UC Green Welcomes New Leadership In Cooperative Community Greening

Ed Datz, chair of the UC Green board of directors, welcomes Kiasha Huling on board as the organization’s new director. Celebrating its twentieth year, UC Green is known for its commitment to maintaining and expanding tree cover in University City and west Philadelphia neighborhoods through tree planting and maintenance. The organization has selected Huling, an experienced organizational leader and community organizer, to amplify and grow the organization through cooperative community greening.

UC Green is a non-profit with a mission to empower volunteer environmental stewardship in University City and its surrounding communities. UC Green volunteers plant and maintain street trees in two annual community plantings and enhance countless public green spaces through the year, contributing thousands of hours in service to the neighborhoods. The organization, a community pillar of environmental stewardship, has planting approximately 4,500 trees throughout west and southwest Philadelphia.

Huling will lead the way for UC Green and takes the reigns following a period of reflection after the tragic loss of Winnie Harris, the previous director of UC Green. Huling will continue the efforts of our interim program coordinator, Ethan Leatherbarrow, who with support from the dedicated board and volunteers carried on the mission of UC Green during the transition. 

Honoring his work, Datz said, “We thank Ethan for his commitment and thoughtful work during this transition period.”

A graduate of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Huling joins the organization with a decade of experience in community engagement, advocacy, and capacity building with individuals and communities. She has worked in west Philadelphia for over 15 years and has a strong skillset and passion for direct service work. Her work has fostered a stronger, more socially and civically engaged west Philadelphia. These skills are aligned with UC Green’s values and strategic focus. Huling’s volunteer work in the neighborhoods includes environmental clean-ups in Cobbs Creek and moderating Philadelphia’s largest horticulture Facebook group, Philly Plant Exchange.

Reflecting on her new role, Huling said, “I am honored to be continuing the powerful legacy of UC Green. As west Philadelphia grows and develops, our commitment to bringing people together around a shared interest in the care of the land we occupy is not only fun for all involved but helpful for the collective good of our neighborhoods.”


Learn more about our new director here: https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/sp2-alumna-to-drive-environmental-volunteerism-as-new-director-of-uc-green/

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