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Tree Giveaway Event: President Amy Gutmann and Mayor Michael Nutter

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March 29, 2011, Volume 57, No. 27

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Penn President Amy Gutmann, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other members of the campus community will be on College Green on Thursday, March 31 for a Tree Giveaway Event at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend! Homeowners unable to collect their trees at that time can do so between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at High Line Field, east of the Left Bank building, on the lower level of 31st and Walnut Streets.

Mayor Nutter has long supported increasing the city’s tree canopy, a central theme in his Greenworks campaign to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. His goal is to plant 300,000 new trees in the city by 2015. 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. This role includes citizens, neighborhoods, institutions, corporations, and the city government all coming together in innovative ways. The University is already a leader in promoting environmental sustainability—including the importance of green space and tree canopy—and is taking this step to partner in this new tree planting model. Penn has plans to plant more than 1,700 trees by 2015. Penn’s sponsorship of this program will make a great impact on campus and in the city in expanding the environmental outreach and working towards our sustainability goals.

To preregister for a tree, see www.upenn.edu/sustainability/treegiveaway.html

Almanac - March 29, 2011, Volume 57, No. 27