PhilaU Receives ‘University Green’ Grant; Launches Campus Tree Tenders Chapter

The Philadelphia University Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science Programs received a $5,000 University Green project grant from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to advance current forestry and greening works being done by University faculty and students.

Led by the Society, University Green will create and document replicable models of urban-forestry partnerships between universities and their surrounding communities.

Philadelphia University students in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science have worked on landscaping and greening projects in the Fairmount Park, East Falls and Germantown sections of the city. Most notably, faculty, staff and students worked on a beautification project at the East Falls SEPTA train station as part of the University’s Day of Service activities in Oct. 2008.

“This grant will greatly impact work currently being done by Philadelphia University’s landscape architecture and environmental science students,” said Claudia Goetz Phillips, Ph.D., ASLA, Landscape Architecture program director. “We will be able to further expand the locations of our projects to surrounding neighborhoods of Philadelphia.”

Philadelphia University was selected as one of five local universities to be part of the University Green pilot program. The University was selected in part because of its ongoing involvement with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its commitment to the Tree Tenders project through the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science Programs.

Along with the grant, Philadelphia University will start a Tree Tenders chapter on campus. Tree Tenders is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make drastic strides towards restoring and caring for their local tree canopy.

Until now, Philadelphia University faculty and students have partnered with community Tree Tender chapters to provide planting, environmental and landscape projects in local Philadelphia communities.

“The Philadelphia University community will greatly benefit by having a Tree Tenders chapter on campus,” said Rosa Guedes, assistant professor of Environmental Science, who has been a longstanding member of Tree Tenders and teaches soils courses to environmental and conservation science and landscape architecture students.

“Our faculty and students will now have further training in tree biology, identification, pruning and root care, planting and community-organizing skills, along with provided equipment to perform these tasks,” added Guedes.

If you are interesting in learning more about the University Green program or becoming part of Tree Tenders, contact Phillips or Guedes at a phillipsc@philau.edu or guedesr@philau.edu.

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