Webinar: A Tree Grows in Chelsea (Free)

10:00 11:30 a.m. (ET)

This is an online event

This USEPA Soak up the Rain webinar will showcase tree planting, urban greening, and environmental justice programs in Chelsea, MA

About this Event

About the Soak up the Rain Webinar Series :

The Soak up the Rain Webinar Series, developed by US EPA Region 1, highlights innovative approaches to addressing stormwater in New England, presented by leaders from around the region. For more on Soak up the Rain: http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain.

About this Webinar:

Trees are increasingly recognized for the many benefits they bring to urban neighborhoods. Trees can filter stormwater and reduce flood risk; provide shade and mitigate the urban heat island effect; and contribute to the overall environmental and public health of urban communities. The Massachusetts “Greening the Gateway Cities” Program aims to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential areas known as “Gateway Cities.” Plantings are concentrated in environmental justice neighborhoods with minimal green space to benefit those most in need. A recent pilot project in Chelsea, MA focused on urban heat island mitigation, flood risk reduction, and the public health impacts of increasing the tree canopy.

This webinar will showcase how tree planting contributes to better stormwater management, builds climate resiliency, and improves overall environmental and public health in communities overburdened by social and environmental injustice. Speakers from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will detail efforts to improve green space access through the “Greening the Gateway Cities” program, and speakers from GreenRoots and the City of Chelsea will take a deep dive into how this program will accomplish its goal of 2,400 trees planted this Spring to address stormwater runoff, flood risks, and the impacts of the urban heat island effect in their community.


  • Bob O’Connor – Director of Conservation Services, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Mathew Cahill – Urban Forester, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Fidel Maltez – Commissioner, City of Chelsea Public Works
  • Ibrahim Lopez-Hernandez – Climate Justice Organizer, GreenRoots

Who Should Attend:

Municipal decision makers/planners and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, environmental organizations, practitioners, educators, and interested citizens - anyone who is considering a new project or looking to build on an existing program.

Free, registration required.

EPA will use your registration information solely for this event. EPA will not share your information with any third party. If you require special accommodations, please contact Elise Simons at 617-918-1220 or [email protected] by April 4th to make arrangements.