Regreen Springfield, in partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Springfield has begun an exciting new initiative that will create a new ‘Community Tree Steward’ program that will recruit, train, and certify, a team of Springfield residents to plant, maintain, and care for trees. Upon completion of the 10-week program, graduates will be provided with interviews at a job fair, with local green industry businesses, for employment placement.
This program will provide residents, students and others an opportunity to participate in a program of live, interactive instructional sessions that will deliver a comprehensive program of tree care education. Included in this program will be training and instruction on plant growth, tree selection, planting, pruning, tools, safety and maintenance.
The classes take place on Tuesday and Thursdays, from 4:00 – 6:30 PM, at the Regreen Springfield classroom facility, at 1 Federal Street. The first class begins July 25, 2017, with a kick-off orientation event.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete the informational form at https://goo.gl/sxRs3X or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday, June 22nd, Regreen Springfield joined local residents and the East Springfield Neighborhood Council in an effort to make Page Blvd great again. The volunteers were out as early as 7 am performing duties such as pruning, picking up trash, cleaning tree wells, and planting Hostas. The Hostas were all donated by the local community in a generous effort to clean up the neighborhood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno made an appearance to give recognition to the volunteers involved and to acknowledge the importance of regreening Springfield.
To learn more about the event, please visit http://wwlp.com/2017/06/22/volunteers-making-page-boulevard-beautiful-in-springfield/
Regreen Springfield has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for programming related to the upcoming Citizen Science Initiative and the Community Tree Steward Project that will be undertaken beginning in April.
As a component of the National Disaster Resilience Competition’s Community Engagement component, on Climate Change and the Environment, the City’s partner ReGreen Springfield will undertake two programs that engage the community in environmental work. These programs educate the community about the impacts of climate change while providing volunteer assistance that enhances the capacity to care for trees and collect data regarding the natural world and changing environmental conditions.
The Community Tree Steward Program will recruit, train and engage volunteer community residents in all aspects of tree plating, care and stewardship of trees throughout the Urban Watershed District.
The Community-Based Citizen Science Initiative will engage neighborhood residents, youth, students and others in gathering scientific data related to weather, air and water quality, ecosystem services and sustainability in the Urban Watershed Resilience Zone.The project will use software and protocols developed by the U.S. Forest Service, and will enhance that agency’s new urban research projects.
The solicitation for qualified proposals to carry out educational sessions for community residents is due on March 27, 2017 by 5:00 PM (Eastern).
To view and download a copy of the RFP, Click Here.