Greening the Gateway Cities

GGCP Springfield Canvas Position

ReGreen Springfield is seeking energetic, reliable, self-starters for their canvassing efforts for the Greening the Gateway Cities Springfield Program. If you are interested please download our job description here. The application process closes May 3rd with a start date of May 28th. 

Be sure to pass one along to anyone who might be interested! 

Rain Barrel Program 2019

We've recently partnered with Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) to bring you a limtited time opportunity. If you sign up for two or more trees on your property this spring, you are eligible for a free rain barrel from The Great American Rain Barrel (TGARB) Company!

Note, that we are seperate from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commissions annual rain barrel sale. If you qualify for a free rain barrel, a GGCP Forester will take your order when they do a site visit with you. If you do not qualify through our program and would like to buy a rain barrel from SWSC, please visit their site at

Because so many people were interested in rain barrels we've extended our promotion! Our new deadline to have a site visit and to get a rain barrel is Thursday, May 23rd. Our new pickup date will be June 1st at SWSC facility on 70 Colton Street, Springfield, MA.

If you are not able to make this date, please contact Joe Pellegrino at 413-750-8022 or email and we can make special arrangements.

Directions on installing your new water barrel. They do not come with the flexible converter. You can either put it directly under your downspout or purchase one at the Great American Rain Barrel Company or any hardware store. Both will work just as good!

You Could Qualify For a Free Tree at Your Home or Business

The Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP) is a state-wide community forestry program that aims to reduce household heating and cooling bills by planting free shade trees at qualifying homes and businesses. McKnight, Old Hill, and parts of Upper Hill have been selected to begin the Springfield branch of the program. This state program is funded by the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).

The Springfield division was introduced in early 2018 and aims to plant 2,400 trees over the course of 3 years with 80% of these trees planted on private property. McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill were chosen because they have some of the lowest tree canopy cover in the City – 11.4%, 15.9%, and 12% respectively. A healthy urban forest improves the quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, the stability of our neighborhoods, and our sense of community.

Let your friends, family, and neighbors know that we will be giving out free trees and in return, we only ask the homeowner to water the tree for two years so they can establish. During the Summer, our partner ReGreen Springfield will have sign up stations located in public parks and at community events around the city. You will also see the Springfield GGCP crew canvassing the neighborhood.

Residents can request a visit with a forester for trees by dialing 3-1-1 if your in the city or 736-3111 if outside the city.You can also sign up online by filling out this brief contact form. We do site visits year-round so it's always a good time to request a tree!

Our planting seasons are:

Spring - April 1st to June 30th

Fall - September 1st to November 30th

Please, take a look at our links on the right for more information or click here to request a free tree.

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Contact us Directly with any Questions

Joe Pellegrino             
Project Coordinator   
Page last updated:  Friday, May 17, 2019 09:57 am