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Partnerships

The GGCP is a wide-reaching collaboration, to plant trees and provide Environmental Justice. This effort, just like the trees we plant, starts from the ground up. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) supplies grant funding to local non-profit partners, to support the GGCP through outreach, education and community engagement. Our partners encourage residents of the designated planting zones to participate in the program, and communicate the benefits of trees to a wide and diverse audience.

The competitive grant process occurs every fiscal year. The current partner organizations for the GGCP are:

Brockton Partners:

Wildlands Trust

Wildlands Trust is a land conservation organization headquartered in Plymouth, Mass. Founded in 1973, Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world. Wildlands Trust has been involved in GGCP since 2017. To Find out more information about our organization at: wildlandstrust.org

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Chicopee Partners:

Valley Opportunity Council

Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) is a non-profit Community Action Agency that serves the greater Hampden County area. We provide a number of supports including: Fuel Assistance, Child Care, Housing, Homeless and Supportive Housing and Services, WIC programming, Adult Education and Career Pathways, College and Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, Rental Assistance, and Senior Services. The communities that we live and work in- the businesses, our neighbors, our neighborhoods, are important to us. This has also led to a partnership with Greening the Gateway Cities and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. We are excited to be part of the positive growth and development of our community in every way. This includes planting trees to increase the livability, decrease utility costs, and increase the beauty of our community, to name a few of the benefits.

Fall River Partners:

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program FRSTPP

Incorporated as a non-profit in 2000, the FRSTPP is a citizen volunteer group which believes in the importance of an urban tree canopy in a city rich with natural resources. In the last twenty years, volunteer Tree Stewards have planted more than 2,000 trees and forged relationships with committed municipal leaders. As a result of the city’s inclusion in the Greening the Gateway Cities Program since 2015, neighborhoods in Fall River are reaping the benefits of additional tree plantings and educational programs. While awaiting the formation of a citywide Tree Commission for care and pruning, we continue to cultivate our own Tree Farm and new outreach initiatives, and to develop our vision of a sustainable program in collaboration with city and community partners. Please join us! www.frstpp.org

Fitchburg Partners:

Making Opportunity Count

Making Opportunity Count is the community action agency serving North Central Massachusetts. Our mission is to To alleviate poverty and support families achieve economic stability. To do so, we deliver a variety of services including child care, education, workforce development, nutrition, health, and community and housing support. Poverty and health are intertwined. We focus on alleviating poverty’s effect on health at all ages by supporting programs that improve nutrition, increase access to services and resources and encourage active lifestyles for a better wellbeing. That is why MOC is partnering with the City of Fitchburg and GGCP- to promote a healthy, green Fitchburg!  You can learn more by visiting https://www.mocinc.org.

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Haverhill Partners:

Groundwork Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) has been making change happen since its beginnings in 1999. Through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, community programming and events, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. GWL is committed to “changing places, changing lives, and changing systems” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities. To accomplish this, GWL leads and supports a variety of partnership-driven efforts that bring together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to solve complex environmental and health problems and sustain a long-term vision for neighborhood change and renewal. In 2007, GWL launched its own Green Streets urban forestry program and, since 2016, has proudly partnered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Greening the Gateway Cities to plant 2800 trees in Lawrence and support outreach efforts in the neighboring city of Haverhill. GWL houses all aspects of this urban forestry effort under one roof, providing outreach and engagement, tree selection and planning, and tree planting, all conducted by GWL staff, making Lawrence unique among Greening the Gateway Cities communities. You can learn more by visiting www.groundworklawrence.org.

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Lawrence Partners:

Groundwork Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) has been making change happen since its beginnings in 1999. Through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, community programming and events, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. GWL is committed to “changing places, changing lives, and changing systems” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities. To accomplish this, GWL leads and supports a variety of partnership-driven efforts that bring together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to solve complex environmental and health problems and sustain a long-term vision for neighborhood change and renewal. In 2007, GWL launched its own Green Streets urban forestry program and, since 2016, has proudly partnered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Greening the Gateway Cities to plant 2800 trees in Lawrence and support outreach efforts in the neighboring city of Haverhill. GWL houses all aspects of this urban forestry effort under one roof, providing outreach and engagement, tree selection and planning, and tree planting, all conducted by GWL staff, making Lawrence unique among Greening the Gateway Cities communities. You can learn more by visiting www.groundworklawrence.org.

