Photo by Mark Weaner

Presenters: Keith Green & Julianne Schrader Ortega

Learn about how simple and scalable green interventions such as trees, community gardens and remediated vacant lots can provide deep impact for communities. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) mission is to advance health and well-being through horticulture, and their “simple by design” landscape tactics have helped to improve quality of life in urban communities throughout the Philadelphia region. Explore research done by University of Pennsylvania researchers and others that shows the impact of PHS’s greening programs on factors such as health, safety, and violence and gain a deeper understanding of how the built environment can impact society.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 2:00 - 3:15 PM EDT
-The session will be recorded and viewable to registrants for 3 months after the live session date.

Location: Virtual

Fee: $42
-Students please email verification of student status to for discount code.
-Two free Student Scholarships are available for this session. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send letter of interest, resume, and verification of student status (ie. student ID, course schedule) to

Event Category: Professional & Non-Professional

CEUs: APLD (1.25), LA CES (1.25), NOFA (1.25)
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Register by: 3 months after the live session date



Registration is open and recording is viewable for 3 months after the live session date. Students please email verification of student status to for discount code.


Keith Green is the Senior Director of LandCare and Workforce Development for PHS, where he leads a nationally-recognized model that transforms urban neighborhoods by cleaning, greening, and maintaining vacant lots. He directs the development of new initiatives and the expansion of the LandCare program and PHS’s workforce development programming, overseeing the long-term strategy, determining the scale of the work to be performed each season, and cultivating key partnerships to ensure the successful delivery of the program. Keith’s expertise lies in vacant land stabilization and management, capacity building for small business contractors, community engagement, job training, and landscape construction.

Julianne Schrader Ortega, the VP and Chief of Healthy Neighborhoods at PHS, drives horticultural and equity-centered strategies to scale the impact of gardening on health and well-being in communities across greater Philadelphia. Julianne advances partnerships with neighborhood leaders working to garden together and create livable environments, grow economic opportunity, increase access to fresh food, and build social connections in their communities. As Director of the Citywide School Garden Initiative with GrowNYC, Julianne worked to connect 400 New York City public schools with the resources needed to start and sustain learning garden programs. She also spent over a decade with the Rainforest Alliance.


  • Recording: Will this course be recorded for me to view later? Do I have to attend the live session in order to access the recording?

    The entire course will be recorded and available (not downloadable) to all registrants after the live session ends for three (3) months. If you are registered, you do not need to attend the live session in order to access the recording.

  • Recording: Can I purchase only the recording later?

    You can register for 3 months past the live session date, and access the materials - including the recording - until that point.

  • Webinar Platform: Which webinar platform will the live session be held on?

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application ( and download the latest Zoom update if needed prior to the live course. We recommend that you join at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The instructor will use PowerPoint presentations. *If you have any technical difficulties during the session and need to contact us, please email Sara Weaner, NDAL Executive Director, at instead of calling.*

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): How do I receive the CEUs?

    As this is considered a live course, those seeking LA CES CEUs must watch the session and complete the quiz on the Portal by *two weeks* after the live session date. Ensure that your Portal profile indicates ASLA/LA CES under the CEU section and email if you make any changes to your profile CEU section. You will then receive an email with your completion certificate within 3-4 weeks. || For APLD & NOFA CEUs, please self-report to those organizations using your registration confirmation email. If you need a completion certificate and are not seeking LA CES CEUs, please write "need certificate" in your Portal profile CEU section and email letting us know you updated it.