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About Creating Canopy
From the start of his administration, Mayor Michael Nutter declared his strong support for increasing the City’s tree canopy. It has a central place in his shared vision of Philadelphia becoming America’s greenest city and in Greenworks Philadelphia. Greenworks Philadelphia’s target of 300,000 new trees planted by 2015 in order to help increase the City’s tree cover toward 30% by 2025 is an ambitious goal.

To achieve this very ambitious target, the City will have to increase its own tree planting activities and work with numerous partners under a new tree planting model in which everyone has a role to play to help make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. This role includes citizens, neighborhoods, institutions, corporations, and the City government all coming together in innovative ways.

Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources, approached us to consider a partnership between the City of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania as an exciting first step in this model. The University is already a leader in promoting environmental sustainability, the importance of trees, green building, recycling, and development of public open space, so the synergy for taking this next step was palpable.

In Spring 2011, Penn is sponsoring, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and UC Green, a pilot structured “tree giveaway” event. After pre-registering and becoming educated about tree planting/care on campus, Penn faculty and staff living within the city limits would receive a free tree to plant on their own property.

In future years, we expect this initiative to grow, assuming the pilot is successful and there is interest. Our sponsorship of this program will make a great impact on our campus and city in expanding our environmental outreach and working towards our sustainability goals.

Creating Canopy with Penn Events
with Penn President Amy Gutmann & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
Thursday, March 31, 2011
1:00 – 3:00pm Tree Pick-Up
1:15pm Program and Remarks
College Green (rain location: Houston Hall, Hall of Flags)
All Penn community members are welcome. *NOTE: You must be a Penn faculty or staff member who owns a home in Philadelphia to be eligible for a free tree through this program to plant in your yard.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
10:00am – 1:00pm
Highline Field at The Left Bank, 31st & Chestnut Streets

How to Plant a Container Tree (PDF)


Please direct any inquiries to:

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Fairmount Park
Urban Forest & EcoSystem Management
One Parkway, 10th Floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-0213

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