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Leominster Partners:

Growing Places

Growing Places (GP) is a nonprofit serving North Central Massachusetts (NCMA) since 2001 that seeks to improve the health of our region through an equitable, just local food system and sustainable environment. Our volunteer-driven organization is rooted in our history of providing backyard vegetable gardens to empower residents to supply their own healthy food and improve their well-being, but we have expanded in response to community need. Today, we work to create long-term, sustainable changes in our community – changes focused on increasing fresh food access and environmental sustainability through programs such as our community gardens, mobile market, farmers markets, CSA program, HEAL Winchendon food system rebuilding initiative, and outreach for Greening the Gateway Cities tree canopy program.

Lowell Partners:

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

LP&CT was founded in 1990 by residents with a vision to protect the natural resources upon which the city of Lowell was built. LP&CT provides conservation leadership and programs which focus on four major areas: land protection, stewardship, environmental education, and special places. Since 1995, we have planted thousands of trees throughout Lowell in partnership with the city and a variety of other agencies. We’re excited that GGCP will provide the resources we need to engage residents to help us dramatically increase our impact on Lowell’s urban canopy.

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New Bedford Partners:

Groundwork Southcoast

Groundwork Southcoast (GWSC) is focused on Leadership, Stewardship, and Community Engagement by investing in environmental leadership of youth in the south coast of Massachusetts. Through employing youth to work and lead in their community we strive to build racial and social equity in our environmental justice neighborhoods. One of our target neighborhoods in which we have been working for the past four years is also the GGCP target area for New Bedford and we are excited to be a part of increasing our community tree canopy.

Pittsfield Partners:

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

BEAT protects the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world that sustains us all. We work in three main program areas: education & outreach, stewardship, and watchdogging. Over the last four years we have been privileged to work with the GGCP as the Pittsfield non-profit partner, and have helped get over 2,800 trees planted in downtown Pittsfield. Healthy urban forests create healthy habitat for all creatures, human and otherwise. We are proud to contribute to this continuing success!

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Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

DPI was formed in 1983 for civic, non-profit purposes to foster, develop and improve the physical, economic and commercial well-being of downtown Pittsfield and the surrounding area. Since that time, DPI has become a recognized leader to mobilize people and resources to create and sustain a creative, lively and sustainable downtown. DPI members include property owners, businesses, residents, cultural venues, restaurants and non-profit organizations that make downtown as a great place to live, work, and play. DPI works in partnership with the City of Pittsfield on streetscape projects, parking improvements, marketing, and other initiatives. Founded in 2003, BEAT’s mission is to protect the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world that sustains us all. BEAT believes that an informed and involved citizenry is the environment’s best protection. Through programs in stewardship, watchdogging, and outreach and education, each year BEAT involves hundreds of volunteers, and partners with dozens of organizations to restore, protect, and improve the condition of our landscape, watershed and waterways. BEAT has been working on the GGCP since May 2016. BEAT has worked closely with Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) foresters to obtain tree requests from local residents, help ensure public trees are watered, educate residents about the benefits of urban trees, and conduct outreach going door-to-door throughout the planting zone to build community support for the GGCP.

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Salem Partners:

Salem Sound Coastwatch

Salem Sound Coastwatch is a coastal watershed non-profit that promotes environmental awareness and stewardship through partnerships with residents, municipalities, state and federal agencies, and other NGOs. Salem Sound Coastwatch is excited to be working the City of Salem, DCR and the Greening Gateway City Program. Leading the way to a healthier sea and shore for over 30 years, Salem Sound Coastwatch mobilizes volunteer efforts that engage people with their environment to make local change happen. Here are some of the ways this is accomplished: • Promoting environmentally friendly landscaping practices that reduce stormwater runoff while conserving water and reducing chemicals • Focusing efforts on greening urban spaces and increasing urban tree canopy by promoting more trees and better tree maintenance • Connecting youth, educators and community members to their local watershed, coastal and ocean ecosystems through hands-on, place-based learning to build greater engagement with nature and science • Working to increase community resilience to climate change through education, adaptive planning and local actions.

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Springfield Partners:

ReGreen Springfield

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring, education and citizen science. We realize that the strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. The Greening the Gateway Program is one of our most important neighborhood engagement and greening programs. With this as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to ‘regreen’ the city… one tree at at time.