As Albany begins its post-budget agenda, it is remarkable how little the governor and state lawmakers discuss environmental issues. There are the occasional news releases – lip service really – about green initiatives, but little about policies that seek to reduce the pollution.
Volunteers plant an Amelanchier or "Serviceberry" tree along Wilmont Street in the lower Forest Park Neighborhood of Springfield, MA. The Earth Day event was sponsored by ReGreen Springfield and Western Mass. Electric Co.
Volunteers planted trees at an Earth Day observance in Springfield, Massachusetts today. The city is slowly recovering from the loss of thousands of trees during the June tornado and October snowstorm in 2011.
Thirty trees of various shade and ornamental species are being planted along a residential street in the densely populated lower Forest Park neighborhood to replace trees that had to be removed because of disease and decay. The tree planting is being done by the volunteer-run nonprofit ReGreen Springfield with a donation from Western Massachusetts Electric Company.
This morning at City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan proclaimed the beginning of “Earth Week” in Albany. The mayor was joined by Congressman Paul Tonko and other government and business officials to discuss ongoing community-centric initiatives and upcoming events.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has endorsed ambitious goals for “greening” the flagship campus. An environmental advisory committee has released an updated Climate Action Plan. It calls for the campus to reach what is known as carbon neutrality by 2050. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ezra Small, the campus sustainability coordinator.