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Join Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!

Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh July Meeting – Small is Big: Resident Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Register to Attend

Join us virtually Thurs., July 1 for an evening of discussion with Miriam Parson, match program director at ioby. "But what can I actually do?" is a common question we all have when talking about sustainability. Join us to learn how regular neighbors in Pittsburgh and nationwide are building a sustainable future for all. Small ideas blossom into big impacts! At ioby (i.n o.ur b.ack y.ards), we believe that neighbors know what's best for their own future. We teach how to activate resources to turn ideas into reality. In this session we'll enjoy stories about residents leading environmental justice and sustainability projects in their own backyards and we'll directly teach the tactics so that you can make your own idea a reality. 

Pittsburghers have raised over $1 million in small donations with ioby's free teaching. ioby gives local leaders the ability to crowdfund the resources they need to build real, lasting change from the ground up. Our crowdfunding platform helps connect local leaders with support and funding from their communities to make our neighborhoods more sustainable, healthier, greener, more livable and more fun.

Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (PST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet the Speaker

Miriam is ioby’s Match Program Director, administering our matching grants to develop strategies that help communities get good done. She cultivates relationships with our partners to make positive civic change in the places they call home. Miriam is excited by ioby's service-leadership to self-determination in neighborhoods nationwide. She brings fifteen years of experience in creating and growing asset-based community programs, grounded in the belief that local neighbors know what is best for their own future. She holds a Masters in Sustainability and Management degree from Chatham University, and two Bachelors in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College. Miriam enjoys hiking throughout Appalachia, volunteering to plant street trees and community gardens, and growing her own micro farm.

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.

Discover Our Additional Resources

Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram#bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.

The Biophilic Mind is a blog focused on presenting primary-source articles at the intersection of human health and the natural world. The Biophilic Mind aims to highlight high quality, recent research about the connections between well-being and nature.

Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities. 

In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. 

Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact

What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff