On June 5th, over 40 volunteers from Berkshire Bank joined Regreen Springfield, the Behavioral Health Network, the City of Springfield Forestry Division and the North End C-3 Community Policing Initiative, joined forces to plant new shade and ornament trees at Gurdon Bill Park in Springfield. The work day was one of over 70 different projects that were completed on that day, as part of the Bank’s Extraordinary Day, which provided an opportunity for all of Berkshire Bank’s employees to assist in community engagement projects across the country. Also, as part of the day’s activities, two perennial gardens with over 200 plants installed in the Park.
To see more photos of the day’s events, please visit https://bit.ly/2Jk8Zf2
Beginning in April, Regreen Springfield will be offering two new programs for you to learn about trees and the green industry practice.Citizen Science Academy. Check out the details here…
Citizen Science Academy – Begins April 12, 2018. A free 10-week training program that will train you to collect and find data about the natural world around you, and link you with actual researchers doing work in Springfield. The free training course will be offered for ten weeks, and will include two sessions each week. Additionally, a field trip will let participants join in a real world research project taking place in Springfield.
To Register, or learn more, visit http://www.regreenspringfield.org/science
Green Skills Training Program – Begins April 4, 2018. This 10-week 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.
To Register, or learn more, visit http://www.regreenspringfield.org/training
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Greening the Gateways Tree Planting Program recently announced the award of $1.5 million dollars in funding to the City of Springfield to plant trees in the McKnight, Old Hill and Upper Hill neighborhoods. Free trees will be planted in the yards of residents throughout these neighborhoods. The funding will be released over a three-year period. Regreen Springfield will play an active role in the program by providing community outreach to residents living in these areas.
The Greening the Gateway Cities program is designed to bring energy efficiency and environmental benefits of a healthy tree canopy to Gateway Cities – former industrial cities in Massachusetts for targeted redevelopment efforts. To date, over 8,000 trees have been planted throughout 13 Gateway Cities. Springfield is the latest city join in this effort.
Along with higher energy efficiency, Gateway Cities will see benefits such as:
- A reduction in storm water runoff;
- Better air quality;
- An increase in property values and tax receipts;
- Increase the urban tree canopy 5-10% in select neighborhoods in Springfield in order to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve health and safety for residents.
To learn more about the program, and to see if you are eligible to receive a free tree for your yard, visit www.shademyhome.org