Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.
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Biophilia: Pittsburgh April Meeting: Pittsburgh's Changing Urban Forest
Join us on Thurs., April 4 at Café Phipps to hear Matt Erb of Tree Pittsburgh discuss recent forest trends. This talk will concentrate on Allegheny County's loss of 11,000 acres of tree canopy between 2010 and 2015 due to climate change, invasive pests and widespread anthropogenic causes. There are nearly 200 native and non-native species of trees in our urban forest, and Matt's talk will focus on some of the most regenerative of these species.
Meet the Speaker
As director of urban forestry, Matt manages many of Tree Pittsburgh’s urban forestry programs, including the implementation of the Urban Forest Master Plan. In his 11 years at Tree Pittsburgh, he has created numerous programs and executed the first installation of Silva Cells — a modular system that places healthy soil beneath traffic-supporting paving — in Pennsylvania. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and an ISA Municipal Specialist with a degree in urban forestry. Since 2009 he has served on the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. He served as the president of the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council and is the former treasurer of PennDel ISA.
5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion
Discover Our Additional Resources
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.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Café Phipps 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.
Directions and Parking
The meeting will take place at Café Phipps, and entry will be available through the main Conservatory entrance at our Welcome Center. Guest parking spaces will be available at the parking island on Schenley Drive.
• 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