WILMINGTON, MA — At a recent Board of Selectmen Meeting, DPW Operations Manager and Town Tree Warden Jamie Magaldi announced that Analog Devices donated $5,000 towards a town-sponsored environmental project.
“The DPW did some research on what would be a good environmental project to undertake,” said Magaldi. “In this green age, it’s easy to get wrapped up in currently technology, like solar panels and high-efficiency lighting. Sometimes, we really forget to get back to basics, like tree planting.”
Tree plantings were selected because of their many quantifiable benefits to residents, including air quality improvements, CO2 reduction, energy conservation, heat island reduction, and stormwater advantages.
The $5,000 grant will be used toward the planting of several new trees along high profile areas of town in the spring 2018, as soon as mid-to-late April. Plantings will take place in or along arterial roadways, parks, school grounds, and the Wildwood cemetery. Church Street was specifically mentioned as an area that needs attention.
Tree species will be site-specifically selected from the DPW’s annual bid tree plant list.
Analog Devices Site Services Manager Cheryl Sessa explained that her company used to give an annual $10,000 grant to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. This year, the company decided to spread the money around a bit, and give $5,000 to the Association and the remaining $5,000 to the Town of Wilmington for environmental projects. She suggested it could become an annual grant to the town.
Selectman Chair Mike Champoux and Magaldi presented Sessa and Marlene Moran, of Analog Devices, with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the town.
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