Healthy Trees for a Healthy Cambridge! ($119,400) - winner!

Sidewalks in East Cambridge, Wellington/Harrington, Area IV/Port, and Cambridgeport

Street trees cool the city, absorb pollution, and make our neighborhoods more livable! Vote to plant 100 new trees & build tree wells in the areas that need them most, along with educational signage so you can learn about your “green neighbors."


Trees also soak up stormwater, reduce energy use, and increase property values— and they’re beautiful! Let’s boost Cambridge’s green infrastructure by:

  • adding 100 new trees and tree wells to the neighborhoods that need them most
  • watering the new trees for the first 2 years to ensure they grow healthy and strong, and providing a hose so residents, businesses, and schoolchildren can volunteer to water a tree
  • improving the neighborhoods where the highest-need residents live by planting at least 50 of the new trees near public or subsidized housing and low-income neighborhoods
  • including friendly signage with each new tree that lets residents know how to help the trees in their neighborhoods grow to their healthiest and fullest!

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Light areas depict a low level of tree canopy; dark areas depict a high level of tree canopy.  Sample signage to help citizens care for their "green neighbors."




  • Lisa Purdy
    commented 2015-03-28 22:49:54 -0400
    suggestion for the graphic: include a little tally chart so if the tree is watered (or not) others will know and act appropriately.
  • Julie Croston
    commented 2015-03-22 15:50:06 -0400
    Since not every one reads the comments for that clarification, I would suggest taking down the Norway Maples graphic above to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Julie Croston
    commented 2015-03-22 15:32:44 -0400
    Thank you for clarifying, Veronica—Norway Maples are not the right species and I’m sure the city arborist would not suggest them.
  • Nellie Baxandall
    commented 2015-03-22 10:41:53 -0400
    This idea seems great and I feel this is something all city’s should do!
  • Veronica Barron
    commented 2015-03-20 11:34:36 -0400
    Hi Thelma: We (the citizen delegates who put together the images that go with this proposal) picked a random tree variety for the purposes of making a sample sign—in fact, the Arborist will recommend what varieties to install.

    Environment, Health, & Safety Delegate
  • Thelma Rittenhouse
    commented 2015-03-20 07:41:10 -0400
    Norway Maple? The City likes to cut those down… witness the mass removal at Fresh Pond Reservation.