GreenRoots works to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities.


is a resident-led organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the urban environment and public health in Chelsea, East Boston, and surrounding communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership, and the implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.

“How is GreenRoots 30?" you ask.

We began in 1994 as a grassroots committee with the goals of ensuring parkland taken for the construction of Chelsea’s new public schools, and that those schools would be open to the public through a community schools program. Since then, we have stopped the construction of a dirty diesel power plant and dangerous ethanol trains; constructed parks and gardens; won access to the Mill Creek and Chelsea Creek and much more. 

In 2016, GreenRoots grew into an independent, resident-led and women-led organization with a commitment to community, environmental justice, health equity and language access. Over the coming months, we will be highlighting our numerous accomplishments and announcing many ways for you to get involved in our year-long celebration!

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    Vision & Mission

    Get to know the Vision & Mission of our work.

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    Our History

    Learn about our 30 year track record of achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories.

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    What is Environmental Justice?

    What does Environmental Justice mean, and how does that look like in Chelsea?

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    Our Team

    Get to know the board and staff members that make up our team.

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As a grassroots organization working on environmental justice for three decades, we at GreenRoots know that the communities of Chelsea and East Boston are at the frontlines of climate disaster rather than wealthier, healthier communities. We must invest in people and prioritize community. No longer can BIPOC communities be disproportionately burdened with environmental hazards and harmful policies and practices. Let us all work together in community to ensure health equity for all.

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Your support is crucial in ensuring our work continues.

For 30 years, GreenRoots has restored acres of urban salt marsh, created new parks, increased public access to the waterfront and improved the water quality of Chelsea Creek.

Our organizing model is rooted in base-building and community, and your help makes us a stronger force. A contribution to GreenRoots means an investment in the futures of Chelsea and East Boston!

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