Chelsea Record by Record Staff
Chelsea GreenRoots held its Annual Meeting and Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor on June 19.
Two-hundred-and-fifteen passengers boarded the boat, “Freedom,” at Cabot’s Landing, 201 Marginal St., adjacent to GreenRoots’ office. The group enjoyed refreshments and musical entertainment on board while celebrating the many accomplishments of the organization that is led by Executive Director Roseann Bongiovanni, a former Chelsea city councilor.
GreenRoots is a community-based organization working to achieve: environmental justice, waterfront access, youth leadership on environmental justice concerns, improved public health, air and water quality, climate resiliency, greater open, green space, and urban agriculture and food justice.
In its two-year existence under Bongiovanni’s impressive leadership and management, GreenRoots has applied for and successfully received awards such the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Award on behalf of the entire city of Chelsea. MGH Chelsea collaborated with GreenRoots in the application process.
GreenRoots was selected 2018 Social innovator at the Social Innovation Forum.
Other accomplishments are:
- Expanded community organizing efforts to the East Boston community along the Chelsea Creek
- Engaged more than 100 youths through the Chelsea Creek Youth Assembly and monthly meetings.
- Fundraised $58,00 to revitalize the Chelsea Walk on Broadway in downtown Chelsea.
- Managed and expanded the youth pass program in Chelsea and East Boston, providing access to affordable public transit to hundreds of Chelsea and East Boston youths.
- Organized and successfully received transit mitigation to Chelsea residents, who will be able to ride the Commuter Rail for free during one year of the MassDOT construction period.
- Awarded a $75,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study for an energy microgrid in Chelsea. A microgrid in Chelsea would prepare us for the increasing threats of climate disasters.
- Engaged residents in a visioning process and secured funding for an urban farm.