Plant Five for Life is growing! As we continue to work with community collaborators to better connect health and the environment in the Pittsburgh region, we are excited to add Brenner Burkholder to the team as Program Coordinator. Brenner is partnering with us for the year as a PULSE Fellow, a program for recent college graduates that cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.
As Program Coordinator, Brenner will assist with the planning and implementation of our pilot project to gift 5000 trees to 1000 children born at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital and to plant them at Pittsburgh Botanical Garden. He will also work on program expansion as well as assisting with communication strategy and improving our organizational systems.
Brenner tells us he is excited to serve with Plant Five for Life for several reasons, particularly for our focus on creating a lifelong connection between health and environment. As an environmental science student at Goshen College, Brenner had the opportunity to see the human dimensions of climate change and environmental destruction in Senegal and Belize. Brenner has experienced firsthand the ways human wellbeing and the environment go together; and as a result, he is glad to create positive environmental change for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
In his personal life, Brenner enjoys hiking and running on trails, especially in mountainous forests, and hopes to extensively explore Pittsburgh’s beautiful canopy on foot and bike. He aspires to eventually attend graduate school to study some aspect of human geography, possibly involving climate change adaptation and sustainable development. For the time being, he is happy to be out of school and exploring the incredible cultural and natural landscapes Pittsburgh offers. During this year, Brenner hopes to connect with and learn from individuals creating change while growing as a leader.
Please feel free to reach out and welcome him!