Urban Tree Connection: Creating a Greener City, One Lot at a Time

While others may see an abandoned Philadelphia lot as an eyesore, Skip Wiener and his team at Urban Tree Connection (UTC) see an opportunity.

When Wiener lost his job as a landscape architect in 1989, he knew didn’t want another typical desk job. He developed a program where he and youth from Chester would replace the tires, trash and weeds in vacant lots with trees and plants. Over the next five years, he brought his garden curriculum and service projects to more than 20 Philadelphia schools. But budget restrains and Philadelphia and Chester School districts’ leadership changes slowed down the program.

Learn how Urban Tree Connection changes lives on The Town Dish. Photos by Urban Tree Connection.