1. Springfield promotes $1.5 million, free tree-planting program in McKnight, Old Hill, Upper...

    Springfield promotes $1.5 million, free tree-planting program in McKnight, Old Hill, Upper...

    The city was recently awarded a $1.5 million Greening the Gateway Cities Program grant for the planting of 2,400 trees in the McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill neighborhoods, city officials said. The grant was awarded by the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through funding from the Department of Energy Resources.

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    1. We have taken the lead for an urban center, ahead of many of many other urban centers across the Commonwealth and nation.
    2. We're looking to provide some energy efficiency for these homes to give them natural shading so they do not have to use their AC, and breaking up the random wind patterns during the wintertime to reduce their heating costs.
    3. We love it when people beautify our neighborhood.
    4. The trees planted on private property through this program serve to grow the connection between the homeowner and the nature that Springfield has to offer.
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