Philip Silva is an environmental planner, advocate, and educator pursuing a Ph.D. in natural resources at Cornell University. Philip is the co-founder of TreeKIT, an initiative helping city dwellers measure, map, and collaboratively manage urban forests. He also serves as an Outreach Fellow for Five Borough Farm, a project helping community gardeners in New York City tell stories about all the good things happening in their gardens. He is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities, a collective blog on cities as ecological spaces.
Philip has worked with many of New York City’s most celebrated environmental stewardship organizations, including Sustainable South Bronx, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Just Food, New York Restoration Project, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and Trees New York. He is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a practitioner of Dialogue Education.
A native of the City of Newark who grew up on the Jersey Shore, Philip is passionate about the history, ecology, and industrial landscape of the New York Harbor Region.