Survivor Tree Seedling Program at New York-Presbyterian

When the World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001, one tree, a Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), survived through the wreckage and was given the name “The Survivor Tree.” The Survivor Tree seedling program was launched on September 11, 2013, in partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts of Stamford, Connecticut, and John Bowne High School in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Over 400 saplings have been grown from that one surviving pear tree and the program sees to it that each year in September; young trees are given to communities affected by tragedy, in the spirit of hope and resilience.

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Biophilia: The love of nature and of living things

The concept of Biophilic design is that our built environment is critical to people’s health, and productivity, as well as their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. Buildings and landscape can support human health or they can be detrimental. Biophilia shifts the emphasis of our development and asks how we can make our built environments better for human health and safer for the environment.

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