Newsmaker: Jesse Perkins
Noteworthy: Perkins was named Tree Pittsburgh's Volunteer of the Year for his work, which has included planning and participating in monthly tree planting, pruning and mulching events; neighborhood cleanups; and the conversion of a vacant lot at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Keystone Street into a “tree park,” showcasing trees and plants native to the area.
Background: A Pittsburgh native, Perkins is renovating a property he acquired from Lawrenceville United with an eye toward sustainability, using 10 years of experience he gained working in his father's construction business. In January he joined the Lawrenceville Tree Tenders, an affiliate of Tree Pittsburgh, which is dedicated to maintaining and expanding Pittsburgh's urban trees. He has been named a co-captain for the 10th Ward.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Duquesne University, 2007.
Quote: “I know how much Tree Pittsburgh relies on volunteers to achieve some of their goals, and am humbled to be recognized as one of the many folks dedicated to making positive changes in Pittsburgh communities.”