Vote for Penn in $10K Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest

November 2, 2015

Penn is a finalist in the Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest, where the University could win $10K to support a tree planting project with Penn Eco-Rep students and UC Green staff and volunteers. 

The Arbor Day Foundation, which runs the Tree Campus USA program, announced that six schools were selected as finalists (three for each category):

Large School Category (more than 15,000 enrolled students) – University of Alabama, Birmingham; University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; University of Pennsylvania

Small School Category (less than 15,000 enrolled students) – Huntingdon College; Illinois College; Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The competition takes place November 9-13, 2015. Cast your vote for Penn at

Penn, in partnership with UC Green, a volunteer organization that plants and tends hundreds of street trees and enhances public green spaces in West Philadelphia, has entered this planting project in the Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest:

The Mantua neighborhood, one of only five federal “Promise Zones” prioritized for economic recovery, is located mere blocks away from the University of Pennsylvania. By teaming up with local nonprofit UC Green, Penn students will beautify this neighborhood by planting trees at several sites. By subsequently training youth to maintain the plantings, the UC Green Corps green jobs program will offer the community essential environmental education, employment, and leadership training.

More than a one-time contest: After the trees are planted, community youth will take on their care, guided by Penn Master Arborists.

Local youth will maintain these trees through the UC Green Corps green jobs program, offering environmental education, employment and leadership training.   This program covers the cost of watering, weeding and mulching the trees for an entire year.  Penn will extend this maintenance program for a second year to ensure the successful establishment of all of the trees.  UC Green also manages a volunteer Pruning Club which visits all newly planted trees to provide structural pruning within the first few years after planting.  In addition, Penn Master Arborists inspect campus trees and prune as needed on a regular basis.  These trees could be added into the Penn maintenance zone to make sure that they get all of the required care and maintenance, as well as careful observation to avoid any pest or disease issues.         

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