Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

WATERSHED: Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training and Curriculum Materials

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1827 with a mission to connect people with horticulture and create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable communities. As a part of that mission, and funded by EPA Urban Waters Small Grants, PHS developed green jobs skills trainings for municipal employees, under-skilled landscape laborers, and at-risk youth. Training topics include: tree and perennial vegetation installation and maintenance, invasive plant management, riparian buffer restoration and installation, green stormwater infrastructure, sustainable turf management, and community engagement. Green infrastructure education and training is also offered to members of the Roots to Re-Entry program, working with inmates from the Philadelphia Prison System. The main goal of the EPA-funded projects is to build interest in and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure projects that beautify the community, increase capacity and resilience, and improve water quality. Curriculum materials and more information is available and can be applied to any urban waters location wanting to create green jobs, implement green infrastructure and improve water quality.