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.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh April Meeting: Pittsburgh's Urban Forest

The Thurs., April 6 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Tree Pittsburgh Executive Director Danielle Crumrine, who will lead the discussion, "Pittsburgh's Urban Forest." Her presentation will summarize the state of urban forest space in Pittsburgh, share the latest research about the benefits that trees bring to cities, and discuss what Tree Pittsburgh is doing to address tree and forest issues in the region.

For over fifteen years, Danielle has worked in various capacities in the Pittsburgh environmental community.  For ten years, she has served as executive director of Tree Pittsburgh, where she has led the organization through significant growth, including their current effort to transform a former steel mill site into Tree Pittsburgh's headquarters, including a tree nursery, education center and office building.  Prior to joining Tree Pittsburgh, she was the founding board president and executive director of Allegheny CleanWays, a group dedicated to empowering people to fight illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County. Danielle was named a top 40 under 40 environmental leader across the state of Pennsylvania by the PA Environmental Council. In 2015, as president of the Alliance for Community Trees, the only national organization solely focused on the needs of those engaged in urban forestry, she led the organization's merger with the Arbor Day Foundation, where she now sits on the Board of Trustees.

Meeting Schedule

5:30 – 6 p.m.            Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m.            Presentation
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.       Discussion

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please send us an email or sign up on our Meetup page


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Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom 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 

Meetings take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as these meetings take place after normal business hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.


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