Chase Utley—the Philadelphia Phillies’ second-baseman and current home run leader—is ready for his close-up! In this short video, Chase speaks to the importance of “Home Runs for Trees.” If you’re unfamiliar with this important initiative involving Plant One Million, the Phillies, and ARAMARK, click below! Go Phils!
A heartfelt “thank you” to all who entered the Plant One Million Sweepstakes contest! The entries were touching, poignant, and sometimes just adorable, with trees being dedicated to a loved one’s memory, the Phillies, a newborn baby, and more. Our winner, Kathleen M., made a fabulous poster and said, “I can’t tell you how wonderful this endeavor by both PHS and the Phillies means to both myself and my neighbors, as well as our wonderful city [Philadelphia]. THANK YOU!”
Kathleen wins a Phillies Prize Pak that includes the home jersey of her favorite Phillies player (how will she choose?), a children’s book on going green signed by Hunter Pence, and a “Red Goes Green” shirt made from recycled bottles!
The five runners-up will receive a P1M Partners Pak (which also includes the coveted Hunter Pence autographed book). Those lucky five are Andrew R., Tracy T., Jeff P., Keith S., and Gary D. Watch Andrew’s video entry below.
Plant One Million is an ambitious multi-state tree-planting campaign, encompassing 13 counties in Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and parts of New Jersey. To learn more and to add your newly planted tree to the count, click here.
PHS has teamed up with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to plant 3,400 trees in the City of Chester and Millbourne Borough in Delaware County, Norristown in Montgomery County, and New Hope Borough and Warminster Township in Bucks County. The trees were purchased with a grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest), an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provides funding for drinking water programs, storm water management, brownfield assessments, and more.
The planting areas include street corridors, parks, schools, municipal halls, and libraries. In addition to providing shade and energy savings, improving air quality, and revitalizing neighborhoods, the trees will also manage storm water runoff and reduce sewer overflows, protect stream banks, and improve water quality.
Tree-planting ceremonies were held in each community, with local and county officials on hand to promote and support the project. PHS President Drew Becher commented that “PHS is very grateful to PennVest for the generous funding of these plantings and to DVRPC for their partnership in improving the environmental and economic well-being of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trees that are being planted in these five communities are part of a unique multistate campaign, Plant One Million, which will include a wide variety of programs, events, and mass plantings.”
Heads up, parents! The next few weeks offer several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day and discover Plant One Million with your family.
First off, make like a tree and “leaf” for the library! Children and their families are encouraged to join a “tree-mendous” program featuring story, song, and more at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Be sure to bring your library card so you can borrow books, CDs, and DVDs afterward!
The dates, times, and locations are:
Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
David Cohen Ogontz Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
6017 Ogontz Avenue (Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19141
Saturday April 14 at 1 pm
Wynnefield Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19131
Saturday, April 21 at 11 am
Falls of Schuylkill Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library
3501 Midvale Avenue (Warden Dr. & Midvale Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19129
Saturday April 21 at 2:30 pm
Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149
In addition to the library, another great place to learn about nature is the Philadelphia Science Festival. The Festival runs for a week, but the carnival on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to 4 pm will feature more than 80 exhibitors, including Plant One Million. The carnival includes experiments, activities, and live entertainment along Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. Check it out!
That’s right! PHS and the Phillies are working together to plant trees as part of Plant One Million!
First off: Phillies fans can sign up for a complimentary tree! If you are among the first 250 respondents, a PHS arborist will be in touch to help you pick out the right tree species for your site.
Tree distribution will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 1 – 3 pm at Citizens Bank Park. You must be registered in advance in order to receive a free tree.
A second way to get in on the Phillies fun is to enter the Plant One Million Spring Sweepstakes. Individuals who plant a tree and submit a photo and caption on PlantOneMillion.org could win a Phillies Prize Pak. Click here for details.
The ultimate goal of all this tree talk is to encourage people to plant trees this spring. Collectively we can increase the tree canopy cover—the area of land shaded by trees—in the tri-state area to 30%, the greatest coverage in more than a century.
Can’t get to Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms? Be awestruck with their beauty a little closer to home at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia now through April 21. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts this event, which strives to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States.
The Festival benefits the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, an ongoing effort to beautify Philadelphia by planting and maintaining cherry trees in area parks. In the spring of 2007, the JASGP finished planting 1,000 cherry trees to supplement the 1,600 flowering trees donated by Japanese government as a gesture of friendship in 1926.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Festival’s schedule of events for when the PHS Plant One Million project will make an appearance. Subaru of America, a sponsor of the Philadelphia International Flower Show for more than 10 years, is the title sponsor of this event and we couldn’t be more proud.