On November 16, 60 Phillies' player-tagged trees - donated through the Phillies Home Runs for Trees program supported by Philadelphia Gas Works - were planted in University City by volunteers from U.C. Green, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Philadelphia Gas Works.
For the ninth year in a row, the Phillies and PGW are partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) on its efforts to Plant One Million.
Plant One Million is an ambitious multi-state tree-planting campaign, encompassing 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. For each home run hit by a Phillies player during the season, a tree will be planted as part of the program. Over 1,200 trees have been planted through Home Runs for Trees.
Phanatic, PHS and U.C. Green Event
Plant One Million
The goal is to increase the "tree canopy cover" - the area of land shaded by trees - in the tri-state area to 30 percent, the greatest coverage in more than a century, by planting one million trees by 2020.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Trees can increase property values and retail sales, reduce energy costs, flooding, and crime rates, improve air and water quality, and enhance the overall health and quality of life for local residents.