Program Overview

The Greening the Gateway Cities Program is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Department of Energy and Resources (DOER), and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The program's objective is to "increase the urban tree canopy to 5-10% in select neighborhoods in each Gateway City, in order to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve health and safety for residents."

Wildlands Trust has joined the GGCP in Brockton as a partner responsible for the program’s outreach initiatives.

The increase of overall tree canopy in a designated area serves to keep homes cooler in the summer by providing shade from the sun and warmer in the winter by blocking cold winds. This conservation of energy reduces the demand for energy use, therefore lowering cooling and heating costs for residences and businesses. The GGC program specifically aims to plant 2,400 trees within 500 to 750 acre neighborhoods to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency.

Those who obtain landlord consent or own properties within a GGCP planting priority area are qualified to request free trees. An Urban and Community Forester from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will visit your home or business for a consultation to help you choose from the over 30 different shade, ornamental, and conifer species that the program offers. The trees, which average around 6ft in height will be planted during April-June and September-November. This is a wonderful opportunity to beautify your home while supporting improved energy efficiency and the environmental health in your community.

what is a gateway city?

The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) defines gateway cities as, "midsize urban centers that anchor regional economies around the state. For generations, these communities were home to industry that offered residents good jobs and a “gateway” to the American Dream." The Baker administration has identified these cities, including Brockton, for targeted redevelopment efforts.

Who is Wildlands trust?

Wildlands Trust is a land conservation organization headquartered in Plymouth, Mass. Founded in 1973, Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world. Find out more information about our organization at: