenue sidewalk in West Reading, PA has played home to a Sunday-morning farmers’ market. We visited the market recently and spoke with Tim Bock of Wills Valley Farm Products, an organic farm north of Kutztown. We took home some of their organic grape jelly and butternut squash. Delicious! We think it’s great that the farmers’ market has made it possible for more people to have access to local, sustainably-grown, organic products like these.

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