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The Go Green Challenge 2017

The Go Green Challenge 2017
Posted on 03/28/2017
gator bagsFor the last few years the City of Cambridge has issued a Go Green Challenge for all Cambridge Public Schools. Last year the Morse School won! (If you want to read the article from last year’s victory, please visit: http://bit.ly/2nn672w)

This year we are defending our title and trying our hardest to spread the word on ways to Go Green. One way I have committed to getting out GO Green, is by helping to spread some environmental information. So for this month, I wanted to explain what a Gator Bag is & how you can use them.

A gator bag is a heavy plastic watering bag that goes directly around the trunk of the tree. This system provides a steady source of water directly to the roots of the trees minimizing run-off, evaporation and waste of water. This really makes a difference for a young tree surviving a summer and helping the tree roots to get established. “We are proud of our national recognition as a Tree City USA and consider the ongoing process of tree care management an integral part of city life in Cambridge. The trees we plant and care for today will beautify our neighborhoods, businesses, and parks, increase property values, and conserve energy in the city for years to come.” (Taken form the City of Cambridge Web site).

If you would like to get a Gator Bag to help a new/young tree...you're in luck! A box of Gator Bags have been dropped off to Denise Sullivan, Family Liaison desullivan@cpsd.us or 617.349.6679. Simply let her know you like one to help a tree in you neighborhood and she will send you one. Or residents can get them from the DPW office at 147 Hampshire Street during office hours (Mon 8:30AM-8PM, Tue - Thurs 8:30AM-5PM, Fri 8:30AM-12PM).

More information on Gator Bags and volunteering, including the Junior Forestry program for children ages 5-13 please visit: www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ourservices/urbanforestry/forestryprogramsandvolunteering