Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


Low tree canopy in American cities contributes to numerous environmental, economic and health problems. Planting trees can help lower energy use, improve air quality, and increase quality of life. We worked with the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to evaluate the impacts of its Greening the Gateway Cities tree planting program in Fall River and Chelsea. Our group conducted interviews with officials and residents to understand how they define success and developed a methodology for assessing success using tree coverage models and input from residents. Finally, we provided recommendations to improve the program’s outreach and advertising, communication, tree planting & maintenance, and survey development methods.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs