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Philip Silva is an environmental professional living and working in the New York Metropolitan Area. He is the co-founder and co-director of TreeKIT, an initiative to map, measure, and manage New York City’s urban forest. Philip is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, teaching courses in urban forestry, environmental history, and design.

Philip’s work has covered a wide variety of subjects related to environmental policy and planning, with a focus on urban development, open space, and sustainability. Previous positions include Greenway Coordinator at Sustainable South Bronx, Assistant Director for Operations + Sustainability at The New School, and Policy Analyst at the Office of the NYC Public Advocate. He has also written extensively on environmental politics and planning for publications in the Meadowlands region of Northern New Jersey.

Currently, Philip is one of 25 national leaders in urban forestry serving on the “Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests” task force, convened by the US Forest Service to craft policy recommendations for the next decade. Philip is also a recipient of the 2010 iLAB Residency of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (“iLAND”) and a 2009 Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, where he currently to serves on the Alumni Advisory Board. He holds a B.A. in urban studies and an M.S. in urban policy, both from The New School.  

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