Drexel Green

A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

Moss Dragon Earth Day Block Party Farmer's Market Spring Blossoms on Korman Center Walk Tulips outside of the Law Building Students in front of Handschumacher Dining Center The Biowall in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building Drexel Park Flowers at Drexel Earth Day Celebrations Fitness Quad at the Drexel Recreation Center, Recycling Rainwater Race Street Walkway and Northside Dining Terrace Green Roof at the Millennium Residence Hall Rush Building Alumni Garden Autumn Leaves on Arch Street

2012 Tree Giveaway

Tree Giveaway 2012
Free trees offered to employees, students and alumni who live in Philadelphia!

For a second year, Drexel University partnered with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department to offer free trees, to join with thousands of others to help create a green canopy for our city! 59 people registered and 50 trees were distributed in the second "Creating Canopy with Drexel Tree Giveaway" event in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and UC Green.

From the start of his administration, Mayor Michael Nutter declared his goal to increase the city's tree canopy, in an effort to become the greenest city in America. To achieve this ambitious goal, the city has increased its own tree planting activities and work with numerous partners under a new tree planting model in which Drexel has an important role to play.

The University is already a leader in promoting environmental sustainability, increasing green spaces, constructing green buildings, a successful recycling program, and energy efficiency, so the decision to partner with the City of Philadelphia on this program was an obvious choice.

Drexel’s continued sponsorship of this program is another step towards our sustainability goals of making a great impact on our campus, and in expanding our environmental outreach to the city and its communities.

To qualify for a free tree you must own property in Philadelphia, have a yard with space to plant a tree, and agree to properly care for the tree.

New this Year – Rent a Volunteer!
Our friends at UC Green have offered assistance through its network of community volunteers to help you plant your tree. We would just ask you to make a voluntary donation to UC Green for their services.

Tree Philly, a program of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Please direct any inquiries to:

Erica Smith Fichman
TreePhilly Manager
Urban Forestry & Ecosystem Management
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
One Parkway, 10th Floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Lisa Unruh
Drexel University
Co-Chair, Drexel Green Sustainability Council

Rush Building Alumni Garden Canopy


In Spring 2011, Drexel sponsored, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and UC Green, a pilot structured "tree giveaway" event. After pre-registering and becoming educated about tree planting/care on campus, Drexel faculty and professional staff living within the city limits received free trees to plant on their own property. In future years, we expect this initiative to grow. Our sponsorship of this program will make a great impact on our campus and city in expanding our environmental outreach and working towards our sustainability goals.

Planting and Caring For Your Tree

Caring For Your Tree
How to Plant a Container Tree [Video]
How to Plant a Container Tree [PDF]


Please direct any inquiries to:
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Fairmount Park
Urban Forest & EcoSystem Management
One Parkway, 10th Floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-683-0213
Email: robin.klink@phila.gov