The Green Conservation Corp


  • Kimberlee Douglas Thomas Jefferson University
  • Drew Harris Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health


Economic Development, Workforce, COVID-19, Employment, Social mobility


The Green Conservation Corp is a proposal to put people back to work after COVID-19. A shovel-ready economic stimulus program that builds upon two of the city’s key assets: people and land. We suggest the creation of a Green Conservation Corps (GCC) with the twin goals of putting people to work as quickly as possible building a better and greener Philadelphia.

Author Biographies

Kimberlee Douglas, Thomas Jefferson University

Kimberlee Douglas is a Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture program at Thomas Jefferson University. She was recently awarded the Anton Germinshuzen Stantec Term Chair in Landscape Architecture which allows her to continue research on the effects of contact with nature on children. This research is currently conducted in the Southwest part of Philadelphia in conjunction with Jefferson’s School of Public Health. The efforts are concentrated on designing and implementing green corridors for children to travel and play safely in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Drew Harris , Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health

Dr. Drew Harris is an Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health (JCPH) and Director of the Scholarly Inquiry-Health Policy track at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. A researcher, author and presenter in the fast-growing discipline of population health, he led JCPH’s effort to create the nation’s first Masters in Population Health and Population Health Intelligence for practicing health professionals.

Dr. Harris presents regularly on population health and health policy to regional and national audiences. He is an active health advocate, publishing frequently in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and other publications on topical health policy issues.




How to Cite

Douglas, K. ., & Harris , D. . (2020). The Green Conservation Corp. Social Innovations Journal, 2(2). Retrieved from