Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city leaders attended the kick-off event for the Greening the Gateway program.
The event included the planting of a new shade tree in the Buckingham Triangle at the intersection of Buckingham Place and Bay Streets.
Springfield’s city forester spoke about their plan to plant hundreds of trees across the city.
“So we’re planting these trees to improve energy efficiency,” Alexander Sherman told 22News. “These trees are gonna cast shade on homes during the summertime, reducing your cooling costs. You’ll have to run your air conditioner less… then in the winter time, they’re gonna break up wind patterns and reduce air infiltration in the home.”
The City of Springfield was recently awarded $1.5 million to plant over 2,400 new trees in the yards of residents living in the Old Hill, McKnight, and parts of Upper Hill neighborhoods.