A tree in the foreground frames a city skyline in the background.
Philadelphia The Philadelphia skyline emerges in the distance from the Belmont Plateau. © J. Smith for Visit Philly

The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania

Urban Conservation in Pennsylvania

Cities are having an ever-increasing impact on nature.

Cities are having an ever-increasing impact on nature. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world’s population—more than 6 billion people—will live in urban areas.

The Nature Conservancy has established a global cities program with the goal of changing the relationship between cities and nature. We know that using natural solutions to many of the challenges facing urban areas can create more livable communities, and a world where people and nature thrive together.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is the first city in the state to join the Conservancy’s urban conservation initiative.  Here, our strategies include promoting solutions to help absorb stormwater, planting trees to help cool cities and reduce air pollution, and engaging and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards to tackle the challenge of making cities more sustainable places to live.