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Biophilia: Pittsburgh

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pennsylvania_pittsburgh_biophiliaIf your interest in growing things springs from a visceral level, Road Trips Gardeners, you might be interested in Biophilia: Pittsburgh. It’s the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.

The next meeting starts at 6 p.m. December 4, 2014 (with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.) in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom of the Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (see directions, below).

Julie Butcher Pezzino, Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh, will introduce the discussion topic, “Making it Easier to Grow Food in Our City: How Pittsburgh can become a Leader in Urban Agriculture.” She will discuss the organization’s efforts, along with many partners, to push the needle further in creating progressive urban agriculture policy and program priorities in Pittsburgh, and will share recent successes and challenges, and discuss ideas for the future.

Meetings are free to attend, but an advance RSVP is required: send an email).

Because the meeting takes place after the main conservatory entrance is closed, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms”.

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

The goals for the Biophilia Network are:
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact

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