Caring for Trees, Caring for Climate

PaIPL photo by Mark Smith

The Germantown IPL Pruning Club, led by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society/Tree Tenders director Mindy Maslin, pruned street trees in central Germantown in July. 

Trees are not only a solution to climate change; studies have shown that crime and litter are reduced in neighborhoods where trees are planted. But planting is just the beginning. The success of the tree depends on followup by groups like the Germantown IPL Pruning Club 

The club was created as a community outreach project by the Philadelphia chapter of Interfaith Power & Light, a national group whose mission is to create awareness and take action on the climate crisis as a moral imperative.

Germantown IPL Tree Tenders will be planting up to 30 trees in November. For more info, visit