SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local leaders gathered at the Tree Nursery in Forest Park in Springfield Friday to celebrate a number of green initiatives by the city.

City officials looked back on the last twelve years of Springfield programs and projects, aimed at reducing the city’s environmental footprint. Investments into the city’s open spaces, tree planting programs, and energy collaborations with Eversource were all highlighted.

Some of the environmental projects are:

  • Energy Upgrades in Municipal and School Buildings
  • Proper Management of Energy Budgets
  • Collaborations with Eversource
  • $93M Improvements in Parks and Open Space
  • $6M Forestry Upgrades & Tree Planting Programs
  • Management of Illegal Dumping and littering
  • Organic Fertilization of Athletic Fields

“There’s just so many things that this city is doing to improve our environment, combat climate change, and prepare this city for the future,” said Alex Sherman, Springfield City Forester.

The event comes one day ahead of Earth Day and connects to a host of statewide climate initiatives.