On August 25, 2009, the Clean Air Council and the National Wildlife Federation released a mini-report detailing how global warming will impact Philadelphia. Councilman Kenney spoke about what City Council is doing to help mitigate the urban heat island effect, reduce our carbon footprint, and focus more on sustainable practices.
On September 1, 2009, Councilman Kenney led the discussion on how sustainable irrigation technology can improve city recreation field conditions while potentially reducing costs associated with maintenance.
John Redmond Memorial Fund & Tournament
Councilman Kenney established the John Redmond Fund in 1994 to remember the legacy of John Redmond. The fund promotes athletic competition and sportsmanship for young boys and girls, grades 6-8, who participate in the Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League. Each year, the basketball tournament takes place a Girard College. All proceeds are donated to support the Office for Youth & Young Adults and a scholarship program. The John Redmond scholarship is available to all eighth grade students participating in the tournament to assist with high school tuition costs.
O.V Catto Memorial Fund
The O.V. Catto Memorial Fund is a 501C3 corporation established to erect a memorial statue in O.V. Catto's honor and to create educational programs to broaden the public's understanding and awareness of African American history. Octavius Valentine Catto was a dominant figure in the early civil rights leadership. Largely responsible for the adoption of the "Bill of Rights" for equal access to public transportation in the City of Philadelphia, O.V. Catto was the founder of such early African American institutions as the Banneker Literary Institute, the Equal Rights League and the Phythian Baseball Club. During the mid-1800's, Catto was a leading advocate for registering African Americans to vote. He worked tirelessly in the face of violence and open hostility for Black participation in the political process and was murdered on Election Day - October 10, 1871 in front of a polling place on the corner of 7th and South Streets in Philadelphia.
"Civil rights leader Octavius V. Catto was among Philadelphia's most courageous heroes in the late 1800's. Yet, today he remains forgotten without a fitting public monument commemorating his contributions to education, political freedom and equal access for African Americans in our city." - Jim Kenney