Creating Canopy: Free Trees for Penn Staff

March 1, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania is already a leader in promoting environmental sustainability, the importance of trees, sustainable building development, encouraging recycling, and providing public open space. This spring, Penn is partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for a structured tree giveaway, building upon a pilot Creating Canopy tree giveaway from last year.

More than 400 free trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to interested Penn staff and faculty who pre-register through the appropriate links.  Employees who reside in the PA, NJ, and DE suburbs will work with PHS to help ‘Plant One Million’, while those who live within the city limits will join with Parks and Rec to help ‘TreePhilly’.             

Planned tree plantings on Penn’s campus from 2008 through 2015 are estimated at more than 1,700.  The University wants to engage the staff and faculty in this greening effort, enabling them to plant trees in their own yards.  Our sponsorship of this program will make a great impact on our campus, the city, and the region in expanding our environmental outreach and working towards our sustainability goals.


Penn’s ReThink Your Footprint Campaign increases awareness of waste minimization strategies including enhanced recycling and composting efforts.

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